So I have a question about this… when I was little, I never understood that she took pictures of fat/thick/big people. I was just like ‘lol she takes pictures of strangers.’ Even now, it doesn’t feel like the butt of a joke, it just feels like the movie is showing that Lilo sees the world differently than mainstream society. Anybody agree/disagree?
What I love the most about this movie is that fatness and fat people aren’t a joke or a punchline or even an issue to be discussed. It just IS. Nani simply IS a heavy-set and curvy woman. She’s not uncomfortable with it. it’s not a conflict in her life. It has no effect on her self-esteem or her love life. Lilo truly loves pictures of beautiful, obese tourists. She adores them. She finds them stunning. It’s not funny, it’s not ridiculed. There’s no laugh track to it. She loves them, and they are considered worthy of love.
It’s absolutely important to have media that deal with the reality of fat life and the challenges that come with it, but it’s nice to see fatness normalized and taken for granted sometimes, too. :)
Something I noticed about this movie is it’s one of the closest Disney has gotten to portraying life in an animated format. People don’t look like they’re from fairytales, they look like they’re trying to live a life in a regular, modern environment. And they are. And it works.
Lilo has an excellent view of life