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Trivia / Lilo & Stitch: The Series

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See also the Trivia page for the whole franchise and the original film, and the Trivia pages of this show's pilot and finale films.

  • Actor Allusion: In one episode Pleakley claims he and Jumba are "Canadians from Canadia." Kevin McDonald is Canadian.
  • Big in Japan: Sparky and Angel were popular enough to appear in Kingdom Heartsnote  and Stitch!, as well as numerous Japanese merchandise based on Lilo & Stitch, despite debuting in Stitch! The Movie and the American animated series.
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  • Bonus Episode: "Link" was this for the DVD release of Leroy & Stitch, and it aired as the last episode of The Series a month later.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Jess Winfield stated on his TV Tome Q&A thread (partial fan archive here) that his favorite episode was "Yin-Yang", saying that the episode's experiments, story, and theme worked well together. "Angel" and "Bonnie & Clyde" were also his other favorites. However, he stated this in December 2004, during the early days of the second season, so it's unknown if his opinions have changed afterward.
  • Creator's Pest: Keoni Jameson; see below under Executive Meddling.
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  • Doing It for the Art: The show makers had to push for the Recess crossover because execs didn't want to use a series that had been cancelled for five years.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The executives did not like Angel and didn't want her to appear again. After finding out about her popularity among fans, they relented, but only for the last episode. Of course, nowadays, Disney is all too willing to give her some regular promotion and merchandise, and they made sure to make up for screwing her out of this show by giving her several more appearances through the following Stitch! anime.
    • On the other hand, Keoni Jameson was mandated by Disney execs as an audience avatar. The fans and the writers hated him for it.
    • The show was originally conceived as an action-adventure series with a similarly somber tone as the film, but Disney Channel wanted something Lighter and Softer. One could even possibly tell from watching the pilot Stitch! The Movie, as there are some elements of the original film's melancholic tone in a few scenes.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • 627 is given the name "Evile" by fans (and, previously, even wikis) due to "evil" being the only word he said, at least initially. He was never named by anyone in the franchise proper.
    • On the flip side, Leroy from Leroy & Stitch is also called Experiment 629 by fans and wikis. Although some commercials that aired before his debut and some Japanese merchandise number him 628, there was already an Experiment 628 as seen in pod form at the end of 627's episode. 628 was never activated, and Leroy was never officially numbered by Jumba. (Jumba tried to number him 627, but Gantu reminded him that he already made Experiment 627.)
  • He Also Did: Executive producer Jess Winfield is a co-founder of the Reduced Shakespeare Company.
  • High Definition: Although it was made during an era where most households still had standard-def TVs, all sixty-five episodes of Lilo & Stitch: The Series were produced in HD. Not many fans know that, however, but thankfully reruns on Disney Junior and later Disney XD have used the HD versions, so fans may be increasingly aware of this show's HD origins.
  • Image Source: A crop from "Angel" currently provides the page image for Sweetie Graffiti.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Pleakley is voiced by Kevin McDonald from The Kids in the Hall; when his family came to visit in "Fibber", his former castmates provided their voices. Scott Thompson was his mom, Bruce McCullough was his sister and Mark McKinney was his brother. Dave Foley was the priest.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • As detailed under No Export for You below, only a handful of episodes received some form of home video release in the United States. The show was available in the country's DisneyNow service during Summer 2018, but it has since been delisted. A petition exists on to give the show a DVD (and, to a lesser extent, Blu-ray) release, but as of February 28, 2019, it's at least two years old and has only a little over 600 supporters.
    • Illegal uploads of show do exist, but the more easily accessible ones use the 4:3 standard-def versions, while the high-definition ones usually come from PAL region-based recordings (which means that, just like with most illegal uploads of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, episodes are slightly sped-up and are higher-pitched compared to the normal NTSC versions).
  • Missing Episode: The crossover episode with Recess never aired on Disney Channel, possibly because the network was worried that the kids that were into Lilo & Stitch would have no idea what Recess is.
  • No Export for You:
    • The Series has been fully released on DVD, but only in Japan. Some episodes were also released on DVD in other regions, but not in full, and there has never been a Region 1 (the United States and Canada) DVD release of The Series. In those two countries, "Mr. Stenchy" and "Clip" were released on a DVD game called Lilo & Stitch's Island of Adventures, "Slushy" and "Poxy" were released on separate Game Boy Advance Video cartridges,note  and "Link" is a bonus feature on the Leroy & Stitch DVD.
    • On the digital distribution and streaming front, all four Lilo & Stitch films are on services such as iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix, but The Series had never been made legally available to watch online in the United States until Summer 2018 when the show was added to the DisneyNow streaming service. However, it was only available during the summer and has since been removed from the service.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In the episodes where Cobra Bubbles appear, Kevin Michael Richardson voiced him. Ving Rhames does voice the character though, but only as one of Experiment 300's shapeshifted forms in "Spooky" and not for the actual Cobra Bubbles.
    • Dee Bradley Baker replaced Jason Scott Lee as the voice of David in The Series.
    • In her first appearance, Victoria is voiced by Daveigh Chase, which lead to Talking to Herself with Lilo, and in her second appearance, Alyson Stoner voiced her.
  • Quote Source: This series provides the page quote for A Birthday, Not a Break.
  • Screwed by the Network:
    • Subverted, sort of. Some fans believe that Disney canceled the show, but in actuality, the show was planned to be a 65-Episode Cartoon from the start. Never mind the fact that Disney did produce a finale film for the show.
    • Disney did botch the airing of new episodes throughout its second season, however. There was some months long hiatuses between airings of new episodes during that season, taking nearly two years to get through season two has as a result, despite having a third less episodes than season one.
  • Talking to Himself: Lots of them, including Jeff Bennett, Nancy Cartwright, Grey DeLisle, Tress MacNeille, Rob Paulsen, Chris Sanders, Tara Strong and Frank Welker.
  • Technology Marches On: VCRs and videocassettes were shown or referenced a few times in the show. Those things were already in decline by the time The Series debuted and would become completely obsolete in just a few years.note  Other episodes also showed some older Earth-based computers.
  • Trolling Creator: To some extent; that pod of Experiment 628 seen at the end of "627"? That was just a joke added in.note 
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Along with what's written under Technology Marches On above, the episode "Drowsy" has the titular duo prevent Gantu and Reuben from kidnapping... Regis Philbin. And yes, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? got a Shout-Out.
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