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Stitch & Ai

2017 Chinese animated series spin-off in the Lilo & Stitch franchise

Stitch & Ai (Chinese: 安玲与史迪奇; pinyin: Ān líng yǔ shǐ dí qí; lit. 'An Ling and Stitch') is an English-language-produced Chinese animatedspin-off of Disney'sLilo & Stitch franchise. It is the franchise's third television series, after the Western animated Lilo & Stitch: The Series and the Japanese Stitch!anime series, and was produced with the assistance of American animators. Set in Huangshan, Anhui, the thirteen-episode series features a Chinese girl named Wang Ai Ling in place of the original 2002–06 Western continuity's Lilo Pelekai and the anime's Yuna Kamihara as the titular human companion of the alien Stitch.

The series first aired in China with a Mandarin Chinesedub from March 27[9] to April 6, 2017.[10] The original English-language version first aired from February 5[4] to 27, 2018, in Southeast Asia on that region's Disney Channel. Twelve episodes of the series later received a free digital streaming release in the United States via DisneyNow on December 1, 2018,[11] although it was later removed from the service in June 2019.

Plot[edit]

Stitch & Ai follows the events of Lilo & Stitch and its subsequent film and television sequels up to and including Leroy & Stitch.[12] The series shows Stitch kidnapped by the Jaboodies, a faction of alien criminals who want to use him to win a space war after hacking a United Galactic Federation database and discovering a previously-unrevealed "metamorphosis program" that was secretly programmed in Stitch—a function that causes the experiment to grow into a giant beast with four laser-firing tentacles when his destructive programming is triggered in a large city. However, a rival faction called the Woolagongs, who managed to steal the stolen data from the Jaboodies, board the Jaboodies' battle cruiser spaceship to try to kidnap Stitch themselves from the Jaboodies, only for Stitch to be freed in the fighting. He escapes back to Earth, ending up on China's Huangshan mountains.

In Huangshan, Stitch meets Wang Ai Ling, a spirited local girl who is at risk of being separated from her older sister Jiejie by their aunt Daiyu after the sisters lost their parents in the past year. Daiyu, who hates the mountains and lives in a city, desires to move Ai to in with her, believing that Ai would live a better life in the city, but Ai loves her home and is resistant to the idea. Stitch quickly befriends Ai and becomes her new "dog", and the two help one another dealing with the other's problems; Ai helps Stitch fight off the Jaboodies and Woolagongs so he wouldn't be taken or used by either of them, as well as help find a shrine that he's been seeing in unusual visions he's been having, while he helps her ward off Daiyu's attempts to take her away in order to have her stay in the mountains with Jiejie. Jumba and Pleakley later show up initially trying to rescue Stitch and bring him back to the United Galactic Federation, but Ai and Jiejie convince the two aliens to let Stitch stay with them, letting them stay to keep a watch on Stitch and to help out him and his new family.

The series also features various flashbacks to key scenes in the franchise that appear in "Hello - Goodbye", "Teacher's Pet", and "Monstrosity". The flashbacks consist of closely re-animated sequences, copying the originals to the best of their ability. The flashback scenes are based on scenes from the original Lilo & Stitch, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, and The Origin of Stitch. In co-ordinance with this, there are occasional appearances from previous characters of the Lilo & Stitch franchise, including Captain Gantu, the Grand Councilwoman, Cobra Bubbles, the Ice Cream Man, and (briefly and from a distance) Dr. Hämsterviel.

Characters[edit]

See also: List of Lilo & Stitch characters § Characters introduced in Stitch & Ai

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  • Stitch (史迪奇; Shǐ dí qí) – An alien genetic experiment also known as Experiment 626. He was kidnapped by space criminals who want to use him so they can have their own evil genetic experiment, but he manages to escape back to Earth, ending up in China. He befriends a local girl named Ai, who takes him into her family. He is voiced in English by Ben Diskin,[4] who also voiced the character in the Stitch! anime, and in Mandarin by Li Zhengxiang.[citation needed]
  • Wang Ai Ling (王安玲; Wáng Ān líng) – A Chinese girl who lives in the Huangshan mountains. Her aunt wants to move her to the city, but she wants to stay in the mountains. Ai befriends Stitch, taking him in as her "dog", and helps him ward off the warring alien factions that want him. She serves as this series's counterpart to Lilo Pelekai. She is voiced in English by Erica Mendez,[4] who tweeted that she is a fan of Stitch and getting to voice his companion in a series was "a dream come true" for her.[13] In Mandarin, the character is voiced by Jiang Sunwei.[citation needed]
  • Wang Jiejie (王婕婕; Wáng jié jié) – A young Chinese woman who tries to take care of her younger sister Ai after their parents' death. She works at a tea shop for a man named Mr. Ding. She serves as this series's counterpart to Nani Pelekai. She is voiced in English by Laura Post[4] and in Mandarin by Li Yan.[citation needed]
  • Qian Dahu (钱大胡; Qián dà hú) – Jiejie's boyfriend and Ai's drum instructor. He serves as this series's counterpart to David Kawena, with an element of Moses Puloki with regards to his teachings of a local tradition. He is voiced in English by Lucien Dodge.[4]
  • Jumba Jookiba (强霸卓奇霸) – The Kweltikwan creator of Stitch. He is sent by the Grand Councilwoman to retrieve Stitch from the space criminals that captured him. However, after reuniting with Stitch in China and meeting his new family, Jumba decides to let Stitch to stay with Ai, sticking around himself to assist and watch over him. The show also reveals that he is the galaxy's leading expert on metamorphosis. He is voiced in English by Jess Winfield, who previously served as screenwriter and executive producer for Lilo & Stitch: The Series and its films Stitch! The Movie and Leroy & Stitch, and voiced the same character in the Stitch! anime.[4] In Mandarin, the character is voiced by Cheng Yuzhu.[citation needed]
  • Wendell "Wendy" Pleakley (温帝独眼霹雳) – A Plorgonarian former United Galactic Federation agent and Jumba's partner. He is also sent by the Grand Councilwoman to retrieve Stitch alongside Jumba. After Jumba decides to let Stitch stay with Ai, Pleakley also stays with Stitch's new family and tries to help out. He is voiced in English by Lucien Dodge[4] and in Mandarin by Hu Qian.[citation needed]
  • Daiyu (姨妈) – Ai and Jiejie's mysophobic aunt who believes that Ai should not be living in the "dirty" mountains and move to the city, despite her nieces' protests. She is voiced in English by Laura Post[4] and in Mandarin by Yan Lixuan.[citation needed]
  • Meiying (美英; Měiyīng) – Ai's rival who serves as this series's counterpart to Mertle Edmonds. She is voiced in English by Cherami Leigh and Xanthe Huynh.[4]
  • Sage – A wise but mysterious sage who observes Stitch and Ai's journey, appearing to them at times. He hands ancient scrolls to Jumba so the Kweltikwan can use them to make ancient Chinese creatures. He is voiced in English by Lucien Dodge.[4]
  • The Jaboodies – A race of reptilian-like alien creatures who are at war with the Woolagongs. They desire to use Experiment 626 (Stitch) and his metamorphosis program to make him fight for them to win their space war. They were the ones to have captured Stitch prior to the events the show. Their leader, Commander Wombat, is voiced in English by Richard Epcar.[6][4]
  • The Woolagongs – A race of platypus-like alien creatures who are at war with the Jaboodies. They also desire to use Stitch to make him fight for them to win their space war. They accidentally freed Stitch at the beginning of the series when they attack the Jaboodies' battle cruiser spaceship. Their leader, credited as "Platypus", is voiced in English by Lucien Dodge.[4]
  • Mr. Ding – Jiejie's employer who runs a tea shop and likes to juggle tea kettles. He is voiced in English by Richard Epcar.[6][4]
  • Dim Long – An orange dragon-like experiment Jumba makes as a beta test for future experiments. He has the ability to fly without wings using the power of qi. Introduced in "The Lock", he acts as a pet to the aliens.

