Pixar appears to have removed a ‘blooper reel’ scene from Toy Story 2 that depicts a rather uncomfortable ‘casting couch’ scenario.
The animation studio’s movies have a longstanding tradition of creating credits scenes of its characters involved in bloopers, much like real actors.
One of these at the end of the 1999 Toy Story sequel depicts the Prospector (aka Stinky Pete) caught offering two Barbie dolls a part in Toy Story 3, while stroking one of their hands. He then realises he’s on camera and awkwardly gets them to leave.
The scene has emerged recently on sites such as Reddit, and according to Rereleasenews.com, has now been removed from new Blu-ray and digital download releases of the movie.
Digital Spy has reached out to Disney for comment.
The apparent cutting of the scene comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the light it has shone on sexual misconduct from many of Hollywood’s most powerful men.
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Pixar has also been embroiled in controversy following the departure last year of former boss John Lasseter after allegations over his workplace conduct.
He previously acknowledged “missteps”, saying at the time: “It’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. That was never my intent. Collectively, you mean the world to me, and I deeply apologize if I have let you down.”
He continued: “I especially want to apologize 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.”