Though on the outside Toy Story is a wholesome, family-friendly franchise, it’s had its fair share of controversies. Between director John Lasseter stepping down amid harassment allegations and Rashida Jones accusing Pixar of a toxic work culture, things aren’t looking great for the franchise in the era of #MeToo. Now, a recent discovery shows they’re trying to cover their tracks. Last month, Rereleasenews.com discovered that one of the bloopers from Toy Story 2 (you know, those scenes during the credits that parody Hollywood blooper reels) has been deleted from this year’s 4K Blu-ray versions and all new digital downloads. It’s also been deleted from the Disney UK YouTube channel.
It’s easy to see why Disney, which bought Pixar in 2006, would choose to remove the scene in 2019. The now-deleted clip shows Stinky Pete (voiced by Kelsey Grammar) chatting with two Barbie dolls in his toy box, unaware that the camera is on him. “And so you two are absolutely identical? You know I’m sure I can get you a part in Toy Story 3,” he says, grabbing one of the doll’s hands. Once he notices the camera, he quickly makes up an excuse about providing them with acting tips, and shows them out. He also totally stares at their butts on the way out.
Toy Story 2 was originally released in 1999, well before public conversations about workplace harassment were as widespread as they are now. We know now that the scene is unfortunately reflective of actual Hollywood life, but it’s not a great look for Pixar to be satirizing it in this way. Given the industry’s progress (and Pixar’s history of deleting outdated, controversial scenes), it’s not exactly shocking that the company would choose to remove the cringe-worthy blooper. Disney has yet to acknowledge the move or respond to it.
Check out the full end credits below, with the now-deleted scene starting at approximately 3:29.