Watch: How 9/11 Changed the Original Cut of Lilo & Stitch

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By Bayani Miguel Acebedo | More Articles Star Wars nerd. Toy collector. Occasional Cosplayer.
September 11, 2019  02:30 PM

Today marks the 18th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks from 2001, and the event has been so impactful to history that it managed to influence culture today. Vox had actually come up with this interesting video back in 2017 that compares and contrasts the differences between the original cut of Disney hit Lilo & Stitch, and how 9/11 forced the studio to make a major overhaul of the last scene. What better time to revisit it than today?

Here’s the official description:

In September of 2001, Disney was approaching the final cut on Lilo & Stitch — a children's film set for release in early 2002. The climax of the film initially featured Stitch piloting a 747 through a fictional Hawaiian city. But that urban backdrop was replaced with a mountainous backdrop, and the aircraft was re-worked to look like an alien spacecraft.

The changes were informed by the shift in the mood in America following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Disney wasn't alone in their obligation to rework content to a more appropriate tone for a nation still reeling from the attacks. Children's shows like Power Rangers, Pokemon, and Invader Zim had episodes taken off the air due to scenes where buildings and cityscapes were destroyed.

According to Vox, Disney wasn’t the only one affected by the 9/11 attacks. There was actually a promo for the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man coming out the next year, and it featured a scene where Spidey traps a helicopter in webs between the twin towers. The ad was then taken out of the rotation after the attacks.

Shows like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and The Late Show had also removed the Twin Towers from their opening credits. Movies that also came out that year also removed shots of the World Trade Center. Friends also had to cut a scene where Chandler makes a joke about bringing a bomb on a plane.

Though the media seems to have moved on when it comes to violence depicted onscreen, a lot of people still take this day to remember the tragic events and the ones we’ve lost.

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Bayani Miguel Acebedo is a pop-culture dork. When he's not scouring the internet for news on the latest movies and games, he's building Star Wars model kits and playing Overwatch. He's a huge Star Wars geek, and his favorite X-Wing pilot is Jek Porkins. He likes Kevin Smith and Jared Hess movies, and he also does cosplay. What a nerd.