Released in 2002, ‘Lilo & Stitch‘ marked the childhood of many children as they followed Lilo’s adventures through Hawaii in the company of a fugitive alien nicknamed Stitch.
However, the animation disney was the first to give prominence to a family formed by just two sisters, Lilo and Nani, who became the youngest’s guardian after the death of her parents.
In 2013, ‘Frozen‘ rescued the plot about the sisterhood bond between protagonist Elsa and her sister, Anna.
Because of the popularity of ‘Frozen‘, the title is often described as the first animation of the disney to approach this relationship… What ended up displeasing the director of ‘Lilo & Stitch’, Chris Sanders.
Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Lilo & Stitch‘ in an interview with The New York Times, Sanders said he was frustrated to learn that they treated ‘Frozen‘ as such.
“First of all, I want to make it clear that I think ‘Frozen‘ excellent. But it was a little frustrating for me because people were like, ‘Finally they made a movie about a non-romantic relationship with these two girls,’ and I thought, ‘We did it! This has absolutely been done before in ‘Lilo & Stitch‘.”
the producer Clark Spender added that:
“When the movie came out, that’s what a lot of critics were talking about, the relationship between the two sisters in moments that were grounded in reality. We did it in a way that people could see each other because it doesn’t feel like Lilo and Nani were cartoon characters.”
With a budget of $80 million‘Lilo & Stitch‘ raised $273 million around the world, which guaranteed a sequel and an animated series, as well as a spin-off entitled ‘Leroy & Stitch‘ (2006).
Check out the original movie poster: