Lilo and Stitch are massive Elvis Presley fans, with several of his best-known songs appearing in the Disney animated film. In fact, Lilo and Stitch featured more songs by “the King” than any of his original movies.
Here’s what we know about the songs included in Disney’s 2002 movie.
Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind. Viewers met these unconventional friends during the 2002 animated film Lilo and Stitch. Since then, this film and its soundtrack have become the favorites of many Disney fans.
During a 2002 interview with Animation World Network, creator Chris Sanders commented on the differences between Lilo and Stitch and movies like Spirited Away.
“One of the big reasons we didn’t have this film as a musical in the traditional sense is that the minute a character begins to sing, it places that film in a certain realm, a musical realm, which is great but it’s not really happening the way we wanted this film to feel like it’s happening,” Sanders said.
That’s not to say that there aren’t some musical elements in this production. The Lilo and Stitch soundtrack featured original instrumentals, with the film including songs popularized by Elvis Presley.
‘Lilo and Stitch’ included eight songs originally written and performed by Elvis Presley
Aside from the story of ohana, this animated film featured plenty of musical moments. Lilo and Stitch loved to listen to Presley, sometimes breaking out into dance or even using Stitch’s finger to play a record.
According to Buzzfeed, more Presley songs appear in Lilo and Stitch than any of the “Love Me Tender” singer’s own movies. Besides releasing legendary original music, Presley starred in several films, including Wild in the Country, It Happened at the World’s Fair, and Love Me Tender.
Though these productions featured some fan-favorite songs, they mainly featured Elvis as an actor. Lilo and Stitch, on the other hand, included “Burning Love,” “Suspicious Minds,” and “A Little Less Conversation,” among others. There were eight songs in total initially performed by the King.