Western Animation / Leroy & Stitch

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Disney's Leroy & Stitch is a 2006 animated television film. It is the Grand Finale film of Lilo & Stitch: The Series, and the fourth and last film in the Lilo & Stitch franchise (although not the franchise's last work). It aired on Disney Channel on June 23, 2006, aired on Toon Disney three days later, and was released to DVD the day after Toon Disney's broadcast.

Having captured all six hundred twenty-five experiments, Lilo and the gang are rewarded by the Grand Councilwoman for their good work. Jumba gets the key to his old lab, Pleakley gets a post as head of Earth Studies at the Galactic Alliance Community College, Stitch is granted a commission as a captain of the Galactic Armada, and Lilo becomes ambassador for Earth to the Galactic Federation and the sole official caretaker of the experiments. However, this means they will have to split up, and after a sad goodbye, they go their separate ways.

However, Hämsterviel has once again escaped thanks to the efforts of Gantu, and he seeks to wrest control of the Federation, with the forced help of Jumba and his newly-running laboratory.


Leroy & Stitch provides examples of:

  • Ambadassador: Lilo to the Galactic Federation.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: Lilo, Stitch, all the reformed experiments, and Gantu take on wave after wave of Leroy clones.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Reuben, who up until now has spent the series making sandwiches and wisecracking at Gantu, gets a Crowning Moment of Awesome when he successfully repairs Gantu's crashed ship, something Gantu had been unable to do all series.
  • Chair Reveal: In this case, also a type of Chekhov's Gun.
  • Chekhov's Armoury: Lilo's departing gifts to Stitch, Pleakley and Jumba. Stitch's gift was a tiki necklace which allowed Lilo to identify Leroy as an impostor because he wasn't wearing it. Next was a rock given to Pleakley that was used to disrupt the event horizon of a black hole that he, Stitch and Jumba were hurtling into and allow them to escape. Finally there was the "Aloha 'Oe" record given to Jumba which he used to create a secret mechanism in Leroy that made him shut down if he (or his clones) heard it. This ends up leading to both a Crowning Moment and a Crowning Music of Awesome at the end where Stitch, Lilo, Reuben and a bunch of Stitch's cousins put on a concert to defeat the Leroy clone army at the end.
  • Concert Climax: Version A example; it turns out Leroy's one weakness is a shut-down trigger induced by Jumba's keepsake record of "Aloha 'Oe". In order to magnify its effectiveness against an army of Leroy and his clones, the heroic cast put on a concert. Kicking it "Up to Evil Eleven", in Jumba's own words.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Nani and Lilo's talk on the hammock.
    • At one point during his battle with Stitch, Leroy is buried under a pile of wreckage. His emergence from the rubble is very similar to Stitch's in the first movie.
    • The frog from the first movie makes an appearance in a scene.
    • While Leroy is scouting Lilo's room, he pulls out a bunch of books from Lilo's bookstand, looks at them and chucks them away, much like Stitch in the first movie. One of the books that catches his attention is The Log Book (a book about logs) which Stitch also looks through in the first movie.
    • He also steals a can from the fridge, like Nani catches Stitch doing in the first movie.
    • Leroy steals the experiment photo album Lilo was compiling in the last episode of The Series.
    • Hämsterviel uses a pile of books to make himself look taller, just as he does in Stitch! The Movie.
    • At the beginning of "Aloha 'Oe", Stitch breaks one of his guitar strings.
    • During the ceremony at the beginning, the Grand Councilwoman called Pleakley and Lilo by their full names. Previously in the franchise, their respective first and last names were mentioned or shown only once. Pleakley's first name (Wendy) was first revealed in The Series episode, "Fibber", while Lilo's surname (Pelekai) was shown on the adoption paper for Stitch all the way back in the original film.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Almost every experiment who were previously shown in The Series gets a scene, usually in one of three sequences in the film: at the beginning of the movie as Jumba's ship takes off, shown in their new lives before being captured by Leroy, or in the battle with the Leroy clones.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Why would the black hole drop them off right where Lilo and Reuben were?
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Pleakley on the phone to Jumba: "Don't you miss your Aunt Pleakley? I'm wearing the wiiig...!" We've gone way past subtext at this point.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Log Book is a book about logs.
