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An unruly, blue alien with big ears and a little girl who has just lost her parents meet by chance on a paradise island and become inseparable friends. That sounds pretty crazy at first? It is: but the mixture of Hawaiian culture, exciting space action and the collision of two worlds is what makes "Lilo and Stitch" so incredibly endearing and exciting.
Aliens and family traditions
Lilo's world is turned upside down when Stitch escapes from a space prison and, after a wild chase, more or less successfully crash lands in Hawaii in his spaceship. Stitch is a creation of the mad alien scientist Dr.Jumba Jookiba, who was arrested for illegal experiments and is also serving a prison sentence.
While chaos is perfect in space, Lilo has completely different problems: after the death of her parents, she tries to cope with her everyday life together with her sister Nani, who lovingly takes care of her. Nani, however, lives with the constant fear that Lilo will be taken away from her and placed in a foster family, as her supervising social worker doubts that she can take over Lilo's upbringing. To please her little sister, Nani decides to let Lilo choose a dog from the shelter.
Lilo decides not to choose a cute dog, however, but Stitch, who was mistaken for an animal after his crash landing and locked in a cage. In the meantime, some hunters from outer space and even Dr. Jumba Jookiba himself are hot on Stitch's heels. Of course, there is still a happy ending, according to the motto: "Ohana means family. Family means everyone sticking together and being there for each other."
To save money, all the background graphics in the film were painted with watercolours. The film studio had not used this technique since the production of "Dumbo". However, the use of watercolours had more than just financial advantages: it makes the background less detailed and more visually appealing than a cluttered background, especially for children's films.
Originally, "Lilo and Stitch" was to be set in Kansas, but after much deliberation, Chris Sanders, the film's initiator, decided on Hawaii. Until now, Disney had never dealt with the sunny Pacific island, but Sanders was convinced that the dreamy beaches and fantastic landscapes would guarantee a unique film experience.
Prior to the production of "Lilo and Stitch", long research was conducted on the mentality of the inhabitants of Hawaii. To this end, the director and a team of various animators travelled to the island to experience the way of life and traditions of the islanders at first hand. During their stay, the creative minds were particularly inspired by the Hawaiian proverb "Ohana", which stands for the bond and cohesion of the family.
Your Lilo and Stitch Fan Shop
"Hang Loose" is your life motto and "Ohana" is your number one priority? With the "Lilo and Stitch" merchandise from EMP, you can not only show that cute aliens are just your thing, but also bring a touch of Hawaiian lifestyle into your wardrobe.
How about a Lilo and Stitch t-shirt? With a galactically cute Stitch print, of course, or an accessory in typical Hawaiian style? Whether earrings, hats or key rings, with these colourful accessories you can add a summery touch to any outfit. With this in mind: Aloha!