Thursday Threads

Thursday Threads #37: Tricky Fish and Ohana

First thoughts of Disney often bring on black ears and princess crowns, but we all know that Walt’s ginormous cash cow is so much more than that.  One character the rose to a Tinkerbell-esque popularity is Stitch, made famous by the 2002 animated feature, Lilo and Stitch.

Stitch’s concept has actually been around for a long time, first born as an unsuccessful children’s book idea back in 1985.  It wasn’t until 1996 that the then-president of Disney’s animation studio approached Stitch’s creator, Chris Sanders (who also voices Stitch in the western productions) about the possibility of bringing his character to life.  Thus, the Stitch we now know and love came to the big screen.

Tricky Fish and Ohana



Lilo and Stitch featured a far edgier visual diet than the fare Disney traditionally offered, much to the delight of audiences everywhere.  Now seventeen years later, Stitch remains one of Disney’s most popular characters, in large thanks to his relatable character build, flaws and all.

Of course, as great as Stitch is, much of his development is owed to the tones and themes of the original film, most notably Lilo’s lovely ‘ohana ideology.  The line, which we all know so well, iterates the idea that family is forever, regardless of circumstances, size, or quality–something we all want in this life.


Of course, while ‘ohana has a meaning that is engrained in all of our brains, it can be easy to forget just how cleverly filled Lilo and Stitch is with memorable one-liners.  One such comes from Agent Wendell Pleakley, who, upon mistaking a shark for a dolphin, realizes the terrors of Earth’s ocean.

Oh, look, a friendly little dolphin. They helped sailors during the war… It’s a shark! It’s a shark and it ain’t friendly! Looks like a dolphin… Tricky fish! Tricky fish!


Sorry, Pleakley, that’s no dolphin.  ‘Ohana and that tricky fish moment inspired two prints in shop, which I’ve decided would make for some highly adorable additions for any Stitch-lovin’, Disney-goin’ little girl.  Especially if you’re headed out to Aulani Resort in Stitch’s native Hawai’i, you’re going to want to check out our Tricky Fish and Ohana t-shirts!

I loved the idea of pulling the shirts together with some shorts, sandals, and floral headwear for an island vacationer, or just any Lilo and Stitch fan hoping to get into that tropical mood.  As always, I receive no compensation for the shopping suggestions I provide (psh, I wish).  I just-so-happen to shop at Walmart a lot… because I’m classy like that.  Hey, when you’re dressing twin girls, it pays to go cheap!


  1. Purple floral headband, Walmart, $7.14
  2. Ivory floral headband, Walmart, $8.95
  3. Tricky Fish t-shirt, Nerd Love Shop, $18.95
  4. Ohana t-shirt, Nerd Love Shop, $18.95
  5. Tropical floral printed bike shorts, Walmart, $2.97
  6. Zebra floral printed bike shorts, Walmart, $2.97
  7. Girls white braided sandal, Walmart, $8.74
  8. Girls black cutout sandal, Walmart, $8.74

Which look would you or your little girl pick?

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