Disney’s Stitch returns in new Chinese series Stitch & Ai
Disney’s Lilo & Stitch just turned 15 years old on June 21, 2017 and while news on the franchise has gone cold in North America, it’s still going strong in Asia. The Stitch! anime series got a new TV special in 2015 called A Perfect Memory that debuted in English on South East Asian Disney TV channels last year. Now it’s time for China to shine as the house that Mickey Mouse built has partnered up with Anhui Xinhua and Panimation Hwakai to produce Stitch & Ai. The 13-episode series debuted earlier this year on the Chinese public broadcasters CCTV-1 and CCTV-14 and will debut on other Asian television channels in the near future.
So, what is Stitch & Ai? Well, long time fans of the series may be dismayed to find out it’s going to be like the Stitch! anime. Lilo is once again out for a new girl named Ai, as Stitch finds himself in the Chinese Huangshan Mountains. However, unlike Stitch!, this new Chinese series was produced in conjunction with American Disney animators. This helps add a sense of visual continuity to the American Stitch productions that was missing from the anime. Franchise staple characters, like Jumba and Captain Gantu, the Grand Councilwoman, Cobra Bubbles also make appearances alongside a bunch of new experiments.
Since the show was produced in partnership with Americans, an English version already exists. It was directed by Marc Handler, who previously handled localization work on BattleClaw, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Naruto, Battle B-Daman and a bunch of other series. However, Disney apparently has no plans on releasing Stitch & Ai in western markets, so the English version may be limited to the South East Asian market – a move Disney did to most of the Stitch! anime.
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