Lilo & Stitch

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Lilo & Stitch
Directed by
Produced byClark Spencer
Screenplay by
  • Chris Sanders
  • Dean DeBlois
Story byChris Sanders
Music byAlan Silvestri
Edited byDarren T. Holmes
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
Release date
  • June 21, 2002 (2002-06-21)
Running time
85 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$80 million[1]
Box office$273.1 million[1]

Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 animated movie, released by Walt Disney Pictures and produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. on June 21, 2002. The 41st 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 Florida 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 it started a franchise. A direct-to-video sequel, Stitch! The Movie, was made. It 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. A third TV series, a Chinese animated series called Stitch & Ai, began airing in 2017. Both the later two series took out Lilo as a main character, separating Stitch from her and putting him into different countries on Earth where he makes new friends with other human girls and becomes part of their families.

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.[2]


An evil alien scientist named Dr. Jumba Jookiba creates "Experiment 626", a creature built to cause chaos and destruction. This is against the law of his planet, and he is arrested. 626 escapes the planet, flying a spaceship to Earth.

On Earth, a little human girl named Lilo adopts 626 (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 at first uses Lilo to avoid being captured by the alien officials, but the they become friends when Lilo teaches Stitch how to be good. She uses music by Elvis Presley in her lessons. Stitch also learns a new phrase: "'Ohana" means family. Family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten." Because of this, Stitch decides to go against his original purpose in order to keep his family together. The alien officials manages to find Stitch on Earth and prepare take him away, but they decide to let Stitch stay with Lilo in Hawaii after she explains that she legally purchased Stitch. Jumba and Pleakley become members of Nani, Lilo, and Stitch's family, and the movie ends with various footage and pictures of Stitch and his new family's life together.



An animated scene that had to be changed due to the September 11, 2001 attacks was where Stitch hijacks a Tsunami Air Boeing 747-400 and follows Gantu to the city of Honolulu. Stitch is the launched out of Tsunami Air Boeing 747-400 and lands on Gantu’s ship but he is blown off and lands on the road. Gantu is able to find Stitch by using his computer. He tries to shoot the alien but misses. A truck comes close to Stitch and he commandeers it. Stitch drives over a volcano and dumps the fuel into it. This shoots Stitch up like a rocket and he lands on Gantu’s ship. Crashes through the windshield into the cockpit, Furiously trying to pound Stitch with his fist, Grabs Gantu's hand. and throws him through the windshield onto the wing of Tsunami Air Boeing 747-400 below, Gantu tries to shoot Stitch, Stitch breaks the capsule with his head and takes Lilo out. Lilo kisses Stitch’s nose as he jumps off, When Stitch saves Lilo and they jump back onto Tsunami Air Boeing 747-400 and destroy Gantu's ship. The Tsunami Air Boeing 747-400 then crashes into the ocean near David on his surfboard. Lilo asks if he will give them all rides back to shore In the final movie, Stitch finds Jumba's spaceship and follows Gantu to the mountains and volcanoes.


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 three television series. The movie has received 139 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, 119 positive and 20 negative, giving it a positive total rating of 86%.[3]


Lilo & Stitch: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedJune 11, 2002
GenreRock, country rock, pop
LabelWalt Disney
ProducerChris Montan (executive)
Lilo & Stitch music chronology
Lilo & Stitch: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack Lilo & Stitch 2: Island Favorites
Walt Disney Animation Studios chronology
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Lilo & Stitch: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
Treasure Planet
Singles from Lilo & Stitch
  1. "Can't Help Falling in Love"
    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.[4]

# 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


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, another 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.[5][6][7]

On October 4, 2018, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Disney would be making a live action remake.[8]

Release Dates

Country Premiere
 Uruguay June 19, 2002
 Canada June 21, 2002
 Colombia June 21, 2002
 Italy June 21, 2002
 United States June 21, 2002
 France June 22, 2002
 Belgium June 26, 2002
 Ghana June 26, 2002 (limited)
 Venezuela June 26, 2002
  Switzerland June 27, 2002 (German speaking region)
 Netherlands June 27, 2002
 Brazil June 28, 2002
 Mexico June 28, 2002
 Portugal June 28, 2002
 Austria July 4, 2002
 Germany July 4, 2002
 Israel July 4, 2002
 Peru July 4, 2002
 China July 4, 2002
 Spain July 5, 2002
 Chile July 5, 2002
 Poland July 5, 2002
 Argentina July 6, 2002
 Hong Kong July 11, 2002
 South Korea July 19, 2002
 Taiwan July 19, 2002
 Egypt August 7, 2002
 Czech Republic August 29, 2002
 Iceland August 30, 2002
 Tunisia September 5, 2002
 Denmark September 6, 2002
 Malaysia September 6, 2002 (limited)
 Finland September 6, 2002
 Norway September 6, 2002
 Sweden September 6, 2002
 Turkey September 6, 2002
 South Africa September 6, 2002
 Brunei September 17, 2002
 Japan September 17, 2002 (limited)
 Australia September 19, 2002
 Bulgaria September 20, 2002
 Romania September 20, 2002
 United Kingdom October 4, 2002
 Estonia October 18, 2002
 Ireland October 18, 2002
 Lithuania October 18, 2002
 Greece October 25, 2002
 Sri Lanka October 29, 2002
 Hungary November 7, 2002
 Fiji November 18, 2002
 Kuwait December 4, 2002
 Russia December 26, 2002
 Ukraine December 26, 2002
 Senegal December 31, 2002
 Malaysia January 17, 2003
 Ghana February 6, 2003
 Japan March 8, 2003
 Azerbaijan April 29, 2003
 India May 16, 2003


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