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Hey folks, Harry here.... Well now we have the images to go with some of this stuff. It is all concept art I believe, but it really does give a sense of the direction that Disney is headed in with this. The TREASURE PLANET piece is magnificient.... ALSO... when you click on the link below, you will be taken to MOUSE PLANET where they have more pictures PLUS a FANTASTIC PIECE on what is happening with these characters. Enjoy....

Harry --

I notice that you've really lusting after info on "Lilo & Stitch" & "Treasure Planet" lately. Well MousePlanet has put a report I just did on these two films as well as "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" and "Monsters, Inc." And we've got shots of that concept art from the "Disney Animation" exhibit at DCA.

Here's the link, Harry (MOUSE PLANET).

And then we have this report:

Hi Harry,

I've been a great fan of your site for a while and have waited for a moment to contribute. I was lucky enough to see some BVI previews the other day, I don't know exactly what info you have on these but I'll fill you in.

Firstly Lilo and Stitch - yes I actually saw some of animation and it looks really cool. Hawaii looks great and they have used a new watercolour technique for all the backgrounds, wispy and delicate. The animation is cartoony, but superb. All the characters are quite rounded as are the seens in space. The space ships, aliens, weapons are rounded, like a bubble blade runner. Stitch looks like a gremlin, big ears, sharp teeth and large eyes. He starts off with six arms which become four when he turns into a dog and starts to cause mayhem. Stitch is a genetic experiment gone wrong, with suoer strength and no morals. Of course ther are two aliens on his tail, a big guy with four eyes who created stitch and a skinny alien with one eye. I;m not too sure how the plot unfolds but it looks fun, a bit nasty and a real mix of the cartoon Disney and the new Atlantis (older market Disney) Can't wait! Summer 2002 I think.

Monsters Inc. Saw some story boards of this and it looks fantastic. Don't know much except the teaser trailer is deceptive as most of the film doesn't take place in a kids bedroom but in a Monster world which I think is called Monsteropolis. The world is powered by the energy craeted by children's screams. A small human girl escapes into the monster world and all hell breaks loose. It looks like it has all the laughs and the sentiment of the other pixar features.  Steve Buscemi voices the bad guy and with John Goodman as th hero you'd think this might be a Coen Bros cast....

And now a note of sadness, in between the hype and expectation of Atlantis, Lilo and Monsters we have to endure Return To Never Land (Yes that's Peter Pan 2 to you and I) You'd think they would have learnt after Rescuers Down Under that big screen sequels are not Disney's best bet.

I hope this is cool stuff

Take Care

Gorgeous Guy

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  • Jan. 31, 2001, 8:40 a.m. CST

    *SIGH* Why doesn't animation excite me the way it used to?

    by lostoptimist

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Yeah but look at Monsters Inc!

    by Tracer

    Come on this film is gonna be BADBOY! Seriously, they've got a brilliant cast and the teaser trailer looked great, Pixar really do this stuff well and theres still no sign of a dodgy movie either. Toy Story 2 was supposed to be straight to video but the execs were so blown away they gave it a cinema release and look how much it made! Have faith, as long as Pixar keep producing the goods theres no need to worry about animation in the future!

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 8:55 a.m. CST

    "Return to Neverland" is NOT a new movie

    by Eryndur

    Cripes, did this guy actually tour the whole Disney Animation attraction at DCA or not? I know I did, and Return to Neverland was merely the little fake project that Robin Williams stars in to illustrate how animated features are created. It's hosted by Walter Kronkite, and it was originally made for the Animation attraction at WDW's Disney/MGM Studios theme park. Look how noticeably younger Robin Williams looks in the little movie. Anyway, Return to Neverland was already made with Robin Williams; it was called "Hook".

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Oh Disney, Where Arth Thou?

    by monkeylucifer

    Although Atlantis looks interesting, if just for the character design by Mike Mignola, the other Disney animated films seem to be generating little interest compared to the string of animated hits the studio produced during the 90's. Pixar is Disney hit generator now, and this Lilo & Stitch looks like something the studio would have come up with during it's lackluster run in the 80's...or worse yet, something the WB's animation wing would have made around the time of Ferngully....blech. I think the Mouse House is gonna quickly lose ground as Dreamworks puts out animation of the same quality, but in this war between the studios, it seems that the magic and warmth that Disney films used to be know for have been lost.

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Oooppss.....I meant 20th Century Fox, and not the WB

    by monkeylucifer

    Sorry Warner weren't responsible for Ferngully....just that Quest For Camelot crap.....ugh.

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Interesting enough

    by Terry_1978

    The Monsters, Inc. and Treasure Planet concepts seem pretty unique in their own right.....I know Pixar is gonna have fun with the concept of various creatures from fables and legends, and it's about freaking time Disney did a futuristic animated picture. The still from Lilo and Stitch seemed pretty cool...Stitch does look like a koala bear with no homicidal intergalatic criminal tendencies whatsoever, so it'll be cool to see how "evil" he really is once we see him in action. Lilo is pretty much a cross between Tido from "New Groove" and Mulan....not a bad choice if you're gonna hybrid two characters to create an orignal one, though. Hopefully the story and humor in these flicks will be as interesting as the stills and concept artwork.

