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Lilo and Stitch (franchise)

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Films  Lilo & Stitch (2002)
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Creator  Walt Disney Animation StudiosChris SandersDean DeBlois
Owner  The Walt Disney Company
Comic strips  Comic Zone: Lilo & Stitch
Short films  The Origin of Stitch (2005)
Animated series  Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003–2006)Stitch! (2008–2015)

Similar  Lilo and Stitch: The Series, Stitch (Lilo and Stitch), Stitch! The Movie

Lilo & Stitch is a Disney media franchise that commenced in 2002 with the release of the animated film of the same name written and directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders. The combined critical and commercial success of the original film, which was a rarity for the company's feature animation studio during the era between the Disney Renaissance and the Disney Revival, led to three direct-to-video and television sequel films, a short film, two animated television series (one of them an anime), several video games, some theme park attractions, and various merchandise.

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The franchise mainly focuses on the adventures of the titular eccentric duo; an orphaned Hawaiian girl named Lilo Pelekai (voiced by Daveigh Chase in most media) and an artificial, extraterrestrial creature originally named Experiment 626, whom she adopts and names Stitch (voiced by Chris Sanders in all media except the anime). Stitch was originally genetically-engineered to cause chaos and destruction across the galaxy, but was rehabilitated by the Earth girl thanks to the Hawaiian concept of ʻohana, or family. Most of the sequel and spin-off material of the franchise also involve many genetic experiments similar to Stitch, who he treats as his "cousins".

The franchise is also promoted in Japan as Stitch! after the anime of the same name, which drops Lilo as a main character and focuses more on Stitch.

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

An extraterrestrial mad scientist named Dr. Jumba Jookiba (voiced by David Ogden Stiers) is put on trial for illegally creating creatures to cause chaos and destruction. His latest experiment is Experiment 626 (Chris Sanders): a little blue alien with four arms, two legs and antennae who is deceptively strong and indestructible. 626 (pronounced "six-two-six") is sentenced to exile, while Jumba himself is jailed. However, 626 escapes custody, steals a police cruiser ship, and heads to the planet Earth. Jumba gets sent on a mission to retrieve his creation along with a partner on board, self-proclaimed Earth expert Agent Pleakley (Kevin McDonald), who is forced to go along to keep an eye on him.

Masquerading as a dog, 626 is adopted by a little girl named Lilo Pelekai (Daveigh Chase) who is living with her 19-year-old sister Nani (Tia Carrere). Lilo is lonely and a bit of an outcast until she finds a new friend in 626 whom she names "Stitch".

Stitch! The Movie (2003)

Ex-Captain Gantu (Kevin Michael Richardson) is hired by the evil Dr. Hämsterviel (Jeff Bennett) to retrieve the remaining 625 experiments. Meanwhile, on Earth, Stitch is still not fitting in, but when trouble comes calling through the form of Experiment 221 (Frank Welker), he and Lilo must band together to stop his electrical rampage. Meanwhile Gantu ends up with a new ally, Experiment 625 (Rob Paulsen), but is displeased by his lazy behavior and love of sandwiches.

Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005)

Set at a time between the original film and Stitch! The Movie, Lilo (voiced by Dakota Fanning in this film) and her classmates are preparing for a hula competition where the winner gets to perform at the local May Day festival. Each student is required to create an original dance. While preparing for the competition, Stitch's past comes back to haunt him. It seems that after Stitch was created, Jumba did not get a chance to fully charge Stitch's molecules before they were both arrested. At first this glitch causes Stitch to revert to his old destructive programming, but it will ultimately destroy him if Jumba cannot create a charging pod before Stitch's energy runs out.

Leroy & Stitch (2006)

After three years, their mission to capture all 624 experiments and repurpose them on Earth has been completed, so Lilo and her family are honored as heroes by the Galactic Alliance. Despite originally turning down their new offered positions in order to stay with Lilo, Stitch and the crew separate to live out their ambitions. However, after Gantu frees Hämsterviel from his prison, they create a new experiment of their own, Leroy (Chris Sanders). Lilo and Stitch must reunite and unite every single experiment they have to fight Leroy and his army of duplicated clones.

Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003–06)

Continuing where Stitch! The Movie left off, Lilo and Stitch are given the task of collecting the rest of Jumba's missing experiments, changing them from bad to good, and finding the one place where they truly belong. Meanwhile, the former Captain Gantu and his reluctant partner, Experiment 625, try to capture the experiments for the imprisoned Dr. Hämsterviel.

