I think there’s one thing we as a society need to come together and come to an understanding on: No one wants to see a ‘realistic’ CGI version of Stitch, the little blue gremlin of death and friendship. who stars in the disney animated film Lilo et Stitch. Put it on the next ballot as a referendum, get data. Because we have to legislate, and we have to do it now. Because we are running out of time.
To witness it: the Hollywood Reporter shared yesterday that Jon M. Chu, director of Crazy Rich Asians, is in talks with Disney to lead the still in progress live remake of Lilo et Stitch. The film is produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback, who produced the Aladdin remake. Currently, Disney is also looking for more writing talent to revise the original screenplay written by Mike Van Waes.
And, okay: if you want to make a movie, that’s a good talent. Chu is an exciting new director, clearly talented people who know how to make a film. But that doesn’t make this movie a good idea. Lilo et Stitch is a wonderful, sweet story of a young girl and her older sister who heal their family with the help of an adorable alien super-weapon. It’s a story of Hawaiian culture, love, and learning to be happy together even in very difficult times. It’s a movie that draws deeply on the cute, warm empathy you develop as a viewer towards Stitch, which looks like a teddy bear coming to life in a hand-drawn animation.
Please. I don’t want to see it live. Realism would ruin it. Don’t do this to me, Disney. Just put down the license and let’s all go home.
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