Disney quietly removed a scene from new releases of 'Toy Story 2' that hasn't aged well in the #MeToo era

Disney/PixarIf you haven’t watched ‘Toy Story 2’ in a long time, you may forget a problematic scene featuring Stinky Pete near the film’s end.
  • Disney re-released 1999’s “Toy Story 2” in June and it’s missing a small scene from its gag reel at the movie’s end.
  • The scene shows Woody catch the movie’s antagonist, Stinky Pete, in closed quarters with two Barbie dolls.
  • As he tells the dolls he can get them a part in the next “Toy Story,” he realises he’s on camera and looks embarrassed.
  • The 20-year-old scene strikes similarities to allegations of sexual misconduct during the #MeToo era between Hollywood executives and young actresses.
  • A representative for Disney didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
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Ahead of “Toy Story 4,” Disney re-released “Toy Story 2” in June on Blu-ray and digital. Some were quick to notice that the new edition of the film is missing a small scene from the original movie’s end.

During a gag reel at the end of the 1999 movie, the movie’s antagonist, prospector Stinky Pete (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), is caught getting chummy with two younger Barbie dolls in his figurine box by Woody. The sheriff doll is taken aback.

Woody stinky pete barbies toy story 2Disney/PixarWoody is shocked to see Stinky Pete with two young Barbie dolls in his box.

“And so you two are absolutely identical?” the prospector is seen asking the Barbie dolls as he chuckles to himself.

“You know I’m sure I could get you a part in ‘Toy Story 3,'” he adds as he reaches out for one of the Barbie’s hands.

Stinky pete barbies toy story 2 deleted gag sceneDisney/Pixar, composite by Kirsten Acuna/INSIDERStinky Pete reaches for one of the Barbie’s hands as he tells the twins he can probably help them get roles in the next ‘Toy Story.’

As soon as Stinky Pete notices the camera is rolling, he looks wide-eyed and shocked. He immediately let’s go of the doll’s hand.

Toy story 2 stinky pete barbie dolls gagDisney/PixarStinky Pete goes from smooth talker to nervous Nancy in a matter of second once he notices he’s being filmed.

“I’m sorry. Are we back?” Stinky Pete nervously asks before sending the girls on their way.

“All right, girls. Lovely talking with you. Yes, anytime you’d like some tips on acting I’d be glad to chat with you,” he adds as he sends the dolls off before looking them over once more.

As reported by Vice, Rerelease.com first spotted the scene missing from the new release of “Toy Story 2.”

After reviewing the digital re-release, INSIDER can confirm the scene has been removed from the sequel. In the original animated movie, the scene takes place directly after two characters from “A Bug’s Life” make a cameo in the film’s gag reel.

In the re-release, the gag reel skips right from the “A Bug’s Life” scene to one with the three iconic aliens from the “Toy Story” franchise.

In the era of #MeToo, the 20-year-old Stinky Pete scene comes across as highly problematic and uncomfortable instead of funny as the gag’s original intention. The scenario in the scene mirrors reports of sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood executives harassing younger women in recent years.

The scene’s deletion also follows the departure of former Pixar cofounder and Disney Animation chief creative officer John Lasseter from the company after allegations of inappropriate behaviour. Lasseter was the director on the first two “Toy Story” movies.

You can watch the original scene here.

A representative for Disney didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.

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