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Lilo & Stitch

Talk about underappreciated movies. I saw this back in the day, and promptly forgot basically everything about it. Hell, I never even got around to buying it. I just thought of it as a rare miss for Disney and it got lost in the midst of all the other Disney films I'm crazy about. But a new BluRay release got me to finally add it to the movie wall. Why didn't anyone make me do that before?

I've got three points to make here about the awesomeness of the movie.
1-Stitch is beyond adorable. I can't decide if I like him better before or after he starts talking, but either way I could not get enough of him.
2-I love Hawaiian culture, and I especially love how proud the Hawaiian people are of that culture. The movie had so many nice moments that highlighted that, it made me want to go visit. I went once as a high school graduation present, but I may need to think about a return visit...
3-As with many Disney movies, the story here is important. But it may be one of the more important stories, and one that hasn't been tackled too often by the house of mouse. Most people do remember the line "Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind." Yes, very important sentiment. However, for me, the more poignant point was Stitch saying "This is my family. I found it all on my own. It's little, and broken, but still good. Yeah - still good." Their family is non-conventional, and it does have its issues, but that's okay. I can only imagine how meaningful that line could be to the little Lilo's of the world.
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