Rolling Stone recently published a boring list of the "40 Greatest Animated Movies Ever." So here's a counter-list, with zero…
The Brave Little Toaster
Imagine if Your Toaster Went on a Journey of its Own!
A group of dated appliances find themselves stranded in a summer home that their family had just sold decide to, a 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.
Poor lamp. Poor vacuum. Poor radio. The toaster gets title rights, and all because of one heroic act in the finale?
They all deserve medals for, you know, not dying during their journey to the big city. It ain't easy being an appliance, you know.
So... It's back to that stupid static again. You think I don't know what's going on in here? I know what goes on in this cottage. It's a conspiracy and every one of you low-watts is in on it. Just 'cause you move around, you think you're better than I am. I'm not an invalid. I was designed to stick in the wall! I like being stuck in the stupid wall! I can't help it if the kid was too short to reach my dials...
IT'S MY FUNCTION!
this movie is literally the end of the tour
Well, doesn't this revisit to an old childhood favorite make me reconsider the originality behind Toy Story. It's damn near the same plot but obviously replace toys with appliances.
Anyway I'm glad this one lived up to the memory and did not lose its appeal now that I am an adult. In fact I was fairly surprised by its technicality and the hand drawn animation was not bad at all. I do love the fact now that I am older to see all of the film's hidden subtexts. The theme of abandonment is the one that stands out the most but how odd was it to have the dialogue exchange between Lampy and the Toaster regarding being "friendly" to blankey…
This is a disney film about toasters.
It is possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
I'm watching The Brave Little Toaster for the first time at thirty years of age, so you'll have to forgive me for a lack of any kind of sentimental attachment. While I didn't think this was a cartoon masterpiece, I was impressed with its concept that predates Toy Story by almost a decade and, more importantly, its flat out zaniness. The Brave Little Toaster is a weird, weird film. Talking appliances on a journey to find their 'master' doesn't work quite as well as sad cast aside toys, but it does add a level of bleak desperation to the proceedings as the appliances remember all the 'good times' (like when their master changed a light globe or looked into their…
Oh god... the worst feels EVAR. I was WAY too young for this kind of emotional trauma. No, seriously, this movie is fucking HARSH.
Some sad pseudo-TOTORO, even better than HOLY MOTORS. Ever read that Bradbury story, "There Will Come Soft Rains"? Master gone, clean house anyway. I hate being sad. Who likes to be sad? Optimist/pessimist, screamed "It's my function!" The heaven of SAUSAGE PARTY less confused and trying too hard. But creepy, heart-touching anthropomorphism extends even further than TOY STORY, even CARS, even further than BUG'S LIFE, even FINDING NEMO. Kid's entertainment eerie. A.I. again? At least peppier, weirder than FOX AND THE HOUND?
"No, I'm not a flower. That's just a reflection" = what you say to a flower who's embracing you after they've mistaken their own image in your clear surface for you yourself, and what slays me. "But then…
This movie is wild. Suicidal cars and air conditioners, depressed flowers, that crazy blender dismemberment scene, fiery clown attacks... But also true reward coming after all that peril. A trip, but one well worth taking. Just make sure your kids will be ok with all the previously mentioned.
A mainstay of my childhood, The Brave Little Toaster feels like proto-Pixar in its examination of an unseen world that exists parallel to our own. There are some really fun and upbeat songs throughout, but almost none of them feel like they fit in the story of several appliances going on a Homeward Bound-style journey to find their master. I've seen movies that hold up worse years later, and a couple of its creative voices went to create something much grander in the form of Pixar, so i deem this one a success.
A classic piece of 80's animation. A must watch for any kid at heart. Some of the films themes are quite mature for being a kids movie.
This movie is great.
This movie is VERY unrealistic.
I've seen many times this film in lists titled with something like " top X overlooked animated movies", and yeah, after seeing it I can see why. The story nor the characters are particularly memorable, but other than that it works pretty well in almost every aspect. It has nice music, alright animation for its time and some surprisingly very good imagery, some of the scenes are pretty clever and the animators played very well with the characters and the enviroments. It had its fair amount of good jokes and some pretty twisted moments, it's a pretty decent film.
Overall, it's a pretty well balanced film that's worth a shot if you're into these movies. It won't change my…
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