Disney Quietly Delete #MeToo Scene From 'Toy Story 2' End Credits
In the latest release of 'Toy Story 2', a brief scene during the end credits appears to have been quietly removed.
Following the huge impact of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that rocked Hollywood, creating discourse around sexual assault, misconduct and 'casting couch' culture, it looks like Disney quietly went back in the archives to update an unlikely source of controversy: 'Toy Story 2'.
Early Pixar films would regularly feature faux blooper reels during the end credits. During the gag reel for 'Toy Story 2', there are a handful of harmless shots edited together.
In one, however, the film's nefarious prospector Stinky Pete is seen in his box with two Barbie dolls.
"And so you two are absolutely identical?" the character voiced by Kelsey Grammer says in the quick clip adding, "You know I'm sure I can get you a part in 'Toy Story 3'."
The toy then turns to see he's visible to cameras, changes his demeanour and ushers the Barbie dolls out saying, "Any time you'd like some tips on acting I'd be glad to chat with you. Alright, off you go then..."
The moment can be seen from around 3:30 onwards in the video above.
According to rereleasenews.com, the scene was completely removed from the new Blu-rays Disney released earlier this year in 4K, as well as any new digital downloads.
The scene obviously plays into tropes that were heavily discussed during the #MeToo movement, which ultimately led to Pixar's co-founder John Lasseter stepping down from his role.
In a memo obtained by 'The Hollywood Reporter', Lasseter initially announced he was taking a leave of absence after "missteps" and "unwanted hugs".
"It’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. That was never my intent," Lasseter's memo to employees read.
"I especially want to apologise to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form. No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected."
In November 2017, Rashida Jones and writing partner Will McCormack exited the writing gig for 'Toy Story 4'. At the time there were rumours the pair departed due to Lasseter's conduct, however in a statement to the 'New York Times', Jones and McCormack explained it was not Lasseter that was the problem but Disney/Pixar's culture.
"We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue. We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences," the pair said in the statement.
"There is so much talent at Pixar, and we remain enormous fans of their films, however, it is also a culture where women and people of colour do not have an equal creative voice."
Disney has a history of editing past movies and shorts to keep up with the times, especially with their massive back-catalogue, not all of Disney's content has been entirely family-friendly. There were hidden jokes and culturally insensitive lines that have been cut or digitally altered in re-releases, and some films that serve as a reminder to the house of mouse's chequered past with race.
'Toy Story 4' is in cinemas now.
Featured image: Disney/Pixar.