Trivia / Lilo & Stitch

Trivia pages for works in the franchise:

Trivia for the original film, Stitch Has a Glitch, and the franchise in general:

  • Actor Allusion: Kevin McDonald's character Pleakley dresses as a woman to blend in... something Kevin has done quite well with The Kids in the Hall.
  • Cast the Expert: Tia Carrere and Jason Scott Lee, who play Nani and David, respectively, are both native Hawaiians and were often approached for advice on how to make their dialogue sound more authentically Hawaiian.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: Tickle-Tummy (275), though she was accidentally left out the list of experiments in Leroy & Stitch despite having been seen in The Series.
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  • Descended Creator: Chris Sanders voices Stitch in all animated incarnations of the character, except for the anime. This includes Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures, and Disney Infinity, all of which were released after he left Disney for DreamWorks Animation. So despite his departure, Sanders continues to voice Stitch in every opportunity he gets.
  • Doing It for the Art: This is one of the only Disney films since the company's heyday that can truly be called "experimental": complete creative control was given to a small team, who designed the entire production and characters to resemble of one employee's personal drawing style. It was also the first since Dumbo to use watercolored backgrounds (that's right, the first one in over 60 years). The result is something intimate and completely distinct.
    • This extends to "inter-STITCH-als": the one in which Stitch hijacks The Little Mermaid was done with cels and an analog camera because that film was made before Disney started using digital ink and paint. The production team went to the trouble of using a cumbersome, outdated technique all for the sake of one joke.
  • Dueling Movies: With Men in Black II, which also dealt with aliens with rules and featured the OTHER King, Michael Jackson. Disney won. It also went up against (and had a better fight with) the live-action Scooby-Doo movie. It also debuted on the same day as another sci-fi film, Minority Report, with which it had a close battle on opening weekend in the domestic box office. (Minority Report earned less than $500,000 more money, but Lilo & Stitch sold more tickets because many of the attendees were children, who pay lower ticket prices.)
  • Fan Nickname: This is stretching the trivia term quite a bit, but some fans add Lilo's surname (Pelekai) to Stitch's name to signify the closeness he has with his 'ohana and to portray him as being more like a brother to Lilo and Nani instead of just a pet like he's legally adopted as. (Mind you that the franchise already portrays him as a brother figure to the Pelekai sisters through his interactions with them, primarily Lilo.)
  • Orphaned Reference: Lilo taking and adorning her wall with photos of sunbathers might come off as just one of her quirks, but it was originally intended to be her way of dealing with racist white tourists, who would regularly stop her and ask if she was "going to do a hula dance" for them. This (understandably) made her feel like a caged animal, and the photos were her way of doing it right back to them.
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  • Revival by Commercialization: Many, many kids were introduced to Elvis Presley thanks to this movie.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Chris Sanders' original pitch involved Stitch living alone in a forest in the Midwest and having the ability to imitate nature sounds, as the weather was the only thing that didn't run away from him in terror. Then-president of Walt Disney Feature Animation Thomas Schumacher suggested putting Stitch among humans, as the forest would already be "alien" for most viewers.
    • Stitch Has a Glitch was actually meant to be released in theaters after The Jungle Book 2, which is the reason why it has better production values. However, after the failure of the latter movie, Disney decided to release all the remaining planned theatrical sequels Direct-to-Video.
    • Lilo was originally supposed to be a witch who cursed people with her voodoo doll. This was changed in the movie, but some video games, like Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise, were given this description of Lilo to work with and were never informed to change it, so ended up using it.
    • Early in development, the social worker was planned to be a slim Caucasian man with glasses before it was decided he should be a threatening-looking former CIA agent.