Movie Review: Leroy and Stitch

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Leroy and Stitch Summary

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 Kū 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), scrolls along the left side of the screen.

Leroy and Stitch Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Disney released the rest of the Lilo & Stitch sequels on to straight to video, so they don’t receive nearly as much love as they deserve. It is fun and different with the same characters but a new bad guy wants to close Stitch, which he does. Stitch and the crew defeat the clones successfully. The movie served as the finale to the Lilo & Stitch: The Series.

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