A canine angel, Charlie, sneaks back to earth from heaven but ends up befriending an orphan girl who can speak to animals. In the process, Charlie learns that friendship is the most heavenly gift of all.
A young boy whose dreams transcend reality is sucked into his own fantasy, which is everything he has dreamed of until he unleashes a century old secret that may not only destroy this ... See full summary »
William T. Hurtz
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
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 »
While the master's away, the appliances will play ...
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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