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Lilo and Stitch - One Sequence, One Version by alohalilo Lilo and Stitch - One Sequence, One Version by alohalilo
How many drawings in a storyboarded sequence? Well, here's one. Sequence, that is. At the end of Lilo and Stitch we were cataloging and packing up our story drawings. We got to talking about how thick the piles were. Eventually someone suggested we take a picture of the drawings for one sequence. We used the floor of a large open meeting room in the Florida studio, and brought in a scissor lift as a platform for the photographer. Then we spread out the drawings. We were all surprised just how large an area they covered. Bela Temesvary shot the picture. Then he suggested I sit in the middle of them for posterity.

Now, if you're still reading, bear in mind that this is not just one sequence from the film, but one VERSION of one sequence. Sharp-eyed observers will note that this is the obsolete chase sequence that featured a 747. That version was dropped after September 11. So this entire thing wasn't used. Nor is this the first version of this sequence - I boarded it at least once before this. So this is probably version 2. I boarded it again from scratch at least one more time after this one was scrapped.

Most people board on Cintiq now, but I still do it on paper. It's nice to have original drawings to sit on at the end.
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Lilo and Stitch - One Sequence, One Version by `alohalilo

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Misfit-a-saurus Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Living in the Deep South, where practically everyone is a farmer and the most common hobbies/passtimes are football, hunting, and fishing, I frequently get funny looks coupled with the question "Why do you watch cartoons and animation?"
Now, whenever I get asked this, I'll just show them this. It takes alot of hard work, patience, and skill to make a good animation. It can take HOURS to make one decent drawing, so to make thousands of drawings, and then arrange them so that they move, and then use them to tell stories... Animation is a fantastic medium that doesn't get nearly the credit it should. I love your work and the stories you tell with it, and can't wait to see what you do next!
MikeBennett1980 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not surprising. It does take 24 drawings for one second of a movie. :jawdrop:

Looking forward to How To Train Your Dragon 3 and The Croods 2! :)
Ben104 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
You sir, is now one of my inspirations :)
Volt-The-Nightfury Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Writer
How is your leg positioned like that? :o Like, are you laying back and supporting yourself with 2 hands and one leg, while holding the other upwards? Or are you doing some sort of yoga-like crossed leg balance thing? XD
TheJonMastu1011 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
All that paper for a sequence. Judging by the final product, I'd say it was worth it!
Mafon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
From the preview i've got the idea these were dollar bills
danielnewton Featured By Owner Edited Sep 25, 2014
Well Chris Sanders this is very impressive seeing all those drawings scattered around you like that. As I`m currently studying animation in Uni I can clearly see how many thousands of drawings would be needed for these animated movies.

I have Lilo & Stitch on DVD at home and I have the old 747 chase scene on my DVD with other deleted scenes, I loved the 747 sequence better than the space ship sequence and I SO wish you could have kept it. But don`t worry I understand why you had to change it because of September 11 (and of course the space ship makes more sense to how Jumba and Pleakley got to Earth).

By the way I just thought I`d let you know that I myself have acctually tried to make a fan attempt to restore the 747 scene, by trying to replace the un-coloured shots with the coloured shots from the final version, and also trying to carry the sequence onwards from where you stopped animating it. It was quite trickey to restore the scene since some un-coloured shots couldn`t be replaced and towards the end I had to use some of the un-animated shots from the first version of the sequence to replace the shots of Jumba`s ship, but this could at least give people an impression to how the scene might have turned out when finished. Here`s the link to it:…

I`ve also attepmted to restore 2 other deleted scenes from the movie, Stitch`s Trial and the original version of Stitch and Jumba`s fight in Lilo`s house. Here are the links:… (Stitch`s Trial)… (Jumba`s attacks)

Please check them out when you have time and tell me what you think of them. 


ninllot Featured By Owner Edited Aug 15, 2014
AMIGO, ERES GENIAL, lilo y stitch fue genial y la versión original del con el 747 fue mucho mejor que la que quedo en la pelicula al igual que el ataque de jumba.

Me encanto todo lo que trabajaste y desearia ver otra pelicula, como con lilo ya de grande o algo asi

como en estos dibujos…
skcolb Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Filmographer
I still remember going to Disney world back in Nov. 2001, we got a tour of some studio, and I got to see some animators working on a Lilo and Stitch scene. It was quite magical to me at the time. *.*

Loved that movie!
DominaDraco Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that is a lot! I think people sometimes forget how much work and development and planning go into an animated movie (or any movie for that matter). Not just the actual creating of the movie, but the script writing, the character creating, the very beginning where you have an idea and spend countless days building on it. Then comes the pre-production of a movie, then the actual movie creation, then the post production!

