Toy Story 2 Cuts Fake Blooper Scene in Wake of #MeToo

Scene features harassment of Barbies

A new release of the animated hit Toy Story 2 has cut out a fake blooper scene where one of the characters suggestively tells two Barbies he can get them a part in the next sequel.

The original segment is at the 3:35 mark in the video above. "Stinky Pete," voiced by Kelsey Grammer, rubs one of the Barbie's hands and doesn't know he's being filmed as he promises to help their careers.

Fans noticed the scene was edited out in the new 4K version of the movie released earlier this year, CNN reported.

The sensitivity over the scene appears related to the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, which began in 2017 with revelations of decades of sexual assault and misconduct claims against Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein.

Yahoo wrote up the story of the edit with the headline, "‘Toy Story 2' once featured Barbies being sexually harassed. Not anymore."

Its lede: "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."

Toy Story 4, the latest film in the popular Pixar series, was released last month. Like its three predecessors, it features a humorous fake bloopers scene during the end credits.

John Lasseter, the director of Toy Story 2 and several other Pixar hits, left Disney and Pixar in 2018 amid allegations of sexual harassment. He was one of several prominent figures across media, politics, and business whose behavior went from open secret to scandal in the #MeToo era.