Today we’re talking about the 2002 film Lilo and Stitch.
I’ve seen this movie a lot. It’s one of my feel good movies. It’s easy to dismiss this movie because it’s such a happy, and a little silly, story. It has a surprising amount to say about racism and colonialism. The aliens don’t even consider humans intelligent, Stitch is treated as a monster simply for existing, and you have to wonder if a white girl trying to take care of her sister would have as much trouble and scrutiny as Nani does.
It does a great job of showing off the problems in the child protective services system and the mindset that people are what they were born.
There’s also a lot in this about found family, sibling love, deciding who you are, and loving people for who they are.
Lilo never mocks anyone (except Nani). She genuinely seems to love those around her, even those that treat her terribly. She is a believable kid in pain. There’s a lot of talk that she is coded as autistic but I can’t speak to that.
Nani makes me think of my older brother and I can’t imagine the stress and pain she’s going through.
Stitch is sassy, adorable, and more relatable then you’d expect. He’s also cute and fluffy.
The rest of the characters are both surprising and fascinating in their own way.
This movie is quoted a lot in our family. It’s heartfelt and funny.
If I ever get a fish, I’m calling it Pudge.
Visuals and Music
The movie is a stunning example of 2D animation. The rich landscapes of Hawaii along with the colourful aliens works so well. The plane chase sequence at the end is fantastic considering they had to remake it due to 9/11.
The music is fabulous and the use of Elvis is both jarring and perfect at the same time.
This movie doesn’t let you get bored. The placement of scenes is such that you get enough time to feel the emotion, but not enough to get bored. It’s a great use of emotion in scenes.
The overall feel of the movie is hopeful and happy.
This is a classic movie that is just overall a lot of fun. If I could only take 10 movies with me to re-watch forever this would absolutely make the list.
Overall Score: 5* Stars
*A 5 star review doesn’t mean the movie was perfect nor that it is perfect for everyone but it is a movie I believe is as close to perfect as possible.