Netflix Throwback: Lilo and Stitch

by Brianna Acosta

Lilo and Stitch came out in 2002 and for seniors was probably one of the last Disney movies we watched before moving on to the bigger PG-13 movies, but for freshmen some could hardly even remember that year, let alone seeing it in theatres.

Lilo and Stitch was a great movie then and now can be enjoyed by our younger siblings on Netflix. In one of the more sad Disney storylines you find five year old Lilo who has no friends and no parents being raised by her older sister Nani. Lilo lost her parents in car accident caused by bad weather and now ritualistically feeds pudge the fish a peanut butter sandwich because he controls the weather.

Lilo adopts Stitch, believing he is a dog, and has to teach him how to be a model citizen because after a bad house visit from social worker Cobra Bubbles Lilo has a strong chance of being taken away due to an unsafe environment. Stitch was an experiment made to destroy and Lilo had hard time trying to change him, but he slowly started changing on his own after reading the Ugly Duckling and realized he wanted a family just as much as she did.

In the end Stitch got to stay and they became family, different and broken but still family. That line where Stitch says that they are his small family I cried. Lilo and Stitch has held up so long because it can relate to everyone. Not every family is small and not every family is broken, but every family is different.

Thanks to Netflix now every different family can find it and your can hear younger children saying ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind.