Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch

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Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
DVD cover
Directed by
Written by
Produced byChristopher Chase
Edited byWilliam J. Caparella
Music byJoel McNeely
Distributed byWalt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date
  • August 30, 2005 (2005-08-30)
Running time
68 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States[1]

Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch[a] is a 2005 American direct-to-video animated science fiction comedy-drama film produced by the Australian office of Disneytoon Studios. It was directed by Michael LaBash and Tony Leondis, both of whom co-wrote the film with Eddie Guzelian and Alexa Junge. It is the third film released in the Lilo & Stitch franchise and the second film in the franchise's animated chronology, taking place between the events of Lilo & Stitch (2002) and Lilo & Stitch: The Series pilot film Stitch! The Movie (2003), serving mainly as a direct sequel to the former. It was released on DVD and VHS on August 30, 2005, and is the last Lilo & Stitch film to be released in the latter format.

Much of the main voice cast from the first film (and previously released sequel works) reprised their roles, including Tia Carrere, Kevin McDonald, David Ogden Stiers, Jason Scott Lee (who voiced David Kawena for Lee's only other time in the franchise), and Lilo & Stitch writer-director Chris Sanders. However, this is the only film in which Dakota Fanning replaced Daveigh Chase as the voice of Lilo Pelekai, as Chase was busy with other obligations at the time.


Sometime after the events of the first film, Stitch awakens from a nightmare about turning bad again and causing destruction to Earth, including hurting Lilo. After consoling Stitch by reminding him that she knows he would never cause harm to her, Lilo tests his goodness level by having him do a few good deeds. Upon discovering that they are late for hula class, they use their hovercraft to get there.

While at the hula class, Kumu announces that Lilo and her classmates will be prepared to perform at the local May Day festival. Each student is required to create an original dance. Lilo is inspired when Kumu tells her about her mother being in the festival at her age and winning, giving her a picture of the event. After the hula class ends, Mertle insults Lilo by telling her that she will never be like her mother, causing her to start a fight with her. However, after taking pictures of the brawl, Stitch forgets to flush the evidence. Kumu thinks that Lilo is not ready for the competition because of the fight with Mertle, but Lilo says that she is ready and "triple promises" to be good.

While preparing for the competition, Lilo and Stitch have a hard time coming up with ideas and Nani wants them to enjoy their family fun night. While watching Them! on family fun night, Stitch's past comes back to haunt him and he goes berserk in the house. It turns out that after Stitch was created, Jumba did not get the chance to fully charge Stitch's molecules as the intergalactic police arrested him, disrupting the process. At first, this glitch causes Stitch to revert to his old destructive programming against his free will, but it will ultimately kill him if Jumba cannot create a fusion chamber before Stitch's energy runs out for good.

Meanwhile, Stitch's uncontrollable destructive behavior drives a wedge between him and Lilo and threatens to ruin her chances for success at the hula competition. Lilo and Stitch try to be inspired for their hula, but Stitch keeps malfunctioning because of his molecules. Since Lilo is so concerned about winning the competition, she fails to notice Stitch's glitch, which is not his fault, and she believes his new behavior is deliberate and begins to neglect him, much to his chagrin and eventual distress. In a subplot, Nani's boyfriend, David, believes Nani is losing interest in him. Pleakley comes to his aid and tries to give advice on romance.

Eventually, the two devise a hula based on the legend of Hiʻiaka. Lilo gets increasingly mad at Stitch as he ruins their practice sessions. To make matters worse, Jumba is having problems creating the fusion chamber because he doesn't have the proper alien technology to build one and must resort to using mere household objects. However, on the day of the competition, Stitch arrives just before Lilo is to perform, wishing her luck. The two reconcile as Jumba finally completes the fusion chamber. However, Stitch has another abrupt fit. Lilo, confused, tries to ask Stitch if he's okay, but he accidentally scratches her face like in his nightmare. Knowing that Stitch would never want to intentionally hurt her, Lilo finally realizes that something is wrong with him and tries to ask what's wrong, but Stitch, greatly horrified and remorseful that he hurt her, runs off to leave Earth, as he believes himself to be too dangerous.

In the middle of her performance, Lilo ultimately forfeits the competition and runs off to help Stitch. As Stitch attempts to leave Earth, Lilo and the rest of the family desperately try to get him to return so they can re-charge him. While taking off, Stitch suffers his most violent and painful outburst, which causes him to lose control and crash the spaceship in the Hawaiian mountains. Lilo rides over to the crash site in their hovercraft, where she finds Stitch injured and close to death. She hurriedly gets him into Jumba's fusion chamber, but it's too late and Lilo watches in tears as Stitch apologizes one last time and dies. When a disheartened Jumba takes Stitch out of the chamber, Lilo holds him close and softly apologizes for her treatment of him, having finally understood that while she kept saying that she needed him, he needed her more. She says that he is her ʻohana and, therefore, will always love him and breaks down in tears. Everyone grieves for a time as Lilo weeps, but Stitch eventually awakens, much to everyone's happiness. Pleakley is at a loss for words, to which Jumba explains what happened: Stitch was revived by Lilo's love.

