How 9/11 changed Disney’s Lilo & Stitch

How 9/11 changed Disney’s Lilo & Stitch

9/11 was a turning point in every facet of American society — including cinema.

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In September of 2001, Disney was approaching 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.

The nation had changed, and the national conversation facilitated by popular culture had changed alongside it. To trace these developments in greater detail, read this write-up from Lindsay Ellis: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app.

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20 Responses

  1. Light BWK says:

    So at a point, Disney did think like those terrorists huh.

  2. vili rantala says:

    I love how over dramatized this video is, seems like a joke tbh.

  3. Madison says:

    I had no idea about this wow

  4. FAYMprod says:

    these are the kind of inane pandering videos that should be a giant red flag when people look to centrist propaganda rag Vox as a source for news or political insight, fellow kids

  5. xREZxTITANx says:


  6. ElWalteroide says:

    Why all the media people get creative about planes and buildings just before 9/11 just to erased those scenes/features

  7. Frank says:

    9/11 was an inside job.

    Jet fuel can’t melt steal beams
    Building 7 fell on its own, no mention in Commission Report.
    Most secure building in the world and
    Only 3 frames of the “plane” hitting the pentagon
    Key witnesses dying of “natural causes”
    Perfect passport found at the bottom of the towers
    Trillions missing from the government announced Sept 10,2001
    President Dubya reading a book upside down
    No secret service rushing in to evacuate him
    Bin Laden family being flown immediately out of the country

  8. ZakuroWolfAlpha SilverWolf says:

    WooooooW is didn’t know that….

  9. Contagious .Cancer says:

    please guys my baby needs help

  10. 0x02 says:


  11. The Musical Cisquatch says:

    And from that day forth irrational sensitivity was born.
    Spread the message now before they take it down.
    Lilo and Stitch caused 9/11.

  12. Kurt Schawacker says:

    Ya know? I had a feeling those parts were meant to look very different. A city seems all but absent throughout the film and you never see a city at all during the areal shots.

  13. Jessie Millano says:

    I’m sorry to say this but I find it funny how 9/11 changed Disney’s Lilo & Stitch.

  14. omar oyt says:


  15. Dead Meme says:

    Where was trump during 9/11

  16. CwispyNoodles says:

    this is a copy paste from a video you guys made about a year ago Vox

  17. Isaac Campos says:

    People actually believing 9/11 was an inside job lmao

  18. flower child says:

    why does america always lose playing chess? because they lost two towers

  19. Mary Llanes says:

    9/11 was such a tragic day. It affected every aspect of society, including entertainment. We will never forget.😢😢

  20. dieseldan420ca says:

    Loved the LOUD piano music playing over the whole video.  It’s way better listening to the piano instead of listening to the differences in the audio you are presenting.

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