‘Buttons’ Does Danbury: Porn Shocks Kidvid Biz

Industry experts can’t explain how a kidvid purchased in Connecticut last week contained 25 minutes of hardcore porn, but they say it may not have been an accident. And whether or not someone deliberately inserted the skin pic on a copy of Best Film & Video’s animated “Buttons & Rusty & The Easter Bunny,” execs warn it’s bound to happen again.

“It is every duplicator’s nightmare,” says Bill Schubart, president of Resolution, a duplicating company not involved in the kid/smut snafu.

Danbury resident Carol Laslo bought the tape for her 7-and 10-year-old kids, then came home later to find the tykes transfixed by the beast with two backs, not Buttons and Rusty. After 25 minutes of heated porn, the actual “Buttons & Rusty” program, complete with the standard FBI copyright warning, did appear.

There is no lack of theories on how the smut snuck onto the tape. “If it happens at all, it happens at the duplicator,” says vid consultant Saul Melnick.

“All indications right now are that someone sabotaged the product,” says a spokesman at Summitt Media, the original producer of the 1988 tape.

Neither Summitt nor Best handles porn. Both companies say this is the first such complaint. A manager at the Circus World in the Danbury Mall, where the tape was purchased, says the other “Buttons & Rusty” tapes are unadulterated.

Both Best and Summitt are mum on who did the duping, with a Best spokesperson noting the company’s contract for distributing the vid ended in 1989. A Summitt rep did say Best returned a number of unsold units that Summitt has had to resell. It is possible that the duplicator also has adult-video clients, and the tapes simply were mixed up, but Melnick speculates that since both the porn footage and the cartoon are on the tape, the duplicator may have been recycling old tapes.

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