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Featured Cast & Crew

Chris Sanders - Director, Writer, Voice of "Stitch"

Sanders started at Walt Disney, as one of the first on the Visual Development department in 1987. His first feature was "The Rescuers Down Under". Soon after, he left Visual Development to become part of the story department. He was a key member of the team that developed the Beast's death and resurrection in "Beauty And The Beast" and was Production Designer for "The Lion King". He joined the Animation team based in Florida while he worked as head of story for "Mulan", which was produced onsite, rather than at the home base in Burbank, CA.
    In addition to being the creator, writer, and director of the film, Sanders supplies the undeniably unique voice of "Stitch". Perhaps under guidance that he was the only one who could effectively "sound" like the little creature developed in his own head, Sanders provides Stitch's grunts, alien language, and attempts at English for both the original movie, sequel, and the television program (although he only served a production position on the original).

Dean DeBlois- Director, Writer

DeBlois joined Disney in 1994 as a layout artist on "Mulan". As the production progressed, he joined the story department for the film. There he met Chris Sanders and joined him as co-head of story for the film. After given the greenlight from the Studio, Sanders approached DeBlois about working on a brainchild of his own, and DeBlois soon joined him on writing the story, as well as working as co-director with Sanders on what would eventually become, "Lilo & Stitch".

Chris Spencer- Producer

The first film Spencer produced was "Lilo & Stitch", but his career at Disney was quite packed. After joining the company in 1990 as senior business planner, he soon moved up to new positions as manager of studio planning and later, director of studio planning and finance.He joined Feature Animation in 1993 as director of planning. Three years later he was promoted from just Animation's vice president of planning and finance to Disney's Animation and Theatrical Productions' Senior vice president of planning and finance. There, he served under Thomas Schumacher, the Executive vice president of the department, who would later make Spencer Senior vice president and general manager of the Florida animation studio. From there he his long dream of becoming a film producer was fulfilled when asked to oversee the production of "Lilo & Stitch".

Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu- Songwriter/Singer

Ho'omalu's day job is being a kumu hula (hula teacher) in the San Francisco Bay Area,  so writing songs and chants for "Lilo & Stitch" is no big deal. "He Mele No Lilo" and "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" were responsible for bringing a lot of the Hawaiian flavor to the production. At the time of the film's production, he was teaching his halau, "Na Mele Hula Ohana", which he closed in February 2002. He soon opened up "The Academy of Hawaiian Arts".

Daveigh Chase- voice of "Lilo Pelekai"

Chase began acting at the age of eight in small roles on television. Her first major role on film was in "Donnie Darko" but her career strength has been in voiceover roles. In addition to being "Lilo", she voiced the lead, "Chihiro", in "Miyazaki's Spirited Away" (with David Ogden-Stiers), which took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.  While she voices "Lilo" on Disney Channel and ABC in "Lilo & Stitch: The Series", she can be also heard as "Joyce" on "Disney's Fillmore". Her other big role is scaring the daylights out of viewers as the mysterious "Sarah" in the spooky movie, "The Ring".  Born in July 1990 in Los Angeles, Chase's new projects include the  independent "Carolina" and the straight-to-video "Big Paw: Beethoven 5".  She is also one of the stars of "Haunted Lighthouse 4-D", a new show featured at Sea World and other Busch Gardens parks.

Tia Carrere- voice of "Nani Pelekai"

A few television roles is what started Carrere's acting career; most notably her two-year role as "Jade" on "General Hospital" from 1985-87.  Born in Honolulu in 1967, Carrere is part-Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino, and her early roles seemed to reflect her Asian background.  Her breakthrough role was as "Cassandra" in the movie, "Wayne's World".  Carrere has continued to work steadily over the years and has also ventured into producing. She served as Executive Producer of Matthew Modine's "One Last Score" and the independent, "20 Dates". Carrere is also a singer who released an album of her own, "Dream", and recorded all the songs sung in "Wayne's World" as well.  It is no surprise that she brought her vocals unto "Lilo & Stitch", providing the inspiration and vocals for Nani's sweet lullaby of "Aloha 'Oe" in the film.

