Film and TV

All Shook Up

Somewhere outside the Magic Kingdom, there are bored people. Blissfully unaware of the suits who design the multiplex fodder they'll be mentally munching, these people discover a movie about a pug-nosed and pugnacious little Hawaiian girl bearing the boy's name of Lilo (voiced by Daveigh Chase) and her barely adult sister and guardian, Nani (Tia Carrere), who accidentally adopt a massively destructive galactic mutant named Experiment 626 (co-director Christopher Michael Sanders), which they assume to be a weird dog and name Stitch. As the sisters' parentless home is threatened by a determined social worker named Cobra Bubbles (Ving Rhames) and Stitch is hunted by his literally four-eyed alien maker, Jumba Jookiba (Disney fave David Ogden Stiers), we get copious giggles and insistent messages about the importance of family--or, in Hawaiian, ohana. As if it weren't already weird enough, the movie also proudly wears an Elvis fetish. When the chuckles subside, this slyly packaged show's all about integrity, identity and community--the goals of anyone who's all shook up.
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Gregory Weinkauf

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