Leroy & Stitch is a 2006 animated television film and the Grand Finale film of Lilo & Stitch: The Series. It is the fourth and last film in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, but not the franchise's last work; not by a long shot. It is, however, the conclusion to the original Western-produced, Lilo-focused parts of the franchise, much to a number of fans' chagrin. 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. Unfortunately, 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.
- Antagonist Title: The first word of the full title.
- Being Good Sucks: Lilo deciding Stitch, Pleakley, and Jumba should leave Earth to pursue their dream jobs.
- 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 Moment of Awesome when he successfully repairs Gantu's crashed ship, something Gantu had been unable to do all series.
- Calling Me a Logarithm: As Gantu was leaving to break Hämsterviel out of jail, he complained about 625's way of making an egg salad:625: You're gonna miss my egg salad!Gantu: Not enough mayonnaise, and too much dill weed.625: What did you call me?!
- The Cameo: Apparently, Timon and Pumbaa are experiments.
- 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 ʻOe" 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 Awesome Music 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 ʻOe". 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 ʻOe", 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?
- Demoted to Extra: David Kawena only appears at the end; subverted when his only line is saying "Aloha" in a photo shot of Lilo's ohana and the experiments.
- Despair Event Horizon: Lilo succumbs to despair after learning Hämsterviel has taken over the council and sent Stitch, Jumba, and Pleakley into a black hole. Reuben's speech and Gantu opening their cell, though, shake her out of it.
- Disappeared Dad: The movie makes a startling, out-of-left-field reveal about Mertle's backstory, and plays it for laughs:Mertle: I bet your dog ran away from you, and I also bet he's never coming back.
Yuki: Just like Mertle's dad.
Mertle: Quiet, Yuki!
- 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.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Link (X-251) appeared in this film first before his episode debuted.note
- Easily Forgiven: After switching, Gantu is immediately accepted. Of course, he was never particularly evil to start with.
- Eviler Than Thou: Gantu is more serious, but he still just sees this as a job to pay his bills. For all his quirks, Hämsterviel is openly vicious and vindictive.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Log Book is a book about logs.
- Friendship Moment: Gantu and Reuben saying "Aloha" to each other. Happens again when Gantu requests Reuben be made his galley officer.
- Grand Finale: For The Series and the original Western-produced, Lilo-focused continuity of the franchise. Tony Craig and Jess Winfield,note both of whom have since moved on to Stitch & Ai, are intending to keep it that way.
- 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.
- HeelFace 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.
- Ironic Echo: "That was a rhetorical question."
- Kicked Upstairs: Pleakley is promoted to the chair of Earth studies at the Galactic Alliance Community College [G.A.C.C.] by the Grand Councilwoman. Unfortunately, he is disappointed to find that the job isn't as exciting as he thought it was:Pleakley's Assistant: Is that a real earth rock?Pleakley: Why yes, yes it is.Assistant: You've actually been to Earth? You must tell me everything!Pleakley: Of course, but you will have to wait for my first lecture: "Perspectives on Earthiana: A One-Eyed View".Assistant: Lecture? You don't give lectures.Pleakley: I don't? Oh well, then in my first class you can always—Assistant: And you don't have classes, either. You're a supervising professor. That's why you get all this great stuff: the office, the encyclopedias, your own walk-in closet and wardrobe.Pleakley [dejectedly]: Oh, right. Could we take a look at that, um, new wardrobe?
Jumba: Jumba would like to return to Earth as well.Pleakley: You would? But what about your lab?Jumba: Jumba is finally understanding 'ohana is more important. Don't have to be evil genius to see that.Pleakley: Well, then, I surely don't need a non-teaching teaching job.Grand Councilwoman: Your point being?Pleakley: Crazyhead! I want to go home!Lilo: That's all I want, too: to go home with my ʻohana.Stitch: Ih.
- At the end, when they attend an award ceremony for capturing Dr. Hämsterviel and the Leroys, Stitch returns to Earth, Jumba gives up his old laboratory, and Pleakley resigns his dead-end position at G.A.C.C.:
- 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.
- Kill Em All: Hämsterviel's plans to eliminate every other experiment.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The stadium the experiments are brought to is Aloha Stadium in Halawa, Hawaii (a suburb of Honolulu), but the stadium's name isn't mentioned. The only sign seen on the stadium is a hanging banner that says "Aloha Palooza", which appears to be the name of a concert event that was to be held there (as shown by how quickly Lilo, Stitch, Reuben, Jumba, and Pleakley set up their impromptu concert).
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the end, Lilo has everyone gather together for the last picture for her book.
- Logo Joke: After the logo is formed, the background turns into space as the castle goes into hyperdrive.
- Lucky Charms Title: The film's title is stylized on the DVD cover (seen on top) 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.
- Name and Name: This time, it's an antagonist's name taking one part of the title.
- 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.
- Punny Name: Leroy's name, which starts with "L" and has "o" as its fourth letter, plays off of Lilo's name in the title.
- 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: Ah, I think that went very well, don't you?Gantu: Actually, sir, I think—Hämsterviel: I didn't ask what you think!Gantu: Actually, you did. I—Hämsterviel: 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! [A frustrated Hämsterviel facepalms at Gantu's stupidity] Argh!
Hämsterviel: It has taken Leroy a few paltry hours to succeed while you took three years to fail. What is wrong with you?!Gantu: Well, I have a bad knee.Hämsterviel: No! That was a rhetorical question, you don't answer it! Now will you get me down from this chair!Gantu: Uh, was that a rhetorical question?Hämsterviel: No! That one was not-- Get me down, get me down!Lilo: He's on the aloha team now.Gantu: You never did understand the meaning of "aloha", did you?Hämsterviel: Well, I think it means—Gantu: Uh, that was a rhetorical question. [Hämsterviel groans in frustration at being outwitted by Gantu]
- Lampshaded after Leroy has reported that all of Jumba's experiments [except Stitch and Reuben] have been caught:
- Series Fauxnale: Thanks to the Stitch! anime that came two years later in Japan, then again over a decade after this film thanks to the Chinese series Stitch & Ai (which was partly worked on by some of the guys who did this film and Lilo & Stitch: The Series).
- Secondary Character Title: To be honest, Stitch has more of a supporting role in this film than a leading role, and Leroy is only a secondary antagonist since Hämsterviel is still the main Big Bad. If anything, a more accurate title for this movie would be "Lilo & Reuben".
- 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.
- The Hawaii Five-O theme plays as Leroy captures all the experiments.
- Hämsterviel sends Jumba, Pleakley and Stitch to coordinates 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 ʻOe", which is 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.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: 625's snark about partnerships early on is what gives Gantu the idea to dump him and break Hämsterviel out of prison.
- You Can Talk?: Mertle's reaction to Gigi talking for the first time.