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DTV <I>Stitch</I> &ndash; In Time for 2003

11 Jul, 2002 By: Hive News

Walt Disney Pictures' latest alien presence, Stitch, will star in his own video sequel and TV series, the company announced today.

The movie Lilo & Stitch surpassed $100 million at the box office in its first three weekends

The video sequel under the working title Stitch! -- The Movie, is slated for release in 2003 and will serve as a bridge between the feature film and the television series in development with the working title "Stitch! -- The TV Series."

"The characters and themes in Lilo & Stitc have strongly connected with audiences -- and that includes our own creative people at the studio,” said Thomas Schumacher, president of Walt Disney Animation. “Writer-directors Chris Sanders' and Dean DeBlois' creation has inspired everyone, and we're thrilled to pick up where the motion picture leaves off with these exciting, funny, and heartwarming extensions."

"Stitch! -- the TV Series" will become a global television franchise following its anticipated launch on Disney Channel in Fall 2003.

In the video premiere, Stitch -- formerly known as Dr. Jumba Jookiba's "Experiment 626" -- is living on Earth with Lilo and Nani, aided by their friend David, social worker Cobra Bubbles and fellow aliens Jumba and Pleakley. In a series of unfortunate accidents, Jumba's other 625 experiments land on Hawaii and, one by one, are activated.

Following the video premiere, the television series will find Lilo and Stitch searching for these experiments and helping to turn their nature from bad to good, finding places where each can belong and contribute to the community.

Virtually the entire core cast from the film returns for the video premiere and the television series, including Daveigh Chase (Lilo), Chris Sanders (Stitch), Tia Carrere (Nani), David Ogden Stiers (Jumba), Ving Rhames (Cobra Bubbles), Kevin McDonald (Pleakley), Kevin Michael Richardson (Captain Gantu), and Zoe Caldwell (Grand Councilwoman).

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