Following Toy Story 4’s recent blockbuster release, the fan favourite franchise is adapting with the times and deleting a scene from its initial sequel.
The axed clip originally appeared in Toy Story 2 and featured a ‘casting couch’ moment in the gag reel at the end of 1999 Pixar film.
In the scene, Tom Hanks' character Woody interrupts a meeting between the villainous toy, Stinky Pete, and twin Barbie dolls he’s blatantly flirting with.
“You know, I'm sure I could get you a part in 'Toy Story 3,'" Stinky Pete says, as he strokes one of the Barbies' hands.
“Any time you'd like some tips on acting, I'd be glad to chat with you. All right, off you go, then."
The sequence has been compared to casting couch-style situations which were rampant around Hollywood and brought to the surface by the Me Too movement.
This "casting couch" scene from TOY STORY 2 (1999) was quietly removed from the new 4K Ultra HD restoration of the film. I guess "Stinky Pete" (voiced by @KelseyGrammer) is the #HarveyWeinstein of the #ToyStory franchise. #MeToo #TimesUp pic.twitter.com/AwcAimamx5— Adam Rackoff (@AdamRackoff) July 3, 2019
Through this, actresses exposed the widespread abuse across the industry which saw countless instances where they were promised roles in exchanged for sexual favours.
Toy Story 2 itself was not left unscathed by the movement and its director John Lasseter - who co-founded Pixar - faced allegations of sexual misconduct in 2017.
His film’s now-infamous casting couch scene did not appear in the re-release of the Toy Story trilogy in June, a change which was picked up by fans.
The original movies’ re-release preceded the premiere of Toy Story 4 last month, an instalment which has already grossed more than $519 million worldwide.