This Day in Movie History – June 21st, 2002 – Disney’s Lilo & Stitch Released

A Disney animated film about an escaped alien was released on this day in movie history.

Lilo & Stitch, the 42nd Disney animated classic, was released in theaters on June 21st, 2002. The film was written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DuBois. It featured the voice talents of Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, Kevin Michael Richardson, Chris Sanders, and Ving Rhames.

lilo and stitch

Lilo & Stitch, the 42nd Disney animated classic, was released in theaters on June 21st, 2002. The film was written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DuBois. It featured the voice talents of Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, Kevin Michael Richardson, Chris Sanders, and Ving Rhames. Courtesy: Disney

In the film, an escaped alien experiment known for causing chaos finds his way to Hawaii on Earth. Disguised as a dog, the alien is taken in by a young girl and named Stitch, just as two other aliens come to reclaim him and take him away from Earth.

The film was notable for its advertising campaign featuring characters from other Disney classics like Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast reacting in horror to Stitch.

Lilo & Stitch was a success at the box office, making over an estimated $250 million. There were multiple direct-to-video series, and an animated series made that followed up on the events of the movie.

A pair of video games were made based on the film, Lilo & Stitch for the original Playstation and Stitch: Experiment 626 for the Playstation 2. Stitch also has appeared in multiple installments of the Kingdom Hearts series.

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