How 9/11 Changed Lilo and Stitch

Just a few days ago we passed the 15th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks that hit the United States on September 11th, 2001. It’s a day that many won’t soon forget. However, what’s strange is that this year brings high schools the first group of freshman who weren’t even alive when the events of that day transpired, leaving them to learn about how that day changed our country forever from contemporary history.

Undoubtedly the lives lost and the aftermath of the attacks was what dominated news headlines and kept cable news busy for months. But the entertainment world also felt the impact of these attacks as the had to figure out how to approach the action sequences of particular movies without sparking trauma among audiences still recovering from the events of that day. We know that movies like Spider-Man and Men in Black II changed key scenes and plot elements after 9/11, and it turns out Lilo & Stitch had to do the same thing.

See how 9/11 changed Lilo and Stitch after the jump.

The video above comes from Vox, taking the original scene that was made public in 2009 and putting it side-by-side with the scene that ended up in theaters. As you can see, the original ending featured Stitch and Jumba hijacking a commercial 747 to rescue Lilo from evil Gantu. The plane flies through a city skyline, wreaking havoc on buildings and terrifying its citizens. For a movie released not long after 9/11, that was definitely not the best imagery to have in a film for families to see so soon.

But Disney clearly didn’t have much of a problem fixing it, even using most of the same animation despite having to replace the 747 with a spaceship instead. And this is just one of many changes that were made to movies and television after the events of 9/11, and you can find out more about them at Wikipedia.

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