David Ogden-Stiers- voice of "Dr. Jumba Jookiba"

Born in 1942 in Peoria, Ogden-Stiers is highly trained thespian and lover of the arts. He began studying and working as an actor in Northern California in the Actor's Workshop and later moved to New York and acted in John Houseman's Acting Company while studying at Julliard.  His big role came in 1977 when he played the pompous "Major Winchester" in TV's "M*A*S*H".  He enjoyed many more film and television roles, including a recurring role in "Perry Mason",  but began his voice career and long association with Disney with the role of "Cogsworth" in "Beauty & The Beast".  He has since done all the "Beauty" sequels and more voices in "Pocahontas", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame",  "Teacher's Pet" (the TV show and film), "Atlantis: The Lost Empire", "Miyazaki's Spirited Away" (with Daveigh Chase), and "Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman".  He has appeared in both the "Stitch" sequel and TV show as "Jumba". Ogden-Stiers also enjoys classical music, and has conducted orchestras on his own.

Kevin McDonald- voice of "Agent Pleakley"

McDonald was born in Montreal in 1961,  but he also grew up in Ontario. He studied drama at Humber College, but learned he was better at straight comedy. He joined the famed Second City in Toronto and met Dave Foley, who became a close friend, and helped create the comedy team, "The Kids in the Hall", with fellow Canadian comedians Bruce McColluch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson.  The group turned their antics into a hit TV show in 1989 in Canada and the U.S., and it produced TV specials and more movies in the years that followed the end of the show. He's done a number of guest roles on TV and began voice work on the animated TV adaptation of the movie,  "Clerks" and the cartoon, "Invader Zim".  McDonald continued to voice "Pleakley" in the sequel and TV show of "Lilo & Stitch".

Jason Scott Lee- voice of "David Kawena" (original film version only)

Lee was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Hawai'i from a young age. He later attended Fullerton College and got serious about pursuing acting.  One of his first roles was one of the "What's Happenin'?" boys in the film, "Born in East L.A.", and a member of Griff's gang in "Back To The Future II".  His most notable role came in 1993 while playing Bruce Lee in "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story". He went on to play more lead roles, as Noro in "Rapa Nui", Aladdin in "Arabian Nights", and Mowgli in Disney's live-action version of "The Jungle Book".  Recommended to producers by fellow Hawaii native Tia Carrere for the role of "David", Lee accepted to role knowing that authenticity would be appreciated.  Lee voiced "David" strictly for the original movie, but not for the sequel or TV series.

Ving Rhames- voice of "Agent Cobra Bubbles"

Rhames began acting on Broadway in 1984 after studying at both Julliard and State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY Purchase). Born in Harlem, his love of acting grew after attending the New York High School of Performing Arts.  After a role on TV's "Another World", Rhames enjoyed small roles in movies, until his big break in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction". He went on to enjoy action roles in "Mission: Impossible", "Con Air", and "Out of Sight". But his name hit headlines when he presented his Golden Globe for his role of Don King in "Don King: Only in America" to Jack Lemmon for "12 Angry Men".  Rhames previously did voice work in "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within", but he continues to work on a packed schedule. Besides continuing work as Agent Bubbles in the "Lilo & Stitch" franchise, he remains active in the "Mission: Impossible" film series as Luther Stickell ("Mission: Impossible 3"is slated to be released in 2005).

Zoe Caldwell- voice of "Grand Councilwoman"

Caldwell was born in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia in 1934. She later emigrated to England and made her professional debut in Stratford-upon-Avon and soon joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. She moved to Canada in 1961 and gained renowned as a celebrated and award-winning stage actress.  She's won 4 Tony Awards (out of 4 nominations) including in 1968 for "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and in 1996 for "Master Class". Caldwell has made very few film appearances including Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo".  She voices the Grand Councilwoman in both "Lilo & Stitch" and "Stitch! The Sequel", as well as making guest appearances on the TV series.

