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The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

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A toaster, a blanket, a lamp, a radio, and a vacuum cleaner journey to the city to find their master after being abandoned in their cabin in the woods.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Radio (voice)
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Lampy / Zeke (voice) (as Tim Stack)
Timothy E. Day ...
Blanky / Young Rob (The Master) (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft ...
Kirby (voice)
Deanna Oliver ...
Toaster (voice)
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Elmo St. Peters (voice)
Judy Toll ...
Wayne Kaatz ...
Rob (The Master) (voice)
Colette Savage ...
Chris (voice)
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Mother / Two-Face Sewing Machine (voice) (as Mindy Stern)
Jim Jackman ...
Plugsy (voice)
Randall William Cook ...
Randy Bennett ...
Computer (voice)
Jonathan Benair ...
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Storyline

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 Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Imagine if Your Toaster Went on a Journey of its Own!


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18 September 1987 (Brazil)  »

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The Brave Little Toaster: A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances  »

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$2,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The song "Worthless" is considered one of the darkest songs written for a Disney film. It, much like "Headless Horseman" from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) and "Hellfire" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), was nearly cut from the film. See more »

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At the very end of the film as we see an overhead shot of Chris's car driving down the road, an animation glitch occurs where the car merges back and forth erratically on the left and right lanes. See more »

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[first lines]
The Radio: Good morning, good morning, gooooood morning!
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Ah, to be young and still have an imagination
9 January 2001 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

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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