Kyle Hebert, Bobby Thong, Sarah Anne Williams, Deborah Crane, Jacob Craner, and Steve Kramer provide additional voices.[4]

Episodes[edit]

All episodes were written by Marc Handler, who also directed the voice cast, and directed by Tony Craig.

Production[edit]

Stitch & Ai is produced by Anhui Xinhua Media[28] and Panimation Hwakai Media[28][4] in association with Disney[4] with additional work by Showfun Animation, Shanghai Fire & Ice Media, and Shanghai Aoju Media.[4] The series began broadcast on CCTV-14 on March 27, 2017.[28] Unlike Stitch!, this series was produced in co-operation with American Disney animators to maintain a sense of visual continuity to the original American-produced films and TV series.[4] The series was produced as part of an effort by Disney to enter the Chinese animation market.[29] It was originally produced in English then dubbed into Mandarin Chinese.

Tony Craig, an executive producer of Lilo & Stitch: The Series who directed Stitch! The Movie, Leroy & Stitch, and the season two episodes "Spike" and "Shoe", served as director for Stitch & Ai.[8][2]Victor Cook, who was a director for both seasons of Lilo & Stitch: The Series, was initially signed onto the Chinese series and even visited China to assist making the eighth episode.[30] At first, Cook contacted Craig to storyboard the first episode, but when Cook had to drop out due to other commitments, he had Craig take over directing.[2] Craig joined during pre-production, and had to delay joining in full due to a prior employment issue, although Panimation waited for him.[2] Craig oversaw the storyboards, animatics, animation, most of the designs, and all the editing sessions, but he was not involved with the dialogue recordings, which happened in Los Angeles while Craig lives in North Carolina.[2]

The show made its English premiere on Disney Channel Asia on February 5, 2018.[14][4] The series (except for the ninth episode "The Phoenix") later became available in the United States for free streaming on DisneyNow on December 1, 2018.[11][25] It was later removed from the service in June 2019.

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External links[edit]

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Another new land, another new family, and still no Lilo.

"Huangshan; the most spectacular mountains in the world! My family has lived here for a thousand years—more I bet! The last year has been really hard for us, me and my sister. But then, someone amazing came along and changed everything! My name is Wang Ai Ling, but you can call me Ai! And this is the story of Stitch & Ai."

Wang Ai Ling (Erica Mendez) in the Cold Open of "Hello - Goodbye"

An unprecedented third TV series for a Disney Animated Canon-based franchise, and Disney's entrance to the Chinese animation market, Stitch & Ainote 安玲与史迪奇; Ān líng yǔ shǐ dí qí; literally "An Ling and Stitch" (2017) is another Spin-Off of Lilo & Stitch. This Chinese animated series, produced by Anhui Xinhua Media and Panimation Hwakai Media, has a similar premise to the Stitch! anime before it, as Stitch is again separated from Lilo Pelekai and ends up in a different region of Earth. However, unlike the anime, this show had the assistance of American animators (including Lilo & Stitch: The Series executive producer Tony Craig serving as director) and was produced in English first before being dubbed into its local language (Mandarin Chinese).

Set on a timeline that takes place after the events of Leroy & Stitch,note whether it takes place on the same timeline as the anime is ambiguous, but this show was produced without any consideration towards the previous one Stitch is kidnapped from Lilo by a warring alien faction known as the Jaboodies. They want to use him and his power in their space war against a rival faction, the Woolagongs, after hacking data from the United Galactic Federation's data systems about an ability that was programmed into Experiment 626 that makes him even more destructive than what was known before. The Woolagongs themselves hacked into the Jaboodies' systems not long afterwards and got the same data. They attacked the Jaboodies' battle cruiser wanting Stitch for themselves, but their attack allowed Stitch to break free and escape back to Earth in the fight.