Kevin Michael Richardson- voice of "Captain Gantu"

Richardson is mostly well known for his extensive voiceover career, but is also a actor in his own right. He has had small roles on TV ("Dream On", "The Parent 'Hood", "ER"),  as well as film ("Stuart Saves His Family", "BASEketball"). His voice work, though, carries the bulk of his resume. This Mount Vernon, NY native is has done voices for (long inhale) "Hey Arnold!", "Superman", "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest", "The Incredible Hulk", "Batman Beyond", "Family Guy", "The Wild Thornberrys", "Recess", "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command", "The Legend Of Tarzan", "Lloyd in Space", "Justice League", "ChalkZone", "SpongeBob Squarepants", "What's New Scooby Doo?", "Teen Titans", "Duck Dodgers", "Voltron: The Third Dimension", "Spawn", "The Powerpuff Girls", "The PJ's", "Queer Duck", "Static Shock", "House of Mouse", "Samurai Jack", "The Proud Family", "Ozzy and Drix" (and that's just TV).  He's done voicework in films, "All Dogs Go To Heaven 2", "The Secret of NIMH 2", "Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein", "Scooby Doo and the Alien Invaders", "Rugrats in Paris", "Recess: School's Out", "The Powerpuff Girls", "The Wild Thornberrys Movie", "Scooby Doo and the Legend of the Vampire". He's also done voice work in live-action projects like TV's "Greg The Bunny", and in Disney's "The Country Bears" and "George of the Jungle 2" films. A bulk of his work is in video game voicework, including Disney's "Kingdom Hearts", "Indiana Jones", "Star Wars" series, and "Enter The Matrix". He also provides many voices of the animated characters in "The Animatrix", as well as recently doing a live-action role in "The Matrix Revolutions". Currently,  he stars on the WB's sitcom, "Like Family", but continues to do voicework in the meantime. Richardson's "evil" Captain Gantu is not only present in the film version, but he plays a pivotal role in the sequel and TV series.

Dee Bradley Baker- voice of "David Kawena" (sequel and TV series only) 

Baker is a well-renowed voice actor and a few of his credits include: "The Wild Thornberrys", "Johnny Bravo","Duck Dodgers", "Family Guy", "SpongeBob Squarepants", "Spiderman", "Codename: Kids Next Door", "The Fairly OddParents", and "Stan Lee's Stripperella". Baker also does a number of video game voices as well non-voice work on game shows like Nickelodeon's "What Would You Do?" as well as appearing the host of the syndicated "Shop 'Til You Drop".  Baker stepped in (Jason Scott Lee was the original film's David) for the sequel and TV series as the laid-back surfer friend to the Pelekai 'Ohana.

Jeff Bennett- voice of "Dr. Jacques von Hamsterviel"

Like Richardson and Baker, Bennett has an extensive list of voiceover credits. His most well-known character to date is the Cartoon Network's Johnny Bravo, but other career highlights include TV's "Animaniacs", "Bonkers", "Mighty Ducks", "Pepper Ann", "The Weekenders", "The Powerpuff Girls", "House of Mouse", "101 Dalmatians: The Series",  and "Samurai Jack".  Film credits include "Aladdin and the King of Thieves", "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas", "Joseph: King of Dreams", Balto II: Wolf Quest", "Mickey's House of Villains", "Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure", "101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure", and "The Land Before Time" series (2-10). Notably, Bennett has taken on the voicing of Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn, who both appear most recently in the live-action/animated film, "Looney Tunes: Back in Action".  Dr. von Hamsterviel has only shown up in the "Lilo & Stitch" sequel and TV show, as the evil genius out to steal all of Stitch's 625 "cousins".

Kunewa Mook- voice of "Kumu Hula"

Mook, not an actor by trade, is the perfect fit for the role of Lilo's Hula teacher (kumu means teacher in Hawaiian). He currently is kumu hula for both Hula Halau 'O Kamuela in Waimanalo and it's mainland counterpart, Kamuela Elua, in Burbank, CA. Although, he does not provide the vocals for the Hawaiian chants featured in the film (another kumu, Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu is the talent behind that), Mook is the voice of reason in Lilo's class as she tries to get along with her fellow "friends" in class. Mook appears in the original film and sequel, as well  as making guest appearances on the TV series.

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