He argued that before Frozen was ever released, their film was the first to do it.
Chris Sanders’ 2002 film “Lilo & Stitch,” which he also co-wrote and co-directed, has something to say about Disney’s 2013 animated feature “Frozen,” which is reportedly getting a third installment in the franchise.
“To be clear, I think ‘Frozen’s’ great,” he said in an interview with The New York Times. “But it was a little bit frustrating for me because people were like, ‘Finally, a nonromantic relationship with these two girls,’ and I thought, ‘We did that! That has absolutely been done before.’”
Despite this, he said in the same interview that Lilo and Nani, the sisters in the movie, still struck a chord with reviewers. He attributed this to “those moments that were based in reality in a way that people could see themselves in, and it didn’t feel like they were cartoon characters.”
With over $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts, “Frozen” has established itself as one of Disney’s most commercially successful animated productions ever.
On the other hand, “Lilo & Stitch” also succeeded critically and commercially, debuting to just $500,000 behind the sci-fi thriller “Minority Report” starring Tom Cruise and going on to gross $273 million worldwide, according to the publication.
Reactions to Director Of "Lilo & Stitch" Gets Upset When People Praise "Frozen" For Sisterhood
19 YEAR OLD NANI WAS NOT OUT HERE GOING FROM JOB TO JOB TO MAKE A LIVING FOR HERSELF AND HER 6 YEAR OLD SISTER SO CPS WOULDNT TAKE HER, FOR PEOPLE TO BE OUT HERE TALKING ABOUT “Frozen is the first sisterhood movie!”— K-Lanie Martinez (@kdashlanie) June 23, 2022
Lilo & Stitch did it first. Goodbye. https://t.co/jpHu9tMhV8
Ah yes the ice queen who shut her sister out for years and the impulsive princes who can't take a hint which nearly got her killed is just as good an example as the big sis who had to be strong and a parent for her little sis who learned to appreciate her big sis more…right https://t.co/FhI9AEzatv— Bruno B. 🤎🧡💛🤍🖤 (@Bruno81384881) June 23, 2022