One of the many amusing aspects of the Toy Story movies are the jokes in the blooper reel at the end, which depicts favorite animated characters, including Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Mr. Potato Head, as actors flubbing various scenes.
The problem is that one of them, a blooper from 1999’s Toy Story 2, isn’t so funny anymore.
Following the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment allegations against hundreds of men throughout the entertainment industry, a new release of the second movie in the storied franchise leaves out a scene in which a character named Stinky Pete the Prospector, voiced by Kelsey Grammer, suggestively tells twin Barbies that he could get them a part in Toy Story 3. He stops speaking when he realizes that he’s being filmed.
Sharp-eyed Disney fans noticed last month that the blooper had been cut from a new 4K Blu-ray version of the film as well as all digital downloads.
Yahoo Entertainment has reached out to Disney for comment.
Many of the dozens of women who accused former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of harassment or assault said that he had promised to help their careers if they complied. Many of them alleged that their careers suffered when they didn’t. Weinstein, who faces trial in September, has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
Another Hollywood player affected by the movement: John Lasseter, the director of Toy Story 2. In November 2017, he took a leave of absence from his position as chief creative officer of Pixar and Disney Animation on the same day that The Hollywood Reporter published accusations of inappropriate kissing, groping and other behavior from company employees. He apologized 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.” He left the company at the end of last year.
Toy Story 4 is currently raking in big money at the box office. Since it opened on June 21, the family flick has earned $237 million in the United States and $497 million worldwide.
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