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EPISODE TYPE : Growth Ray (Potion) & Blink Moment
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WHAT IS STICH?: An anthro, furry, evil genius experiment alien creature (AKA Experiment 626)
WHAT IS SHORT STUFF?: A non-anthro, non-furry, evil genius experiment alien creature (AKA Experiment 297 )
WHAT IS EXPERIMENT 625?: An anthro, furry, evil genius experiment alien creature (Would be named Reuben in "Leroy & Stitch")
ARE THEY MACRO ORIGINALLY?: No
HOW DID THEY BECOME MACRO?: Zapped with a protoplasmic growth ray
MACRO NAME: (If different from regular sized name) --SAME AS BEFORE --
LOCATIONS: Suburbs and a Carnival in Hawaii
MACRO SIZE (Approx or Average ): 120 Feet
REVIEW OF EPISODE: Ever since I saw the Lilo and Stitch movie, I always thought the idea of a giant Stitch would be a good one. They even had Stitch smashing up a model city in the movie, showing what a cool monster Stitch would make if he actually was big. But then after seeing it happened, I can't help but to feel a little disappointed at how lame a monster he truly was when big. Maybe it was expecting to much or maybe the fact that it just wasn't handled at all how I thought it would be, but seeing a giant Stich was a good thing and a bad one.
The great thing that is going for this episode is that we get not one, not two but three alien experiments all getting the super size treatment. But it didn't make the situation any better unfortunately. No growth was shown at any point, even though all three were grown to the sizes they are by a growth ray. The effect was totally lost as it became to unbelievable. All the characters grew at points where they would have caused damage or something out of the ordinary to occur, but since no growth was shown everything was easily explained away as we don't see it. Just a big cop out to me. And whoever decided to go with the no growth shown here should be ashamed of himself or herself. It truly adds to the whole situation and moment of a sudden power change. Stitch grew in a basement and stuff and then suddenly appears outside of a house there is no way he could have exited without breaking through either the floor or through the side of the house. Then the situations we had with the giants were lackluster at best. Stich at a carnival, 625 eating a sandwich, Short Stuff as an amusement park ride. I don't know. I really think they ruined what would have been a great situation. Maybe it was the writers fault here and not anything else but it just had the potential to be a macro episode classic and turned into a very average no frills , cool to see Stitch big type of episode and not much more.
This cartoon series is known for making rules and conditions out of thin air, and we the viewer have to go along with it as they are aliens and who is to say what is right and wrong when it comes to them. So for this reason alone we have to believe that Stitch who is now larger, is not powerful or effective anymore due to Stitch only being correct at his natural size. Why this condition didn't prove to be for 625 or Short Stuff is anyone's guess. Again it's faulty reasoning put in to the story just because it will make things work, but logically it shouldn't. So what if Stitch is bigger. If he was proportionately the same in every other way, there is no reason why he shouldn't be the same as before but bigger. So sorry, it just didn't work for me that he became weak and unable to walk and fight due to being larger. If he was the perfect weapon as we are to believe he was in the movie, this should have just improved his already perfect form, not hampered it. I guess they needed some way to get Stitch back down in size again just meant that Stitch as a giant wouldn't be too eventful and unfortunately it wasn't.
In a way this episode was a great homage to what used to be with Disney. A great macro episode and situation, lots of fun ensues, but on the other hand, it was almost like a bad draft to what could have been really good. The fun just wasn't here as greatly as it should have been. We got a giant Stitch and a giant alien for him to fight and even a cameo ending with his lazy cousin who became big. But it really takes more then just giant characters showing up in abundance to make for a great macro situation and episode. They had a great premise. Stitch wants to be bigger, they leave the ray on and he gets a little bigger then expected. Trouble and humor ensue. It sorta comes to a halt after that. Even making Short Stuff big wasn't that interesting. I wasn't too big a fan of the creature they used to have as the other macro. They had much cooler creations that would have made for macro creatures in pervious episodes. To get a weird crab reject like thing who just seemed to roar a lot and not much else, well like I said this truly turned out to be a disappointment. This really could have been great and it's too bad what we get is very average and not much else episode wise. There were a few funny jokes Ill admit. One moment has the huge Stitch leaning his face in next to Lilo where Lilo is talking about how they have to shrink him back down. And then she makes a comment about how "..disturbing his nose looks like at that size up close." as Stitch has his face right in front of hers. It was a good sight gag and the episode had a few of these but it just wasn't that Lilo and Stitch feel to it that other episodes had. 625 came off as annoying at points but made up for it at the end when he showed Gantu who was the boss. But I do think the gag of him just wanting to eat sandwiches has gotten way past old now. Pleakley as a fill in for Jumba was amusing as well but for some reason it just felt like this episode was quickly thrown together. Some of the major voices usually on the show were no where to be seen/heard (Lilo's sister for instance) and others had just one line and not much more. Something was just off here and you sorta want to know what really went on behind the scenes before this episode was put together as it really should have been better then it was.
