PETA has asked Pixar to remove Bo Peep's crook from the final animation of Toy Story 4 before she returns to the franchise this summer.
In recent years, Disney has been hopping aboard the nostalgia train like never before. Either remaking its classic movies or supplying us with sequels to them in order to appeal to adults and children alike. Newsflash, it's working. 2019 is set to be a bigger year than ever for Disney in that respect too. Live-action remakes of Aladdin, Dumbo, and The Lion King will all be hitting the big screen.
Bigger than all of those though is the imminent release of Toy Story 4. The fourth chapter in one of Disney's most popular franchises will be released worldwide this June and we cannot wait. We had to wait 11 years between Toy Story 2 and 3, and have had to wait a further nine years for Toy Story 4. However, that wait is now almost over.
Some movie-goers may have noticed a notable absence from Toy Story 3. No Bo Peep. Woody's transient love interest didn't show up at all, but good news, she will be back for number 4. The shepherdess has been completely redesigned to give her a more modern feel. However, not everyone is happy with the redesign. PETA has requested Pixar also get rid of Bo Peep's crook.
"Given that she was designed to have a 'modern' look, why hasn’t she 'lost' that outdated and cruel crook?" PETA wrote in its statement to Pixar. Shepherds use crooks to hook the necks and heads of their sheep to force them to do what they need them to do. PETA added, "[A] symbol of domination over any animal is a thing of the past and not something that belongs in Toy Story 4."
Whether Pixar bows to the pressure of PETA remains to be seen as it has not yet replied to the request. Not being animators ourselves, and not knowing how prominent a role Bo Peep plays in the movie, we're unsure how big a pain it would be to remove the crook from the film this late in the day. Even though Toy Story 4 will do well at the box office regardless of Bo Peep's crook, Pixar won't want anything taking attention away from the blockbuster once its release rolls around.