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Lilo & Stitch
Promotional Poster for Lilo & Stitch
Directed byChris Sanders
Dean DeBlois
Produced byClark Spencer
Written byChris Sanders
Dean DeBlois
StarringDaveigh Chase
Chris Sanders
Tia Carrere
David Ogden Stiers
Kevin McDonald
Ving Rhames
Jason Scott Lee
Music byAlan Silvestri
Edited byDarren Holmes
Distributed byWalt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation
Release date
2002June 16US (Premiere), June 21USA CAN, June 22JPN, July 19SKO, July 31RUS BLR UKR, August 20EST
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box officeDomestic: $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 song used by Disney to advertise the movie was Suspicious Minds, performed by Gareth Gates, who became famous on the UK TV program Pop Idol.

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 direct-to-video sequel, Leroy & Stitch, was released in June 2006 and ended the TV series.

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 22nd 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]


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.



The movie opening 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 to date has been the only Walt Disney Pictuers movie released during the 2000s to have both critical approval and make its cost back during its original theatrical release. The movie's success at the box office and on DVD led to a franchise, with four direct-to-video sequels and a television series that lasted two seasons. The movie has received 139 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, 119 positive and 20 negative, giving it a positive total rating of 86%.[2]



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


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 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 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]


  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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