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Lilo & Stitch (2002)

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A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive from the law.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilo (voice)
Stitch (voice) (as Christopher Michael Sanders)
Nani (voice)
Jumba (voice)
Pleakley (voice)
Cobra Bubbles (voice)
David Kawena (voice)
Captain Gantu (voice)
Susan Hegarty ...
Rescue Lady (voice)
Mrs. Hasagawa (voice)
Steve Alterman ...
Additional Voice (voice)
Emily Anderson ...
Additional Voice (voice)
Additional Voice (voice)
Bill Asing ...
Additional Voice (voice)


In a place far, far away, illegal genetic experiment #626 is detected: Ruthless scientist Dr. Jumba Jookiba has created a strong, intelligent, nearly indestructible and aggressive being with only one known weakness: The high density of his body makes it impossible for the experiment to swim in water. The scientist is sentenced to jail by the Grand Council of the Galactic Federation. The experiment is supposed to be transported to a prison asteroid, yet manages to escape Captain Gantu, who was supposed to deliver him there. With a stolen police cruiser (the red one), the destructive being races towards a little and already doomed planet: Earth. Stranded on Hawaii, experiment #626 can't actually do much harm: water all around, no big cities and two well-equipped representatives of the Galactic Federation already following close behind to catch him again. But Dr. Jookiba and the Earth expert Pleakley never could have guessed that earth girl Lilo adopts the experiment as dog, gives him ... Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild sci-fi action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 June 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lilo y Stitch  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,260,212 (USA) (21 June 2002)


$145,771,527 (USA) (22 November 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Stitch's dog license at the shelter, the adoption official is "Susan Hegarty", the name of the actress who voiced the character. Also, according to the license, Lilo and Nani's last name is "Pelekai". Other writing on the same license includes "as well as our partners at Disney MGM Studios for their participation and support during the making of Lilo and Stitch." See more »


When Lilo stops Nani from sending Stitch away, Lilo is wearing her red flower dress with sandals. But when she goes to her bedroom she magically is wearing her nightgown with no sandals. See more »


[first lines]
Grand Councilwoman: Read the charges.
Gantu: Doctor Jumba Jookiba, you stand before this council accused of illegal genetic experimentation!
Grand Councilwoman: How do you plead?
Jumba: Not guilty! My experiments are only theoretical, and completely within legal boundaries.
Grand Councilwoman: We believe you actually... created something.
Jumba: Created something? Hah! But that would be irresponsible and unethical. I would never, ever...
[Stitch is revealed]
Jumba: ...make... more than one.
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Crazy Credits

One of the photos of Nani, Lilo, Stitch, et al. displayed at the end is a parody of (or tribute to) Norman Rockwell's painting "Freedom from Want," one of a set of four paintings inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's January 6, 1941 address to Congress enumerating "Four Freedoms." See more »


Referenced in Treasure Planet (2002) See more »


Burning Love
Written by Dennis Linde
Performed by Wynonna Judd (as Wynonna)
Produced by Dan Huff and Wynonna Judd (as Wynonna)
Wynnone appears courtesy of Curb/Universal (United States and Canada) and Mike Curb Company, LLC (all other territories)
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Pure Magic
4 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know why this film didn't do better at the box office. This is perhaps Disney's best animated film to date. It rivals anything by Pixar. Why? Very simple really and it's what Pixar keeps doing so well. They tell a good story filled with well developed characters. Not to mention the animation is excellent and the watercolor backgrounds beautiful. Watch it a second or third time just to look at these fantastic pieces of art! I hope Disney learns a lesson here (from DVD sales at least) that 2-D animation isn't dead if done right and Lilo & Stitch was done right. I purchased the DVD for my daughter, okay, for me too but she loves it and while only almost four, she gets the themes. (although it took her a while to understand Nani is Lilo's sister and not her mother). The special features are good. The Hawiian Children's Choir and Hula segments especially good. I liked the deleted scene feature and would like to see them added for a later release. Disney should have marketed this film better. I would have liked to have seen it on the big screen. Personally, I don't care for Disney as a company but if they keep producing work like this, I'll keep coming back.

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