Later that night, the family (along with David) performs Lilo's hula dance on the empty stage, and Nani tells Lilo that their mother would be proud of her, and a star twinkles in the sky to justify.


  • Chris Sanders as Stitch, a blue koala-like illegal genetic experiment (of which he is Experiment 626) from the planet Turo who finds his place as part of an extended family on Earth, but begins having malfunctioning glitches as his molecules were not completely charged when he was created.
  • Dakota Fanning as Lilo Pelekai, a young Hawaiian girl who adopted Stitch and is determined to win a hula competition that her late mother previously won without realizing that Stitch is malfunctioning. Fanning took over for Daveigh Chase as she was busy voicing her character in Lilo & Stitch: The Series.
  • Tia Carrere as Nani Pelekai, Lilo's older sister and legal guardian, who carries the burden of supporting herself, Lilo and now Stitch both financially and parentally.
  • David Ogden Stiers as Dr. Jumba Jookiba, a Kweltikwan mad scientist formerly employed by Galaxy Defense Industries who created Stitch, and now watches over him with the family they made on Earth, When Stitch begins glitching due to not being fully charged when he created him Jumba tries to build a Fusion Chamber to charge his molecules before Stitch shuts down permanently.
  • Kevin McDonald as Pleakley, a Plorgonarian agent formerly employed by the United Galactic Federation, who assigned him as Jumba's assistant on Earth, who now lives with his partner on Earth along with Lilo, Nani, and Stitch. He even helps Jumba build a Fusion Chamber so he can charge Stitch's molecules that were shutting down.
  • Jason Scott Lee as David Kawena, Nani's surfer boyfriend. Lee reprises his role from the first film.
  • Liliana Mumy as Mertle Edmonds, a young girl who is one of Lilo's classmates and her main rival.
  • Kunewa Mook as Moses Puloki (credited as "Kumu"), Lilo's hula teacher.
  • Jillian Henry as Elena, the blonde-haired girl in Lilo's hula class and Mertle's posse.
  • Holliston Coleman as Teresa, who Moses calls "Aleka" in this film; Disneytoon Studios gave all three girls in Mertle's posse different names from what they were given in Lilo & Stitch: The Series, but only Teresa's differing name was revealed.
  • Paul C. Vogt as Gator Guard and Various Voices

Additional voices include William J. Caparella, Matt Corboy, Jennifer Hale, and Emily Osment.


Cast and recording[edit]

This is the only film in the series without actress Daveigh Chase who voices Lilo in all other Lilo & Stitch films. According to Disney Animation Studios, Chase was so busy working on Lilo & Stitch: The Series that she suggested to have renowned child actress and good friend Dakota Fanning play her.[2] Chris Sanders, the writer/director of the first film, did not participate fully.[3] The film also became Disney's first and only direct-to-video animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA for some mild action.[4] Jason Scott Lee, who voiced David in the first film, reprised his role, making it the final time he voiced the character.


The animation was produced by Walt Disney Animation (Australia) Inc., Australis Productions, and A. Film A/S, although those animation studios were never credited, except for Australis Productions.

The Origin of Stitch short film[edit]

The Origin of Stitch
Directed by
Screenplay by
  • Eddie Guzelian
  • Michael LaBash
Produced byBen Chambers
Edited byRobert Cole
Music byChristopher Tin
Release date
  • August 30, 2005 (2005-08-30) (with Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch)
Running time
4 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Origin of Stitch[b] is an animated short film included on the DVD release of Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. The short has a total running time of 4:35 minutes and serves as a bridge between Stitch Has a Glitch and Stitch! The Movie (as well as Lilo & Stitch: The Series). In the short, Stitch discovers Jumba's secret computer that reveals what creatures Jumba had used to create Stitch and also hints at his other 625 experiments. Stitch is scared to find out what a monster he is, only for Jumba to come and explain how he found love when he met Lilo. The short was directed by Mike Disa and co-directed by Tony Bancroft.

