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Lilo & Stitch (2002)

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Coming Out at 19 June 2002 in theaters

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Lilo & Stitch is animated science fiction comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Disney’s 42nd animated feature film, it was written and directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders (who is the voice of Stitch), and features the voices of Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Jason Scott Lee, and Kevin Michael Richardson. It was the second of three Disney animated features (the others being Mulan and Brother Bear) produced primarily at the Florida animation studio located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (known as “Disney-MGM Studios” during production) in Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida. It was released on June 21, 2002, to positive reviews and was nominated for the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. That Academy Award was won by Studio Ghibli’s 2001 film Spirited Away, which was also distributed in the United States by Walt Disney Pictures, and also starred Chase and Stiers in the English version.

The film’s story revolves around two eccentric and mischievous individuals: a young Hawaiian girl named Lilo Pelekai, who is raised by her older sister Nani after their parents died in a car accident, and a blue extraterrestrial animal-like creature named Experiment 626, who gets adopted by Lilo as her “dog” and is given the name “Stitch”. Stitch, who is genetically engineered by his scientist creator to cause chaos and destruction, initially uses Lilo to avoid being captured by an intergalactic federation, but the two individuals develop a close bond through the Hawaiian concept of ʻohana, or extended family. This bond causes Stitch to reconsider, and later defy, his intended destructive purpose in order to keep his family together.

On Kauaʻi, Hawaii, a young woman named Nani Pelekai works as a waitress. One day, a social worker expresses increasing concern whether Nani is able to take adequate care of her rambunctious, disobedient, and lonely younger sister, Lilo. Since Lilo has been ostracized by her hula classmates, Nani decides to let her adopt a dog. At an animal shelter, Lilo immediately takes a keen interest in “Experiment 626”, a small blue sentient alien with unparalleled intelligence and strength, but also a propensity to cause chaos, who is impersonating a dog. In spite of Nani’s doubts, Lilo calls 626 “Stitch”, and shows him around the island.

Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

Writers: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois

Stars: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Zoe Caldwell

Cast:

Daveigh ChaseLilo (voice)
Chris SandersStitch (voice)
Tia CarrereNani (voice)
David Ogden StiersJumba (voice)
Kevin McDonaldPleakley (voice)
Ving RhamesCobra Bubbles (voice)
Zoe CaldwellGrand Councilwoman (voice)
Jason Scott LeeDavid Kawena (voice)
Kevin Michael RichardsonCaptain Gantu (voice)
Susan HegartyRescue Lady (voice)
Amy HillMrs. Hasagawa (voice)
Steve Alterman(voice)
Emily Anderson(voice)
Jack AngelAlien Guard (voice)
Bill Asing(voice)
Erica BeckMertle’s Friend (voice)
Bob BergenOfficer (voice)
Steve BlumHammerhead Guard (voice)
Rodger BumpassMan (voice)
Cathy CavadiniFainting Girl (voice)
Jennifer DarlingFemale Officer (voice)
Alexandra Deary(voice)
John DeMita(voice)
Judi M. Durand(voice) (as Judi Durand)
Greg Finley(voice)
Jeff Fischer(voice)
Valerie Flueger Veras(voice)
Jess HarnellHawaiian Man (voice)
Aszur Hill(voice)
Barbara Harris(voice)
Daamen J. Krall(voice)
Todd KurosawaTruck Driver (voice)
Chloe Looper(voice)
Mickie McGowanComputer Voice (voice)
Kunewa MookHula Teacher (voice)
Courtney Mun(voice)
Mary Linda PhillipsCoffee Owner (voice)
Patrick PinneyFirefighter (voice)
Paige Pollack(voice)
David Randolph(voice)
Noreen Reardon(voice)
Debra RogersFirst Officer Ombit (voice)
Susan SiloComputer (voice)
Kath SoucieHawaiian Woman (voice)
Melanie Spore(voice)
Doug StoneEnsign Getco (voice)
Drew Lexi Thomas(voice)
Miranda Paige WallsMertle Edmonds (voice)
Karle Warren(voice)
Ruth Zalduondo(voice)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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