Lilo & Stitch: Collected Stories From The Film's Creators Paperback – Jun 1 2002
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
this is a must have for any fan of the "art of" series books. it is as beautiful as the movie itself. Read morePublished on May 19 2003 by Technophobe
A charming, lovely book, a great compliment to the movie, and the perfect gift for any fan of Lilo & Stitch. Read morePublished on May 11 2003 by dandy breeze dairy
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
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 morePublished on Oct. 5 2002 by nobody in particular
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 morePublished on June 24 2002 by B. Stephenson
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 morePublished on June 15 2002 by Amazon Customer