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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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The German and Serbian dubbed versions of the film swap the genders of two main characters: Toaster is voiced by a man, and Lampy is voiced by a woman. Lampy is also made a female in the Polish, Czech VHS, and Brazilian Portuguese dubs, while the Finnish and Argentinian Spanish versions have Toaster voiced by a man. While most countries have Blanky voiced by a woman, a male actor voices him in the Hungarian and Serbian dubs. See more »

Goofs

The character's electrical cords constantly appear, disappear and change length throughout the entire film. 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 »


Soundtracks

My Mammy
from The Jazz Singer (1927)
Performed by Al Jolson
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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A Fine Animated Film
4 November 2009 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Having seemingly been abandoned in their country cottage by their owner, five small household appliances (radio, lamp, blanket, vacuum cleaner, and toaster) set out cross-country on a journey to find their master, a young boy. Along the way, the five appliances encounter various adventures and trials, like a waterfall, a pond with frogs, and a fat little repairman.

In the transference of human emotion to everyday objects, the story's theme is the yearning to be included, to be relevant, to be needed and loved. The five adventurers display varying human traits. Radio is the most verbal, and something of a comic. Blanket is a tad snugly and sentimental. Kirby the vacuum cleaner is proud and brave. Lamp is "light"-hearted and upbeat. Toaster seems the most ... "grounded" with common sense.

The film makes these low-tech appliances sympathetic and heroic. But contrast, the "cutting-edge" electronics are portrayed as mean and possibly deceptive. I wouldn't disagree with that.

Color visuals are fine. Animation is acceptable. Even though the lyrics to some of the songs are hard to understand, I like the soundtrack, especially "Trutti-Frutti", "B-Movie Show", and "Mammy". I don't quite understand the rationale for including multiple references to Roosevelt. And radio is forever referring to past historical events. I'm not sure why.

Entirely appropriate for kids, "The Brave Little Toaster" works for adults too, mostly through its all-too-human emotional themes, and as a pleasant change from real-life actors, their dramas, and their careers.


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