Couldn't Ask For A Better Message
Lilo and Stitch is probably my favorite Disney movie. I love it with a great passion- it tells a beautiful story about friendship and finding the place where you belong, which are always fun stories to see, but at its heart, I see Lilo and Stitch as a completely different kind of story than most. To me, Lilo and Stitch is about humanity. Lilo is a fantastic heroine, a little girl who struggles to fit in because of her vivid imagination and her boundless faith in the way she sees the world. Towards the beginning of the movie, she asks her older sister if their family is broken because their parents are gone. Lilo feels lost, because the world is so big and she is too little to wade her way through it alone. The social worker is threatening to take her away, because he also feels that Lilo's family is too broken. Lilo is bursting with life and capacity to love. She is light. Stitch is created in space by a mad scientist, engineered to be a weapon of mass destruction, built to embody evil. He is tearing through the universe when he stumbles upon Lilo. But when he sees her light, his darkness cannot stand in contrast to it. His world is dark, but hers is filled with beauty and magnificence. Lilo treats him, not as a demon, but as family; she offers him her love, and he begins to feel lost, as well. He feels something that is very different from his nature and his former experience. But in the end, he is willing to be a part of Lilo's family and embraces her world, because she has taught him what it is to create and to love and to know that there are people in the world that will care about you. She teaches this monster that he can be something better. And in the end, Stitch saves the family Lilo treasures so deeply- "This is my family," he says, in the finest and longest line he says in the entire movie, "It is small, and broken, but it is still good." This is not a story about a girl and her dog. It is not a story about finding a place, or about a family. It is a story about how darkness becomes light, and how a child is able to make the purest evil into good. I think it's about how children, and their imagination and trust and innocence, is the cure to even the greatest of horrors. I think it is a story about the good inside of us can tame our darkness, and how the part of us that was once like Lilo - trusting and loving and truly believing that nobody can be left behind - is perhaps the most powerful thing we have.