Toonacious Family Entertainment produced the short with coloring done by Powerhouse Animation of Austin, Texas.[5]


Disney's Lilo & Stitch Island Favorites Featuring Songs from Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedAugust 30, 2005
GenreRock, country rock, pop
LabelWalt Disney
Lilo & Stitch music chronology
Lilo & Stitch
Disney's Lilo & Stitch Island Favorites Featuring Songs from Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
Lilo & Stitch Hawaiian Album
Professional ratings
Review scores

Disney's Lilo & Stitch Island Favorites Featuring Songs from Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch is the soundtrack album to Lilo & Stitch 2.[7] The soundtrack is partly an updated repackaging of another album also titled Disney's Lilo & Stitch: Island Favorites that was released in November 2002,[6] reusing some of the same songs that appeared on that album. The song "He Mele No Lilo" had been included in the first film, Lilo & Stitch. "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride", also from the original film, appears in two versions; a cover of the song by Jump5 (who performed the Lilo & Stitch: The Series theme song "Aloha, E Komo Mai") and a remixed version of the original performed by Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu and the Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus. The soundtrack also includes Tia Carrere's (the voice of Nani) version of "Aloha ʻOe" as performed in the original film, but with additional backing instrumentation. It was released by Walt Disney Records on August 30, 2005.[7]

Track listing
1."Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride"Jump53:03
2."A Little Less Conversation" (JXL Remix)Elvis Presley3:32
3."He Mele No Lilo"Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu and The Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus2:03
4."The Old Hawaiian Song"The Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack3:21
5."I Need Your Love Tonight"Elvis Presley2:03
6."My Little Grass Shack"Lisa Loeb2:35
7."Rubberneckin'"Elvis Presley2:08
8."Pineapple Princess"Annette Funicello2:25
9."Lahaina"The Volcanoes2:34
10."Rock-A-Hula Baby"Collin Ray and the Jordanaires2:04
11."Always"David and Dennis Kamakahi3:23
12."Aloha ʻOe"Tia Carrere1:17
13."Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride"Alan Silvestri, Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu, The Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus1:26
Total length:32:19


Chart (2005) Peak
US Billboard Top Soundtracks 13
US Billboard Kid Albums 8

Critical reception[edit]

On critical response aggregation website, Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 40%, and an average score of 5.5 out of 10 based on 10 reviews.[8]

Hi-Def Digest said, "The humor in the second movie is juvenile, and lacking in the wit that makes the first so distinctive. The characterizations are heavily simplified, to the point where some of the characters feel dumbed down. Also, a lame subplot involving one of Lilo's peers feels silly and has a poor resolution. Even worse is the false sentimentality of the climax, which feels like cheap heartstring-tugging".[9] ReelFilm gave a 2.5 out of 5 star rating, saying "Lilo & Stitch 2 is cute enough - there are a few genuinely funny moments here, while the voice acting is surprisingly effective - although the film does eventually wear out its welcome".[10]

In a 2019 list of direct-to-video sequels, prequels, and "mid-quels" to Disney animated films, Petrana Radulovic of Polygon ranked Lilo & Stitch 2 first out of twenty-six films on the list, appreciating its faithfulness to the original film's tone.[11] She stated, "The other two Lilo & Stitch sequels were just fine,[c] but they didn’t capture the essence of what made the original special, choosing instead to focus on aliens. Stitch Has a Glitch, however, manages to balance the alien story with the human one. [...] Overall, the movie verges on being cheesy, but it is a satisfying, heartwarming type of goo, with very funny moments and gags."[11] In a similar list in 2020, Lisa Wehrstedt of Insider ranked Lilo & Stitch 2 second out of twenty-five films on her list, behind The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.[12] Werhstedt, who considered the film "heartwarming" and "sweet", wrote that the film "manages to keep the perfect mix of cute and wacky that made the first one so charming."[12]

At the 33rd Annie Awards, Lilo & Stitch 2 won the Annie Award for Best Animated Home Entertainment Production.[13]

Home media[edit]

Although originally slated for a theatrical release (like Return to Never Land), it was released to DVD and VHS on August 30, 2005. This is the last Lilo & Stitch film to have a VHS release; the fourth film, Leroy & Stitch, released in 2006, would later be only released on DVD.

The DVD extras include a short film called The Origin of Stitch which features a newly redesigned Stitch, a music video for the theme song "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" by Jump5, two games ("Jumba's Experiment Profiler" and "Where's Pleakley?" - similar to Where's Wally?).[14]


  1. ^ Also known simply as Lilo & Stitch 2 on its title card.
  2. ^ Also called The Origin of Stitch: Secret File on its title card.
  3. ^ Radulovic respectively ranked Stitch! The Movie and Leroy & Stitch tenth and ninth on the same list.[11]


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  7. ^ a b Walt Disney Records (August 30, 2005). "Walt Disney Records Releases More Lilo, More Stitch, More Music with 'Disney's Lilo & Stitch Island Favorites Featuring Songs From Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch'; Featuring 3 Tracks from Elvis Presley and New Music from Jump 5" (Press release). Business Wire. Archived from the original on November 1, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
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  12. ^ a b Wehrstedt, Lisa (July 10, 2020). "All of Disney's straight-to-home-video sequels, prequels, and midquels, ranked from best to worst". Insider. Insider Inc. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  13. ^ Ball, Ryan (February 5, 2006). "Gromit Sweeps Annie Awards". Animation Magazine. Retrieved March 10, 2023.
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