Lilo & Stitch is the latest victim of Disney censorship as fans of the 2002 animation are left puzzled by an alternate version being streamed on Disney+.
As anything and everything from the House of Mouse’s back catalogue gets a live-action remake, there are calls for Lilo & Stitch to get the same treatment. For the time being, we’re stuck rewatching Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders’ out-there animation. Nope, this isn’t the Mandella Effect, Disney really did edit its classic movie.
The scene in question has Ving Rhames’ Cobra Bubbles inspecting Nani Pelekai’s house. Cobra is unhappy with the mess, leading Nani to chase her younger sister (and Stitch) around the house. It’s here that the two versions of Lilo & Stitch part ways. In the original release, Lilo went and hid in the dishwasher, while the Disney+ versions shows her lurking in a cupboard behind a pizza box.
Eagle-eyed TikTok user jamieruadh32 spotted the edit and shared it. It didn’t take long for the discovery to go viral. The original DVD release still shows Lilo soaking in the dishwasher, but if you’ve got an updated version, it’s been swapped out for safety concerns. We all know kids are easily susceptible, so Disney clearly wanted to avoid any lawsuits about kids dying in dishwashers.
Interestingly, this probably makes the original DVD more valuable. Disney has released a lot of VHS and DVDs over the years, and it’s no secret some editions are more valuable than ever. We’ve all read the articles about “Your old Disney videos could be worth thousands”.
This isn’t the first time Disney has chopped and changed Lilo & Stitch. There was a memorable moment where Stitch hijacked a Boeing 747 and flew it through the streets of Honolulu, however, after September 11, it was changed to a spaceship flying over the mountains of Kaua’i.
While Lilo & Stitch isn’t remembered as one of the studio’s biggest outings, it’s actually one of the highest-rated. Although it doesn’t fall into the Disney Rennaisance alongside the likes of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Lion King, we still love it. The last Disney Rennaisance movie is classed as Tarzan, meaning Lilo & Stitch just misses the cut.
In fact, Lilo & Stitch earned an impressive $273.1 million against a budget of $80 million. After the first movie, the franchise spawned into three more movies, three animated series, video games, and theme park rides. Now, we just need an update on where that rumoured live-action adaptation is up to.
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