The new Toy Story 4 movie from Pixar reintroduces a character that remained hidden from view during their last venture in this series. Little Bo Peep returns with a vengeance, reuniting herself with Woody after having not seen him for years.
Since she is made of porcelain, she became faded and chipped over the years, and decided to totally reinvent herself.
Bo Peep’s New Look
Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley had the following to say about Bo’s new character:
“Bo’s taken control of her own destiny. While Woody was watching Andy grow up, Bo gathered dust until she took it upon herself to head out into the world. And when Woody shows up, they can’t believe that they’ve found each other again.”
However, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wasn’t so impressed, and didn’t hold back in sharing their thoughts on the matter. They reached out to Cooley and asked him to remove Bo Peep from the new film altogether. (as if that’s going to happen.)
So what was their main beef with Bo’s new look? Here is the guilty culprit:
PETA’s #1 Target in Film
Yes. What PETA didn’t like about Bo Peep wasn’t the character herself, but her handy dandy sidekick – her crook. If you’re unfamiliar with how a crook is used when herding sheep, it involves hooking lambs by their head or legs by the wool industry.
PETA Manager of Animals in Film and Television Lauren Thomasson had this to say about the matter:
“I’m contacting you today about Bo Peep’s new look,” Thomasson writes. “Given that she was designed to have a ‘modern’ look, why hasn’t she ‘lost’ that outdated and cruel crook? You may not know that these ‘shepherd’s crooks,’ are used solely to hook a sheep’s neck and force these gentle animals to move. That isn’t something that a progressive Bo Peep would countenance in 2019!”
So far, Disney hasn’t made any official statements in response to PETA’s stance. What do you personally think of Bo Peep continuing to carry her crook around? Do you think she could still be Bo Peep without it?
Let us know in the comments below!