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Lilo & Stitch: Collected Stories From The Film's Creators [Paperback]

Disney Press
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June 1 2002
Timed for publication just before the UK release of the long-awaited next Disney film, LILO & STITCH, this luxuriously illustrated gift book celebrates the spirit and beauty of Hawaiian culture and reveals the heart-warming stories behind the making of the film. Relating the personal experiences of the team who brought Disney's newest animated feature to life in a form reminiscent of richly illustrated classic storybooks, this volume will delight all lovers of art and dreamers of paradise who want a peak into the moviemaking journey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful book!!! May 19 2003
this is a must have for any fan of the "art of" series books. it is as beautiful as the movie itself. it is splashed with all the beautiful rough drawings and amazing watercolor paintings that take your breath away. i wouldnt have asked for any more!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely May 11 2003
A charming, lovely book, a great compliment to the movie, and the perfect gift for any fan of Lilo & Stitch. If you count this gem among your favorite films (as I do), this book is a must-have for you, as it's filled with gorgeous sketches and watercolors, showcasing the development of the characters and setting. (I'm gushing, yes, but I can't help it.) And it's filled with little stories from all the key members who worked behind the scenes, reminding you of how very human animated films are. Personally, I think this is the best of the Disney "Art of..." books, but I'm biased, as Lilo & Stitch is my favorite Disney film. It's not hardcover, but it hardly matters. The book is unique, just like the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like The Film, The Book is A Nice Departure March 9 2003
"Lilo and Stitch" was the perfect summer family film. Lighthearted and heart warming, it contained all the elements of the best Disney has to offer. The great thing about this film is that it did this without all the fanfare and majesty that, as of recently, has been dragging down the Disney films. This pseudo-making-of book offers the same unpretentious vision. As most fans of Disney animation know, this type of book is released for every feature. While quite a few have been really nicely done, most have been bogged down in the technical aspects of animation. While it is an awe-inspiring and often misunderstood process, hearing and re-hearing about the animation process gets a bit stale. These publications began to feel like the same book with different pictures. Thank goodness the creators of this book have taken a refreshingly different approach to telling the story behind the story of Lilo and Stitch. Personal accounts and artistic insights prove to be just as entertaining and engaging as the sketches and watercolors that fill this slim addition to the Disney Making Of Library. Like the film, the book doesn't feel the need to show off the technical merrits of the production. Too often authors of animation books come across defensive about the medium, forcing comparrisons with other more respected mediums (film, fine art, literature) as if there is a need to defend animation. In a way they are preaching to the choir. Most people who purchase these books already respect the process, the amazing artists, and the mountains of work that goes into each production. Lilo and Stitch the book finally offers some insight into the creative minds and, more importantly, hearts of the creative forces behind the magic. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! Feb. 27 2003
By Vivian
I could not put this book down...I read it all in one sitting. If you're a fan of the movie this is the book for you...strong recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Making-of Book yet Feb. 15 2003
I started collecting Disney's making-of books with Lion King but soon realized that with each succeeding film I was basically reading the same information over and over again and stopped getting them after A Bug's Life.
So I was skeptical about getting this one but I eventually caved in after I read a bit of it in a bookstore. This isn't a typical making-of book where the author tells you step by step how the fim was created. Instead we get many short essays from the creators of the film themselves telling their experiences on making Lilo & Stitch. It's a terrific idea that reminds us of the human element in creating a film. Even better, the essays seem genuine and give us little insights into the mind of the individual creator as well as the Disney corporation. Generous amouns of pre-production art is sprinkled throughout the book and I'm going to buy a second copy to frame a few of them.
If you have any interest in Disney, animation in general or Lilo & Stitch you will definitely get something worthwile out of this book. I'm actually axiously looking forward to the next making-of book from Disney again! Life is good.
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At first, one may be a bit reluctant to purchase a book about the making of a movie. Oftentimes "making of" books can be bland and impersonal, reading more like a textbook with pictures than anything else.
But not this book. I purchased this book because I'm one of the biggest fans of the movie Lilo and Stitch, which In my opinion is the best movie Disney has made for a long time. And Stitch is by far my favourite animated character, of any film, ever. Just thinking about him brings a smile to my face. I wanted this book to see the development of Stitch over the years, and ended up getting more than I bargained for.
The very first page of this book opens you up to stunningly beautiful watercolour backgrounds, some from the movie, some entirely new. And as you read along, text is interwoven with the backgrounds like it is truly part of the picture, making for a beautiful book. But it's the content that counts, and here this book excells. This book is a collection of stories by people who were involved with the creation of the film. And every story hits a very personal note. You peer inside the very lives of the people who helped to make Lilo & Stitch a reality, and indeed get to know their very thoughts and feelings. Chris Sanders, in describing how Stitch came to life, is especially humourous, sometimes going on to tell about childhood embarassments that may or may not be related to the movie, but provide for some very good entertainment, again on a very personal level.
All the creators of this film seem to carry an undeniable love for the characters they have created, and a respect and love for the Hawaiian culture and environment as well. They all were movitated people who had a clear goal in mind: to make the most out of Lilo and Stitch, and bring some nostalgia back as well.
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