Nani and Motherhood



ahipsternotquite:



cutie-potoo-ty:



You know, I’ve seen a lot of Disney Mom “Happy Mother’s Day!” posts going around, but all of them I’ve seen neglected one very important Disney “mom.”

So props to Nani, who - for all her shortcomings - genuinely loved her sister and only wanted the best for her. She had to be a mom because she had no choice, and she did her best… her level best. Even if she got frustrated, even if she got scared.

And in the end? She made it work.


Actually crying.

David Kawena: the ultimate Disney prince



seriouslyneglectedblog:



So I just need to get this off my chest:

For me David Kawena from Lilo and Stitch is the ultimate Disney prince because he is there for Nani AND Lilo and even Stitch despite everything that’s going on in their lives. They’re going through some tough stuff. Their parents die and all of the sudden Nani has to be a mom to her sister who is socially awkward and depressed and that’s hard enough as it is and then she gets her this ‘dog’ and everything gets harder and even though she can’t return David’s feelings he’s still there for them through everything. Even aliens. He’s amazing. I was watching Lilo and Stitch with my niece the other day and I cried watching David go through it all. He is the perfect guy. Like I just get emotional thinking about him.

Imagine if you had someone like David in your life - male or female. You would feel like a prince/princess even if you were living with next to nothing.

David is the ultimate Disney prince - even though he isn’t a Disney prince. He should be considered one.

Disney rant - over.

"Model citizen - Mayhem at the beach"



APPARENTLY, THE FOLLOWING SCENE is a demonstration of the daily racism dealt with by Hawaiians whenever tourists populate the area. They're often ignorant, and speak without thinking. So what does our protagonist, Lilo, decide to do? Make them look like asses via exploiting their general ignorance of the area and never revealing the routine nature of the Tsunami siren check. Good times.

According to someone on tumblr:
It was clearly something the crew was very reluctant to get rid of if it made it all the way to rough-clean (and in a few scenes clean!), fully inbetweened animation. That is like, thousands and thousands of dollars and weeks (months?!) of labour. Maybe a reluctant producer decided they would alienate their white middle-class American audiences by making them feel “too guilty” and pressed them to drop it? It’s unfortunate, it’s one of the most honest accounts of racism in a Disney movie (which is why it’s believable that someone got uncomfortable and made a case to get it chopped). Designing entertainment by committee for maximum marketability is probably the most heartbreaking process in Hollywood. [X]

#Character Spotlight: Nani and Lilo Pelekai - Various Artists

SEARCHING DEVIANTART.COM ALONE, searching for quality pieces of Nani and Lilo Pelekai that don't fetishize Nani and Lilo's bodies is tough. However, the pieces I did find are pretty and well representative of both characters.


Aloha (c)matthewhoworth

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The Disney Dresssphere Project by skirtzzz @DeviantART.com

THANKS TO THE POWERS OF social media websites (such as Tumblr.com, The Mary Sue or Wired.com), DeviantART artists tend to become fairly popular rather quickly and they catch the attention all those who watch them. Like Jirka Väätäinen, shoomlah, and viria13 before her, skirtzzz made internet headlines with her Disney Princess Dresssphere collection.


Beserker (Pocahontas), Thief (Kida), Black Mage (Esmerleda)

The collection featured almost every Disney Heroine from a feature or animated film as Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy X-2 inspired Summons and Dresssphere,  fanservicy combat-geared costumes as used by Yuna, Paine and Riku. However, of all the characters she presented at the present, Tiana was unfortunately represented in her collection as a Frog Mascot akin to the kind you'd see a football or baseball game while the other characters were looking ravishing in their flowing dresses and sparkly costumes. The set eventually found its way to tumblr and the ever-present presence of the social justice sphere caught hold of it and rightfully inquired as to why Tiana was the only Princess out of the handful she'd created then was singled out and left in a rather unflattering uniform. However, unlike the situation shoomlah faced in regards to her Pocahontas piece, the objection was strong enough that the artist acknowledged the complaints and redrew Tiana as arguably one of the strongest Final Fantasy summons in the series, SHIVA. But of course, one cannot have Tiana without Charlotte LeBoeuf and she was also given a summon redesign. I'm rather surprised there aren't any complaints about making Mulan, a Chinese hero, a Japanese Samurai, but nonetheless, the collection is pretty and well thought out for the most part. Click behind the cut to check out the selected few.

WARNING: IMAGE HEAVY, NOT DIAL-UP/SLOW PROCESSING FRIENDLY. )

#Discussion: Lilo and Nani or Lilo and Stich


(c)waltdisneyconfessions

“Honestly, I think Lilo and Stitch could’ve been a story about Nani and Lilo alone. About their relationship and the struggles they face. I think the aliens were just thrown in to appeal to little kids, and it sort of breaks the movie for me.”


This really strikes me as an interesting confession. Do you think the film would've been better without the sci-fi/alien family elements, or is it better because of it?