Ok, we’ve finally made it to “Lilo & Stitch”! When I made my list counting down the top 13 animated films that I didn’t like, but everyone else did, I put “Lilo & Stitch” on that list and pretty much all you readers didn’t like that! And of course, pretty much everyone left a comment saying that how I need to watch this film again so that I may change my mind. And I myself was actually looking forward to seeing this film again, since I’ve only seen it once before. So now that I’ve gotten around to it in my Disney Canon-Forgotten/Minor Characters Project, I’ve finally got a chance to re-watch film! So what do I think of the film now?
I still don’t like it!
WAIT, WAIT! LEMME FINISH!
Before, I had actually DISLIKED this film; but now after re-watching it, I admit that there are many things about this film that are quite likable and that I totally forgot about it before! But not enough, to actually make me like this film! In other words, this movie is not one that I like, but not one that I dislike anymore; it’s now one of those films that I’m neutral towards such as “Mulan”! And who knows? Maybe if I watch it one more time, I might actually like it! Although, I highly doubt that’ll ever happen!
But enough with the introduction, let’s get to the film!
Released in 2002, Disney’s 42nd animated feature features an alien denoted as Experiment 626 who crashes onto Hawaii while trying to escape the authorities.
There he disguises himself as a dog and is adopted by a young 6 year-old girl named Lilo who names him Stitch.
Lilo lives with her older sister, Nani, who tries her best to take care of Lilo since their parents died in a car crash.
But Lilo is too much of a brat,
and arguments frequently ensue between them. This isn’t good, because the Child Protection Services have sent a special agent, Cobra Bubbles, to see whether Nani is doing her job in taking care of the juvenile delinquent, I mean, the…young, innocent, minor!
Oh yeah, and some aliens come to Earth looking for Stitch!
So those were all the memorable characters. The forgotten/minor one that I’ve chosen today has to be the rescue lady, or as I like to call her, the kennel operator.
You see, the plan Stitch makes to disguise himself as a dog involves getting run over by an 18-wheeler
and then getting took to a dog kennel with hope that someone would adopt him.
And this is where the rescue lady enters the picture. She’s quite an interesting character. She’s the one in charge of the kennel at the time. She knows that Stitch is not a dog, or at least not the type of dog to be adopted, yet Stitch is put in the same cage as other dogs rather than in a separate cage for himself.
And then when Lilo picks Stitch to be the dog she wants to adopt, the rescue lady tries explaining to Nani and Lilo about how Stitch is really an inappropriate, if not, dangerous choice! But she finally acquiesces to Lilo’s desires, because giving in to 6 year-old girls’ demands is always the responsible thing to do, even if their demands are detrimental to their lives! My, what an amazing woman this rescue lady is!
And to top it all off, the rescue lady reminds me of that tall lady from “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”!
Anyway, she’s not seen again after that scene, so I’d love to commemorate her through this post!
16 thoughts on “Disney Canon-Forgotten/Minor Characters #42: The Rescue Lady”
I really like this film. I loved it when I was younger. And I also understand why you hate it so much. But what I don’t understand is why ever since this film came out, Stitch is everywhere! He’s on shirts, in attractions, standing right next to Mickey Mouse, and even dancing Gangnam Style at Disney World! I just don’t understand why everyone loves him just as much as Peter Pan or Cinderella. But don’t get me wrong. I actually like Stitch myself too.
Yeah, Stitch seems to have taken over, while characters like Merlin aren’t even remembered much today.
Actually, when I was 2 years old, I saw Merlin at a Character Breakfast.
Isn’t Merlin regularly there when the sword is pulled out of the stone in the magic kingdom?
Yeah, I think so; but I still believe that the average person knows Stitch more than they know Merlin.
Good one! I totally forgot about her. And for the record, this is not my favorite of the Disney films.
Glad to know!
Oh wow, I never noticed that she looked like that lady from 101 Dalmations.
I know, right! It’s so uncanny, it’s frightening!
Well I like the film a lot (big shock) and think t is the best of the Post Renaissance era, but I do understand why you dislike it. The store girl is a likeable character and I never forgot her. I never noticed how alike she looked from the lady from Dalmatians. At least the stitch-fever calmed down now.
Well, at least I’m neutral to the film now, rather than disliking it.
I love the fact the girl is weird and bratty . To me that feels authentic. I love the relationship of the sisters. I wasn’t as crazy about Stitch who I think looks like a cockroach. I wish they had gone a little more the ET route and made him more likable and fun. All the alien stuff I could have done without but the Hawaii, family and ohana, love that .
Cool, I’ll always be in the minority here.
I noticed one thing about Rescue Lady that is nowhere else in this movie. The animators designed every character with soft rounded features. From their arms, legs, faces and even the spaceships. Rescue Lady’s face has a sharp pointed nose and drawn in chin much like a Tex Avery character. Is it possible this was a nod to him? Can’t find any supporting evidence but it would be a nice thought.
Hmm, interesting notice!