Lilo and Nani: A study in sisters
Lilo and Stitch is one of those movies that I find myself trying not to cry during every single time I watch it, ya know? And honestly, the whole..alien story line really just annoys me. Cuz, come one! I know that Pleekly crossdressing is funny and all, but it’s taking time away from Nani and Lilo!
Nani and Lilo are amazing. Not only are they women of color (a rare enough thing to find in Disney movies) but they are truly wonderful, fully fleshed out women. They aren’t cliche or stale.
Lilo is damaged and hard to deal with, selfish and stubborn. Nani is short tempered, over-worked, and easily frustrated. They are real and flawed and wonderful.
Nani and Lilo do what is so often hard to do with women in media, they are flawed and still lovable. They are not damned by their failings, but deepened by them. They are not “normal”. Lilo is more…not normal and more obviously not normal, but even Nani flies in the face of what most media tells us women SHOULD be. She’s dark skinned, curvy as hell, with a temper and a big, big heart, and she doesn’t give up for anything. The girl goes after freakin ALIENS to save her little sister.