Mr. Sanders, I have to say that I've always admired your work and your style. I especially like how in Lilo and Stitch, the human characters deviated from the usual Disney features. It gave the film a unique feel. :)

Wonderful work! :D
TicciT0byRogers Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
XD at first I thought that was pancakes
plugaruseby Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wowwwwwwwww !!
ZzzShadows Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you should've put in a banana for scale XD
plugaruseby Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you have artist's foot for scale..
ZzzShadows Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
altifirmansyah Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're my hero Heart 
LiloandStitch120 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow that is a lot of drawings and just for that one sequence. Lilo and Stitch is one of my favoret movies.
Spirit-DetectiveD Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love your art style.
AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna help make a movie. But it does look like a lot of work.
dylanmc12 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
From 1995-2004, pretty much all Disney movies were really disapointing. Except from Lilo and Stitch, The Emporer's New Groove (SMASH IT WITH A HAMMA) and for a disney sequel, Stitch Has A Glitch was nothing short of amazing.

I would jump at the chance to be an art director, for video game, animated movie, whatever. I suppose it's just a selfish need to leave my mark - any mark - on the world that does't involve the death of 70 people and requesting a PS3 in prison, but looking through your gallery and sketchbooks, you've honestly made my favourite movies, and some of the favourite pieces of art in general.

...too personal. And wordy. Whatever. I'm sure this ilttle mini-paragraph will turn it from a pretentious spewing of one's boring artistic dreams to a humorous litle snippet of self-awareness.
oCrystal Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everytime my art program crashes on me from now on, ill look at this picture and think that picture I spent a couple hours on that got completely cleared? I lost nothing compared to this entire section being just chucked out. 

I wish I could get a more clear view of all the art, everything that gets tossed out from these amazing films. What I wouldnt give to see the creativity and ideas that were once sketched out :heart:
Khimi-chan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Thank you so much for well...This...Lilo and Stitch is easily my favorite movie and has always helped me when I'm feeling down.
SankaJones Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lilo and Stitch: one of the few Disney movies I saw on the big screen as a kid and definitely one of Disney's best movies hands down! :D
LordAkiyama Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, I gotta ask the question. How much wall space would this have to take up? :XD:
adventuresofp2 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This is an awesome shot Chris. It's amazing how many panels we do that will never be seen. This is a great reminder to future story artists what to expect.

Peter Paul

Story Artist
Dragons: Defenders of Berk
gir240 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist
You will forever be my hero cris you made my childhood
UsedGum Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Would you do a commission for a single drawing like one of these? With a new character design? 
average-artist Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Draw me like one of your french art directors"
omnomnomeness Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Once I was in my bed and I was drawing a kitty and I fell asleep and when I woke up the drawing was in my mouth
eDufRancisco Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're my hero!
Doodlee-a Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
One of my favorite deleted scenes was the siren practice on the beach. So sad it didn't make it, but I love watching it by itself. :D
AlecWarner14 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Thank you for making a part of my childhood possible.
DaMushroom Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
O.O thats a looooottta paper
Sheharzad-Arshad Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'll just print out my Cintiq storyboards and sit on them. Just swap out my chair for a pile of printed storyboards. Just sit on the pile like a paper chair. Won't even spread them out. hahaha
HappySniper Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Ridiculously amazing. I love it so much.
FooshBUDDY647 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student General Artist
VDK633 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Writer
Amazing. So amazing.
NinaMierowska Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fascinating :)
procon-8 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Holy fucking christ that is ridiculous.
justo23 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so cool to find out so much more about the behind the scenes of my favorite Disney movie :) thanx for all you've done!
Hoshino-tantan26 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow.. i now know more on what I will face once I become an animator ... Looks tiring but fun!
Happyhanh Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student
oh my god
RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Didn't know there was a 747 scene to begin with... dang.
Dasutobani Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That's really awesome, in more ways than one. Makes me realize I should probably step up my boarding rate just a skosh, just to make sure I'm getting in all the important details.
PrismaClouds Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A person really needs to be disciplined and patient to be able to do this kind of work. When I was younger I thought I wanted to be an animator and work for Disney or Dreamworks, but as I grew I realized that I didn't have the patience and lost interest in projects too easily. Now, I'd rather watch other people's art and create and post my own stuff occasionally when I feel up to it.

I'm still a fan of your work. I like this photo.
OmniTilly Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
That's....a LOT of papers.
HaggisFist Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
astounding amount of work for a feature. Very cool way to put it in perspective.
tulf42 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! That's a lot of drawings! I so need to re watch this film!
RascalWabbit Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Lilo and Stitch is my favorite film and this is very amazing to see
chibi-demon-angel694 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :)
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