Disney’s Lilo & Stitch is one of the only animated features that worked equally well, if not better, as a series. If you didn’t watch the animated series, which ran from 2003-2006 and featured nearly all of the original voice cast, you missed out big time. Chris Sanders, who conceived the story, co-directed the film, and provided the voice of Stitch, gave those characters and that world such unique designs and gravity that I never thought it would translate faithfully into live-action. This portrait has proven me wrong…
Artist Heather Theurer’s realistic take on Lilo & Stitch has a timelessness and emotional weight to it that makes me think a live-action feature would be possible in the right hands. Disney is rolling out a live-action version of Sleeping Beauty soon with Maleficent and a live-action Cinderella in 2015. Perhaps we will get to see a live-action Lilo & Stitch in our lifetime.
Heather Theurer’s “Ohana Means Family” is available for purchase here.
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