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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)
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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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$2,300,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In a 2010 interview at Cal State, Northridge, Deanna Oliver revealed that at her son's deployment ceremony to Afghanistan, some of the soldiers who were fans of the film had brought their toasters with them for her to autograph. See more »

Goofs

During the "Worthless" song scene in the scrapyard, the Surfer car's left (driver's side) headlight falls out soon after being picked up by the magnet. When laying upside-down on the conveyor, the missing headlight has switched to the passenger side. See more »

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[first lines]
The Radio: Good morning, good morning, gooooood morning!
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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My Mammy
from The Jazz Singer (1927)
Performed by Al Jolson
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Funny, dark, and just plain awesome
24 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Maybe the best feature cartoon EVER! I finally saw BLT for the first time today. I'm twenty years old, and I enjoyed every second of it. Although it has a concept that sounds like it would only appeal to children (5 old appliances trek from the long abandoned summer home where they live to find their owner's new home), the film has more than enough to entertain adults too.

The characters are very rich, and all develop in fairly deep ways that young kids probably wouldn't even notice. Their dialog is also incredibly funny, especially John Lovitz's as the witty radio, as they trade barbs and insults. Most gripping though is the movie's dark tone, set by the acerbic characters' tenuous friendships and dangerous struggles. If they were people, instead of appliances, this would probably be a horror movie. But thankfully they are appliances, gives the movie a fun angle by setting it in the secret life of electronic devices. This is especially creative in Toaster's creepy nightmare about forks and bathtubs.

There's music too, but it's not an important part of BLT. The songs and dance sequences are forgettable compared to 90s Disney films, but they do entertain and set some great mood.

BLT really isn't a kids cartoon. I can imagine that it's colorful and musical enough that children could enjoy it, but they probably won't appreciate a lot of its humor and mood (and very young kids might even be scared by it). So suck it up and go walk into the kids section at your nearest rental place and make sure you see this movie.


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