Upon reentering Earth's atmosphere, he lands in China's Huangshan mountains where he meets Wang Ai Ling, a young Chinese girl who lives with her older sister Jiejie in the mountains. The sisters lost their parents roughly a year prior to the events of this series. They had just been told by the two sisters' snooty, mountain-hating, mysophobe aunt Daiyu that she will move Ai out of the mountains and into the big city, believing Jiejie to be incapable of being Ai's guardian, and that the city is not only "cleaner" but also better for Ai's personal growth into a "proper lady". But the mountain-loving sisters are resistant to the idea, especially as their family have lived in the mountains for generations. When Stitch and Ai meet, they quickly bonded, with Ai becoming truly happy for the first time since the loss of her parents, and she takes Stitch into her family as her new "pet". From there, the two help each other deal with their problems; Stitch—along with Jumba and Pleakley later on after they are sent by the United Galactic Federation to rescue Stitch, only to stay to keep five eyes on him—helps Ai stay in the mountains, while she helps him ward off the two gangs who are still going after him.

Oh, and as for the experiments that have been featured in the first two shows, Stitch's predecessor "cousins" don't show up this time. However, Jumba gets inspired by what he reads on ancient Chinese scrolls given to him by a wise sage, creating several new experiments based on those found in Chinese Mythology in the process.

The series made its English debut on Disney Channel Asia on February 5, 2018, and all thirteen episodes of the show aired throughout that month. The series made its American debut on the DisneyNow service on December 1, 2018, with all but the ninth episode ("The Phoenix") released for free viewing for everyone living in the United States, including those without a TV provider. However, it was removed from the service by June 2019.


And these are the tropes of Stitch & Ai:

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: This show makes a quite extensive use of this trope, with some episodes being more blatantly obvious than others. For example, the scene in which Stitch falls to Earth after escaping the space criminals clearly shows him rendered as a CG model as he's falling to the ground.
  • Aliens Speaking English: It's a Lilo & Stitch show. It would be more surprising if it didn't use this trope.
  • Alternate Timeline: At least for the post-Leroy & Stitch continuity; although it was initially believed that it takes place between that film and the Stitch! anime, it was actually produced without any consideration towards the latter work. Thus, this series does not lead into the anime at any given point.
  • Art Shift: Depending on the episode, the animation ranges from computer-animated with quite obvious Adobe Flash/Toon Boom Harmony-style motion tweening to hand-drawn frame-by-frame animation with digital ink and paint as with Lilo & Stitch: The Series.
  • Artistic License – Physics: When Stitch appears in front of Ai after reentering Earth's atmosphere, his body slows down and hovers just above the ground in front her for a few moments before he suddenly regains consciousness and flops down to the ground. He's also surrounded by a blue aura during this time.
  • As You Know...: The Grand Council scene in "Gotcha!" has the Grand Councilwoman and Captain Gantu relay information about Stitch to Jumba and Pleakley, not only relaying past moments in the franchise (primarily as depicted in the original film and the creation of 626 scene in Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch), but also to provide backstory as to why Stitch is being sought after in this series, especially with the newly-added detail of the metamorphosis program.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In this series, Stitch has the ability to mutate into a Kaiju-like monster when his destructive programming kicks in.
  • Badass in Distress: We first see Stitch held in captivity by space criminals, although he does manage to break free on his own.
  • The Cameo: Hämsterviel is briefly shown in the third episode as a prisoner on a volcanic work camp planet breaking rocks. This also counts as Demoted to Extra.
  • Canon Foreigner: All over again! This show introduces not only a new human cast, but also new villains from space.
  • Conveniently Empty Building: The monster-sized Stitch causes destruction to a city... that's under construction. Truth in Television; the Chinese government has built and are still building many new cities to this day, several of which are under-occupied.
  • Don't Split Us Up:
    • When Jumba puts Stitch in a containment capsule to take him back to the United Galactic Federation, Ai completely breaks down over the prospect of being separated from Stitch. Jiejie angrily and passionately argues to Jumba and Pleakley that her sister never forgets those she loves and Stitch should continue living with Ai. Jumba then decides to release Stitch and lets him stay with her. He and Pleakley also stick around to keep an eye on the experiment, of course.
    • Likewise, both Ai and Jiejie do not want to be separated from each other by their aunt Daiyu, who is much less receptive to their pleas. In the second episode alone, it takes Stitch tricking Daiyu into thinking that he's Ai in order to keep the Wang sisters together.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Two rival factions of space criminals, the Jaboodies and the Woolagongs, are fighting over Stitch so either of them can win a war and take over the galaxy. Both of their factions are equal in strength and are locked in a stalemate, and they both want Stitch so they can force him to use his metamorphosis program to destroy their enemies on their behalf.
  • Flanderization: After the anime had Stitch speaking increasingly fluent English (in the dub), his speech reverts back to being predominantly Tantalog with somewhat broken and childish-sounding English, even speaking English slower than even his weakest English-speaking moments in Lilo & Stitch: The Series. This is despite the fact that he's clearly been on Earth for a good while before the events of this show, as it takes place around 2016 instead of the early-to-mid 2000s of the four films and first series. Additionally, some of Stitch's prior Character Development is undone (though he's still on the side of good to begin with) and his temper and misbehavior flares up a bit more.
  • Flashback: This show recalls several moments that happened in past entries of the franchise through this method, reanimated in this show's style. The ones that are shown are based on scenes from Lilo & Stitch, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, and The Origin of Stitch short film.
  • Involuntary Group Split: Lilo and Stitch are involuntarily separated this time around.
  • Left Hanging: Considering that a second season has never been produced, the show ends with Stitch still not having found the shrine he was searching for. The Jaboodies also intend to return now that they know how the Metamorphosis Program works.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: Stitch himself is wanted by two warring factions of space criminals because, with the knowledge of his metamorphosis program in mind, they want to use him to win the space war. The United Galactic Federation, on the other hand, want to retrieve him to prevent that.
  • Market-Based Title: When the show was available for streaming in the United States, DisneyNow promoted the eleventh episode ("Nuo Opera") as "Creatures", likely because most American audiences don't know what a nuo opera is, and it just so happens that a lot of creatures (i.e. experiments) are made during the events of this episode.
  • Mate or Die: A variant not involving death; in the fifth episode "Spirals", Jumba creates a dragon that becomes disobedient. He then realizes that it needs a mate or it will turn evil for a century. Thus, Jumba creates a mate for the dragon.
  • The Men in Black: Cobra Bubbles is observing Stitch and relaying information to the Grand Councilwoman.
  • Mythology Gag: This show really likes to recall past works in the franchise.
  • Name and Name: This time around Stitch is first-billed and the deuteragonist is second, but only in English for the pun. The Chinese title also counts but follows in the franchise's tradition of Stitch being second.
  • The New '10s: This series is set during this decade, as Earth smartphones appear in the show. A calendar seen in the episode "Dragon Parade" more or less confirms that the series takes place in 2016 from at least that episode onwards.note The calendar appears during a montage of the town preparing for the Chinese New Year festival, showing dates being crossed off beginning from February 3, with February 8 having been circled as the date of the Chinese New Year and a February 29, a.k.a. Leap Day, appearing. 2016, which was a leap year, is the most recent year to have Chinese New Year be on February 8, which won't happen again until 2035.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands:
    • Stitch's new Kaiju-likedestructive mode and the metamorphosis program in this series.Tony Craig relayed this reason to a Lilo & Stitch fan on Facebook as to why Stitchhas this new power.