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by Wesley Snipes

    That Lilo & Stitch image looks great. If they carry over that look for the film, I expect it to be a lush visual delight. Wow. Disney have got the best talent in the world. Let's hope Atlantis makes money so they can put that talent to use on cool 'older market' films.

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 10:45 a.m. CST

    is that the BEST they could come up with?

    by mooncake

    those pictures look so goddam stupid! is that the best they could come up with?? even 12 year olds will think it looks retard! this movie is going to flop big time, no doubt!

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Jim Hill of Mouseplanet Rocks

    by Tdmcat

    Best source for the back story on Disney (Parks, Movies, Anything) He is an Honest to God Reporter for the Orlando Sentnal, and not a rumor monger of the net. READ HIM!!!

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Pretty Damn Cool!

    by Prankster

    I've disagreed with Jim Hill in the past--he felt the "A Guy Like You" sequence on Hunchback was "essential"--but there's no denying "A View From the Hill" is THE #1 web source for upcoming DIsney flicks. This is precisely the article I've been hanging around MousePlanet for weeks now to see. MonkeyLucifer, get ready to be surprised--the inside word on Lilo & Stitch AND Treasure Planet is stronger than just about anything Disney's done since "Aladdin". Well, go read the article! Lilo, in particular, seems to have animators rolling around on the floor for joy. And DAMN those Treasure pics look amazing. Even Atlantis, which is being labelled a disappointment, is free of songs and talking animals, and promises a solid action-adventure with a great cast...there's no way it's not going to be better than Tarzan. Disney's got their Groove back. I AM annoyed about what's being done to Monsters, Inc. though. The monsters can't be scary? Kids won't buy the toys? Is Disney really that stupid? Don't they remember the Toy Story fiasco, where everyone was demanding to buy the "Mutant toys", but Disney didn't bother to make toy versions of them? Those were some ugly critters, but people loved them! The original Toy Story is still Pixar's best, because it has that crazy streak of twisted Burton-esque imagination, present mostly in Sid and his toys. If Disney's been rubbing the edge off them, well, score another minus for Team Rodent.

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Lilo And Stitch

    by Becka

    I'm excited about "Lilo and Stitch". It looks really cute and the plot is kinda unique. I WAS excited about "Monsters, Inc" but now I'm not so impressed with this picture. They look like the monsters from that old Nickolodeon cartoon. But whatever, could still be funny.

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Prankster, I hope you're right

    by monkeylucifer

    I hope they do surprise me, and so far "Treasure Planet" is the only one of these projects to really get my hopes up. I was really pumped about "Atlantis", but I've read several previews that sound like its' storyline is a rip-off of "Stargate" (please let this not be true). I just feel that Disney might have spread itself a little thin in dividing it's talent up amongst too many projects, thereby diluting the potential of each film. But don't get me wrong, I'd love nothing more than to have them make me eat my far though I'm not getting my hopes up.

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Bring It On.....

    by slav

    Gimme a M-O-N-S-T-E-R-S, I-N-C! WHAT DOES IT SPELL!? MONSTER'S, INC!!!! (Cue much screaming, squealing delight and jumping around with pom poms) I feel like such a cheerleader.

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 3:43 p.m. CST

    According to the animators themselves...

    by Prankster

    They say Atlantis is a disappointment, but Lilo & Stitch has them all jumping for joy. EVERYONE--suits, animators, directors, pretty much everyone in the animation business, Disney or elsewhere. Like I say, I personally believe Atlantis will still be OK--no one's said it SUCKS, just that its not living up to its' full potential. However, the animators may be right and "Atlantis" will be a letdown--but in that case Lilo DOES have their support. I find it hard to believe that this many people at all different levels would be so excited if it wasn't shaping up well. In other words, Atlantis has proven that the Disney animators don't just mindlessly hype everything--if they say Lilo & Stitch is good, they probably believe it.

  • Jan. 31, 2001, 8:55 p.m. CST

    treasure planet???!!!

    by half vader

    That bit of art looks like something straight out of Final Fantasy to me! My money's on Pixar, as always.

  • Feb. 1, 2001, 2:05 a.m. CST

    monkeylucifer, NO!!!!!

    by baff

    ferngully is a fucking GREAT MOVIE!!!! i am completely serious!!! i am a huge animation buff, and ferngully is seriously one of my favourite movies! it is so great!! environmental awareness is one message that animaton is brilliant for, unlike didsneys passionless attempts at dealing with the 'outsiders'. it really is a great great animated film. i luv the love song in it as well. just great. i only wish the aniamation was up to par so that i could see this film shown to the best of its ability. it is such a great great movie!! does anyone agree?? anyone? please speak out if you luv this forgotten bit of 90's animation!!!!!!!!! baff

  • Feb. 1, 2001, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Lilo: 2004

    by Teko

    2004 is closer to the truth than 2002.