We huddled together for a Family Movie Night last week. It was one of the things we enjoy doing after a long week’s hard work.
Dana picked Disney Lilo & Stitch DVD from Daddy’s treasured collection – a classic which the hubs and I enjoyed tremendously when it was first launched in 2002. Here are 5 reasons why we love this movie so:
1. The story is set in beautiful Hawaii where we have very fond memories from our 2nd Honeymoon back in 2000. We would love to bring Dana back one day to walk the Volcano crater in the Big Island of Kona, visit the USS Arizona Memorial or let her join a junior hula school in Maui. Daddy thinks she would look absolutely adorable dancing in the hula costume!
|Taken at the Polynesian Cultural Centre, Oahu on 3 Dec 2000.|
2. Stitch, the alien ‘dog’ whom Lilo adopts from the pound is cute and quite the rebel. He destroys nearly everything in his sight, even at times without meaning to, bringing lots of comic relief. Although programmed to be destructive in nature, Stitch has a good heart and an endearing friendship soon forged between these two ‘outcasts’.
3. Lilo (the Protagonist) is an adventurous, fiercely independent little girl who loves singing and dancing – we see much resemblance between her and our Princess at home! We hope that when she grows up, she will be like Lilo, having the courage to champion a cause she strongly believes in.
4. We love the familiar Elvis Presley songs (tunes like ‘Stuck on you‘, ‘Heartbreak Hotel‘, ‘Hound Dog‘ and ‘Burning Love‘) and the upbeat Hawaiian songs (‘Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride‘ and ‘He Mele No Lilo‘). They just seem to grow on you and gets you into that carefree, Aloha mood!
5. The central theme of family resonates strongly. This is the movie where the quote ‘Ohana means Family…and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten …’ It portrays the love Lilo’s elder sister Nani has for her…. the sacrifices and struggles she faced in raising Lilo single-handedly after their parents’ death; how she tries means and ways to protect Lilo from being taken away by Social Services; how Lilo embraced Stitch as part of the family and never gave up on him. It’s the same ‘Ohana’ theme which transforms Stitch from his embedded destructive ways. Metaphorically, it tells of how, if a family puts aside their differences and stays united, they can ride the waves of life together.
If you’ve not watched Lilo & Stitch with the family, you should! It promises to be heart-warming and entertaining. We loved the movie so much that we bought its sound track years ago. After our movie night, we brought Dana to the bakery to pre-order a cake for her birthday celebration in school (this coming Friday). No prize for guessing what she picked. Yes, a Lilo & Stitch cake it shall be!