Leroy & Stitch

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Leroy & Stitch
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Created by Roberts Gannaway
Tony Graig
Directed by Tony Craig
Robert Gannaway
Produced by Igor Khait
Jess Winfield
Written by Robert Gannaway
Jess Winfield
Starring Chris Sanders
Daveigh Chase
Tia Carrere
David Ogden Stiers
Kevin McDonald
Kevin Michael Richardson
Jeff Bennett
Tara Strong
Rob Paulsen
Zoe Caldwell
Music by J.A.C. Redford
Editing by John C. Smith
Production company Walt Disney Television Animation
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Disney Channel
Release date June 23, 2006 (2006-06-23) (TV)
June 27, 2006 (2006-06-27) (DVD)
Running time 72 minutes
Preceded by Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005)

Disney's Leroy & Stitch (stylized as Leroy Lilo & Stitch) is an animated family television film produced by Walt Disney Television Animation.[1][2] It is a spin-off film and the third sequel of the 2002 animated feature film Lilo & Stitch and the nearly conclusion to the television series Lilo & Stitch: The Series. The film debuted on Disney Channel on June 23, 2006 and also aired on Toon Disney on June 26, 2006.[3]

While the film received mixed reviews, it was nominated for the 2007 Golden Reel Award by the Motion Picture Sound Editors, which ultimately went to DisneyToon Studios's direct-to-video film The Fox and the Hound 2.[4]

Plot[edit]

With their mission to capture all 623 experiments and repurpose them on Earth completed, Lilo, Stitch, Jumba and Pleakley are honored as heroes by the Galactic Alliance. Jumba is given the confiscated key to his laboratory again, Pleakley is offered a post as chairman of Earth Studies at G.A.C.C. (Galactic Alliance Community College) and Stitch is made the Captain of the Galactic Armada and commander of his newly commissioned ship BRB-9000 (Big Red Battleship 9000). Lilo is made Galactic Federation Ambassador to Earth and sole guardian of Stitch's "cousins". Before they leave, Lilo gives Jumba her favorite Elvis record, Pleakley a paperweight (which is actually an Earth rock) and Stitch a necklace with a Ku Tiki (the Hawaiian god of strength).

Meanwhile at prison, Gantu has decided that since he failed in capturing all of the experiments (except for 625), he will break Dr. Hämsterviel out of prison. He takes the two-man Space Shuttle, leaving 625 alone. Stitch is then assigned to recapture Hämsterviel. The latter and Gantu then burst into Jumba's lab and force Jumba to create an evil twin of Stitch to defeat the Galactic Alliance, naming the creature Leroy. Stitch arrives and after a terrific fight, Stitch is defeated when Pleakley appears at an untimely moment, distracting Stitch long enough for Leroy to lock him in a glass capsule. Hämsterviel reveals his plans of cloning an army of Leroys to take over the Galactic Alliance. Before leaving for Turo, Hämsterviel locks Jumba, Pleakley and Stitch in Pleakley's ship, and sends the vessel into a black hole. Back on Earth, Lilo, after a confrontation with Mertle, decides to contact Stitch. Lilo realizes that the only intergalactic videophone on the planet available is in Gantu's ship. There, she finds 625 and asks to use the videophone. However, 625 says it is broken. Lilo then names 625 "Reuben". He thereafter consents to help Lilo. Once the videophone is fixed, Lilo contacts the BRB-9000. Leroy impersonates Stitch, using shape-shifting to disguise himself, but fails because he does not have Stitch's tiki necklace. Hämsterviel then commands Leroy to go to Earth and capture all of the other experiments to destroy them. Lilo, sensing Stitch is in trouble, asks Reuben for help in fixing Gantu's ship. As Jumba, Pleakley, and Stitch head towards the black hole, Stitch escapes and frees the others. However, the navigational computer is locked on course for the black hole and will teleport them to a volcanic planet where they will be vaporized, but if they can disrupt the event horizon by throwing a small object into the black hole, it will send them somewhere else. Pleakley pulls out the rock that Lilo gave him and Stitch throws it at the black hole.

