Lilo & Stitch (2002)


A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive. (IMDb)
The highlight here is the blossoming bond between precious lil troublemaker Lilo and her spirit animal Stitch, with their quirky and sometimes destructive antics masking a simple search for belonging. The sister relationship and weighty broken-family motif are full of genuine feeling too though, and together with the refreshing island setting these dynamics make for a grounded and charming character-focused film. The wild space action bookends then, while entertaining, feel a bit out of place.
7.5/10 (Really Good)


The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

Like its titular bear, it’s full of fluff and charm, from the fun characters (absent-minded and chatty Owl is a–wait for it–hoot) to the endearing animation and storytelling that often mix together in creative ways (see the 4th-wall breaking narrator and page references). The miniature tales are cute and funny and of little substance. That said, the touching final chapter, taken in the context of the film’s intentional framing of the stories as fictional, offers something interesting to ponder.