Lilo and Stitch (Chris Sanders Dean DeBlois,2002)

2002 may seem like a long time ago but for us adults it seems like only yesterday. It was a simpler time when all the good Disney movies came out. So to relive 13 years ago, I thought I would go back in time to my favourite animated movie; Lilo and Stitch. And trust me this is the film to watch if you want to see the cutest animated character ever… before they designed the baby aliens in Home (Tim Johnson, 2015).  I mean look at how cute they are.

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Lilo and Stitch is a heart-warming movie about two orphans who adopt a dead koala dog that was hit by a truck, which turns out to be an alien. This alien is also known as experiment 626 (Chris Sanders) or Stich as Lilo (Daveigh Chase) calls him. Stich was created for evil purposes and like all evil creations he manages to escape. Therefore, when his creator Dr. Jumba Jookiba (David Ogden Stiers) and Agent Pleakley (Kevin McDonald)  try and hunt him down he must hide behind Lilo an her older sister Nani (Tia Carrere).

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The film opens in the Galactic federation headquarters (try saying that when you were 6) where Jumba is being sentenced to prison for creating a “monstrosity” with the only instinct to “kill everything it touches” and say disgusting language that causes the other characters to throw up.  As a result of Stitches foul language he is banished to an asteroid because if you say naughty words you are exiled, yikes! Luckily for us, Stitch is incredibly smart, strong and just plain adorable so he obviously gets away and lands on Earth, Hawaii or as the aliens pronounce it eeaarth.

“He is irresistibly drawn to cities, where he will back up sewers and steal everybody’s left shoe”

Leave it to Disney to create some of the most evil villains in film history.

Hawaii just happens to be the place where Lilo lives. Lilo is a lonely, Elvis loving, fat person admiring, little girl who feeds sandwiches to fish. So your average main character.  So even though you may love Lilo, her sister seems pretty fed up with her childish ways. Nothing screams sibling love when your sister nails the door shut, leaves all the food on the hob, puts spoon people in with the pickles and tells social workers that she beats you with bricks in a pillow case. Word of advice if you want to impress a social worker, don’t leave your child home long enough to plan anything!

Now that we have established that Lilo isn’t your typical child you will understand when she mistakes an alien falling from the sky as a falling star and a weird looking alien for a dog. Because as you know all dogs have 8 legs and can talk.

Nani: does it have to be this dog?

Stitch:* picks his nose with his tong and eats it *

Lilo: yep he’s good I can tell.

Lilo has now found her new BFF so Stitch does what friends do best, they steal bikes and create a montage of a fun day out, which of course includes the best activity there is, getting your sister fired and watching your friend set his face on fire.  You then end the night by creating a model of San Francisco and then pretending to be a monster that destroys the city. It really is a fantastic film about friendship instead of princesses. For me this is what sets Lilo and stitch and the usual Disney films apart. Disney is usually more money and products with love and beauty. Whereas, Lilo and Stitch tells a story with morals and more emotions than the adult viewers care to admit. You would not see Cinderella have an alien get emotional over the ugly duckling or have an alien that can play Elvis music through its mouth.

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Yes as you can tell by now, instead of having original musical numbers, we get lots of ‘The king’. This causes for one of the best scenes of Stitch rocking out to Elvis on the beach, only to be annoyed by the cameras and for him to get Nani fired… again. Wow this film really likes to piss on their characters, quiet a horrible god complex the writers have. And this is not the only example; they drown stitch, make Nina loose Lilo and force stitch to run away. STOP IT Disney!!

This film is basically about the importance of family and how everyone has a place, even monsters who are designed for evil can be loved… aww.

“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind…. or forgotten.”

If that is not a quote to remember, I don’t know what is. And it is an important one to remember when Lilo is taken away from Nina by social services after aliens destroy the house. Seriously if you watch this film, you will feel sorrier for Nina than anyone else. You know you have gotten old when you agree with the adults of the film.

When Lilo is taken, it calls for the ultimate alien team up (not quite as cool as the suicide squad or the Avengers but still pretty great). Stitch, Nani, Jumba and Pleakley take down the Galactic army, the CIA and the social services. But it all ends up ok, with a happy musical number and everyone living happily together. Now that’s the Disney we came to expect, always need a good song for the soundtrack.

This fantastically funny and emotional classic Disney truly is the ultimate family movie. It has Elvis and aliens so you can’t really ask for much else.

 

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

 

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