Lilo & Stitch is an important reference to the underlying critique of literature and related theories. The selection of a film is based on the need for a practical experience regarding a contemporary issue in the modern society. The animated adventure is produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and was released in 2002. The film features two highly mischievous persons. The principal protagonists include a young girl, Lilo Pelekai, and an extraterrestrial creature, a genetically engineered dog (Sanders). Lilo nicknames the dog ‘’Stitch’’ and offers it a home. However, Stitch was engineered to cause chaos and only uses Lilo to avoid being captured by the community. The production elicits various impressions and can be used to critique racial and identity theories.
The plot commences with the arrest of Dr. Jumba who is at the center of the advanced scientific modifications. He engineers creatures with higher intelligence than humans, and capable of causing harm to everyone. However, his arrest does not deter the experimentation of the various projects, including the development of Stitch. Lilo’s sister, Nani, had been for a long time unable to take care of her sister following the death of their parents (Sanders). She supports Lilo’s interest in adopting a dog. However, a series of chaos causes Nani to be wary of her sister’s decision to adopt Stitch. The contention triggers the community to be more interested in the ongoing scientific experimentations. It was feared that the world was about to be controlled by genetically modified beings (Smith, Michael and Geoffrey 1270).
The fact that Stitch could easily relate with Lilo was also at the heart of the displeasure with the ongoing engineering. Nani takes a substantial interest to capture Stitch, in the effort to take care of her sister. The portrayal of the racial dimension is the film introduces critical aspects regarding women. Nani has a special place in the society. She is portrayed as one of the most dynamic characters. She has dark skin and a chubby figure. However, it did not deter her from exploring her interest. She participates in multiple fun activities and also portrays confidence throughout the dominant scenes. Nani and Lilo did not make a great deal out of the fact that they were different (Sanders). However, one cannot rule out the massive contracts between the male and female figures in the animated production.
The women characters are primarily delicate and have a stronger inclination to their identity. On the contrary, the males embody domination and have little interest in physical attributes. Nani and Lilo establish essential lessons regarding identity. They may have threatened those with the perceived better body shapes or colors. The family thrived out of unity and admiration for themselves. They rarely thought about their differences and how the culture had evolved to isolate certain groups of people. Lilo’s unique nature allowed her to extend love to Stitch even though he was seen as a danger to the world of humans. Her care acted as the redemption that Stitch critically required.
On the other hand, Stitch increasingly appreciates the new word after being redeemed by Lilo’s kindness. The critical racial theory is at the heart of the animated production. The supposition delves into the elements of power within the society. Foster care is one of the important references to racial profiling and identity in the society. People have to fight to keep someone that is different from the rest of the existing members. The apparent contention suggests that survival requires a form of power in the society. The rest of the community members may be too accustomed to certain standards that they cannot entertain change. It also shows that love is to a large extent a choice but not a result of free will. Problems of racial profiling emanate from the lack of acceptability and flexibility. It may also mean that one weighs their expected gains or losses before relating with a person. It may involve inquiries regarding the perceptions of the society or fears of isolation. However, it is the minorities that suffer the most in instances of power struggles. The victim may feel unwanted or like their actions infringed on the rights of the minorities.
The challenge is seen in the thematic expression of foster care and adoption. Lilo and her sister Nani struggled to survive following the death of their parents. Nani was determined to care for Lilo, but faced significant pressure to keep her in a foster home. The social worker represents the dominant cultural values regarding social norms. He does not believe that Nani is capable of parenting (Sanders). While Nani understood it was never going to be easy, she knew that separation from her sister would be the worst thing to happen. On the other hand, Lilo’s adoption of Stitch offers important lessons regarding how to cope with social imbalances. She is determined to teach the dog how to be a model citizen. She is forced to strike the balance teaching Stitch to be independent and aligning to the aspects of the new environment.
The situation compares profoundly with the elements of critical race theory. The society has predominantly categorized race, power, and the law. The majority side thrives on an implied native supremacy. While most democracies strive for equality and justice, the dominant communities feel inclined to control the minorities. The disparity suggests that the apparent inequality exists across generations. It is also bound to last as long as people feel superior or inferior towards one another. Nani wondered why she had to prove a point to be with her sister. She was wary of the fact that the society deemed her unfit to look after her sister not because she was young but due to her gender (Sanders). The social worker may have seen her as vulnerable as witnessed by his spirited effort to settle Lilo in a foster home. Nani also had a hard time finding a job.