Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch

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Lilo & Stitch 2:
Stitch Has a Glitch
Liloandstitch2dvd.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by
Produced by Christopher Chase
Written by
Starring
Music by Joel McNeely
Edited by William J. Caparella
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date
  • August 30, 2005 (2005-08-30)
Running time
68 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (also known simply as Lilo & Stitch 2 on its title card) is a 2005 American direct-to-video animated science fiction comedy-drama film produced by the Australian office of DisneyToon Studios. The film takes place between the events of the 2002 Walt Disney Animation Studios feature film Lilo & Stitch and the 2003 direct-to-video film Stitch! The Movie. This was also the final time that Jason Scott Lee voiced David Kawena, and the only film in which Daveigh Chase did not voice Lilo, being replaced by Dakota Fanning.

Plot[edit]

Stitch is having a nightmare about turning bad again and causing destruction to Earth, including hurting Lilo. After Stitch is woken up by Lilo, she comforts him by telling him she knows he would never cause harm to her. Lilo also tests his goodness level by having him do a few good deeds. 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 have to prepare 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. But 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 seems that after Stitch was created, Jumba did not get a chance to fully charge Stitch's molecules as he was arrested by the intergalactic police who disrupted the process. At first, this glitch causes Stitch to revert to his old destructive programming, but it will ultimately destroy 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.

Eventually, the two devise a hula based on the legend of Hi'iaka. 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, just before the competition, Stitch arrives just before Lilo is to perform, wishing her luck. The two make up as Jumba finally completes the fusion chamber. However, Stitch has another abrupt fit. Lilo, confused, tries to come up to him, causing Stitch to accidentally scratch her face. After this, Stitch becomes greatly upset that he hurt her. Knowing that Stitch would never want to intentionally hurt her, Lilo finally realizes that something is wrong with him. Lilo tries to ask what's wrong, but Stitch runs off to leave Earth, believing himself to be too dangerous. In the middle of her performance, Lilo runs off to help him.

As Stitch attempts to leave Earth, Lilo and the rest of the family desperately try to get him back to re-charge him. While taking off, Stitch has another outburst, which causes him to crash the spaceship in the Hawaiian mountains. Lilo rides over to the crash site in the hovercraft from earlier where she finds Stitch close to death and hurriedly gets him into Jumba's fusion chamber. However, it's too late and Lilo watches in tears as Stitch dies.

Taking him out of the chamber, Lilo clings to him as she tells him 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. Much to everyone's shock, Stitch awakens. Pleakley is at a loss, to which Jumba explains: Stitch was revived by Lilo's love. The family (along with David) then performs Lilo's hula dance together on the empty stage of the competition. Nani tells Lilo that their mother would be proud of her and a star twinkles in the sky to prove it.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • 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. Noel Cleary served as the supervising animator for Stitch.
  • Dakota Fanning as Lilo Pelekai, a young Hawaiian girl who adopted Stitch as her pet dog, and is determined to win a hula competition that her late mother previously won. Kevin Peaty served as the supervising animator for Lilo.
  • Tia Carrere as Nani Pelekai, Lilo's stressful older sister and legal guardian, who carries the burden of supporting herself, Lilo and now Stitch both financially and parentally. Robert Mason served as the supervising animator for Nani.
  • 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. Stephen Baker served as the supervising animator for Jumba.
  • Kevin McDonald as Wendy 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. Nadine Wagner-Westbarkey served as the supervising animator for Pleakley.
  • Jason Scott Lee as David Kawena, Nani's surfing star boyfriend.
  • Liliana Mumy as Mertle Edmonds, a young girl who is one of Lilo's classmates and her main rival.

Secondary characters[edit]

Production[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.[1] Chris Sanders, the writer/director of the first film, did not participate fully.[2] The film also became Disney's first direct-to-video animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA for some mild action.[3]

Jason Scott Lee makes the final appearance as David Kawena (beginning with Stitch! The Movie, Dee Bradley Baker voiced David), as he was too busy with other roles that he booked.

The Origin of Stitch short film[edit]

The Origin of Stitch
Directed by Mike Disa
Tony Bancroft (co-director)
Produced by Ben Chambers
Screenplay by Eddie Guzelian
Michael LaBash
Starring Chris Sanders
David Ogden Stiers
Music by Christopher Tin
Edited by Robert Cole
Production
company
Release date
  • August 30, 2005 (2005-08-30) (with Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch)
Running time
4 minutes
Country United States

The Origin of Stitch[a] 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. 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.

Soundtrack[edit]

Disney's Lilo & Stitch Island Favorites Featuring Songs from Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
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Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released August 30, 2005
Recorded 2004-2005
Genre Rock, country rock, pop
Label Walt Disney
Lilo & Stitch music chronology
Lilo & Stitch
(2002)Lilo & Stitch2002
Lilo & Stitch 2: Island Favorites
(2005)
Lilo & Stitch Hawaiian Album
(2006)Lilo & Stitch Hawaiian Album2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]

Disney's Lilo & Stitch Island Favorites Featuring Songs from Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch is the soundtrack album to Lilo & Stitch 2.[5] The soundtrack is partly an updated repackaging of another album also titled Disney's Lilo & Stitch: Hawaiian Favorites that was released in November 2002,[4] 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.[5]

Track listing
No. Title Performer Length
1. "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" Jump5 3:03
2. "A Little Less Conversation" (vs. JXL) Elvis Presley 3:32
3. "He Mele No Lilo" Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu, The Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus 2:28
4. "The Old Hawaiian Way" The Big Kahuna 3:21
5. "I Need Your Love Tonight" Elvis Presley 2:03
6. "My Little Grass Shack" Lisa Loeb 2:35
7. "Rubberneckin'" Elvis Presley 2:08
8. "Pineapple Princess" Annette Funicello 2:25
9. "Lahaina" The Volcanoes 2:34
10. "Rock-A-Hula Baby" Collin Ray and the Jordanaires 2:04
11. "Always" Dennis Kamakahi 3:23
12. "Aloha ʻOe" Tia Carrere 1:17
13. "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" Mark Kealiʻi Hoʻomalu, The Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus 1:26
Total length: 32:19

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
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.[6]

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".[7] 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".[8]

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, 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?).[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also called The Origin of Stitch: Secret File on its title card.

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