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The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

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


Jerry Rees


Thomas M. Disch (based on the novella by), Jerry Rees (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »




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)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Plug into the adventure!


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Did You Know?


Coincidentally Phil Hartman (voice of the Air Conditioner) and Jack Nicholson (who was impersonated through the character) were both considered for the role of Hades in Hercules prior to James Woods being cast in said role. See more »


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 »


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

On the 1998 VHS release, during the end credits, Mark Elliott announces that a preview for The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue is following. Because of that, the end credits are at warp speed and the end credits score is shortened. See more »


Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Black Cauldron (2019) See more »


Music and Lyrics by Van Dyke Parks
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User Reviews

Ah, to be young and still have an imagination
9 January 2001 | by Mr PantsSee 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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Release Date:

10 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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


Box Office


$2,300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Atmos


Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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