Disney's Lilo and Stitch made waves when it was first released in 2002. Although it's a kids' cartoon, it nevertheless dealt with some hard-hitting themes about belonging, family, social norms and class. While you might have loved #LiloAndStitch as a kid, did you ever delve a little deeper to notice the movie's secrets? Check out 10 of them below:
1. The Pudge Theorem
At the beginning of the movie, Lilo desperately needs to give Pudge the Fish a peanut butter sandwich. But there is a hidden reason: Lilo's parents died in a rainstorm, and Pudge "controls the weather."
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2. The Smiling Doll
When Lilo drops her doll, and then comes back and picks it up, Scrump (the doll) begins to smile. Sounds like a horror movie, right?
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3. Lullaby Of The Lost
The name Lilo means "Generous One" in Hawaiian. It can also mean "lost" and the song title "He Mele No Lilo" loosely translates into "Lullaby of the Lost." The name Nani means "beautiful" in Hawaiian.
4. The Hidden Logo
At the beginning of the film, the judge asks Stitch to say something that shows he's good, he licks his glass surroundings. What he licks is the design of the Walt Disney "D."
5. The Wonderful Thing About __________s
Many of the aliens in the film are inspired by Disney characters, including Piglet and Tigger.
6. Setting some records
Lilo and Stitch is the first feature film to be set in Hawaii.
Cobra Bubbles (played by Ving Rhames) is almost identical to his character in Pulp Fiction, right down to the earring.
Most of the license plate numbers in the film (the fire engine, gas tanker, the fuel truck in the volcano, and Nani's Beetle — but only the one at the end, not at "blue punch buggy" — plus one in Lilo's room) are A113. It's the same as Mrs. Davis's plate number in Toy Story (1995), Mater's plate number in Cars (2006), and has been used in many other Disney/Pixar films. It is a reference to a room number at the California Institute of the Arts, where many of the animators received their educations.
9. Jumba Plot Change
Originally, Stitch was going to be an intergalactic gangster, Jumba was going to be a disgruntled member of his gang who was left behind during a heist and was going after him for revenge, and the other members of the gang would have been the ones who came to get him in the third act. The filmmakers felt that Stitch was more sympathetic when the audience thought of him as younger, and so was changed from a hardened criminal to a genetic experiment, and Jumba became the scientist who created him.
10. Hiding In Plain Sight
HIDDEN MICKEY: There are several "hidden Mickeys" in the movie (as in all Disney movies); one can be seen in the Grand Council scene, on Jumba's platform. Another can be seen as a logo on the shorts of one of Lilo's photographic subjects on the wall of her room. And another, pictured above, is Mickey himself in a photo on Lilo's wall.
Do you know any more fun Lilo and Stitch trivia?