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Lilo & Stitch (2002)

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

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Lilo (voice)
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Stitch (voice) (as Christopher Michael Sanders)
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Nani (voice)
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Jumba (voice)
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Pleakley (voice)
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Cobra Bubbles (voice)
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David Kawena (voice)
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Captain Gantu (voice)
Susan Hegarty ...
Rescue Lady (voice)
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Mrs. Hasagawa (voice)
Steve Alterman ...
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Emily Anderson ...
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Bill Asing ...
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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  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$145,771,527 (USA) (22 November 2002)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Silvestri collaborated with Hawaiian hula master Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu on the score. See more »

Goofs

The film shows, a few times, how Stitch absorbs or extends his bottom pair of arms. And it is not instantaneous. But in one scene Nani is telling David on the phone about how Stitch is scary, possibly an "evil koala". As she walks into the kitchen, Stitch's shadow falls on her from the refrigerator, with all four arms extended, and she drops the phone as she gasps and opens her eyes wide. The shot switches immediately to Stitch raiding the refrigerator, but he only has the top two arms extended. He has not had enough time to retract the middle arms, and has no reason to; besides, he is trying to carry off food, and the extra arms would have come in handy if Stitch had them extended. See more »

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[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

At the beginning, they show the traditional Walt Disney Pictures logo, but the beam of light is instead a laser beam and then the logo gets abducted by a flying saucer. See more »

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Hound Dog
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Entertainment
Under license from BMG Special Products
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The Oasis in the Middle of a Desert
21 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Disney's animation department (until the purchase of Pixar) had, to tell the truth, fallen into a bit of a dark age as the 90s drew to a close. The films were getting muddled with executive desires, and as a result went ridiculously over budget, and needless to say ultimately often bombing at the box office and/or with critics as a consequence. Only the Pixar films and, to a lesser extent, DTV sequels (themselves not exactly the brightest bulbs in the chandelier) were really the only new animated films from Disney that were making money. Whilst a number of Disney's animated films of the early 2000s are fine ("Home on the Range" and "Brother Bear" are, in particular, both fun flicks), they certainly don't quite live up to the best of Disney animation.

And then there's "Chicken Little". I wanted to like it, but I was left really disappointed. It had nice animation, but executive meddling had left the story in a mess. I'm a fan of Zach Braff and Harry Shearer, but even their vocal talents didn't save this film, which resulted in the worst Disney film of all time, and was probably only a hit due to the sheer mountain of advertising.

And yet, there's always an oasis in the middle of a desert, and "Lilo and Stitch" is, in this case, just that. It's the story of a girl who mistakes an alien for a dog, and whilst seeming an unusual little flick, is unpretentious. The animation differs from the classic Disney style that many may be used to, but it's delicious eye candy. It's rather touching, too and was rightfully a hit with critics and at the box office. Director Chris Sanders is directing another animated film for Disney entitled "American Dog" and should be released in 2008. Hopefully that will be just as good.

Although it was rated PG in the USA, I honestly think that most young kids will be able to take this if they survived the likes of "The Lion King", "Finding Nemo" and "Dumbo". But enough with the kids, and onto the adults; seriously, don't dub this as a kids movie because it's made by Disney. It's got something for everybody in it and I recommend it.


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