105 Lilo And Stitch Facts: Characters, Easter Eggs And Much More

Martha Martins
Oct 04, 2023 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Mar 15, 2022
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Animation movies always hold a special place in everybody's heart.

Especially the ones that Disney released. These movies focus on a lot of aspects and, apart from being fun, hold special meanings.

Unlike our regular action and thriller movies, Disney animation movies are heartwarming. Disney has produced over 60 animation movies. It produced a series of high-budget films which did not have the expected turnover.

So Disney decided to make a low-budget film with a unique concept. Disney announced the release of a new movie, 'Lilo and Stitch'.

'Lilo and Stitch' is one of the movies that embrace Hawaiian culture. It is also one of the three Disney animated movies to be produced at the Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida studio in Walt Disney World's Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida. The movie highlights the main lead's belief in family and how that helps her.

Fun Facts About Lilo And Stitch

'Lilo and Stitch' was the first full-length animated film to be set in Hawaii.

Initially, the director of the movie did not plan on making Stitch a character that could communicate. However, since the plot rested on the character, giving voice to Stitch was necessary.

The producers changed some of the important sequences in the film to emphasize the sibling relationships between the characters as spectators mistook 'Nani' for Lilo's mother in the early test screening.

Since 'Dumbo', 'Lilo & Stitch' was the first Disney animated film to employ watercolor painted backdrops.

In 2002, 'Lilo and Stitch' was nominated for the academy award for the best-animated feature. But 'Spirited Away', a film by Hayao Miyazaki won the award.

A sequel of the film, 'Lilo and Stitch: The Film' was released on August 26, 2003.

'Lilo and stitch: The series', which was telecasted from September 20, 2003, to July 29, 2006, and is an American television series that followed the 2002 hit film.

A second sequel, 'Lilo and Stitch: Stitch Has a Glitch', was released in 2005.

'Leroy and Stitch' were the final sequels that aired on June 23, 2006.

The movie reached worldwide popularity. 'Stitch' a second Japanese television series aired in Japan from 2008 to 2011. The English version was also released and there was a special broadcast in the following years.

The central theme of the film, Ohana was inspired by the tour guide of the filmmakers. The tour guide knew someone or the other in all the places they visited. He gave a touching explanation about the Hawaiian family concept.

A third Chinese television series, 'Stitch and Ai', following the film, was produced in English. It was later dubbed to Mandarin Chinese. The characters from the movie were altered in the last series. The series was set in Okinawa instead of Hawaii and a Japanese girl, Yuna replaced Lilo.

Facts About The Characters

Stitch originally had a different role.

Stitch actually resembles a blue koala with rabbit-like ears and is illegally made by Dr. Jumba.

Stitch was initially created in 1985 to be featured in a children's book, 'Pitch'. In Sander's initial design, Stitch was supposed to have green fur.

The raw story had different roles for the characters. Stitch was meant to be the boss of an interplanetary gang. Lilo was created to remind Stitch of his innocence and what his life was like before he became a criminal.

In Stitch's trial, Lilo finds out that Stitch continues to have problems as his molecules were not fully charged and that he might die.

In the series, Lilo has a crush on Keoni Jameson.

In the movie Stitch, Lilo Pelekai has a daughter named Ani Pelekai.

The general theory is that the two main characters of the film, 'Lilo and Stitch', have autism.

Lilo is six years old and Nani is 19 years old.

Nani is an awful cook who loves surfing. Nani is good at mathematics and chemistry. In the series, it is revealed that Nani has a chocolate addiction and that she used to wear braces in the eighth grade.

Stitch made guest appearances in many other movies. In the movie, 'The Little Mermaid', Ariel meets Stitch when he surfs on a wave.

In the iconic ballroom dance scene of 'Beauty and the Beast', the chandelier which almost lands on the beast was loosened by this naughty little guy. Stitch also appears in 'Aladin' where he and jasmine ride the magic carpet. In the 'Lion King', stitch replaces Simba in the circle of life scene.

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Easter Eggs In The Movie

Easter eggs refer to the hidden details in a movie. Over the years, Disney filmmakers have made watching Disney films exciting by including hidden clues and messages to their viewers.

Just like most of the other Disney films, 'Lilo and Stitch' also have some Easter eggs. We have made things easier for you and revealed some of the Easter eggs in the film.

The elevated platform on which Dr. Jumba stands has a yellow mickey mouse on the left side.

You can spot a Dumbo toy lying on the art easel when Nani Pelekai and Lilo Pelekai are watching a falling star.

The Orlando postcard seen on a stand on the pavement while Lilo eats ice cream with Stitch features the Cinderella's castle, Walt Disney Magic World Kingdom.

If you take a closer look at Lilo's wall in the scene where Lilo hands over Stitch a drink in a feeding bottle, you will find a Mickey Polaroid.

A Mulan poster can be found on Nani's bedroom wall.

When Lilo and Stitch repair scum, the boot on the left has a Mickey on the heel.

When you take a look at the left side of Gantu's ship, next to the controls, you will find a hidden Mickey.

A hidden message is in the adoption paper of Stitch. The moviemakers have thanked all the people who have worked on the film.

Looks like the directors are huge Elvis Presley fans. The movie has many references to the movie Blue Hawaii.

Throughout the movie, the number A113 is seen on the number plates of vehicles. This is a common occurrence in all other movies and is said to be an inside joke. The numbers refer to the classroom at the California Institute of Arts in which most of the Disney animators studied.

What is the story behind Lilo and Stitch?

The story revolves around Stitch (an alien impersonating as a dog), Lilo (lives in Hawaii), Nani (Lilo's sister), and Dr. Jumba.

Lilo Pelekai, a young girl in Kauai, Hawaii, is looked after by her sister, Nani. Nani finds it difficult to raise Lilo as their parents died.

Since Lilo is isolated by her classmates, her sister lets her pick a pet. Lilo adopts a small blue dog and names it Stitch. Unfortunately, Stitch is an alien criminal who escaped the experiment of an extraterrestrial scientist, Dr. Jumba Joobika.

A series of events take place wherein the doctor tries to capture Stitch by causing a lot of harm. This questions the ability of Nani to take care of Lilo.

Sitch feels guilty as he thinks he is the reason behind Lilo's sufferings and runs away. Dr. Jumba is fired and replaced by Captain Gantu.

Lilo's house is blown away when a fight breaks out between Stitch and Dr. Jumba, who tracked down Stitch's location in the woods where he had been hiding. Stitch reveals his true identity when Lilo comes to find him. Lilo is kidnapped and Stitch is captured by Gantu.

When Nani asks Dr. Jumba to help her find Lilo, he refuses, saying that he is only after Stitch and has nothing to do with Lilo. Eventually, Stitch persuades Dr. Jumba and rescues Lilo with his help.

The central theme of the films was the Hawaiian concept of family. How Lilo manages to open the heart of Stitch with her love and how her love and everlasting belief in Ohana give stitch the ability to care for someone else are the interesting parts of the film.

After resolving all the problems, Jumba and Pleakley rebuild their house and live happily.

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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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