  • Grand Finale: For The Series. Would also be this for the whole franchise had the anime not come along.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Stitch is colored blue, while Leroy is colored red.
  • Happy Ending: Subverted in the intro. Theoretically, they should be content with Stitch being the Captain of the Galactic Armada, Jumba getting to go back to his lab, and Pleakley getting to teach others about Earth. However, they ultimately realize that their life just isn't complete without each other or Lilo. Fortunately, she leaves them gifts which ultimately lead to Hämsterviel's undoing later, and they figure out how to have a proper happy ending at the end.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Gantu and 625/Reuben both do this in the end and are allowed to be captain and galley officer for the Galactic Armada, respectively.
  • I Choose to Stay: Stitch, Jumba, and Pleakley at the end.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The robot security drones at the prison asteroid as Gantu attempts to free Hämsterviel. Justified as Gantu knows the ship better than anyone else on account of being a former captain of the Galactic Armada and he could likely resist their gunfire anyway given how strong his race is.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: Jumba is kidnapped (again), this time in order to create a new genetic Super Soldier ("Leroy") for Hämsterviel to make an army of clones of.
  • Logo Joke: After the logo is formed, the background turns into space as the castle goes into hyperdrive.
  • Lucky Charms Title: As seen on the cover above, the film's title is stylized as Leroy Lilo & Stitch with Lilo's name struck-through (which we can't render in text here) and Leroy's name "written" over it. Ironically however, Lilo is arguably the protagonist in this film.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Stitch's tiki.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Hämsterviel is dumb enough to tell Gantu that he'll be fired as soon as he's finished locking up Lilo and Reuben. Naturally, Gantu decides that he's got nothing to lose, and releases them. This comes back to haunt Hämsterviel when he ends up in prison again, and this time there's nobody who is willing to release him.
  • Mooks: The Leroys.
  • No Name Given: Inverted for Leroy — he is given a name but no number. Jumba tries to number him 627, but Gantu reminds him that he already made an Experiment 627.
  • Palette Swap: The shots of the experiments standing in Aloha Stadium include many recolorings and slight edits of pre-existing experiments to inflate the number of them seen in these shots, trying to make it seem like Hämsterviel and Leroy have all the experiments.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Played straight with Lilo in the opening scene.
  • Put Their Heads Together: Angel does this to two of the Leroy clones.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Hämsterviel has the following conversation with minion Gantu:
    Hämsterviel: I think that went very well, don't you?
    Gantu: Actually, I think...
    Hämsterviel: I did not ask you what you think!
    Gantu: Actually, you did. I...
    Hämsterviel: No! It was a rhetorical question! Don't you know what a rhetorical question is?
    Gantu: Yes, sir. I believe it's...
    Hämsterviel: No, no! That was a rhetorical question too! Argh!
  • Series Fauxnale: Thanks to the anime that came two years later.
  • Ship Tease: Jumba and Pleakley get quite a bit of it this go around, as do Bonnie and Clyde — in the group portrait at the end, he's got his arm around her and she's leaning into him.
  • Single Specimen Species: All the experiments. Even Leroy, if you don't count the cloning.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Hawaii Five-O theme plays as Leroy captures all the experiments.
    • Hämsterviel sends Jumba, Pleakley and Stitch to co-ordinates 12-21-979, the location of a black hole. The release date of The Black Hole was December 21, 1979.
    • Jumba cranks up the volume of the amplifier for the end song "up to evil eleven".
    • The day is saved through The Power of Rock and a reinterpreted pop song disabling a horde of mind-controlled villains dressed in a flamboyant costume with an electric guitar. Not unlike the climax of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Hämsterviel to the Grand Councilwoman.
  • The Movie: Well, they already did that before for The Series, but this movie is more fitting of the trope.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: "Aloha 'Oe".
    • Actually an inversion, believe it or not — if Leroy hears the song, he shuts off, a switch that also applies to his clones. Naturally, Lilo, Stitch, and company perform a rockin' concert to accomplish this. So it's really more of a Theme Music Power Down for the villains.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Since 625's trademark food is sandwiches, this leads Lilo to name him after one.
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