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Buena Vista stitches ‘Lilo’ game

'Island' can be played on home DVD players

Taking the concept of bonus features to another level, Buena Vista Home Entertainment plans to release a DVD-based board game themed around the studio’s “Lilo & Stitch” franchise.

Created by the company’s DVD production unit, “Lilo & Stitch’s Island of Adventure” is a family-targeted game designed to be played on a standard living-room DVD player, said Andy Siditsky, senior VP of worldwide DVD production and creative services for Buena Vista.

Play involves the standard board game paradigm, Siditsky explained, with such traditional components as the spinner and cards replaced by interactive menu components on the DVD.

Film, CGI mixed

Content from the upcoming DVD premiere movie sequel “Stitch! The Movie,” as well as CGI animation created specifically for the game, is blended together to form the game’s multimedia elements.

As players move about the physical game board, they land on various instructions to activate specific on-screen menus triggering multimedia elements ranging from a tsunami (the equivalent to Monopoly’s “Go to Jail”) to a karaoke-like segment instructing players to do their best Elvis Presley impersonation.

The goal: Get to the end of the board having recovered the highest number of Stitch’s alien cousins.

‘Lilo’ continued

“This is an added experience to the film product and a continuation to the ‘Lilo & Stitch’ story,” said Siditsky, adding that the game — which hits shelves Nov. 11 with a suggested retail price of $29.99 — will be sold in video stores and mass-merchant DVD sections, not toy stores and traditional board-game outlets.

“This is a first for us,” Siditsky said, adding that Buena Vista execs are already talking about producing other such board games.

The release of “Island of Adventure” follows last month’s acquisition by Mattel of another DVD-based board game, “Scene It?,” in which players answer trivia questions after viewing scenes from popular movies on a DVD.

(Daniel Frankel is a reporter for Daily Variety sister publication Video Business.)