Friday, August 14, 2020

Friday Creature Feature - Stitch

He’s cute and fluffy, but he’s destructive. So don’t give him caffeine.

Of course I’m talking about Experiment 626, better known as Stitch. If you haven’t watched Lilo and Stitch recently, do it this weekend. It’s good family fun with a dash of sci-fi. But for now, we’re gonna talk Stitch

As one of Jumba’s illegal genetic experiments, Stitch has lots of special abilities. In some ways he’s a fuzzy blue superhero. His durability is outmatched; he’s fireproof, bulletproof, and shockproof. He’s also super smart; he can think faster than a supercomputer and his language acquisition skills are amazing. Physically he’s also super strong (up to 3000 times his weight) and super fast. He can climb walls and see in infrared, x-ray, and night vision. His biggest weakness is honestly that he’s too dense, so he sinks in water.

Stitch was originally created to be destructive. But when he ended up in Hawaii with no cities to destroy, he quickly mellowed out.Throughout the course of the movie, he becomes part of Lilo’s family. In the spin-off movies and TV series, he and Lilo find Jumba’s other 626 experiments (we can talk about those in another Creature Feature post). Stitch and his family rehabilitate and recondition his “cousins” and they become loving members of their community (more than I can say for myself some days).

If you’re planning a trip to a Disney Park in the future, you can meet Stitch when you’re there. The easiest place is Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. He’s got his own little alcove where you can meet him pretty much any time. If you’re headed to California, I haven’t found him in the park before, but you can get tickets for a character meal at Disney's PCH Grill. When I met him in California, it was called the Surf’s Up breakfast, but the name may have changed in years since.

I think the reason people love Stitch is that we can relate to him. We all want to be loved and we all want to belong, but we have all made mistakes. But like Stitch we can grow and improve to become the best versions of ourselves. Lilo and Stitch also showed us that we can find family in the people we meet. We're all flawed, but we’re all ohana.

And ohana means family. And family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

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