Aloha my wonderful merfolk!
The backgrounds of Lilo and Stitch differ a bit from the films that came before it. Walt Disney Studios wanted to go back to economic movie making and the idea for Lilo and Stitch was pitched.
Dean DeBlois who wrote the movie, pitched the ideas of using watercolours for the backgrounds to give the film a more traditional look. Watercolours had been used for the backgrounds in films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Dumbo, however, this technique had largely been abandoned by the mid-1940s in favour of less complicated media forms. DeBlois believed that the watercolours would give the movie the bright look of a story book.
This did mean a lot of the artists at Disney during the production of Lilo and Stitch, had to be retrained in order to be able to work in this medium.
I love watercolours and the beautiful Hawaiian scenery lends to this fantastically. I love how watercolours look and the way they blend together. I’m glad Disney went back to their roots and their old methods of animation. I’ve picked out a handful of my favourite backgrounds and put them below.
a mermaid be waiting for you in mysterious fathoms below