This year Stitch has become a mass phenomenon, perhaps bigger than when it premiered in theaters exactly 20 years ago this June. The bluish alien who is adopted by Lilo and her teenage sister Nani in Hawaii wears clothes and accessories at all Disney theme parks and beyond. There are t-shirts, slippers and anything you can imagine.
Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois wrote and directed Lilo & Stitchthe film that has grossed 273 million dollars worldwide and that you can see in this winter vacation Disney +. You may remember the catchy song Hawaiian roller coaster rideand that in the Spanish version, in the final titles, the bandana they sang I die of love for you.
The novelty, in addition to the anniversary round, is that there will be a remake with the actors. Dean Fleischer Camp, the director of A24’s indie comedy Marcel the shell with the shoeswill replace Jon M. Chu (In the Highlandsand that in 2024 will bring another musical to the cinema evil) as the director for the live-action remake.
Point, Nani and Lilo. In June 2002 the film was released worldwide. Clarin archive photo
It is not clear if the film will be released in theaters or will go directly to streaming, branded Disney +.
Lilo & Stitch inspired multiple spin-offs, from direct sequels to video Point: The movie, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch has a glitch Y Leroy and Stitchto a television program entitled Lilo & Stitch: the seriesaired on the Disney Channel from 2003 to 2006.
Next, we share the curiosities of the shoot or the film itself.
The animated film will now have an actor version.
Originally, Stitch would have been an intergalactic gangster, Jumba would have been a disgruntled member of his gang who got left behind during a robbery and chased him for revenge, and the other gang members would be the ones looking for him. But Stitch went from being a criminal to a genetic experiment and Jumba became the scientist who created him.
Chris Sanders, one of the film’s directors, was also a co-writer, co-character designer, and voiced Stitch, a character he first created in 1985, for the release of a children’s book, but not. it has been successful.
One of the directors, Chris Sanders, had created Stitch in 1985 for a book. But he failed in the attempt. Sanders voices Stitch.
One of the hardest parts of Stitch’s characterization was that it’s really hard to tell what kind of emotion he’s feeling … because his eyes don’t have pupils. That’s why Stitch is so, so, so physical.
The disappeared scenes
The family photo, with the parents of Lilo and Nani, who died in an accident, and Stitch.
In a drawn, but not animated, scene, Lilo introduces Stitch to Pudge The Fish, when a flock of birds flies in and kills Pudge. Lilo asks for help, but Stitch just sits back, enjoying the slaughter. Here Lilo begins to realize that something is wrong with Stitch and explains the concept of family to him, claiming that Pudge was part of them. Later, Lilo buries Pudge in a cemetery. Stitch is puzzled at first, but then notices Lilo’s parents’ graves nearby and begins to feel embarrassed for the first time, so Lilo forgives him.
And in another that has been left out, several tourists on the beach treat Lilo in a racist way. In revenge, Lilo makes them believe that a tsunami is coming, causing them to flee in fear. In the final script, this scene was replaced by Stitch playing guitar on the beach dressed as Elvis, freaking out and, again, making everyone run away in fear.
Stitch, emulating Elvis Presley on the beach, in front of the tourists.
The images of Elvis Presley are real and not cartoons. Until the first of Elvis -in Argentina, last Thursday-, 20 years later, Lilo & Stitch held the record for the most Elvis Presley songs in any movie released in theaters, including those performed by the king himself.
The photos of Elvis, in the film, are literally photos.
Where is Mickey Mouse?
Do they want to sound wise, crafty or detailed with the guys? There are several Mickey Mouse hidden in the film. One can be seen in the Grand Council scene, on the Jumba platform. Another is a logo on the shorts in a photo on Lilo’s bedroom wall.
And when Lilo shows Stitch at his bed, a photo of Mickey’s head can be seen on a wall (it’s in the top right corner of the screen). There is another behind Lilo’s head in the scene where Nani asks for the ad in the newspaper. And towards the end, when Gantu follows Stitch after getting him out of his ship, there’s a Mickey Mouse head on the far left monitor. No problem.
