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  • 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.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • The ʻohana motto is sometimes misquoted as "Family means No One Gets Left Behind"; while the last five words are the name of the trope, in the motto those words are actually "nobody gets left behind".
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    • People believe that, due to Stitch's broken English, he said in his little speech about his family, "Is little, and broken, but still good." In actuality, he actually said the more grammatically correct "It's" in that sentence, not "Is".
  • Cash Cow Franchise: It's a Disney franchise. What did you expect? Although, to be more specific, it's the only major DAC-based cash cow from the Experimental Era of the 2000s, and its success is greater in certain regions like Japan. (In the U.S., it's more of a minor cash cow.)
  • 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.
  • Children Voicing Children: In the Western continuity, all the young human characters were voiced by child actors. Averted with the East Asian shows, which (quite obviously, especially in the English versions) had adults voicing children.
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  • Contest Winner Cameo: Tickle-Tummy (X-275), though she was accidentally left out of the list of experiments in Leroy & Stitch despite having been seen in The Series.
  • The Danza: According to Lilo's adoption paper, the rescue lady's real name is Susan Hegarty, which is the name of her voice actress.
  • Deleted Scenes:
  • Descended Creator: Chris Sanders voices Stitch in all Western animated incarnations of the character, as well as many of Disney's crossover works that were released after he left Disney for DreamWorks Animation, including Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures, and Disney Infinity. So despite his departure, Sanders continues to voice Stitch in every opportunity he gets, barring the two East Asian TV shows based on the franchise.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Not the film itself, thankfully, but the franchise was badly mismanaged by Disney in the U.S. thanks to their overly aggressive marketing of Stitch (especially in Walt Disney World), the Contested Sequel status of the later films and first TV series, and the absolute hatred towards Stitch's Great Escape!, which caused a number of older Disney fans to hold a grudge against him.
    • One minor instance of this during the development of the film was that Stitch's experiment number was originally supposed to be "666", but Disney told Sanders to change it, so he changed the tens digit to 2. In hindsight, this isn't a bad thing, considering that the number 626 has become practically synonymous with Stitch (the only other notable instance being an unremarkable mid-size car from Mazda).
  • Fandom Life Cycle:
    • In North America, the franchise peaked somewhere around Stages 3 or 4, but Disney's aforementioned Executive Meddling of the whole franchise caused it to lose all momentum and become a strange hybrid of all three Stage 6 scenarios, if only because it's still a reasonably successful Disney-owned franchise. Most Americans today seem to only vaguely remember Stitch and the ʻohana motto, and don't recall any of the sequel films, series, or most of the other characters besides maybe the other title character. The experiments even lost their Wikipedia article in 2016 since there were very few Western fans left on The Other Wiki to defend it.note  Tellingly, Disney's last major push for the franchise over there, the airing of the Stitch! anime's English dub in 2011 (which first debuted in Australia in 2009), ended in disaster with them pulling the anime off the air after only five episodes in less than a week due to supposed fandom backlash.
      • However, Stitch still has enough popularity in The New '10s to at least have been voted into Disney Infinity (starting with that series's second game) and Disney Heroes: Battle Mode, and still gets a regular flow of merchandise. Plus, Disney has been pushing more merchandise of Angel in the States, hosted a fan art contest with BoxLunch (Hot Topic) in 2018, a Live-Action Adaptation was reported to be in the works, Stitch & Ai had a surprise U.S. release in December 2018 (although that one didn't pan out and was later removed from legal U.S. viewing in June 2019), and the Disney Parks' Lilo & Stitch costumed characters other than the titular duo finally making a few appearances at Walt Disney World (albeit only for private or restricted events).
    • It's a little better going eastward with the franchise having a slightly bigger presence in Europe (not only did the anime's English and other language dubs air in full there, one can go see Stitch Live!, a.k.a. Stitch Encounter, in Disneyland Paris and possibly even see Jumba, Pleakley, and some of the other experiments over there during special events), while in East Asia, especially Japan, the franchise has near-mainstream popularity, considering the existence of the aforementioned anime and China's Stitch & Ai, Tokyo Disneyland having Stitch Encounternote  and their own exclusive Stitch-themed version of The Enchanted Tiki Room, their version of Fantasmic! having a Lilo & Stitch segment with Angel making an appearance, having more Lilo & Stitch characters available for regular meet-and-greets, and of course a crapton more Stitch merchandise being sold over there.
