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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daveigh Chase ... Lilo (voice)
Chris Sanders ... Stitch (voice) (as Christopher Michael Sanders)
Tia Carrere ... Nani (voice)
David Ogden Stiers ... Jumba (voice)
Kevin McDonald ... Pleakley (voice)
Ving Rhames ... Cobra Bubbles (voice)
Zoe Caldwell ... Grand Councilwoman (voice)
Jason Scott Lee ... David Kawena (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Captain Gantu (voice)
Susan Hegarty Susan Hegarty ... Rescue Lady (voice)
Amy Hill ... Mrs. Hasagawa (voice)
Steve Alterman Steve Alterman ... (voice)
Emily Anderson Emily Anderson ... (voice)
Jack Angel Jack Angel ... Alien Guard (voice)
Bill Asing Bill Asing ... (voice)
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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hawaiian

Release Date:

21 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lilo & Stitch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,260,212, 23 June 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$145,794,338, 26 November 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$273,144,151
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When Stitch emerges from his crash landing near the beginning, he starts chattering in an alien language. One of the words he says is "Chewbacca" which is the name of one of the main characters in the Star Wars franchise. See more »

Goofs

When Lilo goes to dance class we see the two drummers are playing the same kind of drum. When Lilo announces that Pudge controls the weather, one of the drummers has a different drum. See more »

Quotes

[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

The Disney logo features a green beam of light, and the logo gets beamed up. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the UK, to avoid a "12" rating, a shot of Lilo climbing out of a tumble dryer has been reanimated to have her lowering the top of a cardboard pizza box cover she is using to hide herself under a wooden table. The pizza box takes the place of the dryer door, and the table is the same size as a dryer. The scene is identical in every other way, including the action between Nani and Lilo. Apparently the lack of a latch or seal of any kind on an enclosed space satisfied the censors. The film has the same length as other uncut versions. When the Disney Channel aired this, it removed the scene entirely, skipping to when Nani has apprehended Lilo. See more »

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I gave this movie another chance. I'm glad I did.
29 July 2002 | by fjhuerta-2See all my reviews

First time, I commented how "The Emperor's New Groove" was my favorite Disney movie of the last ten years, and how "Lilo & Stitch" had left me wanting for more.

How wrong I was then.

I gave it another chance. I went back to watch it with a couple of friends and their sons and daughters. What best atmosphere to enjoy a Disney flick?

And then, the scene were Stitch is alone, with "The Ugly Duckling" book, shouting "I'm lost!" (or at least that's what he was saying in spanish) made me change my mind. I suddenly became very identified with the main character's quest for belonging, and suddenly realized he was actually everyone I know - searching for approval, trying to be loved, longing for love. The watercolor drawings, the facial expression, the music, the mood - perfection, indeed. There are a couple of animated scenes that convey this kind of mood - the Ballroom Sequence in "Beauty and the Beast", Simba's dad being killed in "The Lion King", Jessie's song in "Toy Story 2" - and this one is one of the best I've ever seen. Such simplicity and beauty is strange to find.

When we walked out of the movie, my friend's kids were talking excitedly about the movie, when one of their mothers asked them what they enjoyed most about the movie. And one of the girls exclaimed "Ohana means family! And your family never forgets or abandons you!" (that's what is said in the spanish version of the movie).

Then I suddenly realized we need more movies like this.

Solid 9 / 10 for Lilo & Stitch.


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