A group of dated appliances that find themselves stranded in a summer home that their family had just sold, decide to, á la "The Incredible Journey", seek their young 8 year old "master". Children's film which on the surface is a frivolous fantasy, but with a dark subtext of abandonment, obsolescence, and loneliness. Written by
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In a 2010 interview at Cal State, Northridge, Deanna Oliver revealed that at her son's deployment ceremony to Afghanistan, some of the soldiers who were fans of the film had brought their toasters with them for her to autograph. See more »
When the appliances are about to leave, there is a shot of the front door with its knob on the left. When Kirby finally opens it, the knob switches sides. See more »
When I was a little kid, my imagination was a dynamo of activity. My young nieces are just starting to grow out of that stage, which is sort of sad to me. Because never again will their minds be able to dwell within and without the fantasy world. This film captures that sort of mindset wonderfully. Of *course* the appliances get up and walk around as soon as we turn our backs. That's why we can never find anything!
Seems like a lot of people who have posted here have made one of two mistakes:
1) They have forgotten that children's minds have not yet been clobbered into creative submission like adults', or
2) The adults didn't watch the movie before plunking their kids down in front of the TV and going back to regrouting the tub.
While this is a fantasy about appliances, it is also a film about loyalty, companionship, and even fear. There are several disturbing scenes but I think many kids will find it intriguing more than scary. And if they do find it frightening, then it's a good way to discuss the things that scare them.
This film is mostly for kids, but I think it has plenty of stuff to keep the adults awake, especially "Rabbit Ears", the black & white TV guy (look closely at some of the pictures he pulls out of the file cabinet). This film is infinitely better than other Disney films like "The Little Mermaid" and that sort of claptrap.
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