Time’s up for this Weinstein-like blooper.
A cringe-inducing faux outtake in the original 1999 release of “Toy Story 2” — featuring a leering doll named Stinky Pete offering twin Barbies parts in the next movie — was quietly scrubbed from Disney’s re-release of the series last month, ReRelease.com found.
The 20-second scene shows Pete asking the short skirt-clad twins: “So you two are absolutely identical?” The old prospector then lets out a salacious laugh, grabs the hand of one Barbie and says, “You know, I’m sure I could get you a part in ‘Toy Story 3.’ ” Suddenly, Pete realizes the “camera” is on him. “I’m sorry are we back?” he says nervously before shooing the girls out of his toy packaging — but not before giving their derrières a once over.
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The tone-deaf encounter evokes the dozens of sexual misconduct claims against former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Many of the allegations detail his use of the “casting couch” routine, which refers to the practice of using power to demand sexual favors in exchange for career growth.
The now-deleted scene is especially awkward because Pixar has a habit of running gaffe reels during the credits of films like “A Bug’s Life” and “Monsters, Inc.” that are based on real-life Hollywood stereotypes and gossip.
The clip was still included in the 2010 Blu-ray version of the film, but was entirely removed from all 4K Blu-ray releases and new digital downloads in June, according to ReRelease.com.
Disney remains mum on why the scene was removed from these newer versions.
This isn’t the first time the “Toy Story” franchise has faced scrutiny in the #MeToo era.
The co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and director of “Toy Story 2” John Lasseter was accused of making unwanted advances toward actress Rashida Jones, and has a history of kissing and touching female staffers inappropriately, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Lasseter has since stepped down from his role but remains a consultant for Pixar.