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Lilo & Stitch (2002)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  21 June 2002 (USA)
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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)
Jack Angel ...
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)


$6,236,068 (Japan) (11 April 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The second animated feature to be made at Disney's Orlando studio. The first was Mulan (1998). After picking up Stitch from the animal shelter, Lilo, Stitch, and Nani can be seen passing stores, one of them being the "Mulan Wok". Also, Nani has a "Mulan" poster from the film on her bedroom wall. When Lilo and Stitch enter Nani's room to show her the trick Stitch can do with the radio, a poster of "Mulan (1998)" can be seen in the background. It's most likely a note that Tia Carrere, the voice of Nani, was originally considered for Mulan's voice. See more »


When Cobra Bubbles is at Nani's back door, the door swings to Nani's right when she opens it. But later when Nani crawls on top of the dryer and she opens it, it opens the opposite way. 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

During the end credits, we see a wall of various photos featuring Pleakley, Lilo, Stitch, Jumba, David, Nani, and Cobra Bubbles together behind the credits. See more »


Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »


Suspicious Minds
Written by Francis Zambon (as Mark James)
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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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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