Before I ordered this book, I was aware that it wasn't really an 'art of' book, which is what I'm usually interested in. Lilo & Stitch: Collected Stories From the Film's Creators shares 15 short personal stories from people who worked on the film (obviously), and includes a lot of beautiful artwork. From storyboards to huge watercolor backgrounds to pencil drawings, this book is a giant tease for anyone who wants a full sized Art of Lilo & Stitch...but it's still good.
Most of the stories are fun to read, while others are very informative about the movie making process, such as how hard it was to work with watercolors after Disney animators hadn't used the technique in a very long time. We learn that the creators, Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, basically got to make the movie that they wanted- not using the usual Disney methods of doing things, such as having meetings to go over the story at Dean's house, rather than setting up official meetings through the various departments at Disney's studio, which sounds like it's very time consuming to even find out if the people you want to get together are allowed to meet. It was nice reading that the creators felt that with the couple of films prior to Lilo & Stitch, they felt that the features were getting too complicated for their own good, and wanted to make things more simple, and as a result took inspiration from classics like Lady & the Tramp and Dumbo. All of the stories are worth reading, and you can see that these 15 people genuinely care about animation and storytelling.
As for the artwork, every single piece here had my attention for minutes at a time. I loved seeing the small poster Chris made regarding the right look for Nani- how thin was no good and he wanted a fuller figure. Other favorite pieces were the drawings of Stitch's skeleton, and the huge two page pencil drawing of Lilo and Stitch in a huge drain pipe by Marcelo Vignali. As an added bonus, there's a small photo of the very first design of Stitch, done years before the movie was even in the works. I'm glad they went with Stitch's final design, but the original is definitely original, to say the least.
My only con is that, while everything here's good and makes me want a bigger book with more, the stories take up a big portion of the drawings on a lot of the pages. You can see that in my video I've included, and it was a little irritating to have a gorgeous background or drawing covered up by a block of text (especially that drain pipe one). But as it is, this book is worth your money, though I wouldn't spend much more than retail for it unless it's in flawless condition. If you love Lilo & Stitch, you'll love this book too.