For all of the strange things that happen throughout this unusual Disney franchise, it's hard to deny that it and the ʻohana of focus have a lot of heart.
Heartwarming moments in the franchise:
- The final scenes really show off the affection the characters have developed for each other, particularly this speech:
Stitch: This is my family. I found it, all on my own. It's little, and broken, but still good. Yeah. Still good.
- Fridge Brilliance: Remember what the Grand Councilwoman said at Stitch's sentencing, when determining whether he was a monster? All he ever had to do was show that there was "something inside (him) that is good."
- Which is especially amazing because when they finally corner Stitch, who has been seen in the eyes of the Galactic Federation or whatever to be an irredeemable little monster, he simply stands up and talks to them. His only questions are if he has to leave, and if he can say goodbye.
- You know, make that any serious scene about ʻohana. "ʻOhana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind--or forgotten."
- It's easy to overlook since the scene is so focused on Nani and Lilo, but watch Stitch during the first mention of ʻohana. He starts off struggling in Nani's arms—at least until something Lilo says gets his undivided attention, namely "ʻOhana means family". Even better is the absolutely stunned look he gives Nani when she immediately closes the door after that same line. This is the first scene in the movie where Stitch seems to regard Lilo and Nani as if they are more than just his meat-shields.
- Stitch uses this word to comfort Nani when she thinks that Lilo is gone forever. This shows that he's willing to make up for the damage that he caused by saving Lilo. Not to mention the fact that Jumba agrees to release him and help in his own way to save Lilo.
- Stitch returning to save Lilo.
- The final photo at the end of the film: rather than it only being Lilo, Nani and their deceased parents, another photo is partly overlapping it now, so it looks like Stitch is sitting with them.
- The entire ending credits, plus photo montage with "Burning Love" in the background, could be seen as one long CMOH: It depicts Lilo's shattered family not only whole again, but bigger and happier than ever before.
- The frog, seemingly nothing more than a Brick Joke. But when Gantu makes his strafing run, the frog jumps on Stitch's head while eyeing Gantu's ship, giving the impression he's trying to shield Stitch from the attack. Which Stitch repays by saving him.
- The montage of Lilo, Nani, David, and Stitch at the beach that plays during "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride". Considering how many difficulties Nani, Lilo, and Stitch have been going through, seeing them all having fun together is very touching.
- When Agent Pleakley, the Obstructive Bureaucrat, realizes that Jumba and Stitch are about to have a showdown, his first instinct is to grab Lilo and get her out of there as fast as possible.
- While the ending credits were already mentioned, Cobra Bubbles deserves a special mention. After spending the entire movie being the scary (though extremely reasonable) government man, he helps rebuild Nani's house, sings at Lilo's birthday, and watches late night movies with the family while Lilo sits in his lap, with a smile that makes him look downright handsome.
- Stitch and his connection to Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. When he ransacks Lilo's bookshelf, nothing catches his eye except for that story. After Lilo tells him about the story, he then goes out twice to find his family.
- A small example, but Lilo's daughter Ani has inherited Scrump.
- While the scene that accompanies it is a Tear Jerker, the explanation for Lilo having not been able to reunite with Stitch when they were supposed to is apparently because Nani was having a baby and Lilo didn't want to leave her.
- The ending of "A Recurring Nightmare". Yuna, humming the song "Baby Mine" that her deceased mother sang to her, looks up in the sky, and the clouds form into the photo of baby Yuna being held by her mother.
The whole franchise
- This picture of a Lilo costumed character admiring a tile mural of Walt Disney himself.
- All because they do not wish others to suffer the way they do.
- Despite his departure from Disney to DreamWorks Animation, Chris Sanders continues to voice Stitch in Kingdom Hearts, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures, Disney Infinity, and just about every other opportunity he gets. Now that's sweet.
- Openly gay co-director and co-writer Dean DeBlois tweeted this sketch of Stitch waving the LGBT flag and Scrump waving a flag with the Human Rights Campaign logo after same-sex marriage was declared legal in all 50 states: Happy Stitch Day! Yes, you saw that right: June 26, 2015!
- A conspiracy theory behind the title. Lilo can be translated as "lonely" or "lost" in Hawaiian and Stitch simply means to sew back together. The title has been seen by some to mean "Lost and brought back together" referring to Stitch's presence mending the relationship between Lilo and Nani that has been broken after the death of their parents.
- Another interpretation of the title would be "Lost and Found", as both title characters lose something before or during the events of the film (Lilo's parents and Stitch's will to destroy) and would end up finding a new loving family in each other. (That, and there were TV spots that started with "Alien lost, paradise found.")