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Lilo & Stitch director Chris Sanders speaks out about Frozen’s praise for sisterhood story

Disney’s animated hit Lilo & Stich celebrated its 20th anniversary, although director Chris Sanders has a bit of a rough time with critics.

The film follows a young orphan Lilo (voiced by Daveigh Chase) being raised by her older sister Nani (voiced by Tia Carrere) when their lives are turned upside down when she discovers an alien she calls Stitch (voiced by Sanders). .

The film performed quite well at the box office, but many years later Frozen received much praise for its message of sisterhood, which Sanders admitted in an interview with The New York Times was troubling ever since his movie first did that.

Director: Disney's animated hit Lilo & Stich celebrated its 20th anniversary, although director Chris Sanders (above) has a bit of a bone to pick with critics

Director: Disney’s animated hit Lilo & Stich celebrated its 20th anniversary, although director Chris Sanders (above) has a bit of a bone to pick with critics

Lilo and Stitch: The film follows a young orphan Lilo (voiced by Daveigh Chase) being raised by her older sister Nani (voiced by Tia Carrere) when their lives are turned upside down when she discovers an alien she calls Stitch ( voiced by sanders)

Lilo and Stitch: The film follows a young orphan Lilo (voiced by Daveigh Chase) being raised by her older sister Nani (voiced by Tia Carrere) when their lives are turned upside down when she discovers an alien she calls Stitch ( voiced by sanders)

Frozen Praise: The film performed fairly well at the box office, but many years later Frozen received high praise for its message of sisterhood, which Sanders admitted in an interview with The New York Times had been troubling since his film first did.

Frozen Praise: The film performed fairly well at the box office, but many years later Frozen received high praise for its message of sisterhood, which Sanders admitted in an interview with The New York Times had been troubling since his film first did.

The film, which debuted on June 21, 2002, was a box office hit, earning $273.1 million worldwide on an $80 million budget.

The film earned credit for the Lilo and Nani characters and their authenticity, along with putting the spotlight on children from broken homes, rather than focusing on some romantic angle as many animated films did.

‘Just to be clear, I love Frozen. But it was a little frustrating for me because people were saying, ‘Finally, a non-romantic relationship with these two girls,’ and I thought, ‘We’ve done that! It’s definitely been done before,” admitted Sanders.

Big hit: The film, which debuted on June 21, 2002, was a box office hit, earning $273.1 million worldwide on an $80 million budget

Big hit: The film, which debuted on June 21, 2002, was a box office hit, earning $273.1 million worldwide on an $80 million budget

Great: 'Just to be clear, I love Frozen.  But it was a little frustrating for me because people are like, "Finally a non-romantic relationship with these two girls," and I thought, "We did!  It's definitely been done before"' admitted Sanders

Great: ‘Just to be clear, I love Frozen. But it was a little frustrating for me because people were saying, ‘Finally, a non-romantic relationship with these two girls,’ and I thought, ‘We’ve done that! It’s definitely been done before,” admitted Sanders.

Lilo & Stitch producer Clark Spender added: “When the movie came out, a lot of critics were talking about it.

“Those moments that were based in reality in a way that people could see themselves, and it didn’t feel like they were cartoon characters,” he added.

The film spawned the 2003 direct-to-video sequel Stitch: The Movie, which eventually served as the pilot episode for Lilo & Stitch: The Series.

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Cartoon: “Those moments that were based in reality in a way that people could see themselves, and it didn’t feel like they were cartoon characters,” he added.

Chase and Sanders returned to voice the title characters for the series, which ran for two seasons between 2003 and 2006.

Disney also released a direct-to-video sequel Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch in 2005 and an anime series for the Japanese market in 2008 called Stitch!

The studio also announced in 2018 that they were developing a live-action remake for the Disney Plus streaming service.

Title characters: Chase and Sanders returned to voice the title characters for the series, which ran for two seasons between 2003 and 2006

Title characters: Chase and Sanders returned to voice the title characters for the series, which ran for two seasons between 2003 and 2006

Sanders was returned to the voice of Stitch, with Jon M. Chu directing, though he eventually pulled out.

Shooting was set to begin in Hawaii in 2020, although Chu left the film in March 2021 and there have been no updates since.

Sanders would later direct 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon, 2013’s The Croods and the 2020 live-action film The Call of the Wild, starring Harrison Ford.

Frozen: Frozen broke box office records for an animated film that grossed over $1 billion worldwide

Frozen: Frozen broke box office records for an animated film that grossed over $1 billion worldwide

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