Disney Pixar have removed a post-credits blooper from Toy Story 2 in their latest home releases of the animated film. This scene was a running gag on the "casting couch" phenomenon and was critcized for its insensitivity in light of the #MeToo movement.
A post-credits blooper scene has been quietly deleted by Disney Pixar in the latest home release of their animated film Toy Story 2. The Guardian reported that the removed blooper scene featured Stinky Pete having an inappropriate conversation with two barbie dolls referencing the infamous 'casting couch' in Hollywood.
'Casting couch' is a term that describes young actresses (and actors too in some cases) forced to have sexual relations with rich producers and other influential people in the film world for better roles and opportunities in upcoming projects. It's indeed a dark stain on Hollywood culture that has even spread to the cinema industries of other countries. The #MeToo movement exposed this detestable practice which was proved to be a regular occurrence in the movie industry.
In light of the #MeToo movement, Disney has deleted the ‘Casting Couch’ scene from ‘Toy Story 2’ where Stinky Pete hints he’d get two Barbies a bigger role in ‘Toy Story 3’ in return for sexual favors before he’s caught on camera pic.twitter.com/FLbjOcTUuK— Culture Crave 🎥 (@CultureCrave) July 3, 2019
CBS News reported that Disney quietly deleted a scene from “Toy Story 2” that appeared to joke about casting couch sex — a widely discussed topic when the #MeToo movement hit Hollywood. The change was made, with no announcement, to a new version of the 1999 hit that came out earlier this year.
The deleted scene came during a gag reel in the end credits, which shows blooper-style scenes involving the film's animated characters. It depicts the character Stinky Pete the Prospector, voiced by Kelsey Grammer, flirting with two Barbie dolls.
"You know, I'm sure I could get you a part in 'Toy Story 3,'" Stinky Pete says, as he strokes one of the Barbies' hands. He then realizes he's on camera and excuses the Barbies. "All right girls, lovely talking with you," he says. "Yes, any time you'd like some tips on acting, I'd be glad to chat with you. All right, off you go, then."
A scene from "Toy Story 2" that features a Hollywood casting couch-style scenario has been deleted by Disney from the newest version of the film https://t.co/rEYX8kllHZ— CNN (@CNN) July 3, 2019
The director of "Toy Story 2," Pixar co-founder John Lasseter, had faced his own sexual misconduct allegations in 2017. By then, he was the chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar. Several female employees accused him of inappropriately touching them in the office.
"The last six months have provided an opportunity to reflect on my life, career, and personal priorities," Lasseter said in a statement. "While I remain dedicated to the art of animation and inspired by the creative talent at Pixar and Disney, I have decided the end of this year is the right time to begin focusing on new creative challenges."
A controversial casting-couch scene in #ToyStory2 has reportedly been deleted in home-entertainment releases.— LAT Entertainment (@latimesent) July 3, 2019
That likely means it also won’t appear on the streaming version of the film when Disney launches Disney+ in November. https://t.co/r13TH3JBaY
The movie site ReRelease News first reported on the deleted scene, which is removed from the Blu-ray and digital downloads of "Toy Story 2." The site also produced a video showing the differences between the new and old versions of the film's end credits.
Disney did not immediately comment on the issue nor give a reply to CBS. They have been requested to make a statement as soon as possible. Pixar has stated that these outtakes were not on every version of Toy Story 2, to begin with. They were added into new prints that were shown in theaters a month after the original release. Some DVD releases have the outtakes during the credits while some as special features. However, the original Blu-ray release has always had them during the credits.
Axing a blooper in which a character sexually harasses Barbies is good.— LAT Entertainment (@latimesent) July 4, 2019
So why the secrecy, Disney?https://t.co/t9I7DXhokh
This change was undoubtedly made to please the current paradigm of acceptable humor and innuendo. Since the #MeToo movement, crude sexual jokes, especially those that touch upon controversial and sometimes taboo subjects are not welcome anywhere near the big screen, especially in a feature meant for children. Such artistry only tends to desensitize young individuals into being apathetic towards issues where their concern ought to be required.
Here's the video that was deleted: