The producers of Netflix Maya the Bee, have apologized for an episode of the children's cartoon that included a drawing of a penis in the background of one scene. The discovery of the artwork drew outrage from some parents, and led to the episode being removed from the streaming service.
"An absolutely inappropriate image has been discovered in a four-second fly-by scene in one episode of the total of 78 episodes of the series," the Studio 100 Group said in a statement. "The origin of this image obviously results from a very bad joke from one of the 150 artists working on the production."
"This is indeed unacceptable to the Studio 100 Group as owner of the brand and all its partners and doesn’t reflect the quality of its work and its values," the statement continues. "Legal action has already been started. Studio 100 very much regrets this incident and would like to offer its sincere apologies to all Maya the Bee fans. At the same time the company is taking all suitable technical measures to remedy the situation."
While Disney's animated films have been known for having "inappropriate" imagery hidden throughout, this is a first for a Netflix Original, and it remains to be seen whether the image will be removed and the episode and re-released.
Maya the Bee is based on The Adventures of Maya the Bee, a famous German kid's book that has also produced a comic book series, as well as a 1924 film and 1975 anime. To date there are 39 episodes available on Netflix.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)