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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 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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, elegant, evocative July 16 2002
This book is a "making-of" book, but just like the movie Lilo & Stitch was a simpler, more elegant, more personal movie than most of Disney's recent efforts, this book is a more personal, more elegant making-of book than any other making-of book I've ever seen.
The book is comprised of a bunch of concept art, and art-in-progress from the development of the movie, as well as personal stories of the concept and movie's creation, told by the people who went through the process. There's a genuine sense of love for the characters that's prevalent throughout the book, and the theme of simplicity, and a personal connection with the audience pervades the entire structure of this book.
From Chris Sanders' first drawing of Stitch, to some really zany sketches for products based on the likeness of Dean deBlois, there's lots of stuff that's both interesting because of its relation to the movie, and interesting because it's so ... off the wall.
If you loved the movie, as I did, there's almost no chance that you won't find this book insightful, and entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful book!!!
this is a must have for any fan of the "art of" series books. it is as beautiful as the movie itself. Read more
Published on May 19 2003 by Mohd Jafar
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
A charming, lovely book, a great compliment to the movie, and the perfect gift for any fan of Lilo & Stitch. Read more
Published on May 11 2003 by Ross, 18 Year-Old Disney Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
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!
Published on Feb. 27 2003 by Vivian
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST have for all fans of Lilo and the blue cutie!
It's hard to to review this book without repeating what others have said. The illistations are great and there is some very good insight into the the minds and hearts of the... Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2002 by nobody in particular
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
I've been buying "The art of..." Disney books sense they first started coming out and I must say, this is one of my all time favorites! Read more
Published on June 24 2002 by B. Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read and a feast for your eyes.
This book acts as The Art of Lilo & Stitch. And it does fulfill the art aspect of the book, but it goes way beyond for a richer print. Read more
Published on June 15 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Fooled, this is the Making of Lilo & Stitch Book!
This is the official "Making of" book that Disney puts out for their yearly Summer Animation flicks. This is not Hardcover but a very thick durable softcover. Read more
Published on May 30 2002 by ufobooks
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