Between Walt Disney Pictures, Disney Channel, and Lucasfilm, the magical filmmakers released some of their best films in the early 2000s, and it’s hard to believe some of them are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.
A movie in the star warsfranchise, two unforgettable DCOMs, and a beloved film about a young girl, her pet alien, and their newfound ohana are just a few of the releases that graced everyone’s childhood two decades ago, and live on now. like classics in the Disney vault.
lilo and stitch
The movie that brought everyone the adorable little girl named Lilo, her mischievous alien named Stitch, and an animated version of Hawaii’s beautiful beaches and oceans, lilo and stitch is considered a cult classic by generations of viewers.
The film crashed in theaters on June 16, 2002, sharing a theatrical release anniversary with other notable Disney films: 1955 The Lady and the Tramp,2000sFAntasia/2000,2004Aaround the world in 80 days, and 2017Cars 3.
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Despite the three films that preceded it, what is considered the second film in the star wars The franchise was released on May 16, 2002, 10 years before The Walt Disney Company added Lucasfilm to its list of extraordinary filmmakers.
Even though its release was 25 years after the original, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones is set only a decade later and followed the Jedi battling new threats to the galaxy from far and wide.
Airing on March 8, 2002, this Disney Channel Original movie about a rebellious teenager who ends up in military school and must meet the demands of her new commanding officer stars two Disney Channel sweethearts from the 2000s.
by Lizzie McGuireteen lead Hilary Duf played new caddy Kelly Collins opposite Even Stevens star Christy CarlsonRomano as Captain Jennifer Stone and future Life with Derek star Ashley Leggat as a background dancer in the memorable DCOM.
The bears of the country
The bears of the country started as a musical attraction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World called County Bear Jamboree, where it delighted guests for decades before turning into a theatrical variety musical in the summer of 2002.
Not all Disney Parks attractions and characters get the cinematic treatmentbut this film featured puppets of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop voiced by notable actors like Elizabeth Daily, Hayley Joel Osment, and Diedrich Bader.
Nominated for an Oscar alongside another version from 2002 lilo and stitch, treasure planet is the popular space adventure film that people tend to forget, released by Walt Disney Pictures in November 2002.
Based on by Robert Louis Stevenson novel Trease Island, the film followed teenager Jim Hawkins on a quest to find the universe’s greatest pirate treasure with a megastar cast of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Martin Short and Emma Thompson.
by Disney Eternal Tuck was based on the 1975 children’s book by Natalie Babbitt and was released theatrically on October 11, 2002, to box office success.
The movie played Gilmore Girls Alexis Bledel and general hospital jonathan jackson as a banned couple Winnie Foster and Jesse Tuck and was told by The Karate Kid and Cobra Kaiformer Elisabeth Shue.
The early 2000s on Disney Channel were made iconic by their lovable all-star cast, hilarious and heartwarming sitcoms, and inspirational DCOMs that set a standard for Disney Channel movies to come.
Double team star Poppi Monroe and Annie McElwain as twin basketball stars Heather and Heidi Burge and told the true story of their journey from high school basketball to becoming WNBA players.
Santa Claus 2
Christmas Classic Santa star Tim Allen as Holiday Leader in 1994 and finally received a sequel eight years later, just in time for Christmas 2002 after several choppy drafts in the writer’s room.
Santa Claus 2 included the eight-year time jump and followed Allen’s Santa Claus during his busiest time of the year when he hears the unfortunate news that his son has ended up on the naughty list.
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
72 years later Cinderella brought a return to the Disney company after failed films like Pinocchio and Bambi left waltz disney and her team in a rut, the classic princess got a sequel not so well received.
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True was released straight-to-video in February 2002 and followed Jaq and Gus on their quest to write a sequel to their favorite princess’s love story, beginning with Cinderella planning her first castle party.
Mickey’s villain house
mouse house was an animated television series part of Disney’s One Saturday Morning programming block in the early 2000s that featured dozens of well-known Disney characters who all gathered at a club to mingle and watch Mickey Mouse cartoons .
On September 3, 2002, the series received a live-action Halloween movie titled Mickey’s villain house which featured villains everyone loves to hate like Jafar, Cruella De Vil, and Ursula, who set out to take over the club and can only be stopped by the almighty wizard Mickey.
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