Running for a total of 65 episodes over two seasons, The Series ended with the television film Leroy & Stitch.

Stitch! (2008–15)

The anime series features a Japanese girl named Yuna in place of Lilo, and is set on a fictional island off the shore of Okinawa instead of Hawaii. The first two seasons were animated and co-produced by the Japanese animation house Madhouse, while the third season and two television specials were animated by Shin-Ei Animation. Many of the characters, such as Jumba Jookiba and Pleakley, appear, as well as five villains; Captain Gantu, Dr. Jacques von Hämsterviel, Reuben, Experiment 627, and a new villain named Delia. It also features new experiments exclusive to this series. Although the series did very well in Japan, it has received only moderate praise everywhere else. 86 episodes (including three specials) were made from 2008 to 2011, while two post-series specials were released in 2012 and 2015.

Lilo & Stitch Pinball

Lilo & Stitch pinball is a pinball video game that was released on January 1, 2002 for Microsoft Windows.

Disney's Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise

Disney's Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise (titled simply Disney's Lilo & Stitch on the American release of the PlayStation version) is a platform video game developed by Blitz Games for PlayStation and Microsoft Windows that was released on June 14, 2002.

Disney's Lilo & Stitch (Game Boy Advance)

Disney's Lilo & Stitch is a side-scrolling platform video game based on the original film that was released on June 7, 2002 for the Game Boy Advance. It was developed by Digital Eclipse and published by Disney Interactive. The player takes control of a four-armed, plasma blaster-wielding Stitch who must fight his way past enemies and various other obstacles to complete the level. The game was met with mostly positive reviews; review aggregator sites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the game a score of 75.58% and 80 out of 100, respectively.

Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626

Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 is a platform game for the PlayStation 2 on June 19, 2002. It also serves as a prequel to the original film Lilo & Stitch. In the game, the player plays as Experiment 626 as he battles robots, mutated monsters (called Greemas), Experiment 621, and causes mass destruction. Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 is about finding DNA for Jumba's illegal genetic mutations. The game is set as a prequel to the first movie, describing 626's destructive rampage around the galaxy until his capture by the Galactic Federation.

Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 is a basic platformer, with an environment for exploring, item finding and fighting enemies. Plasma guns are the standard armaments. With his four arms, Stitch can equip up to 4 at once, but only 2 when climbing or holding an object. There are 2 special weapons: a "Big Gun" that fires guided rockets which do massive damage and a Freeze Ray which coats enemies in ice. Platformers commonly include collectibles that the player must equip and find to progress throughout the game. Stitch is under the control of Jumba at the time of the game, and he orders Stitch to find DNA samples, which assist him in performing more experiments. Squid bots allow the player to try and garner a "movie reel", these reels are used to buy various scenes from the movie. Stitch also can find gadgets to assist him in navigating the environment. Grapple guns are provided to allow Stitch to swing over hazardous substances or to reach difficult spots. A jet pack is also featured which can allow Stitch limited flight time.

Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 has many enemies in his dangerous and deadly quest for DNA. These include UGF soldiers, frogbots, heavy soldiers, Gantu's elite frogbots, mutant greemas and buzzers. Bosses include Dr. Habbitrale in his giant robot, 621 (after being mutated), and Gantu.

The game was met with mixed reception upon release; GameRankings gave it a score of 63.59%, while Metacritic gave it 59 out of 100.

Lilo & Stitch: Hawaiian Adventure

Lilo & Stitch: Hawaiian Adventure is a 2002 video game, which AllGame rated 3/5 stars, writing, "Less like an adventure game and more like a series of arcade games, there's enough entertainment on hand to get to the three-game finale."

Lilo & Stitch 2: Hämsterviel Havoc

Lilo & Stitch 2: Hämsterviel Havoc is an action-platform game developed by Climax Studios and published by Disney Interactive Studios for Game Boy Advance on October 12, 2004. Although it is based on Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Hämsterviel Havoc is a sequel to the Disney's Lilo & Stitch game released on the same platform in 2002. While the game is primarily a platform game, the player has the chance to play as other characters and vehicle segments. The game was met with average to mixed reception, as GameRankings gave it 71.67% based on 6 reviews, while Metacritic gave it 66 out of 100 based on 4 reviews.

