Netflix pulls kids' cartoon Maya the Bee over hidden penis picture

Netflix pulls kids' cartoon following 'phallus' faux pas

An episode of Maya the Bee has been taken down after what appears to be a phallic symbol etched into a tree was spotted by an angry parent.

Netflix has pulled an episode of children's show Maya the Bee after what appeared to be a penis was spotted etched on a tree trunk in the background of a scene.

Screen shots of the tree with the phallic image made the rounds on social media earlier this week.

Chey Robinson, a concerned US mother, appears to have been the first to share a clip from the show in a viral post on Facebook. 

Netflix has pulled an episode of kids' cartoon Maya the Bee in the US following an obscenity complaint.
Netflix has pulled an episode of kids' cartoon Maya the Bee in the US following an obscenity complaint. Photo: Netflix

"Please be mindful of what your kids are watching," she wrote. "I know I'm not going crazy and I know that something like this shouldn't be in a kids' show whatsoever. I'm extremely disgusted by it, there should be no reason my kids have to see something like this."

The series was produced by Belgian company Studio 100 Animation in 2012. 

A feature film adaptation of the series was released in 2014, co-produced by Australian animation studio Flying Bark Productions and featuring the voice talents of local stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jackie Weaver and Richard Roxburgh

Netflix has yet to make a statement about the penis' presence or the removal of the episode.

Reuters, Fairfax Media