On Earth, Leroy obtains Lilo's scrapbook of "cousins" and quickly captures all of them (along with Mertle). Lilo and Reuben arrive at Turo, but they are too late; Hämsterviel has taken over and orders Gantu to lock them up. Gantu captures Lilo and Reuben, but decides to release them after Hämsterviel fired him. After a close call with several Leroys, they are trapped. All is lost until the G.A.C.C. van suddenly appears. Lilo, Reuben and Gantu all climb in and head for Earth. On Earth, the original Leroy has herded all the experiments into a large stadium where "Alohapalooza" will take place. The BRB-9000 appears and Hämsterviel prepares to obliterate all of the experiments, until a timely appearance by Lilo, Stitch and the others and destroy the BRB's primary cannon. Hämsterviel reveals that he brought along his Leroy army as backup. Stitch rallies his "cousins" and the battle begins. Despite some initial victories by the experiments, it soon becomes apparent that the adversaries are better than them. Jumba remembers that he programmed a secret shutdown command into Leroy. When Jumba created Leroy, a recording of Elvis Presley's "Aloha 'Oe" was being played. Hearing that song again will cause them to deactivate. Lilo then devises a plan; with all the equipment set, Stitch appears on-stage in full Elvis attire. He plays "Aloha 'Oe" with Lilo and Reuben singing along and the others on instruments, causing the Leroys to have violent seizures and shutdown. With his plan foiled (again), Hämsterviel is recaptured. Back at the Galactic Alliance HQ, they are proclaimed "Heroes of the Alliance." Stitch, Jumba and Pleakley ask to be allowed to return to Earth with Lilo. The Grand Councilwoman grants this and asks Gantu if he would like to be reinstated as the Captain of the Armada. Gantu agrees on the condition that Reuben be assigned as his galley officer. Back on Earth, Lilo sets up for one last picture. Mertle arrives with Gigi (during the battle, Mertle was with Gigi). Lilo's last picture in the album is of all of the experiments still on Earth, Mertle, Jumba, Pleakley, Nani, David and herself.

The film ends with the Leroys happily dancing to the Elvis Presley song "Jailhouse Rock", with an angry Dr. Hämsterviel tapping his foot.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film marks the fourth film in the Lilo & Stitch franchise without any involvement from creators Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois after they left Disney for DreamWorks Animation to write and direct How to Train Your Dragon.[5][6]

Release[edit]

Leroy & Stitch debuted on Disney Channel on June 23, 2006 and also aired on Toon Disney on June 26, 2006.[3] It was released on DVD in the United States on June 27, 2006.[7] Bonus features of the DVD include new episode titled "Link" and a set-top game The Big Red Battleship Flight Simulator.[3] Distributed by Walt Disney Home Entertainment, DVD sales in the United States earned a total of $15,705,122.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Leroy & Stitch received generally mixed reviews. The website Common Sense Media (CSM) gave the film's quality 4 out of 5 stars and applicable for ages 5 above based on 10 reviews from both parents and children.[9]

On the other hand, Leroy & Stitch received generally unfavorable reviews from the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. The film received 5 critical reviews, from which 2 voted for Fresh and 3 were Rotten, giving it a negative total rating of 40%.[10] CinemaBlend.com gave the movie a rating of 1 out of 5 stars, stating the film is "just another direct-to-video sequel of Disney with no unusual stuff in it" and further uplifted and preferred the original.[11]

Soundtrack[edit]

Lilo & Stitch Hawaiian Album
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 2006
Recorded 2005-2006
Genre Rock, country rock, pop
Label Walt Disney
Lilo & Stitch music chronology
Lilo & Stitch 2: Island Favorites
(2006)
Lilo & Stitch Hawaiian Album
(2006)

Majority of the soundtrack of Leroy & Stitch are Elvis Presley records, while other parts of the soundtrack include music inspired by Gustav Holst's "The Planets".[1][12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer(s) Length
1. "Aloha Oe"   Queen Liliuokalani Elvis Presley  
2. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"   Hank Williams Elvis Presley  
3. "Hawaii Five-O Theme"   Morton Stevens    
4. "Jailhouse Rock"   Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Elvis Presley  
5. "Don't Be Cruel (Everlife version)"   Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley Everlife  
6. "Aloha e, Komo Mai"   Danny Jacob and Ali Olmo    
7. "Aloha Oe"   Queen Liliuokalani Lilo, Stitch and Reuben  
8. "Shouldn't Have Yelled (Lilo & Stitch)"   Alan Silvestri    
9. "What's Best for Lilo (Lilo & Stitch)"   Alan Silvestri    
10. "Ugly (Lilo & Stitch)"   Alan Silvestri    
11. "Rescue (Lilo & Stitch)"   Alan Silvestri    
12. "The Big Battle (Stitch! The Movie)"   Michael Tavera    

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leroy & Stitch (Video 2006)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Leroy & Stitch movie mistakes, goofs and bloopers". Movie Mistakes. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Lilo Leroy & Stitch DVD Review". DVD Dizzy. June 27, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2006. "Though Leroy & Stitch seemed destined to be direct-to-video, just a few weeks ago, it was announced that the movie would air on television twice shortly before its DVD release. It did that last Friday on Disney Channel and last night on Toon Disney." 
  4. ^ "2007 Golden Reel Award Nominees: Other". Archived from the original on March 25, 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Interview: Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders of 'How to Train Your Dragon'". Beliefnet. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois Talk 'How to Train Your Dragon'". MovieWeb. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ McCutcheon, David (May 31, 2006). "Leroy & Stitch Run Amuck in June". IGN. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Leroy & Stitch - DVD Sales". The Numbers. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Leroy & Stitch Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Leroy & Stitch (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ Perkis, Edward. "Leroy & Stitch DVD Review". CinemaBlend.com. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Leroy & Stitch (2006) Soundtrack OST - RingosTrack". RingosTrack. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 

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