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The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Family | 10 July 1987 (USA)
A group of dated appliances embarks on a journey to the city to find its master after being abandoned in its cabin in the woods.

Director:

Jerry Rees

Writers:

Thomas M. Disch (based on the novella by), Jerry Rees (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Lovitz ... Radio (voice)
Timothy Stack ... Lampy / Zeke (voice) (as Tim Stack)
Timothy E. Day Timothy E. Day ... Blanky / Young Rob (The Master) (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft Thurl Ravenscroft ... Kirby (voice)
Deanna Oliver Deanna Oliver ... Toaster (voice)
Phil Hartman ... Air Conditioner / Hanging Lamp (voice)
Joe Ranft ... Elmo St. Peters (voice)
Judy Toll Judy Toll ... Mish-Mash / Two-Face Sewing Machine (voice)
Wayne Kaatz Wayne Kaatz ... Rob (The Master) (voice)
Colette Savage Colette Savage ... Chris (voice)
Mindy Sterling ... Mother / Two-Face Sewing Machine (voice) (as Mindy Stern)
Jim Jackman Jim Jackman ... Plugsy (voice)
Randall William Cook ... Entertainment Center (voice)
Randy Bennett ... Computer (voice)
Jonathan Benair Jonathan Benair ... Black and White TV (voice)
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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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The Plug-In Heroes Pops Out In 3D


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USA | Taiwan | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)
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Dolby | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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David Newman approached the film's score by keeping the characters in mind as "real-life" and not "cartoons" in order to create what he felt were more authentic sounds depicting moods and emotions. See more »

Goofs

Early on in the movie, Kirby mentions that they have been doing chores and cleaning the Master's house for the last 2000 days, which is nearly five and a half years. However, during the musical cleaning sequence, complex cobwebs are in easily reached areas, the windows are caked with dust to the point of being opaque, and all surfaces seem generally dusty. If no humans have been living there for 5.5 years and the appliances have been "doing chores" as they are shown doing every day, there's no way the house could be as filthy as it is shown to be. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Radio: Good morning, good morning, gooooood morning!
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Alternate Versions

A serialized version of the film was distributed in select theaters for a limited run. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a B-Movie
Music and Lyrics by Van Dyke Parks
Performed by Phil Hartman, Timothy Stack, Thurl Ravenscroft, Jerry Rees, Timothy E. Day and appliances
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While the master's away, the appliances will play ...
21 February 2007 | by fantasyescapistSee all my reviews

I remember early one morning as an eight-year-old, I caught this film on ITV and thought it was really good, and guess what? More than ten years later, I still do.

Shown on Channel 4 this morning on half-term week, it's more than meets the eye. Toaster, Lamp, Blankie, Hoover and Radio(I think) all go on an adventure to find their master, who appears to have abandoned them in his old childhood cottage.

It seems like this is like an 80s Toy Story or something, only with the appliances coming to life, and having their own personalities. Like Toy Story, it has a good plot and likable characters.

Sure, it has it's dark moments, so parents of young children should take note and check beforehand, but honestly, it only adds to the excitement of the film, and makes you actually care about the characters.

The animation may seem quite dated now, but the story in itself is timeless. This is definitely one to keep for generations to come.


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