Sunday, February 13, 2022

What We Can Learn from Stargirl Disney Movie

From all Disney movies that I have watched, Stargirl left me puzzled about the ending. Disney movies in my mind, will always end with happily ever after or with contented feeling. Below, the storyline will be explained in nutshell but as a disclaimer, I did not intend to give the spoiler, but to show you how the ending raises questions and let us find our own answers.

Leo grew up without the shade of his Dad. Yet, it doesn't mean that Leo also buried his memories inside his Dad's grave. The porcupine-marked tie, his Dad's legacy, kept sparkling his remembrance about his Dad. How could he forget? when every time of his birthday, a gift of new tie with porcupine mark always knock his door. 

A girl called Stargirl, just like her name, was shining the mediocre junior high school. For years, no trophy existed in their shabby cupboard, and the losing in games was just normal. The students did participate but no fire to grab the victory. Until Stargirl, jumped to the middle of the field, started to play her ukulele and sang heartedly. Inspired everyone that they are also capable to win, just need to believe.  

The American Football game score was reversed, his school team started to beat the opposing's team. The first trophy finally existed in their school's cupboard after years only filled by spider web. Leo together with his marching band team, poured the field to celebrate their first proud winning.

Stargirl then joined school cheerleader, with her as the leader. Along with Leo's marching band team, they accompanied their school's American Football team and brought another trophies. 

This triumph also eased Leo to win Stargirl's heart, both became a lovebird. Leo had been in crush for long time to her, from the first sight he saw her from far when practicing with his marching band team in school field. 

Leo and Stargirl are just like yin and yang, the silent meets the loud. Leo spent most of his life without rebellion. Beaten by naughty kids or being bullied, he kept quiet. While Stargirl, followed the rule of action-reaction. When there is an action, she would mostly react what she thought is right. 

It seems that Stargirl also already had crush on him even before joining his school. She bravely approached his table in school canteen just to say hi. But, Leo was still shy and not sure if she likes him. He was afraid if what he felt was wrong about her so he kept his feeling for her for quiet long time. Until they made friends somehow and worked together for cheering their school team.

Everyone praised Stargirl for her brave and initiative. Like how Blu in Rio 2 spoke up to their herds not to keep silent but to fight out the logger. Her unique in style, thoughts, and  actions made her different with the rest of the students. However her difference was also what made her dig her own grave.

One of the players from the opposing team got injured. Without thinking, Stargirl approached him and accompanied him to get medicated. Everyone was speechless and could not digest well what they were watching. They turned out hated her for supporting the opposing team, for being a traitor. Leo most likely agree with everyone thinking, he wasn't in the same boat with her. Hence, he waited her all the night to get explanation from her. 

For the sake of humanity, she said. No one jumped to help and were only watching. So she felt terrible and came to help. Indeed, there was also medical team, but Stargirl ran faster than them. Having trust issue, every eyes then was always watching her movement. They now were asking whether her name of "Stargirl" is real or not. 

Then they found out was a fake. Susan is her real name. Leo requested her to be real, and started call her Susan. Moreover, he persuaded her to be normal as others. She rejected to be like Susan until the ice melted and she granted his request. Her look was changed as well, she became like how Susan should be, just an ordinary girl, with ordinary style as well. Susan is 180 degree different with Stargirl. 

She tried to explain to Leo that Susan is not her. She was not convenient for being Susan, while Stargirl made her alive. Without his approval, she returned back to her comfort zone, to be Stargirl. As everyone noticed her comeback, again she received rejection from the surroundings. But, she kept her confident. 

She appeared in their school ball when previously, she planned not to come. Again, with her unique style, she outshined everyone. Like a peacock in the middle of crowds of rats. 

Leo noticed her and she invited him to go to the stage. Stargirl supported him to sing when he never thought he could. Then finally, it was his first time breaking his fear. He did, amazed everyone with his nice voice.

No one knew, it was her last time with them. Leo tried to find every possible tracks she might visit, but no trace at all. Leo lost her. Somehow, the absence of her, the school also lost the spirit. Stargirl had touched everyone's heart by her fire and pure mind. As she never came back for a long time, her losing felt like a fairy tale. Nobody believed, she never existed, even the people began questioning whether she was real or just their illusion. 

Yet, what is real was, the Stargirl effect. Unconsciously, everyone started to wear colorful t-shirt mimicking her, the gloomy school now turned into bright school. Stargirl indeed had done something incredible to the school. 

Leo still tried to find her, but until the end of the movie, he was only able to find her working space room, where she put everyone's detail information, including Leo's activities since he was kid. Surprisingly, he found out, it was Stargirl, who kept sending him porcupine-marked tie for his birthday. When everyone thought she might not be real, he surely believes that she is present as she never stop sending him his favorite birthday gift though she was away.

So, this is the ending, how the viewers are also invited questioning her presence. I believe as a happy ending pursuer, you wish Leo finally found her, don't you? However, the movie didn't run that way. Instead, we are made to agree that to be different is fine, do not blame others for being not the same, as well as do not force someone to follow what he/she feels is not him/her. 

Our role as the society is to  open for all the uniqueness. Being different is not a sin, but to show how the life is in balance. World should be free for everyone. 

And one more thing to be reminded, any kindness will be left in longevity. As long as you think, it is good, do it and be confident. Every kindness will result in eternity, then will be passed down from generation to generation. The kindness will be preserved. 

At first, probably there will be disagreement on what you think is right, but somehow, the time will show that what you think is right, indeed right. Just how the 'Stargirl's spirit' stays in their school. 

Sometimes, kindness also can not be felt by everyone. At the time when your kindness can not be accepted, just let them do as they wish to think. That's might be the reason why Stargirl left everyone in school, as she felt being rejected and no more useful for everyone, so she decided to exit. I admit, there is no more happiest feeling unless the environment accepts you for being who you are. 

That's all about Stargirl Disney Movie and my opinion about what we can learn from the movie, hope you can get the lesson to be learned. Indeed, you are free to interpret, and I am welcome you to give your own opinion, in my below comment box provided. Thank you for jumping to my blog. I apologize if there are some mistakes within my writing. Have a nice day!

Disclaimer: all the pictures were taken from google, not from my personal documentation.


  1. Bagus banget pembawaan sinopsis ceritanya, aku jd paham dan setuju klo manusia itu punya beda2 sifat jadi harus saling menerima perbedaan itu selama itu baik. Semangat terus untuk bikin blog selanjutnyaa, sukses ya!

    1. Iya betul, kenapa kita harus memusuhi perbedaan, bukankah justru perbedaan yang membuat hidup menjadi lebih berwarna? Anyway, terima kasih ECS atas supportnyaaa hehehe


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