Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch is a 2005 Direct-to-Video animated science-fiction comedy-drama film directed by Tony Leondisnote and produced by Disneytoon Studios. It is the third film released in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, though it is the second film in the franchise's chronology, taking place between the events of the 2002 original film and Stitch! The Movie. This is also the only film in the franchise where Lilo is not voiced by Daveigh Chase. Instead, her good friend, famed actress Dakota Fanning, voices her here.
After Stitch awakes from a nightmare in which he was evil again, attacking Lilo and the people on Kaua'i, Lilo reassures him that his "goodness level" is now higher than ever. After the two arrive at the halau hula, "Kumu" Moses announces that Lilo and the other students must prepare an original hula dance for the upcoming May Day festival, for which there will be a competition. Lilo is inspired to win after Moses shows her a photograph of her late mother winning it in the past at her age. However, during a family fun night, Stitch abruptly freaks out and suddenly reverts to his former destructive behavior for a bit. Jumba realizes that Stitch is suffering from a glitch that is the result of not having his molecules fully charged when he was created, since "those idiot police" cut off the charging process when they arrested Jumba and Stitch. If Jumba doesn't make a new fusion chamber soon, Stitch will shut down permanently. Meanwhile, while Lilo is preparing for the hula competition, Stitch continues to have more destructive fits and threatens to ruin her chances of winning the competition, causing some serious friction in their friendship.
This film was originally slated for a theatrical release, but poor returns from The Jungle Book 2 made Disney reconsider just as it was complete. Considering that none of the other experiments are mentioned, neither Gantu nor Hämsterviel appear, and that this movie has considerably high production values, it's pretty obvious that it was meant to be theatrical.
Also included on this film's DVD and Disney+ extras is a short film, The Origin of Stitch, which also takes place before Stitch! The Movie. In it, Stitch finds Jumba's secret computer revealing what strange and horrible creatures were used to make the otherwise cute and fluffy experiment, and even hints at the other experiments.
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- A Day in the Life: The film partly serves to show what the Pelekai ʻohana's life is like after the original film, with the A-plot involving Lilo and Stitch preparing for an ultimately inconsequential hula competition.
- Ascended Extra: David becomes slightly more prominent in this film compared to the rest of the franchise. He is involved in a B-plot where he is lead (by Pleakley) to believe that his and Nani's relationship isn't going so well, appears with the immediate ʻohana for Family Fun Night despite not living with them, goes with them in the climax to try to convince Stitch to stay with them, and dances the hula with them in the ending.
- Award-Bait Song: "Always", the original song made for this film. It's actually introduced as a song that Lilo's mother used to sing to her, after Lilo was reminded of it by two locals.
- Back from the Dead: It's stated that Stitch died for real, but Lilo's tears revived him near the end.
- Berserk Button: "You'll never be like your mom!" Cue Lilo beating the living hell out of Mertle.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Lilo describes the story of the Hawaiian goddess Hi'iaka as a story about friendship, jealousy, and death by molten lava.
- Butt-Monkey: Poor Pleakley.
- Dance Party Ending: The last scene in the film shows Lilo doing her hula dance along with Stitch, Nani, Jumba, Pleakley, and David on the stage... to no one, at night, as the hula competition had ended well after Lilo abandoned it to look for Stitch.
- Darker and Edgier: One of the rare times a Disney sequel is this to the original film.
- Disney Death: Stitch. The Tear Jerker moment when everyone thinks Stitch is dead is surprisingly long and drawn out for a Disney movie, so that even snarkers who think Disney would never kill Stitch off begin to have their doubts.
- Doing In the Scientist: After they are too late to save Stitch from his malfunction and he shuts down, Lilo's tear brings him back to life. Pleakley asks Jumba for the scientific explanation. Jumba proudly states (as if he knew any other way to state things) that there is no possible scientific explanation, declares it a miracle, and celebrates.
- Dramedy: This film is the only Lilo & Stitch sequel to maintain the comedic-dramatic style of the original film.
- Dream Intro: Stitch has a nightmare about turning bad once again and causing destruction to Earth. This is because his molecules haven't been completely charged by the time of his creation.
