Lilo & Stitch

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Lilo & Stitch (2002 Movie)

“Lilo & Stitch” is a 2002 animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. Directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, the movie tells the heartwarming story of a young Hawaiian girl named Lilo and a mischievous extraterrestrial creature named Stitch.

In the film, Lilo, who feels misunderstood and isolated, adopts Stitch, a genetically engineered alien creature designed to cause chaos. Despite his destructive tendencies, Lilo sees the good in Stitch and believes he can become part of their unconventional family. Together, they embark on adventures, learn the importance of ‘ohana’ (family), and discover the power of love and acceptance.

“Lilo & Stitch” blends comedy, drama, and science fiction elements with themes of friendship, loyalty, and finding one’s place in the world. The film features a heartfelt story, memorable characters, and a touching exploration of the bonds that form within unconventional families.

Known for its unique animation style and the endearing charm of its characters, “Lilo & Stitch” became a commercial success and has since garnered a large fan following. It has inspired sequels, a television series, and various merchandise, showcasing its enduring popularity.

The film is also notable for its Hawaiian setting and the inclusion of Hawaiian culture and language, showcasing the rich traditions and beauty of the Hawaiian islands.

“Lilo & Stitch” stands out as a beloved Disney film that celebrates the power of love, acceptance, and the importance of family, whether it be biological or found in the most unexpected places.

Fun Facts

  1. The character of Stitch was originally designed to be an alien koala, but the filmmakers ultimately decided to make him a genetic experiment gone wrong.
  2. The movie features original songs by Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu, a well-known Hawaiian musician.
  3. “Lilo & Stitch” was the first Disney animated movie to feature a female director, with co-director Dean DeBlois’ collaborator Chris Sanders.
  4. The character of Cobra Bubbles, Lilo’s social worker, is named after Elvis Presley’s pet chimp, who was also named “Cobra.”
  5. The movie’s ending was changed after the September 11 attacks, to remove a scene featuring Stitch flying a plane through a cityscape.
  6. The success of “Lilo & Stitch” led to a franchise that includes several direct-to-video sequels and a television series, as well as merchandise such as clothing and toys.
Lilo & Stitch (2002 Movie)

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  • Type of Movie: Animated
  • Box Office: $273.1 million
  • Awards: Nominated Academy Award
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  • Directors: Chris Sanders and Dean Debois
  • Producer: Clark Spencer
  • Music: Alan Silvestri

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