Movies: Stitch in Time?

Can this Disney cartoon save traditional animation?

A little girl and a teddy-bear-size monster face two big challenges. One is for the girl (Lilo) to tame her angry new pet from outer space (Stitch) while persuading a social worker to let her stay with her big sister. The other is that the Disney movie they are in, Lilo & Stitch, must make a bundle--or Hollywood could hear a death knell for the traditional animated feature. Disney's beleaguered boss, Michael Eisner, has to hope there is still profit in the hand-drawn cartoons that made Disney's name and fortune but have faded as computer-generated (CG) films have flourished.

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