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A stubborn, blue alien with big ears and a little girl who has just lost her parents, meet by chance on an island paradise and become inseparable friends. Sounds pretty crazy at first right? 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 lovable and exciting.
Aliens and family traditions
Lilo's world is turned upside down when, after a long chase, Stitch makes a (more-or-less) successful emergency landing in Hawaii after breaking out of space prison with his spaceship. Stitch is a creation of the crazy alien scientist Dr Jumba Jookiba, who was arrested for illegal experiments and is also serving a prison sentence.
While this chaos is perfect in space, Lilo has other problems: After the death of her parents, she is trying to cope with her everyday life, together with her sister Nani, who lovingly takes care of her. Nani, however, lives in constant fear because her caring social worker doubts that she can take-over the upbringing of Lilo: She thinks that Lilo will be taken away from her and placed in a foster family.
To please her little sister, Nani decides that Lilo can choose a dog from the shelter. However, Lilo does not want a cute dog. She wants Stitch, who, after he crash landed, has been mistaken for an animal and locked in one of the cages. Meanwhile, Stitch already has some hunters from space and even Dr. Jumba Jookiba on his heels. But of course, there is a happy ending, true to the motto: “Ohana means family. Family means that everyone stands together and is there for one another."
◾ To save money, all background graphics in the film were painted in watercolour. This not only has a finanical advantage, but also a less detailed background is more visually appealing - especially for a children's film. The film studio had not used this technique since the production of 'Dumbo'. ◾
◾ Originally, 'Lilo and Stitch' was supposed to take place in Kansas, but after much thought, Chris Sanders, the initiator of the film, decided on Hawaii. Disney had never looked at the sunny Pacific island before, but Sanders was convinced that the dreamy beaches and dreamy landscapes would guarantee a unique film experience. ◾
◾ The mentality of the Hawaiian residents was researched for a long time before 'Lilo and Stitch' went into production. The director and a team of various animators travelled to the island to experience the way of life and traditions of the islanders up close. During their stay, the creative minds were particularly enthusiastic about the Hawaiian proverb "Ohana", which stands for the bond and solidarity of the family. ◾
Your Lilo and Stitch Fan Shop
'Hang Loose' is your motto in life and 'Ohana' is your top priority? With 'Lilo and Stitch' merchandise from EMP you can not only show that cute aliens are exactly your thing, but also bring a touch of the Hawaiian lifestyle into your wardrobe.
How about a Lilo and stitch t-shirt? With a galactically sweet stitch print of course, or an accessory in the typical Hawaiian style? Whether earrings, hats or key rings, with the colourful accessories at EMP you can give every outfit a summery nuance. In this sense: Aloha!