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The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Radio (voice)
... Lampy / Zeke (voice) (as Tim Stack)
Timothy E. Day ... Blanky / Young Rob (The Master) (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft ... Kirby (voice)
Deanna Oliver ... Toaster (voice)
... Air Conditioner / Hanging Lamp (voice)
... Elmo St. Peters (voice)
Judy Toll ... Mish-Mash / Two-Face Sewing Machine (voice)
Wayne Kaatz ... Rob (The Master) (voice)
Colette Savage ... Chris (voice)
... Mother / Two-Face Sewing Machine (voice) (as Mindy Stern)
Jim Jackman ... Plugsy (voice)
... Entertainment Center (voice)
... Computer (voice)
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>

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10 July 1987 (USA)  »

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The Brave Little Toaster 3D  »


Box Office


$2,300,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Jerry Rees, very few prints of the film were made for exhibition due limited funding. The print that Disney ultimately used for home video release is believed by Rees to be one that extensively toured the festival circuit, due to his recollection from each screening of noticing the picture frame "wobble" very early in the film. On the other hand, Prim Leisure's DVD in the UK (as well as Disney's 1991 laserdisc release) uses a fresh transfer from an international print. 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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Spoofed in Robot Chicken: Secret of the Flushed Footlong (2016) See more »


City of Light
Music and Lyrics by Van Dyke Parks
Performed by Deanna Oliver, Timothy Stack, Thurl Ravenscroft, Jerry Rees and Timothy E. Day
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Unique & Different Movie.
28 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

It's funny to watch The Brave Little Toaster over the years and see how your tastes change. As a young boy I loved this movie. As a teenager I thought BLT was stupid and nonsensical. Now I'm in my twenties and have a different opinion about this movie. BLT has a strong subtext of time passing and becoming obsolete by the new generation. Then being abandoned and forgotten about. This movie is full of hidden meanings which I did not realize when I was young.

The first thing I noticed when I watched BLT was how simple the animation looked. You get kinda desensitized after watching the graphics on Toy Story & Finding Nemo that it takes a little getting used to the animation in BLT. Some scenes look now better than a flash movie you'd play on Quicktime. The animation is like a mixture of The Lion King and The Simpsons. The characters expressions, on the other hand, are as good as it gets. From the Radio pointing his antenna to Lampy using his cord like hand gestures is brilliant!

Story:9/10 Acting:9/10 Animation:7/10 Characters Expressions:10/10!

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