Week three of the Underrated Series and we get to the animation category. At least there shouldn't be any debate…
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!
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.
Watched this online with a group of people I know from a music site. We really need to organize a group watch for Letterboxd. On this site called plug.dj you can play any movie that's available on Youtube in full. Then we can watch it simultaneously and chat about it live. I don't think I have enough followers to get a large one together, but we could do a small gathering. Anyone interested? The one I did tonight was a lot of fun.
I think Houdini did this once, and if I remember right, he was out of the hospital in no time.
Not so "cutting edge" anymore is it? The computer, the boombox, the telephone; all of the "new" technology shouldn't have treated the toaster, the blanket, the radio, the lamp and the vacuum cleaner like that. Little did they know that by the next century, they'll be wholly wiped out by mobile phones, iPods, tablets and laptops. They should have foreseen their fate. Technology grows meaner by the decade.
Good god, is this a depresing movie. For kids.
I remember liking this movie as a kid. Maybe that's all that matters. After all, I'm clearly not the intended audience for this.
I knew a couple of Pixar animators had worked on this film before the company was formed, hence my curiosity for it now. I think the only real value this thing really has is as an artifact.
This a markedly different film than from what Disney was offering at the time. With that context, it's rather interesting to note the similarities between this and future animation.
That said, I'm never going to watch this again. It's just so boring and...well, forgive me for saying so, ridiculous.
Why would a toaster have a nightmare about being submerged in a bathtub only to survive floating down a river completely unscathed mere scenes later?... That bothers me way more than it should.
Maybe this rating is out of nostalgia, but I have a strong positive association with this movie.
Bizarre, a little terrifying, and somehow endearing. Who knew that appliances could be so lovable?
The Brave Little Toaster is a wacky kids movie about appliances that come to life only to be faced with constant near death experiences and existential dread.
Phil Hartman does a spot on Jack Nicholson impression as The Air Conditioner in that one scene that always scared me as a kid.
Surely the high-water mark in Jon Lovitz' career.
The film that influenced the Toy Story franchise, The Brave Little Toaster is one of my childhood favourites, and while the animation is nowhere near as great as Disney quality, it is still an enjoyable watch.
I love movies that go through jarring genre shifts or exponentially crazy plot progression, so I decided to gather some…
*jadakiss laff* its dat real
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