Lilo And Stitch
"Lilo and Stitch"... a film that will delight adults and children alike.
YET ANOTHER feel good, beautifully crafted venture from Disney is ``Lilo and Stitch," a film that will delight adults and children alike. Paying great attention to the troubles of loneliness and abandonment in childhood this very sweet story of the friendship between a little Hawaiian girl and Stitch, an experiment gone awry, is thought provoking.
The story begins on Planet Turo. (With amazing characters sporting interesting faces and attitudes) where a vicious experiment 626 programmed by deranged scientist Jumba, starts destroying everything it comes across. This rogue is soon exiled to a remote planet but in the process escapes and crash lands on earth, on the island of Hawaii.
Meanwhile we are introduced to the chubby little Hawaiian girl Lilo, who feeds peanut sandwiches to fish in the sea and loves to dance the Hula (the traditional Hawaiian dance). She is an orphan both parents die in a car crash being brought up by her sister Nani in poverty and watched like a hawk by a social worker, Cobra Bubbles, who is bent on taking away Lilo.
Jumba and Earth Protecter Pleakley, who have to capture him without hurting any earthling, pursue Stitch. And Stitch to blend with the surroundings, poses as a dog. He is captured by the dogcatchers and put in a pound where he is found by Lilo and adopted by her.
Lilo's troubles stem from her being an orphan as for Stitch, he is isolated because he is insufferable. Both are lonely, friendless and abandoned. Both want to belong to a family and this common bond overrides the genetic programming for Stitch to be destructive. Presumably the story and the writers try to say that love can overcome any negative factors in a being. Even in a creature that is programmed to destroy.
The rest of the animated film is all about Ohana, which means family in Hawaii, and this is the main theme. Disney enhances the heartwarming story by using tremendous voice talent (especially that of Lilo) and some truly breathtaking watercolours, not utilised since the 1940s.
The look and feel of the magical island of Hawaii acquires a fairy tale kind of ambience with the mountains and seas, people and their grass skirts. All this is further enhanced by the soothing music of that land which is in sync with the joyful waves of the pacific. This is a film that takes an intelligent look at childhood and displacement and also underlines that society must love and nurture children. Completely engaging!
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