Fact Check: Disney's 'Lilo & Stitch' Pizza Box Editing Was Not A Signal To Pedophiles

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Disney's 'Lilo & Stitch' Pizza Box Editing Was Not A Signal To Pedophiles Safety First

Was the Disney movie "Lilo & Stitch" edited to include a pizza box as a signal to pedophiles? No, that's not true. The scene in the movie as originally released in theaters in 2002 showed Lilo hiding in a clothes dryer, but DVD versions distributed in Britain in 2010 showed her hiding in a cabinet with a pizza box as a cabinet door. Disney edited the movie to get a "Universal" rating in the United Kingdom after the British Board of Film Classification raised concerned that children would get the idea to hide in dryers, which can be deadly. A claim on social media that the change proved that the company is part of the Pizzagate child trafficking network is false.

The claim appeared as a post published by Facebook on August 8, 2020 (archived here) with following text:

Boycott Disney they are pedophiles we have the original movie and Disney+ made updates tell me y'all why is this there if it's not real wake tf up I will be deleting my Disney+ account #savethekids

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sun Aug 9 17:35:03 2020 UTC)

In the video posted on Facebook, the host shows the original scene with the clothes dryer and then the same scene from streaming service Disney+. He points out the difference, saying:

We see this sh*t on Facebook people talking about Pizzagate how Disney switched stuff up.

Just over 19 minutes into the original version, there is a scene where Lilo is running away from Nani. She runs into a laundry room and Nani finds her hiding the dryer. Lilo jumps out and Nani grabs her, wrapping her in a blanket.

Here is the scene on the original:

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In the version revised for Britain and now streaming on Disney+, Lilo hids in a cabinet that has a pizza box as a door. The scene unfolds the same way, with Nani hiding on top of the cabinet to catch Lilo when she jumps out.

Here is the scene in the streaming version:

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Cinemablend.com reported about the differences between the original DVD and the streaming version in March 2020, explaining the edits.

Following the release of Lilo & Stitch's first edition DVD, it was decided to remove the dryer and change Lilo's hiding space to ensure that little kids didn't follow in her footsteps and start hiding in dryers, which can be dangerous."

When "Lilo & Stitch" was released on DVD in 2010, it had to be edited to comply with U.K. ratings rules, according to Movie-Censorship.com. The film was altered by Disney to prevent giving children the idea that they should hide in dryers. The revised version is what Disney chose to show in its new Disney+ streaming service.

The Pizzagate conspiracy theory claims that high level democrats were running a high-level child trafficking ring out of the basement of a Washington, DC pizza parlor Comet Ping Pong. The theory began during the 2016 campaign and hasn't died since. In December 2016, Edgar M. Welch opened fire in the restaurant in an attempt to rescue the children he believed were being held there. There were no children being held for sexual trafficking in the restaurant. He was sentenced to four years in prison in 2017, according to the New York Times.

Lead Stories has previously debunked claims that Disney/Pixar films are not sneaking in secret symbols to "groom pedophilia:"

Fact Check: 'A113' Snuck Into Animated Films Is NOT A Pedophile Code, It's A Harmless 'Easter Egg'

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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