Disney’s Toy Story franchise is one of the many classic animation films that brought entertainment to kids back in the 90s. One of the enjoyable scenes of the films is the post-credit blooper reels. The reels usually show what the toys are like behind-the-scenes.
With the theatrical release of “Toy Story 4”, Disney has re-released the first three installments of the franchise. Now, they are available in DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital HD, and 4K formats. Upon seeing the new home entertainment releases though, many fans have noticed that Disney has cut out a casting couch reference in “Toy Story 2”.
In the original film, the mock blooper reel shows Woody turning a box over to face the camera. We then see Stinky Pete inside his box together with two Barbie dolls. It seems that Stinky Pete is offering them a role in the next movie with an implicit return of sexual favors. This scene is a reference to Hollywood’s under-the-table practice known as “casting couch”.
“So you two are absolutely identical? You know, I’m sure I could get you a part in ‘Toy Story 3.’”, Stinky Pete says as he flirts with the two dolls. Upon realizing that he is on camera, he panics and blurts: “I’m sorry, are we back? Lovely time talking with you, yes, any time you’d like some tips on acting, I’d be happy to talk with you.”
The #MeToo movement has already gained traction in Hollywood, nowadays. After all, many celebrities have stepped out and made casting couch allegations against powerful entertainment industry moguls. Some heavyweights who have been named of misconduct include film producer Harvey Weinstein and former CBS Corporation CEO Leslie Roy Moonves. They made international headlines due to these allegations. Their cases sparked public discourse on sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. Not only them, but even Disney also went under fire. Several employees accused Disney’s own executive John Lasseter of misconduct.
The removal of the casting couch reference in “Toy Story 2” had sparked quite a debate on the Internet. Regardless of the reason for Disney’s removal of the reel, you can still enjoy the latest installment of the Toy Story franchise.
Check out the trailer of “Toy Story 4” and relive your childhood: