Leroy & Stitch

Leroy & Stitch is a 2006 American animated science-fiction comedy television film[a] produced by Walt Disney Television Animation.[1] It is the third and final sequel film of the 2002 animated feature film Lilo & Stitch, and serves as the television series finale to Lilo & Stitch: The Series. It also concluded the main continuity of the Lilo & Stitch franchise where Lilo Pelekai is a main character and Hawaii is the main setting.[b] The film debuted on Disney Channel on June 23, 2006 and was also aired on Toon Disney on June 26, 2006.[2]

Leroy & Stitch
Leroy&StitchDVDCover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by
Written by
Based onCharacters
by Chris Sanders
and Dean DeBlois
Produced by
  • Igor Khait
  • Jess Winfield
Starring
Edited byTony Mizgalski
Music byJ. A. C. Redford
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • June 23, 2006 (2006-06-23)
(TV)
  • June 27, 2006 (2006-06-27)
(DVD)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

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's direct-to-video film The Fox and the Hound 2.[3]

PlotEdit

With their mission to capture all 624 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 the Galactic Federation's ambassador to Earth and sole guardian of the experiments. Before they leave, Lilo gives Jumba her favorite Elvis record, Pleakley a small rock to use as a paperweight and Stitch a necklace with a tiki.

In his ship, Gantu has decided that since he failed to capture all of the experiments, except for 625, he will have to break Dr. Hämsterviel out of prison. He takes the two-man space shuttle, leaving 625 alone and helps Hämsterviel escape from prison. Hämsterviel and Gantu burst into Jumba's lab and force Jumba to create an evil twin of Stitch, Leroy. Stitch, having been assigned to recapture Hämsterviel, arrives and after a fight, he is defeated when Pleakley appears at an inopportune moment, distracting Stitch long enough for Leroy to detain him in a capsule. Hämsterviel reveals his plans to clone an army of Leroys to conquer the Galactic Alliance. Before leaving for Turo, Hämsterviel locks Stitch, Jumba and Pleakley in Pleakley's G.A.C.C. vehicle and sends the vessel into a black hole.

On Earth, Lilo decides to contact Stitch. Lilo realizes that the only intergalactic videophone available on the planet is in Gantu's ship. There, she finds 625 and asks to use the videophone, only to find it is not functional. Lilo then names 625 "Reuben", who 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 the ruse fails when Lilo notices he is not wearing Stitch's necklace. Hämsterviel then commands Leroy to go to Earth and capture all of the other experiments to destroy them. Lilo, realizing Stitch is in danger, asks Reuben for help in fixing Gantu's ship. As the G.A.C.C. vehicle head towards the black hole, Stitch escapes and frees the others. However, the navigational computer is locked on course for the black hole. When Jumba notes that they can disrupt the event horizon by throwing a small object into the black hole, Stitch takes Pleakley's rock and throws it into the black hole moments before they are sucked in.

On Earth, Leroy obtains Lilo's scrapbook of the experiments and quickly captures all of them, even kidnapping Lilo's rival, Mertle Edmonds, since she is the owner of Experiment 007, Gigi. Lilo and Reuben arrive at Turo, but they are too late; Hämsterviel has taken over, making the Grand Councilwoman his receptionist, and orders Gantu to imprison the duo, but decides to release them after Hämsterviel fires him. After a close call with several Leroy clones, they are trapped. All is lost until the G.A.C.C. vehicle suddenly appears. With no time to explain, Lilo, Reuben and Gantu all climb in and head for Earth. On Earth, Leroy has gathered all the experiments at the Aloha Stadium. The BRB-9000 appears and Hämsterviel prepares to obliterate the experiments, until Lilo, Stitch and the others arrive just in the nick of time and destroy the BRB's primary cannon. Hämsterviel reveals that he brought along his Leroy army as backup, whereupon an epic battle between them and the experiments begins. Despite some initial victories by the experiments, the Leroys soon gain the upper hand. Jumba remembers that he programmed a secret shutdown command into Leroy: if Elvis Presley's "Aloha 'Oe" is played, he and his clones will deactivate. Stitch appears on-stage in his Elvis attire and performs "Aloha 'Oe" with Lilo and Reuben accompanying him, causing the Leroys to have violent seizures and shut down. With his plan foiled again, Hämsterviel is recaptured and sent back to prison.

Back at the Galactic Alliance HQ, the team is hailed as heroes by 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 as Mertle arrives with Gigi (during the battle, Mertle was astounded when she discovered Gigi's experiment identity when she revealed her ability to talk). Lilo's last picture in the album is of all of the experiments still on Earth, Mertle, Jumba, Pleakley, Nani, David and herself. In the film's final scene, Hämsterviel is seen in prison with Leroy and his clones placed in separate cells surrounding his, who have recovered from their seizures and begin dancing to "Jailhouse Rock". As the credits roll, a full list of Jumba's experiments 001 through 626, and the names they were given by Lilo (and other characters in some instances during Lilo & Stitch: The Series),[c] scrolls along the left side of the screen.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The film marks the third film in the Lilo & Stitch franchise without any involvement from creators Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (besides Sanders providing vocals for Stitch), as they would leave Disney for DreamWorks Animation to write and direct How to Train Your Dragon.[5][6]

ReleaseEdit

Leroy & Stitch debuted on Disney Channel on June 23, 2006 and also aired on Toon Disney on June 26, 2006.[2] It was released on DVD in the United States on June 27, 2006.[7][8] Bonus features of the DVD include a then-unaired episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series titled "Link" (in the 16:9 720p high defintion television widescreen aspect ratio) and a set-top game The Big Red Battleship Flight Simulator.[2] Distributed by Walt Disney Home Entertainment, DVD sales in the United States earned a total of $15,503,113.[9]

Critical receptionEdit

Leroy & Stitch received mixed reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 40% based on 5 reviews.[10]

Skyler Miller of AllMovie gave the film a rating of 3½ out of 5 stars, praising the voice acting, Elvis Presley songs, and "[the] fast-moving plot that mixes frenetic action, sentimentality, and a few laughs." Miller wrote, "While [Leroy & Stitch is] not nearly as engaging or emotionally rich as the original [Lilo & Stitch] film that inspired it [...] all in all, Leroy & Stitch is a fitting wrap-up to an enjoyable animated series."[11]

CinemaBlend.com gave the film 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 film.[12]

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.[13]

In 2019, Petrana Radulovic of Polygon ranked Leroy & Stitch ninth out of twenty-six films on her list of direct-to-video sequels, prequels, and "mid-quels" to Disney animated films, one rank higher than Stitch! The Movie.[14] Despite criticizing Leroy & Stitch for focusing more on the aliens and space over the "charming" characters like with Stitch! The Movie, she ranked the finale film higher than the pilot film because of all the now-united 626 experiments' "wacky and really specific powers", stating that "[w]e get to see what they've all been up to after acclimating to life on Hawaii[...], and see them in action in the final battle."[14] In a similar list in 2020, Lisa Wehrstedt of Insider ranked Leroy & Stitch seventh out of twenty-five films on her list.[15] Werhstedt wrote, "For fans who were really involved with the series [...], this film acts like the perfect finale." However, she also criticized it for "los[ing] a bit of the human charm of the original and the previous [released] sequel."[15]

SoundtrackEdit

Lilo & Stitch Hawaiian Album
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released2006
Recorded2005–2006
GenreRock, country rock, pop
LabelWalt Disney
Lilo & Stitch music chronology
Lilo & Stitch 2: Island Favorites
(2006)
Lilo & Stitch Hawaiian Album
(2006)
Stitch!: Original Soundtrack
(2010)

Lilo & Stitch Hawaiian Album is the soundtrack to Disney's Leroy & Stitch. The majority of the Leroy & Stitch soundtrack are Elvis Presley records, while other parts of the soundtrack include music inspired by Gustav Holst's "The Planets".[16][17] The soundtrack also contains score pieces from the original Lilo & Stitch film (which was composed by Alan Silvestri) and from Lilo & Stitch: The Series's pilot film Stitch! The Movie (which was composed by Michael Tavera, who was also the composer for The Series).

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."Aloha ʻOe"Queen LiliuokalaniElvis Presley 
2."I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"Hank WilliamsElvis Presley 
3."Hawaii Five-O Theme"Morton Stevens  
4."Jailhouse Rock"Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerElvis Presley 
5."Don't Be Cruel (Everlife version)"Otis Blackwell, Elvis PresleyEverlife 
6."Aloha, E Komo Mai"Danny Jacob and Ali OlmoJump5 
7."Aloha ʻOe"Queen LiliuokalaniLilo, Stitch, and Reuben (Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, and Rob Paulsen) 
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 alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Leroy & Stitch is often considered to be a direct-to-video film instead of a television film due to its DVD release just four days after its premiere broadcast.
  2. ^ Three succeeding works in the franchise—Japanese anime series Stitch!, Chinese animated series Stitch & Ai, and Japanese manga Stitch & the Samurai—replace Lilo with different humans who become Stitch's new best friend and change the setting to other regions on Earth.
  3. ^ e.g. 007/Gigi was named by Mertle, 613/Yaarp was named by Pleakley.
  4. ^ Leroy was not numbered in the film; he was later designated Experiment 629 via a Disney Tsum Tsum-based side story of Stitch & the Samurai released in June 2020, nearly fourteen years after the release of this film.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Laydon, Joe (June 27, 2006). "Review: 'Leroy & Stitch'". Variety. Archived from the original on December 1, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Lilo Leroy & Stitch DVD Review". DVD Dizzy. June 27, 2014. Archived from the original on July 1, 2011. 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.
  3. ^ "2007 Golden Reel Award Nominees: Other". Archived from the original on March 25, 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  4. ^ LINE:ディズニー ツムツム公式 [@LINE_tsumtsum_j] (June 4, 2020). 大人気マンガ『殿さまとスティッチ』の限定マンガの続編を公開!今度はリロイが戦国時代で大暴れ!詳しくはゲーム内インフォメーションをチェックしてね♪ (Tweet) (in Japanese). Archived from the original on June 4, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2020 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "Interview: Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders of 'How to Train Your Dragon'". Beliefnet. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois Talk 'How to Train Your Dragon'". MovieWeb. Archived from the original on August 15, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "DVD's". Chicago Tribune. May 30, 2006. p. 57. Retrieved September 11, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ McCutcheon, David (May 31, 2006). "Leroy & Stitch Run Amuck in June". IGN. Archived from the original on March 25, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  9. ^ "Leroy & Stitch - DVD Sales". The Numbers. Archived from the original on September 22, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  10. ^ "Leroy & Stitch (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on November 7, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  11. ^ Miller, Skyler. "Leroy & Stitch (2006) Review". AllMovie. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  12. ^ Perkis, Edward. "Leroy & Stitch DVD Review". CinemaBlend.com. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  13. ^ "Leroy & Stitch Movie Review". Common Sense Media. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  14. ^ a b Radulovic, Petrana (March 28, 2019). "Every Disney direct-to-video sequel, prequel, and mid-quel, ranked". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  15. ^ 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 July 11, 2020.
  16. ^ "Leroy & Stitch (Video 2006)". Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  17. ^ "Leroy & Stitch (2006) Soundtrack OST - RingosTrack". RingosTrack. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2014.

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