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Walt Disney Home Video presents
Leroy and Stitch (2006)

"Now that we're done catching experiments, we can do whatever we want."
- Lilo (Daveigh Chase)

Review By: Chuck Aliaga   
Published: June 26, 2006

Stars: Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, Kevin McDonald
Other Stars: Kevin Michael Richardson, David Ogden Stiers, Jillian Henry, Chris Sanders
Director: Tony Craig, Bobs Gannaway

MPAA Rating: G for (nothing objectionable)
Run Time: 01h:12m:39s
Release Date: June 27, 2006
UPC: 786936298765
Genre: animation


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B+ B+AB C-

DVD Review

Leroy and Stitch is the third feature-length adventure involving the exploits of a young Hawaiian girl and her best friend, an alien named Stitch. After the first feature, Lilo & Stitch, enjoyed theatrical success, Disney went the direct-to-video route with the sequels, Lilo & Stitch 2 and Stitch! The Movie. We continue along ths route with the latest look at this adorable duo's life, only this time there's an evil Stitch clone on the loose named Leroy.

This is basically the end of the storyline that began in Stitch! The Movie, and has been carried over in the Lilo & Stitch animated TV series. Lilo's (Daveigh Chase) friends Stitch (Chris Sanders), Jumba (David Ogden Stiers), and Pleakley (Kevin McDonald) deciding to return to Earth with her. When she realizes that they're only deciding to go there to make Lilo happy, she tells them to go their separate ways. Meanwhile, the evil Dr. Hamsterviel (Jeff Bennett) is busted out of prison by Captain Gantu (Kevin Michael Richardson), and makes his way to Jumba's lab. After forcing Jumba to create an evil doppelganger for Stitch, it's up to Lilo and her friends to reunite and stop him before it's too late.

Compared to all the many Disney's direct-to-video sequels, this particular series are the most consistently entertaining. This latest entry is no exception, as it keeps things simple while allowing fans to enjoy another hour or so with the same characters they know and love. Disney has basically set the bar in this DVD subgenre when so many other studios try to skate by with cheap-looking pedestrian sequels.

This is a film the whole family can spend some time with, thanks in large part to the wonderful voice work and witty, crisply moving story. The least cheerful of the series, Leroy and Stitch hits a few depressing notes when Lilo and her friends are separated. But just when things seem bleak and start down a path toward animated melodrama, up pops the hilarious Stitch, who's always a ball of fun. His voice, alone, is incredibly funny, regardless of whether we can understand what he's saying. Stitch is up there with the likes of The Muppet Show's Animal and Gremlins' Gizmo as one of the coolest voices in pop culture history. Therefore, the consistent vocal "appearance" of Chris Sanders in this role is even more vital, as it's hard to imagine that any other actor could duplicate his unique style.

Getting Sanders and other original voice talent back again and again is a huge reason for this sequel's success. Classically trained actor David Ogden Stiers has been "slumming it" as the voice of Jumba for years, while up-and-coming young actress Daveigh Chase (The Ring, Big Love) still finds time in her busy schedule to play Lilo, and former The Kids in the Hall member Kevin McDonald is extremely funny as Pleakley.

Now that the TV show has run its course and this new film wraps things up quite nicely, is it the end for this great group of animated characters? Let's hope not. Disney has recently taken classic after classic and released sequels for them, which, surprisingly enough, have at worst lived up to the spirit of their predecessors.

Rating for Style: B+
Rating for Substance: B+

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.78:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: This 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation is another example of Disney consistently delivering quality video product, regardless of its stature. It's tough to tell this was never intended for theatrical release, as the animation quality and overall image clarity is excellent. The colors are extremely bright and vivid, and there's no dirt, grain, or other flaws to hold the overall presentation back.

Image Transfer Grade: A

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
Dolby Digital
5.1
Englishno


Audio Transfer Review: The audio is a Dolby Digital 5.1 track that exhibits a decent dynamic range and nice directional effects. Most of the time, we hear things from the front speakers, but there's enough action and music to warrant usage of the surrounds as well. The dialogue is always crisp and easy to understand, as it's blended in nicely with the overall mix.

Audio Transfer Grade: B

 

Disc Extras

Animated menu with music
Scene Access with 12 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
10 Other Trailer(s) featuring The Little Mermaid: 2-Disc Special Edition, Meet the Robinsons, That's So Raven: Raven's Makeover Madness, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, High School Musical: The Encore Edition, The Shaggy Dog, Little Einsteins: Mission Celebration, Brother Bear 2, Spymate, The Fox and the Hound: 25th Anniversary Edition
Packaging: Keep Case
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extra Extras:
  1. The Big Red Battleship Flight Simulator - Interactive Game
  2. Bonus Episode
Extras Review: Aside from the standard Disney "Sneak Peeks," there are a pair of extras. The first is the interactive game, "The Big Red Battleship Flight Simulator." The object is to pilot Stitch's spaceship, and successfully navigate through space debris and asteroids by choosing the correct path with your DVD player's remote. This is a relatively fun game, but it can be very frustrating as different remote controls are more sensitive than others and the directional commands are given very quickly.

There's also a bonus episode of the Lilo & Stitch TV series that runs over 22 minutes, and focuses on Experiment 251. This random installment is very funny, and showcases the general charm of the series.

Extras Grade: C-

 

Final Comments

Disney continues to mine another of their big moneymaking series with the direct-to-DVD sequel Leroy and Stitch. While the film is just as fun as the rest of the series, the disc itself is more scaled-down than the other releases. The audio and video are still excellent, but there's only a pair of valuable extras this time around.

 


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