Things like Jumba just suddenly showing up, the size ray not working and then working or having a delayed reaction or an instant reaction another time. No one seeming to really care or notice that 3 giant aliens are stomping about causing trouble and that Stitch was able to easily get into a house he was way to big to be able to get in and out of were all problems that they tried to get around way to easily without even having to explain it. Even when Short Stuff does a mini rampage. It ends as quickly as it started. He stomps a vegetable cart and a few folks scream but after that it's like business as usual. Everyone seems to be in a bubble here where all this is just normal for them. They all seem excited to go on the new ride, even though its a 120 foot alien who just stomped through the area only moments before causing everyone to scream in a panic. My how fast people forget things here. A lot of random things were just thrown out there but some worked and some didn't. Its a shame as this most likely comes down to the writer not doing a good story, making for a average episode more then any other factor. A good writer would have nailed the situation correctly but with Stitch macro most of the episode and two other characters also growing big it can't be seen as a bad thing. Some may like the way this was done while others may find it a true disappointment. Either way you get to see a giant Stitch even if he is a over grown weakling but it still is a not to bad episode and reminds us of what Disney used to do in the 80's and 90's. I've seen worse and I do like the idea of a giant Stitch either way. So It's definitely not a total loss here.
MEMORABLE QUOTES AND MOMENTS IN EPISODE:(Stitch and Lilo go to get some Lemonade after Stich wasn't allowed on the ride to being to small)
(Gantu interrogates Pleakley and Lilo about the where abouts of 297 and how he saw him at the fair recently)
Gantu: "Do you know that I.. Gantu.. former captain of the Galactic Alliance, couldn't win one plushy toy!?"
Lilo: "I'm sad for you Gantu. Really! But .. you can't have 297! We caught him fair and square."
Gantu: "I don't need to play fair. I'm bigger then you are!"
Lilo: "Funny you should say that!"
(A much larger then Gantu sized Stich shows up behind him suddenly grinning)
Gantu: "Oh blitznak!!"
Stitch: "Meeega... BIGGER!!!!"
*****************(Short Stuff gets hit by a random growth beam sending him flying out the window. Lilo and Pleakley go out to look for him)
(Lilo and Pleakley watch the over 100 foot tall Short Stuff and Stitch battle it out at the carnival)
Lilo: "These big monster battles never turn out well!"
FINAL NOTES:*One of the few episodes where Lilo's older sister Nani, doesn't make an appearance at all. Which would mean that Lilo was left in the care of Pleakley since Jumba was away for most of the episode too. Very unlikely to have been the case but considering the sizes Stitch and the other creatures were, the fact that there was no damage done to the house besides a tv made bigger it may have worked out for a change.
Factual -- The growth machine was shorted out by Short Stuff when the rays go flying by only moments before the machine is used again to make Stitch even bigger. If Short Stuff shorted it out, it shouldn't have been working properly at all. Just like the rides were broken due to Short Stuff's tampering with them, the machine shouldn't have worked right either when it was used again afterwards.
Continuity -- When Stitch first grows, he shows up behind Gantu at about 15 or so feet in size. There is no way Stitch could have gotten out of the house without causing any damage to it yet there is no damage seen. Stitch was moments before inside growing and suddenly is outside. To make things more confusing, he is seen exiting in the next scene but has to rip the door way off to squeeze out.
Continuity -- When Stitch is first made bigger he seems to be pretty invincible able to have lasers bounce off of him and take care of Gantu. Later though it is revealed that he is not powerful at all due to the size alterating the perfect creation that he was. If that's the case he never should have been able to take on lasers and other weapons that were fired at him at his altered size with no problem.
Continuity -- The ray was fired at Stitch originally for over a minute and only caused him to have a delayed growth to only about 15 or so feet. When the ray is used on Short Stuff and 625 it makes them over 100 feet tall instantly with just one zap.
+ :Unique idea keeping Short Stuff his large size at the end. Good moments with a giant Stich wanting to be bigger and seeming to have fun at his new size. Short Stuff makes for a good giant who seems to have a whole new personality suddenly as a giant and actually will remain at his new size permanently. Funny moments with 625 and his quest for a giant sandwich and other amusing sight gags make for a good watch.
- :With three giant creatures being in one episode, none of them had any of the growth shown at any point. Stich is anything but cool as a giant as he is weakened and doesn't get into any interesting situations at all. Three interesting giant characters who all seem to do nothing at their new sizes. Could have been better.
PICTURES OF STICH, SHORT STUFF & 625