Lilo & Stitch

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Lilo & Stitch
Directed by Chris Sanders
Dean DeBlois
Produced by Clark Spencer
Written by Chris Sanders
Dean DeBlois
Starring Daveigh Chase
Chris Sanders
Tia Carrere
David Ogden Stiers
Kevin McDonald
Ving Rhames
Jason Scott Lee
Music by Alan Silvestri
James Newton Howard
Editing by Darren Holmes
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s) June 21, 2002
Running time 85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $80,000,000
Money made

Domestic: $127,349,813

Worldwide: $273,144,151

Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 animated movie, released by Walt Disney Pictures and produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. on June 21, 2002. The 42nd animated movie in the Disney animated features canon, it was written by and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois. It was the second of three Disney animated movies produced mainly at the Walt Disney Feature Animation Flordia studio in Walt Disney World's Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida. The movie was rated PG for "mild sci-fi action". Lilo & Stitch was nominated for the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, which went to Hayao Miyazaki's movie, Spirited Away which also was released by Walt Disney Pictures and starred Daveigh Chase (in the English version).

The movie was so popular, that a direct-to-video sequel, Stitch! The Movie, was made. They launched a television series, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, and a second direct-to-video sequel, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, was released in August 2005. A third and final television sequel, Leroy & Stitch, was released in June 2006 and ended the TV series. Another television series, an anime called Stitch!, aired in Japan from 2008 to 2011, later gaining two post-series specials in 2012 and 2015.

The movie was released on VHS and DVD on December 3, 2002. In 2003, a 2-disc DVD version was announced to come out along with Alice in Wonderland and Pocahontas, which were released in 2004 and 2005. A 2-Disc Special Edition DVD of Lilo & Stitch was released in the UK on August 22, 2005, along with the UK release of Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, but a release in the US was affected by many delays. On March 24, 2009, Disney finally released the special edition DVD, which is called a 2-Disc "Big Wave Edition". This new DVD has everything that the original DVD had and adds an audio commentary, a 2-hour documentary, more deleted scenes, a number of behind-the-scenes featurettes, and some games. The original DVD is no longer available, with the new one having the same list price.[1]

Release Dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 Canada 21 June 2002
 Colombia 21 June 2002
 Italy 21 June 2002
 United States 21 June 2002
 France 22 June 2002
 Belgium 26 June 2002
 Venezuela 26 June 2002
 Switzerland 27 June 2002 (German speaking region)
 Netherlands 27 June 2002
 Brazil 28 June 2002
Mexico Mexico 28 June 2002
 Portugal 28 June 2002
 Austria 4 July 2002
 Germany 4 July 2002
 Israel 4 July 2002
 Peru 4 July 2002
 Spain 5 July 2002
 Poland 5 July 2002
 Argentina 6 July 2002
 Hong Kong 11 July 2002
 South Korea 19 July 2002
 Taiwan 19 July 2002
 Egypt 7 August 2002
 Czech Republic 29 August 2002
 Iceland 30 August 2002
 Tunisia 5 September 2002
 Denmark 6 September 2002
 Finland 6 September 2002
 Norway 6 September 2002
 Sweden 6 September 2002
 Turkey 6 September 2002
 South Africa 6 September 2002
 Brunei 17 September 2002
 Australia 19 September 2002
 Bulgaria 20 September 2002
 United Kingdom 4 October 2002
 Estonia 18 October 2002
Republic of Ireland Ireland 18 October 2002
 Greece 25 October 2002
 Sri Lanka 29 October 2002
 Hungary 7 November 2002
 Kuwait 4 December 2002
 Russia 26 December 2002
 Senegal 31 December 2002
 Malaysia 17 January 2003
 Ghana 6 February 2003
 Japan 8 March 2003

Plot[change | change source]

An evil alien scientist named Dr. Jumba Jookiba creates many creatures. This is against the law of his planet, and he is arrested. One experiment, named "626", escapes the planet. He flies a spaceship to Earth.

On Earth, a little human girl named Lilo adopts him (thinking he is a dog) and names him "Stitch". Lilo lives in Hawaii, a series of islands in the United States of America. Lilo's mother and father have died in a car crash, so her older sister Nani takes care of her.