      Tony Craig: Jumba hid the code that turns Stitch into that monster deep within Stitch. It's what he was supposed to turn into when he found a large city to destroy, but his love from Lilo and now from Ai suppressed it so deeply, it was unknown if it could be reactivated beyond the point of no return. Jumba had kept this secret from everyone, even Stitch. There were never any large towns on Kauai, nor up in the Huangshan Mountains, so it was never activated until he was guided to a city and coerced into being subconsciously turned into this creature in our series.

      • The In-Universe justification for the metamorphosis program is that Stitch is apparently "too small" to destroy a city.
    • Subverted in "Tell the World" when Stitch shows that his can grow quills around his head to make himself look scarier. He does this at random when Ai presents her town's shishi for her video, but she says he's not scary and he retracts the quills back into himself.
    • Also subverted in "The Phoenix" when the two alien hunters in the episode trap the titular phoenix near the abandoned shrine that it was looking for and use a weapon to levitate the entire ground the shrine stands on. Stitch, Ai, and Bao use a hang glider to go after them; although the glider carries the three's combined weight just fine, Stitch decides to jump off the glider. As he freefalls, he suddenly grows a patagium between his (upper, non-retractable) arms and hips so he can glide through the air like a flying squirrel. There wasn't any real need for him to do that; the only reason he does this is so he can have a little fun.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The Jaboodies and the Woolagongs' fight over Stitch in the first episode cause him to break free and escape them.
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • Subverted with the new human and non-experiment alien characters, as they are designed similarly to those seen in the films and Lilo & Stitch: The Series.
    • However, most of the new experiments on this show don't look like traditional experiments for the most part, and the ones that do resemble such have much more complex designs.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In the second episode, Aunt Daiyu says she doesn't believe Ai is getting a proper education at her rural school, so Jiejie takes her aunt there to prove her wrong. By the time they arrive, they find Ai standing in the middle of a destroyed classroom and her teacher Mr. Liu dazed and confused (a result from her and Stitch's fight with an alien that possessed Mr. Liu). From there, Daiyu gives Ai an hour to prepare to move to the city.
  • Off-Model: There are a lot of moments where Stitch's infamous ear notches swap positions, appearing mirrored from where they should be. He's also missing the markings on the backs of his ear tips.
  • One-Winged Angel: This show introduces a new form of Stitch for when his destructive programming is triggered. He grows into a giant beast with glowing red eyes and four tendril-like appendages that allow him to fire plasma from his body.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: As the show is partly inspired by Chinese Mythology, it features a group of Chinese dragons created by Jumba based on what he read in ancient scrolls.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Teacher's Pet", when Aunt Daiyu decides to move Ai to the city, Stitch takes Ai's place by wearing a red blanket wrapped around him, a baseball cap, and sunglasses to pretend to be her, going with Daiyu on the car ride there and coughing along the way. She does not get concerned about why "Ai" is suddenly wearing such different clothes. When they arrive, Stitch reveals himself, scaring Daiyu enough to cause her to faint, and hitches a ride on a truck to head back to the mountains.
  • Planet Heck: Should Jumba and Pleakley fail to retrieve Stitch, the Grand Councilwoman threatens to send the two to Eternal 12, a volcanic planet serving as a work camp that has devil-like aliens watching over its prisoners.
  • The Power of Friendship: Ai manages to bring Stitch from his giant destructive form to his old self with her friendship towards him.
  • Pun-Based Title: Ai is pronounced the same as the English letter and pronoun "I", and Ai ends every Cold Open (except for the final episode) with, "And this is the story of Stitch & Ai," to emphasize the point.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Lilo & Stitch (minus Lilo) in China with a dose of the Stitch! anime.
  • Recursive Creators: In the eleventh episode, "Nuo Opera" (a.k.a. "Creatures" in the United States), Stitch creates eight experiments who are based off of creatures found in Chinese Mythology.
  • Revision: The introduction of Stitch's metamorphosis abilities and the giant, beastly destruction form, how they were supposedly secretly embedded in him all this time, and that Jumba is apparently the leading expert on metamorphosis counts as this.
    • Retcon: This particular revision also causes this to past works. According to the United Galactic Federation's analysts, Stitch is "too small" to be capable of destroying cities, hence why Jumba programmed the metamorphosis code in Stitch, which makes the experiment capable of destroying entire planets and even star systems. However, the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Short Stuff" directly contradicts this series by showing that Stitch is actually less capable of (intentional) destruction as a giant as he becomes a lot clumsier when he's enlarged (even though Stitch's method of enlargement back then differs from the method seen in this series), and Jumba explicitly tells Stitch with full sincerity that he was "made to operate at peak efficiency only at [his] exact, original [smaller] size".note Besides that, a deleted version of the original film's prologue showed exactly how Stitch is capable of destroying cities at his small size; not only is he strong, durable and hypercognitive, he's quick and nimble as well, all of which are well-established in the officially shown animated canon.
  • Scenery Porn: This show likes to emphasize just how beautiful the Huangshan mountains are.
  • Science Fantasy: Like the Stitch! anime, this show mixes the Lilo & Stitch franchise's brand of science fiction with the local mythology of a region, with Chinese Mythology being implemented this time around. This show tries to be more of a blend of both aspects than the anime did (which took an "aliens meet magical and mythological beings" approach), such as the new experiments Jumba resembling Chinese mythological creatures rather than actually being such creatures (at least, according to Word of God).
  • Sequel Non-Entity: Even though this show features brand-new experiments, none of the previously-seen experiments besides Stitch himself return in this show. Not even fellow major experiments Reuben (625) or Angel (624) appear. Although there were talks of the classic experiments making their return for a second season of this series, a second season was never produced.
  • Sequel Series: Number three for the Lilo & Stitch franchise.
  • Stealth Sequel: Averted; Lilo is explicitly shown in flashbacks, while Gantu is again with the Galactic Council, quickly establishing this show as taking place after the original Western continuity.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute/Expy: Ai is very similar to Lilo personality-wise. Also, Jiejie is a lot like Nani (although Ai's sister is not as stressed out as Lilo's sister), and Dahu (Jiejie's boyfriend) is a lot like David Kawena (Nani's boyfriend).
  • The Teaser: Every episode opens with Ai in voiceover either providing some backstory for her or Stitch, recapping what happened in previous episodes, or establishing what's going to be the plot for the current episode. All of them, save the last episode, end with her saying, "And this is the story of Stitch & Ai."
  • Vocal Evolution: Compared to the Stitch! anime, Ben Diskin's Stitch voice is deeper than the one he used before and sounds closer to The Series's Stitch in terms of speech patterns and English fluency.
  • We Will Meet Again: After their defeat in the last episode, the Jaboodies' lead scientist makes it clear to Jumba that while they lost the battle, they will come back for Stitch again now that they know how his Metamorphosis Program works. This is unlikely to happen since the show ended without being approved for a second season.
  • Wistful Amnesia: For some reason, hypercognitive Stitch has trouble remembering Lilo, as his memories of his past life with her are only vague, though he clearly remembers Jumba and Pleakley before he even reunited with them. Ai explains in the cold open of "The Lock" that this is because the special qi energy that protected Stitch when he re-entered Earth's atmosphere caused him to lose his memory. This explanation is probably used to establish why Stitch seems to be in no hurry to return to Lilo while (supposedly) trying to avoid betraying the meaning of the ʻohanamotto, since he does at least somewhat remember her.
  • You Are Number 6(26): Showing their heartlessness towards Stitch, viewing him as nothing more than a bioweapon who will serve them whether he likes it or not, the Jaboodies and the Woolagongs refer to him as Experiment 626. Stitch, however, makes it clear to them that he identifies himself with the name Lilo gave him, not 626.

