Leroy & Stitch (2006)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Children's Fantasy  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - G
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Review by Skyler Miller

Clocking in at just over 70 minutes, Leroy & Stitch is a satisfying aloha -- in this case, goodbye -- to Lilo & Stitch: The Series. The high quality of the ABC/Disney Channel series was a pleasant surprise to fans of the 2002 film, continuing its good-natured, offbeat spirit while introducing the ingenious plot device of having the titular duo capture and rehabilitate Stitch's 625 "cousins." As Leroy & Stitch begins, all of the cousins have been saved, causing Pleakley, Jumba, Stitch, and Lilo to go their separate ways. Writer Jess Winfield has a clear fondness for these characters, and gives each their due in a story that centers on Dr. Hamsterviel's creation of an evil Stitch clone named Leroy. Series viewers will get a kick out of appearances by familiar cousins, as well as the heroic emergence of a previously lazy, sandwich-loving "villain." Those who haven't seen the show may not have as much appreciation for some of the underlying relationships, but they'll still enjoy the Elvis tunes, high-quality voice acting, and a fast-moving plot that mixes frenetic action, sentimentality, and a few laughs. While not nearly as engaging or emotionally rich as the original film that inspired it -- in particular, there's a big missed opportunity for Leroy's redemption -- all in all, Leroy & Stitch is a fitting wrap-up to an enjoyable animated series.