  • 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 ʻohana 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.) Even fewer fans surname some of the other experiments "Jookiba" after their creator (sometimes giving Stitch this surname as well).
  • Franchise Zombie: After 2006, the franchise has continued without any involvement from Chris Sandersnote  and without Lilo Pelekai as a lead character.
  • Image Source: The original film provides the page image for:
  • Name's the Same: The Galactic Federation is alternatively called the Galactic Alliance. The Galactic Federation itself shares the same name from the interstellar organization from Rick and Morty.
  • No Export for You:
    • Walt Disney Home Video inverted this from 2004-2009, when they sold a 2-Disc Lilo & Stitch DVD in Europe and Australia, but not the U.S. While they did originally announce that America would also get it in 2004, the date got repeatedly pushed back, until it ended up reaching stores the same day Bolt came to DVD.
    • Disney Stitch Jam's sequel was only released in Japan, since the first game received little attention when it was released internationally.
    • There was a Chinese iOS virtual card game that featured Stitch and the other experiments in cosplay, but it was only released in China, sadly.
  • 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.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Nani's boyfriend, David, was voiced by Jason Scott Lee in the first movie and Stitch Has a Glitch, and by Dee Bradley Baker in all subsequent appearances.
    • Mertle Edmonds was voiced by Miranda Paige Walls in the original film and the Trouble in Paradise PS1 and Windows game. Walls decided not to further pursue acting afterwards, so Liliana Mumy took over the role for all of Mertle's other appearances.
    • Ben Diskin has been the English voice of Stitch in animated works after Chris Sanders left The Walt Disney Company in 2007, playing the role in the Stitch! anime and Stitch & Ai. Likewise, Lilo & Stitch: The Series executive producer and screenwriter Jess Winfield has taken over the role of Jumba Jookiba in those two East Asian shows, replacing David Ogden Stiers (who would pass away on March 3, 2018). However, Sanders reprised his role as the voice of Stitch in other Disney works since the original parts of the Lilo & Stitch franchise ended in 2006, and Stiers also reprised his role of Jumba one last time in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
  • Quote Source: The original film provides the page quote for:
  • Revival by Commercialization: Many, many kids were introduced to Elvis Presley thanks to this movie.
  • Sending Stuff to Save the Show: A rather long-running one in the form of Save Lilo & Stitch, which has been around since 2004 (when it was believed at the time that The Series would end after its first season). It's little,note  and brokennote —not to mention their main site and Tumblr blog are in dire need of a major update and redesignnote —but its intentions of helping keep the franchise alive in some form are still good.note 
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: As mentioned above, the original climax had to be hastily re-animated due to the scene's resemblance to the then-recent September 11th attacks. Fortunately, the filmmakers realized that they never showed how Jumba and Pleakley arrived on Earth, and had the 747 remodeled into their spaceship and buildings into mountains.
  • Sequel in Another Medium: The GBA game serves as a sequel to the Disney hit.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • Despite the film trying its very best to avoid being dated by this trope, Lilo & Stitch is still clearly dated to the early 2000s by the facts that the tourists are using film cameras and Cobra uses a flip cell phone. Today's tourists would be using smartphones and tablets to take snapshots, and even CIA agents would be using smartphones themselves.
    • The design of Pleakley's communicator is also affected by this trope; while the device's touch screen and live video chatting capabilities are certainly ahead of its time when the film was made,note  those features are now standard on today's Earth smartphones. Not only that, but it has a thick casing and bezelnote  and the antennae on the device has to be pulled out in order to use it.note  And as for the round body... well, the Microsoft Kin ONEnote  says, "Hi!"
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • The original pitch involved an alien being discovered in the woods in Kansas — the story would've focused on woodland creatures not wanting to interact with the alien.
  • The Wiki Rule: A few on Fandom, but the most prominent is Lilo & Stitch Wiki (formerly known as Stitchipedia). However, the reliability of that wiki is questionable at best as it has a gluttony of information made up by fans (especially of unseen experiments) and needs quite a bit of clean up. Not only that, most of the more reliable information (and, unfortunately, some of the fan-made ones) found over there can be found on The Disney Wiki anyway. At one point, the wiki was bloated with (mostly bad) fan art and fan tracings of experiments both seen and unseen, though the current administration thankfully got around to taking them all down.

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