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Stitch & Ai

Stitch & Ai
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Apparently, separating Stitch from Lilo to appeal to other markets was so nice, they did it twice. Thanks, Disney...
Genre: Science fantasy
Adventure
Comedy
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: China
United States (assisting staff)
Release Date: Mandarin dub: March 27 — April 6, 2017
Original English production: February 5 — 27, 2018
U.S. release (excluding "The Phoenix"): December 1, 2018
Created by: Anhui Xinhua Media
Panimation Hwakai Media
Distributed by: Disney Media Distribution
Starring: (English cast listed)
Ben Diskin
Erica Mendez
Laura Post
Lucien Dodge
Jess Winfield
Cherami Leigh
Xanthe Huynh
Richard Epcar
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 13
Previous show: Stitch! (by release)
Lilo & Stitch: The Series(chronological order; canonically)


Stitch & Ai (Chinese: 安玲与史迪奇; pinyin: Ān líng yǔ shǐ dí qí; literally: 'An Ling and Stitch') is a Chinese animated television spin-off of Lilo & Stitch and the third television series in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, after Lilo & Stitch: The Series and Stitch!. It was produced in English with the assistance of American animators, including those from Lilo & Stitch: The Series. The thirteen-episode series features a Chinese girl named Wang Ai Ling in place of the original 2002–06 Western continuity's Lilo Pelekai and the anime's Yuna Kamihara, and is set in Huangshan, Anhui.

The series first aired in China with a Mandarin Chinese dub from March 27 to April 6, 2017. The original English-language version first aired from February 5 to 27 in 2018, in Southeast Asia on that region's Disney Channel. Twelve episodes of the series later received a free digital streaming release in the United States via DisneyNow on December 1, 2018, although it was later removed from the service in June 2019.