Disney's Stitch Jam

Disney's Stitch Jam, known in Japan as Stitch! DS: Ohana to rhythm de Daibouken (スティッチ!DS オハナとリズムで大冒険, Stitch! DS: A Great Adventure of Ohana and Rhythm), is a rhythm video game and the first video game based on the Stitch! anime series. It was released in Japan on December 3, 2009, in North America on March 23, 2010 and in Europe on March 26, 2010. Different from past Lilo & Stitch adaptations, Disney's Stitch Jam has players taking control of Stitch and some of his cousins in variety of missions set in space, out on the seas, and in a variety of areas by touching musical notes and exclamation marks. In the game's story, Angel gets kidnapped by Gantu and Hämsterviel, and Stitch has to rescue her by traveling into ten worlds. Stitch is the main playable character, while Angel, Reuben and Felix are unlockable.

Motto! Stitch! DS: Rhythm de Rakugaki Daisakusen

Motto! Stitch! DS: Rhythm de Rakugaki Daisakusen ♪ (もっと!スティッチ!DS リズムでラクガキ大作戦♪) is a rhythm video game and a sequel of Disney's Stitch Jam. It was released in Japan on November 18, 2010. This game was not released in North America and Europe.

This game has the same gameplay as its prequel, Disney's Stitch Jam, and has more new features, characters, and experiments. This game is a modified engine of its prequel. Players can enjoy the rhythmic action of Stitch, who has a magic microphone that can draw his drawings on the air for decorations and traveling (which resembles and is a parody of Doraemon's secret tool, "Air Crayon"). Players can also dress up characters like Stitch and Angel.

Bomberman: Disney Stitch Edition

Bomberman: Disney Stitch Edition is a spin-off of the Bomberman franchise developed and published by Hudson Soft. Based on Stitch!, it was released in 2010 exclusively in Japan.

Other appearances

  • The franchise has been used in the Kingdom Hearts series:
  • In Kingdom Hearts II (2005), Stitch may be summoned alongside Sora to aid him in battles.
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (2010) features characters and the outer space environment from the franchise.
  • In Disney Friends (2007), players can voice and touch to control the actions and emotional behaviors of the game's characters, which includes Stitch.
  • In Disney Universe (2011), Stitch costumes are available in the game.
  • Stitch appears in the Tomorrowland area of Disneyland in Kinect: Disneyland Adventures (2011) as a meet-and-greet character, and like other characters in the game, he gives the player character quests to complete.
  • Lilo & Stitch is referenced in the Disney Infinity series (2013–2016):
  • In the first game (2013), two Lilo & Stitch-themed power discs were released in which players can use Stitch's plasma blasters and the "Hangin' Ten Stitch with Surfboard", a hoverboard with a miniature Stitch figure in front.
  • In Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2014), Stitch is a playable character, while the Lilo & Stitch franchise is tied-in to a Toy Box Expansion Game; a tower defense titled Stitch's Tropical Rescue, which features Agent Pleakley in cutscenes and voice-over. Several in-game toys related to the franchise were also added to the game series. He is part of the non-Marvel 2.0 Edition Toy Box starter pack, alongside Merida from Pixar's Brave. As with other playable characters in the series, Stitch can also be used in Disney Infinity 3.0 (2015).
  • Both title characters of the franchise appear in the Nintendo 3DS life simulation game Disney Magical World and its sequel, with the latter game also featuring a world based on the franchise.
  • Theme park attractions

    Various Lilo & Stitch-themed attractions have opened in Disney theme parks.

    Stitch's Great Escape!

    Stitch's Great Escape! is a "theatre in the round" show that opened in November 2004 in Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort as a replacement for The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter.

    Stitch's Supersonic Celebration

    Stitch's Supersonic Celebration was a short-lived stage show that ran from May 6, 2009 to June 27, 2009 at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Stitch Encounter

    Stitch Encounter is an interactive show similar to Turtle Talk with Crush that opened in 2006 at Hong Kong Disneyland at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Other versions of the attraction opened Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris (as Stitch Live!) in 2008, Tokyo Disneyland at Tokyo Disney Resort in Spring 2015, and Shanghai Disneyland Park at Shanghai Disney Resort in 2016. The original version in Hong Kong closed in 2016, and no versions of this attraction have ever opened at either American Disney resort.

    The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha e Komo Mai!

    The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha e Komo Mai! is a "theatre in the round" Audio-Animatronics show that opened in 2008 in Tokyo Disneyland at Tokyo Disney Resort, and is the fourth incarnation of The Enchanted Tiki Room.

    Reception

    The original Lilo & Stitch film received mostly positive critical reviews, while the direct-to-video and television sequels received mixed to negative reception.

    References

    Lilo & Stitch (franchise) Wikipedia