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Netflix pulls Maya the Bee episode after obscenity complaint

Maya the Bee screen grab Image copyright Studio 100 Animation
Image caption The current Maya the Bee series has been running since 2012

Streaming service Netflix has removed an episode of animated series Maya the Bee after a viewer complained it contained an explicit drawing.

A screen grab of the offending scene appears to show an outline of a penis etched on a log in the background.

The 35th episode of the show's first season was pulled after US mother Chey Robinson posted a clip on Facebook.

Netflix - which does not make the show - said it did not have a comment on the subject.

Studio 100 Animation, the Paris-based Belgian company that made the 2012 instalment, has yet to comment.

Image copyright Netflix
Image caption Episode 35 of Maya's first season can no longer be accessed on Netflix

The latest Maya the Bee series has been running since 2012, though the character first appeared in a book a century earlier.

The TV show - which is not available to UK Netflix subscribers - inspired a film version that was released in the UK in 2015.

Cheeky animators have a history of sneaking in suggestive imagery into cartoons, apparently in the expectation their private jokes would remain so.

In 1991's An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, for example, a doodle of a penis can fleetingly be seen.

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