Bad Qualities

  1. For the second time, Disney produced a work separating Stitch from Lilo Pelekai and puts him in another country for the sake of using him to enter other animation markets where the work is set. So despite the unpopularity of Stitch!, they continue to abuse Stitch anyway by making more unnecessary Lilo-free spin-offs.
  2. Some of the new human characters are bland carbon copies of the ones in the previous canonical works.
    • Wang Ai Ling, the titular human protagonist, is basically Lilo Pelekai, with the only differences from Lilo being the fact that she is Chinese and has different interests (e.g. Ai loves Chinese drums, like how Lilo loves hula), but has almost none of the character flaws or internal conflicts that makes Lilo so charming and relatable. Even Yuna Kamihara at least had a distinct personality from Lilo.
      • The show's production team tries too hard to make Ai as likable and sympathetic as possible:
        • The first episode ("Hello - Goodbye") almost immediately tries to get us to empathize with her just about a minute after we first meet her (outside of the cold open).
        • Her new friendship with Stitch feels forced and rushed, not being properly developed, especially since some of Stitch's prior character development was erased to try to make it work (e.g. he ruins Ai's drumming practice in one episode after stealing a pancake from a restaurant, bursting through Ai's drum in the process).
        • Her breakdown in "The Scroll"—when Jumba and Pleakley finally capture Stitch to rescue him on behalf of the United Galactic Federation, a whole process beginning from "Gotcha!" that deliberately and aggravatingly made them as foolish as possible just to make Ai more sympathetic—and Jeijei's argument against the Kweltikwan-Plorgonarian duo that relies more on an appeal to pity fall flat.
        • And she even kisses Stitch twice in the show just so the production team can prove just how much of a great friend she is to Stitch.
    • Ai's older sister, Wang Jiejie, is basically Nani Pelekai, but a bit more of a pushover.
    • Jiejie's boyfriend Qian Dahu is basically David Kawena, Nani's fiancé, but with an element of Moses Puloki (Lilo's kumu hula, or hula teacher), since he teaches Ai's drumming class.
  3. Some of the original characters are not that great.
    • Daiyu is your stereotypical typical snooty, uptight, socialite character with a mysophobic streak.
    • Dim Long, an small orange dragon-like experiment who flies without wings by using qi and is the show's only recurring experiment besides Stitch, is mostly just there just to be a cute pet for the aliens, much like with BooGoo from the Stitch! anime. The only time he factors into an episode's plot is in "Dragon Parade" when Jumba temporarily enlarges him to replace the burned dragon puppet, and that's it.
  4. Cheap pandering to fans of the original Lilo & Stitch continuity with cheeky references to elements and characters in past works, such as the Ice Cream Man, a frog that narrowly avoids danger, Stitch pulling his eyelids in frustration (which wasn't even accompanied with a growl, but with a brief, ill-fitting unenthused sound), and even the intro of this series features bars where the characters run in like in the intro for Lilo & Stitch: The Series. They are frequent enough that they're more distracting than charming, and only serve to remind several fans of how much better the franchise was in the past.
  5. The animation, while not terrible thanks to the show having American Disney animators on hand in its production, is rather sub-par compared to the original films and first series, as it replaces the frame-by-frame animation of the original with Toon Boom Harmony-like motion tweening in most episodes. (Not all episodes, however; see Good Qualities below.) It even uses 3D models for characters at times instead of only keeping it to the vehicles, and these instances can be blatantly obvious (such as when Stitch floats down to Ai on Earth after having re-entered the atmosphere in the first episode, itself a bizarre scene).
  6. The voice acting is not as good as in the originals.
    • Ben Diskin and Jess Winfield reprise their roles from the English dub of Stitch! as Stitch and Dr. Jumba Jookiba, respectively.
      • Diskin, while still otherwise a great voice actor elsewhere, tries too hard in trying to better replicate Stitch's earlier pre-anime speech (e.g. taking a little too long even for Stitch's flawed English speech to say lines like "We... are... family."), coming across as forced and monotonous for the most part and still lacking much of the charm that Chris Sanders brought to the character. Even his laugh doesn't sound quite right. Also, those with a decent ear can hear Diskin's natural lower-pitched register in his performance, which makes Stitch almost sound like a different character, thus possibly taking audiences out of the show and wanting Stitch to actually shut up. In all, Diskin actually sounds worse in this show compared to the Stitch! anime, since at least he puts on a more energetic performance for Stitch in that show that, while not a great performance in of itself, at least sounds better and fits Stitch's hyperactive personality.
      • While Winfield has made some improvements in his Jumba voice, he still needs a lot of work done there to be a proper suitable replacement for the late David Ogden Stiers, especially has Winfield still is too hammy and uses a too high pitch to sound more like Jumba.
    • Erica Mendez comes across as too whiny, high-pitched and overly childish sounding for Ai, and as a result, it's obvious the character is not voiced by an actual child.
    • Despite having a decent replacement voice in the Stitch! anime's English dub in Ted Biaselli, Pleakley's English voice actor was changed again, this time to Lucien Dodge. Sadly, Dodge's portrayal is the worst of Pleakley's portrayals, and he sounds very different from Kevin McDonald and Biaselli, sounding much more stereotypically and generically nerdy while having almost none of the effeminate and somewhat hammy qualities that makes Pleakley charming and likable. (Although that's likely a side effect of this show's visual portrayal of the character, whose feminine qualities are mostly downplayed in this show, likely to appease the Chinese and their cultural differences.)
  7. Bad sound mixing; several scenes are missing some expected vocal effects like noise from long-distance transmission (like when the characters make video calls) or have the volume of the vocals set too quiet (thus making it hard to discern the characters' dialogue), among other problems.
  8. None of the first 625 genetic experiments, not even franchise mainstay Reuben (X-625) or fan-favorite Angel (X-624), make any appearances at all in this show.
  9. The new experiments, which are mostly just straight-up recreations of Chinese mythological creatures here and are made during the events of this show, don't really look like they fit in with the classic experiments for the most part. Several of them look like they're (and pretty much are) just various mythological and real life creatures come to life; one of them is basically a recreated rhino. And those that do resemble the classic experiments a bit better look over-designed.
    • The one new recurring experiment, Dim Long, is an annoying and unnecessary addition to the show, only there to serve as a cute pet to the aliens, much like with BooGoo from Stitch!.
  10. Stitch's "Metamorphosis Program" and his giant monstrous transformation are by far the worst new abilities introduced to Stitch in the franchise, worse than the "Neo-PowerChip" of Stitch! ~Best Friends Forever~ (the third season of Stitch!). In this show, Stitch can apparently actually mutate himself with various abilities, which include having quills (that look similar to his retractable spines) sprout around his neck, growing out patagium that allow him to glide through the air as if he were a flying squirrel, and most significantly, the ability to grow into a giant, kaiju-like beast with four laser-firing tentacles sprouting from his back. Although they do technically fit him in that Stitch is supposed to be the "ultimate destructive monster", they are rather pointless as we already know how destructive Stitch is (to which the answer is a resounding "yes"), yet apparently he isn't destructive enough in his normal form. The abilities themselves are also rather stupid-looking, gimmicky, needless, superficial, and revisionist additions that add no substance to the character or personality of Stitch. In fact, they are a betrayal to the spirit of Stitch and how franchise creator Chris Sanders envisioned his iconic creation.
    • Tony Craig, the director of the show who was also one of the executive producers of Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Stitch! The Movie, and Leroy & Stitch, claimed that the monstrous form is what Stitch was supposed to become the entire time, but it's just that Lilo and Ai's love "suppressed" it up to that point. But this reasoning is weak and false, considering that neither Craig nor the writer of this series, Marc Handler (a veteran of Asian TV animation, who was new to the Lilo & Stitch franchise at the time of the show's production), had a hand in the character's creation, and that the original opening scene of Lilo & Stitch showed the then-Experiment 626 having already caused chaos and destruction in a city populated by aliens, all while still in his familiar small, true alien form, proving that Sanders never envisioned Stitch having the ability to grow into a beast.
    • Moreso, in the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Short Stuff" (or "Shortstuff" like how Experiment 297's name is spelled), when Stitch became a giant in that show (via one of Jumba's devices), he was a lot clumsier compared to his normal small size. In fact, when Jumba shows up near the end with his size-changing ray after the gigantic Stitch couldn't defeat the gigantic Shortstuff, he specifically says that Stitch was "made to operate at peak efficiency only at exact original size." So for this show—directed by one of the first TV series's own executive producers, no less—to come along and basically say otherwise is a huge slap in the face to the franchise's own continuity (flawed as it was to begin with).
    • Additionally, this is the third television series in a row where Stitch expands his size. Even if the method of growth is different from the previous two shows, the premise of a macro Stitch is now overused and has worn out its welcome.
    • The explanation as to why Stitch has the size-changing Metamorphosis Program in the first place is also weak. Prior to the events of this show, the Galactic Federation's analysts concluded that Stitch was "too small" at his normal size to destroy a city. But we've seen more just how capable he is thanks to to his strength, durability, agility, stamina, and cunning, and even if he never destroyed a city in the original continuity as released, the aforementioned deleted scene directly contradicts the explanation by just showing that size does not matter when it comes to his destructive capabilities.
  11. Apart from the Metamorphosis Program, Stitch also shows two new abilities that he's never shown before in the Western continuity; "The Lock" shows that he can sprout retractable quills that look like his back spines around his head, giving an appearance of a lion's mane, to make himself look "scarier", and "The Phoenix" shows that he grow a retractable membrane to glide through the air. But not only are these new abilities stupid, they were also each used only once for nothing more than padding as they have absolutely no effect on the plot; they're just there to give brief moments of Stitch fooling around or having fun.
  12. The United States release of Stitch & Ai excluded the ninth episode ("The Phoenix") from legal release, meaning that American audiences got an incomplete release of this show. Even worse, it's not a filler episode—the events of this episode do factor into the events of the last four episodes—and it's one of the three hand-drawn digital ink and paint episodes. Additionally, the show has since been removed from DisneyNow, meaning that Americans no longer have a legal means of watching it, whether or not they want to do so.
  13. Much of the show's intended emotional and heartwarming scenes come across as forced, especially the scenes that try too hard to prove that Stitch is meant to be with the Wangs. This especially includes Ai's aforementioned breakdown in "The Scroll" and the very last scene of the show, in which Stitch cries because, as he says in his stilted speech, "Stitch has family." That scene makes it seem that his original family (the Pelekais) didn't matter as much to him as the Wangs, thus making the whole show feel like a bigger violation of ʻohana than how the Stitch! anime handled the original duo's separation, since in that show at least he not only remembers Lilo (whereas this show makes his memories of her vague), but even after he split from her, he still values his old time and friendship with her and had a touching reunion, whereas that one scene makes it seem like only just then and there does he realize how "grateful" he is to have a family with his (and Jumba and Pleakley's) new family.
  14. The explanation as to why Stitch forgot Lilo is quite ridiculous and comes out of nowhere, being explained by Ai in the cold open of the sixth episode that Stitch lost his memory when "special qi energy" surrounded and protected him when he "fell from the sky" (i.e. re-entered Earth's atmosphere) in the debut episode. It does explain the weird aura and floating, but it still doesn't justify that bizarre scene in question, especially since Stitch is fireproof (and thus presumably highly heat-resistant) and extremely durable (remember that he bounced off mountains in the original Lilo & Stitch film), and he's also an alien made by a mad scientist alien who was running away from evil warring aliens, not a magical creature who was specifically sent to a little girl by some deity or spirit to give her a friend.
  15. The series likely seemed to be a franchise killer for the Lilo & Stitch franchise, as to date there has been no second season or even any announcements of new shows since it ended.
    • That seemly was until reports came out that the Walt Disney Company is developing a live-action remake of the original film,most likely exclusively for Disney+. Plus, throughout 2020, another Lilo-free spin-off was published in Japan, this time a bizarre manga called Stitch & the Samurai where Stitch and other familiar alien characters end up in feudal Japan. An English translation was released in 2021 by Tokyopop. Thus, it seemly isn't over yet for the franchise's future, either bad or not. However, it is currently unlikely that a new animated television series continuing from Leroy & Stitch, with Lilo as a lead and Stitch still living with her and Nani, will happen, no matter how much the fans want that to happen.