- Deus ex Machina: During Stitch's death, Lilo's tears revive him. It's even lampshaded by Jumba.
- Famous Last Words: Stitch says, "Stitch sorry," just before dying. Subverted as he comes back to life.
- Fisticuff-Provoking Comment: Stitch is forced to restrain Lilo when Mertle gloats that she'll beat her at the hula-dancing contest. But when Mertle says that Lilo will never be as good as Lilo's late mother was, Stitch lets a furious Lilo go and proceeds to photograph the ensuing catfight.
- Flush the Evidence: Discussed, when Lilo deadpans to Stitch, "Next time, flush the evidence." Stitch responds by miming flushing a toilet and making a "ka-shush" noise.
- Foregone Conclusion: The aforementioned Disney Death, due to the movie being an Interquel.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Stitch gets these whenever he malfunctions.
- Hypocritical Humor: Stitch licks Lilo in their fight and she did not like it. In the original film however, she licks Nani during their fight after Cobra's first visit.
- I Am a Monster: This is a reformed Stitch's fear, believing that he's still a dangerous destructive creature, to the point that he chose to go into self-imposed exile so not to harm anyone. What he didn't know was that he was actually going through seizure episodes that caused him to freak out.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Stitch bawls loudly and messily after the map is destroyed.
- Interquel: It takes place between the original film and the pilot movie of The Series.
- Jerkass Realization: Lilo has one when Stitch seems to have died, realizing how selfish she's been and that she hasn't been thinking about how much Stitch needed her.Lilo: Stitch... I'm so sorry. (sighs) I kept saying how I needed you, but you needed me more. (puts the flower that was in her hair on Stitch's chest, then sniffles) You're my 'ohana, Stitch. And.... (shudders a bit, and hugs him) And I'll always love you. (sobbing)
- Let Me at Him!: Stitch has to hold Lilo back when Mertle taunts her, but when the latter tells her she won't be as good a dancer as her deceased mother, he lets Lilo go and photographs the ensuing smackdown.
- Musicalis Interruptus: The musicians suddenly stop the song for Lilo's hula upon noticing she left mid-performance to find Stitch.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The whole cause of the movie was because the space police arrested Jumba and unplugged Stitch before his molecules were full charged. As Jumba put it, "Those idiot police!"
- No Antagonist: There is no true villain here. The real conflict comes from Stitch malfunctioning and his impending death. Mertle does cause some issues for Lilo early on, but that's because Mertle is being a bully to Lilo as usual.
- Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: It's called Lilo & Stitch 2, but this is referring to the fact that it is chronologically the second film in the franchise, not the second released (that would be Stitch! The Movie). It is also the only film in the franchise to receive a subtitle, which Rhymes on a Dime here. Oddly enough, the subtitle Stitch Has a Glitch does not appear within the film itself, which suggests that it was a marketing decision for the video release.
- "Pan Up to the Sky" Ending: The movie ends with a shot of the night sky as Lilo and Nani know their mother is watching them.
- Papa Wolf: Jumba, in a flashback when Stitch has just been created, and Jumba is attempting to charge Stitch's molecules, only for the Galactic Police to come bursting in, becomes one to Stitch as he tries to stop the Galactic Police from taking Stitch away:Galactic Officer: You are under arrest for illegal genetic experimentation.
Jumba: You idiots, you will ruin everything! Oh no!
Galactic Officer: Yeah, tell it to the Council. You two, get the evidence.\\Jumba: Stop, his molecules aren't fully charged! No, no, no! Oh!Computer: Warning! Warning! Electromagnetic bonding incomplete.Jumba: No, no, there's no telling what will happen! Let me go, noo! What will become of my little monstrosity?
- Photo Montage: Lilo's fight against Mertle is shown in this manner, taken by Stitch with her instant film camera. Among these photos is a selfie of him smiling for the scene happening in the background (you can see it on the Funny page). Moses shows these photos to Nani afterwards.
- Pietà Plagiarism: When Stitch dies, Lilo holds him in this fashion. It's okay though, he gets better.
