Disney is changing with the times, and that requires deleting a casting couch-like scene from “Toy Story 2” that’s eerily reminiscent to scores of allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
The scene in question is a produced “outtake” at the end of the 1999 film showing the character Stinky Pete the Prospector down on one knee chatting up 2 Barbie dolls. Pete tells ’em he can get them parts in “Toy Story 3” while ogling them from head to toe.
Fans who buy new Blu-ray and digital versions of the animated film will notice the scene’s completely been scrapped — a clear acknowledgment by Disney a lot has changed in 20 years.
Of course, the so-called casting couch practices in Hollywood were publicly exposed when a string of actors — from Ashley Judd and Paz de la Huerta to Lupita Nyong’o — all accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
Accusations against the movie mogul sparked the #MeToo movement … and triggered a string of firings and resignations throughout show biz, including at Disney.
Pixar Animation cofounder and Disney animation chief John Lasseter left the company in June 2018 after he was accused of inappropriate touching and remarks.