What will happen with Experiment 626?
Destined For Disaster?
Disney’s Lilo and Stitch (2002) seems to be an intellectual property that can’t avoid controversy or Disney fan backlash.
In 2004, Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World was covered in toilet paper and vandalized by Stitch. Although this decoration was short-lived, it has become an infamous event loathed by many Disney World fans–especially those who were looking to capture a once-in-a-lifetime photograph at Cinderella Castle that day.
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After the controversial attraction ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter closed at Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom, many fans were excited to hear it was going to be rethemed into a Lilo and Stitch attraction. However, the new version of the experience gained little more praise than Alien Encounter did.
Stitch’s Great Escape was often panned, considered underwhelming for older Guests, too scary for younger Guests, and many didn’t take particularly well to having a chili cheese dog scent sprayed on them as Stitch burped. It often made the top 10 lists of the worst Disney attractions and frequently had little to no wait, even on busy days at the Magic Kingdom.
When news broke about a live action remake of the film, many fans were initially thrilled.
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A Live Action Stitch?
But now, further controversy has struck with Stitch. What will Experiment 626 look like in the new movie? Often animated characters in Disney live action remakes are criticized for unusual imagery. For example, many took issue with how Sebastian and Flounder were portrayed in The Little Mermaid (2023).
So what will Stitch look like in the live action remake? We can only imagine. Various images have surfaced on social media claiming to show leaked versions of the live-action Stitch. Many fans were horrified by the images, and they continue to make their rounds on the internet. However, none of these images are officially released by Disney. Most – if not all – are fan speculation or, in some cases, AI-generated.
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The most horrifying example is this rendering created by Boris Kiselicki, who attempted to generate what a real-life Stitch would look like as part of an academic exercise. But his iteration of the alien has also made its way across the internet, upsetting Disney fans.
In response to the collection of disturbing Stitch imagery showing up online, a petition on change.org has been formed to try and shut down the Disney movie.
It is still unclear how specifically Disney will tackle creating a live action version of Stitch. And fans will have to wait and see if the final result will be as horrifying as people are speculating.
What we do know about the new movie is that Chris Sanders will return as the voice of Stitch. In addition, the cast will include Maia Kealoha as Lilo Pelekai, Sydney Agudong as Nani, Billy Magnussen as Pleakley, Zach Galifianakis as Jumba, and Courtney B. Vance as Cobra Bubbles.