Stitch becomes Lilo's best friend. Lilo tries to teach Stitch how to be good. She uses music by Elvis Presley in her lessons. He also learns a new phrase: "Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten." Alien officials find Stitch on Earth and take him and Lilo away. In the end they decide to let Stitch stay with Lilo in Hawaii.

Cast[change | change source]

Reception[change | change source]

The movie opened at #2 with $35,260,212 in its first weekend, less than $500,000 behind the movie Minority Report. In its second week, fell to #3, again behind the Steven Spielberg movie at #2. The movie made $145,794,338 in the United States and Canada, and $127,349,813 internationally, finishing with $273,144,151 in the world.

Lilo & Stitch received very positive reviews from critics and movie-goers alike, and it was the most successful Walt Disney Pictures movie after the Disney Renaissance of 1989 to 1999 until Bolt a few years later. The movie's success at the box office and on DVD led to a franchise, with three direct-to-video and televisions sequels and two television series. The movie has received 139 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, 119 positive and 20 negative, giving it a positive total rating of 86%.[2]

Soundtrack[change | change source]

Lilo & Stitch
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released June 21, 2002
Recorded 2002
Genre Soundtrack, Rock and Roll, Pop
Length -
Label Walt Disney Records
Producer -
Lilo & Stitch Music chronology
- Lilo & Stitch Lilo & Stitch 2: Island Favorites
Lilo & Stitch 3: Lilo's Hawaiian
Singles from Lilo & Stitch
  1. "Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley"
    Released: January 27, 1956
  2. "Hound Dog by Elvis Presley"
    Released: July 13, 1956
  3. "Stuck on You by Elvis Presley"
    Released: April 25, 1960
  4. "Devil in Disguise by Elvis Presley"
    Released: August 1, 1963
  5. "Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley"
    Released: August 26, 1969
  6. "Burning Love by Elvis Presley"
    Released: August 1, 1972
  7. "Can't Help Falling in Love by A*Teens"
    Released: October 29, 2002

The soundtrack of the movie was released by Walt Disney Records on June 21, 2002. It, along with the movie, has more Elvis Presley songs than any of Elvis' own movies.[3]

# Title Singing by
1 "Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride" Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu,
The Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus
2 "Stuck on You" Elvis Presley
3 "Burning Love" Wynonna
4 "Suspicious Minds" Elvis Presley
5 "Heartbreak Hotel" Elvis Presley
6 "Devil in Disguise" Elvis Presley
7 "He Mele No Lilo" Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu
8 "Hound Dog" Elvis Presley
9 "Can't Help Falling in Love" A*Teens
10 "Stitch to the Rescue" Score
11 "You Can Never Belong" Score
12 "I'm Lost" Score

Spin-offs[change | change source]

On August 26, 2003, Disney released a direct-to-video sequel, Stitch! The Movie, which was made as the pilot to a TV series titled Lilo & Stitch: The Series. This series ran for 65 episodes between on September 20, 2003 and July 29, 2006. The series carried on where the movie left off and showed Lilo's efforts to capture and re-home Jumba's remaining experiments. This series ended with TV movie Leroy & Stitch, which was released on June 27, 2006.

On August 2005, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, the "official" direct-to-video sequel to the movie, was released. In this movie, Stitch has a glitch because his molecules were never fully charged (this is different than a deleted opening, "Stitch's trial", which was seen on the DVD release of Lilo & Stitch). Lilo wants to win the May Day hula contest like her mother did in the 1970s, but Stitch continues to have problems. Lilo thinks Stitch is not behaving right, until she finds out that Stitch is dying.

In March 2008, Disney announced that it is to produce a remade version of Lilo & Stitch, called Stitch!, for the Japanese market. The show, which began in October 2008, features a Japanese girl named Yuna (formerly referred to as Hanako) in place of Lilo, and is set on a fictional island in Okinawa prefecture instead of Hawaii. The series is produced by the Japanese animation house Madhouse LTD.[4][5][6]

References[change | change source]

  1. http://www.ultimatedisney.com/lilo.htm
  2. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lilo_and_stitch/
  3. http://kapalama.ksbe.edu/elementary/lilo_and_stitch/trivia.html
  4. Disney seals Japan anime and "Lilo and Stich" deal, International business times, 2008-03-06
  5. Disney says to produce Anime 'made in Japan' (2008-03-08)
  6. Disney plans Japan animation effort, International Herald Tribune, 2008-03-06

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