Good Qualities

  1. The art style and backgrounds in the show legitimately look gorgeous, thanks to American Disney animators assisting in the show's production and successfully reusing the earlier traditional cel-animation style, bringing out the beauty of the famous Huangshan mountains.
  2. Three episodes—"The Lock", "The Phoenix" and "Nuo Opera" (a.k.a. "Creatures" in the American release)—actually use hand-drawn, frame-by-frame animation using digital ink and paint, making the animation quality of those shows on par with Lilo & Stitch: The Series. (Of course, this begs the question as to why they couldn't use such throughout the whole show.)
  3. Unlike Stitch!, the character designs of the humans and non-experiment aliens are actually faithful to the original continuity, even if the show is more of an alternate continuity.
  4. This mo (dream eater or baku) experiment is actually a good design for an experiment and looks like it fits in with the classic experiments.
  5. The show features a nice, respectful portrayal of local Chinese culture, even if the show definitely had to appease the strict Chinese censors as much as possible in their portrayal here.
  6. Cobra Bubbles makes his first appearance in over a decade.
  7. Meiying, this show's Mertle Edmonds, is an actual likeable character compared to Mertle from the original continuity and the Stitch! anime's Penny and Jessica. Stitch & Ai shows that, while she can be stuck up, she actually doesn't mind being Ai's friend, but her peers (her and Ai's fellow drumming classmates who are this show's version of Mertle's posse) as well as her own mother, aunt, and grandmother don't like Ai and pressure Meiying to not be affiliated with her. Not only that, in "Dragon Parade", when she and the drum girls accidentally burn the dragon puppet, the drum girls decide to lie and put the blame on Stitch (who actually put out the flames), but Meiying decides not to go through with their plan, telling Ai and Stitch that she would tell the truth (though she ultimately doesn't confess or blame anything since Ai then comes up with the idea to replace the puppet with Dim Long). This proves to Ai, Stitch, and the audience that she is a good person, even though she "denies" it.
  8. Although it is a bit disappointing that he is no longer part of the main cast, Gantu stays in the Galactic Council as Captain of the Galactic Armada this time.
  9. Since the show was produced in English, the mouth movements are, indeed, based on English speech. This is more prominent in the hard-drawn episodes mentioned above.

