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Lilo & Stitch (2002), PG
Analysis Date: June 21, 2002
CAP Score: 87
CAP Influence Density: 0.24

MinMax: -29

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LILO & STITCH (PG) -- the family can continue even after the loss of some of them.

Company(ies): Walt Disney/Buena Vista
Director(s): Dean Deblois, Chris Sanders
Written by/Screenplay: Chris Sanders
Music: Alan Silvestri
Film Editing: Darren T. Holmes
Casting: Matthew Jon Beck, Mary Hidalgo, Ruth Lambert
Production Design: Paul A. Felix
Art Direction: Ric Sluiter
Sound: Tom Krame, Terry Porter, Christopher Scarabosio, Dean A. Zupancic

In this feature which is clearly low-voltage in comparison to other Disney animation works, on the distant planet of Tura in a galaxy far, far away a mad scientist, Jumba (David Ogden Stiers), creates a blue monster that is supposed to be invincible. It is a powerhouse in a small package. By creating the little monster, Jumba has broken genetic engineering laws of Tura and is jailed. The little monster is exiled to a distant asteroid. On his way to the asteroid, the little critter escapes in a police space cruiser, "the red one", and ends up in Area 51 -- Earth, Hawaii specifically. After being run over by a multi-wheeled truck of some sort, the little blue guy is mistaken for a puppy of some kind and is taken for care and recovery to an animal shelter. There, young Lilo (voice of Daveigh Chase) adopts the little blue monster and names him Stitch (voice of Chris Sanders).

Stitch wreaks havoc for Lilo's sister, Nani (Tia Carrere) who is working hard to care for Lilo since they lost their parents. Not only does Nani lose her job because of Stitch, she cannot get another job because of stitch. Jobless Nani is visited by the Department of Youth and Family Services agent Mr. Cobra Bubbles (Ving Rhames) and is warned that if she does not find a job in three days she will lose Lilo. While all this is going on and while bonding between alien Stitch and earth girl Lilo is solidifying, Jumba and an official from Tura are hunting down Stitch to take him back to exile, Jumba to get out of jail and the official to keep his job.

There is more to the story in this new installment of Disney, but I will leave it to your discovery. Just know that Lilo & Stitch is PG and indeed possesses some programming that may be offensive to your acceptance standards. Most of the questionable programming is cartoon action violence (gunfire and gun threats, pursuit dangers), some things adolescents do by the nature of being adolescent, and some mild sexual matters such as teasing the limits of acceptability in cartoon dress standards ... matters for which Disney (indeed almost any filmmaker of late) is becoming known, all in the name of "that's the way society is." In one scene, a woman on the beach is wearing a swimsuit that challenges the limits of acceptability in terms of how much frontal pelvic skin should show. And, of course, the under curvature of gluteous maximi are revealed by brief beach wear, I guess just to convince younger and younger ones each year it is okay to show a little more skin than last year ... and the year before [Gen. 9:23]. There is nothing accidental, unintentional, or "blooper" about what is seen in animation.

Please look to the Findings/Scoring section for a complete listing. At least then you will know the truth about the content of this movie so you can make an informed decision on your own by your own standards whether it is acceptable for your kids or not. And you do NOT have to tolerate a little dirt with movies. You can say "No." THAT should clean them up.

But of particular positive noteworthiness in Lilo & Stitch is the strong portrayal on family unity and bonding: that family is important in spite of friction and familial "combat"; that family members forgive and nurture each other; that the family can continue even after the loss of some of them.


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  • Gen. 9:23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father's nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father's nakedness. [Even Shem and Japheth shielded their eyes from nakedness. But filmmakers such as Disney tease the threshold of inhibition by taking away a little more "shielding" each year to younger and younger audiences.]

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Lilo & Stitch (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • fist fighting, a young girl punches the face of another, detailed
  • living creature run over by multiple truck wheels
  • kidnapping
  • brutality
  • human death by lava and explosion (death unseen)

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • person A yelling at person B for a problem that is person A's fault
  • harsh arguing between sisters, excusing it with "We're sisters. It's our job."
  • little girl left to fend for herself in the town
  • general mischief by an adolescent

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • "She likes your butt" by an adolescent girl to a young adult man
  • revealing swim wear
  • pushing dress inhibitions
  • vulgar gesture

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • evolution description

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

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    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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