Forever Changed: How 9/11 Altered Disney’s Lilo & Stitch
This is not new, but new to me. Thought I’d share it with some people haven’t seen it either.
Lilo & Stitch was released in by Walt Disney Pictures in 2002. Classified as a science fiction comedy film, it was Disneys 42nd animated feature. The film had a budget of $80 million, and a return of $273 million, a successful investment.
What is interesting was following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in NYC, that there were drastic changes to the animated film. The original climax involved Stitch hijacking a Boeing 747 from an airport in Honolulu, which was followed by a chase scene through the inner city. After discussion at Disney, it was rewritten to feature a spaceship and set over the mountains and volcanoes of Hawaii. Apparently this was made public in 2009 when Disney released the DVD with commentary (which apparently I never listened to)
Check out the comparison:
If you’d like to see the scenes almost as they were intended, here is a video from Daneil Newton on YouTube who tried to restore it by cutting in the original scenes into sequence
Interesting random Saturday facts you find online.