- Poor Communication Kills: Jumba finds out what's wrong with Stitch almost immediately after it starts, but is so busy trying to fix it (with Pleakley's help) that he rarely leaves his lab and doesn't tell anyone on the few occasions that he does, nor does anyone think to ask him why Stitch is acting so weird. Meanwhile, most of the conflict in the film happens because Lilo doesn't know Stitch isn't acting crazy on purpose—while Stitch is freaking out in confusion—which culminates in Stitch running away just when Jumba needs him to be at home because he mistakenly thinks he's turning evil.
- The Power of Love: The subject of Lilo's hula. Also what saves Stitch at the end.
- Retcon: The fact that Jumba was apprehended immediately after Stitch's creation retcons the events of some of the Comic Zone prequels, the events of the Stitch: Experiment 626 video game and Experiment 621 out of existence, though 621 theoretically could've been captured during The Series.
- Sequel Non-Entity: Surprisingly for a Disneytoon sequel, not only does this film not introduce any new characters, but much of the major and minor characters from both the original film and the other sequel material fail to show up, including Gantu, Hämsterviel, Cobra Bubbles, the Grand Councilwoman, and Stitch's "cousins".
- Series Continuity Error:
- The design of the Pelekai house, most notably Lilo and Stitch's domed bedroom, does not match up with how it appears in The Series. This is because the film was being made during the production of The Series, and neither Disneytoon Studios nor Walt Disney Television Animation spoke with each other enough to maintain consistency between the works (see below). However, the house's facade does match up with how it appears at the end of the original film.
- Teresa (one of the girls in Mertle's posse) was called "Aleka" by Moses for whatever reason.
- Mertle mentions that her father owns a store, even though he's not around in The Series.note
- This film shows that Stitch and Jumba were arrested shortly after the former's creation. However, in The Series episode "Kixx" (which aired almost two years before), Jumba states that the last time he trained Stitch he slipped a disk in his back. It's possible that Jumba and Stitch did their initial training together in prison as they awaited their trial, however.
- According to what was written on TV.com,note The Series executive producer and writer Jess Winfield stated that they (The Series's producers) talked with the Lilo & Stitch 2 producers to avoid inconsistencies with the franchise's mythology. However, during the production of Leroy & Stitch, when Winfield and his team were asked to look at an early version of Lilo & Stitch 2, they pointed out various inconsistencies between the film and what was established in the show, such as the names of the hula girls (Disneytoon came up with their own names for them) and the aforementioned inconsistency with Mertle's dad. Disneytoon apparently did not feel like revising their film to keep consistency with the mythology established in The Series.
- One of the few aversions of this trope between this film and the show comes in the form of Nani's employment; she is shown working at the rental hut on Lahui Beach, which was her job in early season one of The Series.
- Swiss Army Tears: Both parodied and lampshaded. During Stitch's Disney Death, Lilo starts sobbing whilst holding him in the pieta position, and it brings him back to life. It's parodied by Jumba when he is asked for how this is possible, and he simply says it's not.
- Torment by Annoyance: The "She's touching me!"/"I'm not touching you!" scene, which provides the trope page's image.
- Tragic Monster: Stitch thinks he's turning into one of these, and reacts accordingly - doing what he thinks is resisting the beast, and ultimately running away to protect others when he thinks he's turning evil. Actually he's malfunctioning rather than turning evil; what look like rampages are actually powerful seizures as he slowly dies, but he doesn't know that.
- Tempting Fate:Mertle: After that? She wouldn't dare to come here!
(Lilo shows up.)
- Unabashed B-Movie Fan: The ʻohana watch Them! on TV for family fun night.
- The Un-Reveal: The winner of the hula competition is left unknown.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The space police who arrested Jumba unplugged Stitch's fusion chamber before his charging was complete, which is the cause of the main problem in the film.
- Vanilla Edition: The Blu-ray Disc release of this film, which was actually bundled with the original Lilo & Stitch film on the disc, does not contain any bonus features. Thankfully, the original DVD of this film was included with the "2-Movie Collection" pack... at least until the Blu-ray was re-released in 2017 with only a digital code included and no DVDs.