Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch 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 GMW 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.
A malfunction threatens to destroy Stitch and his friendship with Lilo.
- The film is rather pointless, as the first film did not hint at a sequel at the end of the film.
- It feels more like a TV special rather than an actual sequel since it is only 68 minutes long.
- Most of the characters are inconsistent and out of character:
- Dr. Jumba Jookiba has gone from a mad scientist to a dumb moron in general.
- Wendy Pleakley became David's guide to winning his love interest, Nani. Not to mention he became a dumb moron as well.
- Nani Pelekai doesn't have any connection to any events as she's just there to be there.
- David Kawena became an extremely nervous wimp who tries to speak with Nani but to fill up the film's running time, it always fails until the end.
- Uses many clichés such as the "fake-out death" and "everyone dances" ending.
- The movie is very mean-spirited. When Stitch fails Lilo's rehearsal, Lilo becomes a complete jerk to Stitch until she realizes Stitch has a glitch.
- The film can sometimes get WAY too scary for children, especially the scenes with Stitch's glitch wreaking havoc.
- Overuse of Elvis Presley references.
- Unfunny jokes, such as Lilo claiming her butt is sitting where Elvis' butt was sitting on a bench.
- Lilo was voiced by Dakota Fanning (the voice of the titular character from GMW), which would've been fine if she was actually voiced in the next and final sequel, Leroy and Stitch, but her original voice actress (Daveigh Chase) later reprises her role, which made it entirely pointless to change her voice actress.
- There is no villain in this movie, which was part of the charm of the first movie. The only huge threat is Stitch's glitch which isn't really meant to be fully evil, just more havoc-causing and crazy in general.
- The animation is an improvement from the first film.
- Great voice acting, even if having Dakota Fanning voicing Lilo was pointless, she, at least, did a passable job.
- Good soundtrack.
- Lilo finally became aware of her mistakes after Stitch glitched in front of her.
- This film was originally planned for a theatrical release like DisneyToon's other film Return to Never Land, but was instead released straight-to-video.
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.
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". 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".
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. She stated, "The other two Lilo & Stitch sequels were just fine, 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."