Trivia

  • Despite popular claims, Stitch & Ai is actually set in a separate timeline from Stitch!.
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Stitch & Ai

Genre

  • Action
  • Science fantasy
  • Comedy

Directed by

  • Tony Craig
  • Marc Handler (voice director)

Composer(s)

Stephen James Taylor

Executive producer(s)

  • Wang Gang
  • Pei Duo
  • Tian Tian
  • Tony Craig
  • Marc Handler

Production company(s)

  • Anhui Xinhua Media
  • Panimation Hwakai Media

Original run

March 27 – April 6, 2017

Stitch & Ai (安玲与史迪奇 "An Ling and Stitch") is a television series spin-off of Lilo & Stitch produced for Chinese audiences that premiered on March 27, 2017 on CCTV-1 and CCTV-14. It is the Lilo & Stitch franchise's third TV series, after the Western-animated Lilo & Stitch: The Series and the anime Stitch!.

The series was produced in English before being dubbed in Mandarin for Chinese broadcast, as the show was produced with the assistance of American animators, including those who previously worked on Lilo & Stitch: The Series. The original English version began airing on Disney Channel Asia on February 5, 2018.[1] On December 1, 2018, it was given a digital release in Western countries on the DisneyNow website and app, with the exception of the ninth episode "The Phoenix", although it has been removed from the service as of June 2019.

Premise

Stitch & Ai follows the events of Lilo & Stitch (and its subsequent film and television sequels up to and including Leroy & Stitch).[2] This series sees Stitch separated from Lilo after being captured by a gang of aliens who had hoped to utilize Jumba's research and use Stitch in their space war with another race of aliens. When Stitch escapes, he ends up re-entering Earth's atmosphere over China and lands in the Huangshan Mountains where he befriends a young girl named Wang Ai Ling and becomes part of her family. However, the Galactic Federation sends Jumba and Pleakley to keep a watch on Stitch and his Chinese family. They are concerned with a hidden function that Jumba secretly programmed in Stitch. This function, which causes Stitch to metamorphosis into a giant beast to fully carryout his destructive programming which can be triggered in a large city—which could be unleashed into the Galaxy if the warring factions figure out how to manipulate Stitch into activating his hidden programming.

Cast

Episodes

# Title Airdate
(Mandarin Chinese)
Airdate
(English, DC Asia)
1 "Hello - Goodbye" March 27, 2017 February 5, 2018
2 "Teacher's Pet" March 28, 2017 February 6, 2018
3 "Gotcha!" March 28, 2017 February 7, 2018
4 "The Scroll" March 29, 2017 February 8, 2018
5 "Spirals" March 29, 2017 February 12, 2018
6 "The Lock" March 30, 2017 February 13, 2018
7 "Dragon Parade" March 30, 2017 February 14, 2018
8 "Tell the World" March 31, 2017 February 15, 2018
9 "The Phoenix" March 31, 2017 February 20, 2018
10 "Dream On" April 5, 2017 February 21, 2018
11 "Nuo Opera" (a.k.a. "Creatures") April 5, 2017 February 22, 2018
12 "Brothers" April 6, 2017 February 26, 2018
13 "Monstrosity" April 6, 2017 February 27, 2018

Trivia

  • Jumba creates new experiments, though they are all specific creatures from Chinese myth. In this series, Jumba creates two cliff dragons that mate and breed. This marks the first time that creatures of Jumba's creation produce offspring.
  • This is the first Lilo & Stitch TV series where none of the first 625 experiments appear, and the first one in which neither Gantu nor Dr. Hämsterviel are main characters, though Gantu does have a speaking role in the series.
  • Various scenes from previous installments in the franchise appear in flashbacks, including:
  • Ben Diskin and Jess Winfield reprise their roles as Stitch and Jumba respectively from the English dub of the Stitch! anime.
  • There are occasional cameos from previous characters of the Lilo & Stitch franchise, including Captain Gantu, the Grand Councilwoman, Cobra Bubbles, and the Ice Cream Man.
  • Plans for a potential season two was discussed by the production team, but Disney did not approve of a second season.[2]
  • Victor Cook, one of the directors of Lilo & Stitch: The Series, came to China to help to make Stitch & Ai episode 8.[3]

Video

Stitch & Ai (Chinese Lilo and Stitch Spinoff) Trailer

Stitch & Ai (Chinese Lilo and Stitch Spinoff) Trailer

Gallery

Stitch & Ai - Poster with title characters

Promotional poster with the title characters

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Horizontal variant of the same poster featuring Stitch, Ai, and the whole gang

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Stitch and Ai on dragons

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Stitch & Ai - Stitch's Destruction Form

Poster featuring Stitch's newly-revealed destruction form

Stitch & Ai English title card

Stitch & Ai English title card

Stitch & Ai title characters

Official artwork of the titular characters

Stitch & Ai - Stitch with Chinese lantern

Poster of a sketch of Stitch holding a Chinese lantern

Stitch & Ai spacecraft

Drawings of spacecraft seen in Stitch & Ai

Stitch & Ai spacecraft interior shot

Interior shot of one of the spacecraft

Stitch & Ai - Stitch sitting sketch

A sketch of Stitch sitting made for Stitch & Ai

Stitch & Ai - yellow Stitch

A yellow colored Stitch in production artwork for Stitch & Ai

Stitch & Ai - Ai's house

Ai's house as depicted in the end credits

References

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