One of the problems with Stitch’s animation was its lack of pupils. That’s why the alien is so, so physical in his actions.
In honor of Dumbo
Lilo & Stitch it was the first Disney animated film to use watercolor painted backgrounds since then Dumbo (1941). Although it uses computer colored (but hand drawn) digital cells instead of hand painted ones. It was supposed to give it a warmer, older look than most modern Disney movies.
And there are several references to Dumbo. One, when Lilo and Nani look out the bedroom window at what they think is a shooting star, but it’s Stitch’s makeshift landing, a Dumbo plush toy can be seen left among the paint cans on a shelf.
Sew in his spaceship. The film has many references to “Dumbo”. And to “Star Wars”. And “Mulano”.
In honor of Star Wars
When Stitch comes out of his crash landing, he starts stammering in a strange language. And one of the words he says is Chewbacca. And in the scene where Stitch goes to rescue Lilo from the alien ship, the red body of the spaceship is shaped like Darth Vader’s helmet.
In honor of Mulan
There are also references to mulan –Lilo & Stitch It was the second animated film made at Disney’s Orlando studios. After picking up Stitch from the kennel, Lilo, Stitch and Nani can be seen walking past some shops and one is “Mulan Wok”.
In the original script, Stitch was an intergalactic gangster, who is chased to Earth in revenge.
And when Lilo and Stitch enter Nani’s bedroom to show her the trick Stitch can do with the radio, a poster of Mulan can be seen in the background. Tia Carrere, who voiced Nani, was originally considered Mulan’s voice.
How 9/11 changed the movie
Jumba’s red spaceship is inspired by a Boeing 747. The original version of the flying chase scene involved Stitch and Jumba hijacking a Boeing 747 from Lihue Airport and chasing Gantu’s spaceship through Honolulu, crashing into buildings …
Believe it or not, but until the release of “Elvis” this year, “Lilo & Stitch” was the film with the most Elvis Presley songs.
The scene was complete, but the 9/11 attacks happened. The sequence had to be redesigned, with the 747 replaced by a similarly shaped spaceship and the buildings transformed into mountains.
Why that patent?
Most of the vehicle patents in the film (the fire truck, the oil tanker, and even the Nani Beetle, are ultimately A113. Who had that patent? Mrs. Davis had it toy story (1995) and later Mater would have included it cars (2006). What is this for? It’s a reference to the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) animation department room number, where many of the Disney and Pixar animators studied. Stay tuned, because “A113” is hidden in many Disney and Pixar movies.
The attacks on the Twin Towers involved changing an entire sequence.
The name Lilo means “Generous”, and the name Nani, “Beautiful” in Hawaiian. And it is very likely that both Lilo and Nani received their names derived from Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii.
Hawaiian-born cast members Jason Scott Lee and Tia Carrere assisted the writers with dialogue and accents.
With The Princess and the Frog (2009), this is one of only two Walt Disney Animation Studios films released in the 2000s that have recouped the money since its theatrical release and was also well received by critics.
“The Princess and the Frog” and “Lilo …”, the only films from Walt Disney Animation Studios in the 2000s to make money in theaters.
Many of the aliens are inspired by Disney characters, including Piglet and Tigger.
Producer Clark Spencer revealed that the story was originally set in an isolated Kansas town rather than Hawaii.
The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Film, but it won. Spirited Away. Daveigh Chase lent his voice to the main character of both films: Lilo in Lilo and Stitch and Chihiro / Sen in the English dub of Spirited Away.
“Lilo & Stitch” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Film. But “Spirited Away” won.
After Stitch breaks the water pistol, Cobra Bubbles appears disappointed as a crowd of people rushes in terror. The last two to run are the cartoon versions of Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois. Sanders is the boy with the blond hair and the sunglasses. DeBlois is the big guy with the beard.
Earth is listed as part of Section 17, Area 51 on galactic maps, one of several references to the famous Area 51, where the United States is supposed to keep extraterrestrial evidence.
The only extraterrestrial proof is that Stitch has become a terrestrial monster.
Paul O. Scholz