In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Disney has deleted a casting couch joke originally featured in Toy Story 2 for the movie's re-release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD. The gag refers to slimy filmmakers coercing aspiring actresses into sex by promising them prominent roles in major movies. Because the #MeToo movement has shown just how serious of an issue this real-life practice really is, joking about it in an animated children's movie is completely unacceptable. With this in mind, Disney has snipped a scene involving Stinky Pete which could be seen during Toy Story 2's closing credits, which feature the animated toys acting out bloopers like they're on an actual movie set.
In the scene in question, Woody is filming a scene with Bullseye and Jessie when he approaches Stinky Pete's box. Upon flipping it around so we can see the inside, Stinky Pete is shown speaking to a pair of Barbie twins. "So, you two are absolutely identical? You know, I'm sure I can get you a part in Toy Story 3," the toy says as he grabs the hand of one of the dolls. Just then, he notices Woody and the others staring at him, realizing he's been caught in the act. Nervously, Stinky Pete then tries to play it cool, saying, "Anytime you want some tips on acting, I'd be glad to chat with you."
Perhaps the scene has always been creepy, but it's certainly even more so now after hearing more about what really goes on behind closed doors in Hollywood. We don't need to explain why such a gag in an animated children's movie wouldn't be effective in today's climate. It's been made clear that this kind of predatory behavior will no longer be tolerated, no matter how big or famous the offender might be. Obviously, Harvey Weinstein's name will be one of the first to come up with speaking about the MeToo movement, as he now faces serious legal repercussions for this very same behavior and other atrocities. Ironically, the director of Toy Story 2, John Lasseter, parted ways with Disney following his own accusations of sexual misconduct with staff.
Despite the questionable #MeToo joke from Toy Story 2, the franchise remains just as popular as ever. The newest installment of the series just hit theaters weeks ago and has already grossed over half a million dollars in ticket sales. With this kind of money to be made, chances are it will be a matter of time before we see Toy Story 5 hitting the big screen as well. One thing we shouldn't count on ever seeing again, however, is a joke about the casting couch in Hollywood in any more sequels in the series.
Toy Story 4 is now playing in theaters everywhere, completely devoid of any controversial jokes on sexual coercement. You can also look for the re-releases of the previous movies on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray, but don't expect to see the aforementioned Stinky Pete scene on the Toy Story 2 release. However, thanks to the internet, you can still watch the now-infamous scene below, courtesy of Soundtracks on YouTube.