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Encyclopedia > The Brave Little Toaster (film)
The Brave Little Toaster
Directed by Jerry Rees
Produced by Willard Carroll
Donald Kushner
Thomas L. Wilhite
Written by Thomas M. Disch (book and story)
Brian McEntee (story)
Joe Ranft (story)
Starring Jon Lovitz
Tim Stack
Timothy E. Day
Thurl Ravenscroft
Deanna Oliver
Music by David Newman
Van Dyke Parks
Al Jolson
Little Richard
Bernard Herrmann
Daniel Butterfield
AC/DC
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release date(s) July 10, 1987
Running time 90 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$2.3 million[1]
Followed by The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998)
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The Brave Little Toaster is an animated film from 1987, directed by Jerry Rees, written by Thomas M. Disch, produced by Hyperion Pictures and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The story follows five household appliances—Lampy (a lamp), Blanky (an electric blanket), Radio (a radio), Kirby (a Kirby vacuum cleaner), and the Toaster (a toaster)—on their quest to find their owner, Rob (also referred to as "The Master"). Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (967x744, 159 KB) Screenshot of The Brave Little Toaster (film), taken with DVD Capture. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Donald Kushner is an American film producer. ... Thomas M. Disch Thomas Michael Disch (Born February 2, 1940) is an American science fiction author and poet. ... Joseph Henry Joe Ranft (March 13, 1960 – August 16, 2005) was an animation storyboard artist and voice actor who worked for Pixar and Disney. ... Jonathan Lovitz (born July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, California) is an American actor and comedian perhaps best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and for his show The Critic. ... Timothy Stack (born 1957 in Pennsylvania) is an American actor who did the voice of Lampy in The Brave Little Toaster. ... Timothy E. Day is an American actor who did the voice of Blanky from The Brave Little Toaster. ... Ravenscrofts 1970 gospel album Great Hymns in Story and Song Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft (February 6, 1914 – May 22, 2005) was an American voice actor and singer with a deep, booming voice. ... Deanna Oliver is an American actress who did the voice of Toaster in The Brave Little Toaster. ... David Newman (b. ... Van Dyke Parks (born January 3, 1943) is an American composer, arranger, producer, musician, singer, and actor. ... Al Jolson (May 26, 1886–October 23, 1950) was a highly acclaimed American singer, comedian and actor of Jewish heritage whose career lasted from 1911 until his death in 1950. ... Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), better known by the stage name Little Richard, is an African-American singer, songwriter, and pianist, who began performing in the 1940s and was a key figure in the transition from rhythm & blues to rock and roll in the mid-1950s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Daniel Adams Butterfield (October 31, 1831 – July 17, 1901) was a New York businessman, a Union general in the American Civil War, and Assistant U.S. Treasurer in New York. ... This article is about the band. ... The Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group is a collection of affiliated motion picture studios, all subsidaries of The Walt Disney Company. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 1987. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... April 14 - Online DVD rental Netflix in the USA begins operations. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Thomas M. Disch Thomas Michael Disch (Born February 2, 1940) is an American science fiction author and poet. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Old logo from 1985-2006 Walt Disney Pictures refers to several different entities associated with The Walt Disney Company: Walt Disney Pictures, the film banner, was established as a designation in 1983, prior to which Disney films since the death of Walt Disney were released under the name of the... An electric blanket a is a blanket with an intergrated electrical heating device. ... The Kirby Company is a manufacturer of vacuum cleaners and home cleaning accessories, based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Regular canister vacuum cleaner for home use. ... For the English town, see Towcester. ...


The film was based on the novel of the same name, written by Disch, which first appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1980. The Original Cover of Thomas M. Dischs The Brave Little Toaster The Brave Little Toaster is a novel by Thomas M. Disch intended for children or as put by Disch, A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances. ... F&SF April 1971, special Poul Anderson issue. ...


In 1988, it was the first animated film to be exhibited at the Sundance Film Festival, and the only one for 10 years until 1998's I Married a Strange Person. The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the state of Utah in the United States. ...


Two of the voice actors, Jon Lovitz (Radio) and Phil Hartman (several characters), were then-current cast members of Saturday Night Live. Another, Thurl Ravenscroft (Kirby), was best remembered as the voice of Tony the Tiger. Jonathan Lovitz (born July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, California) is an American actor and comedian perhaps best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and for his show The Critic. ... Phil Hartman (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American Emmy Award-winning writer as well as an actor, voice artist, comedian and graphic artist. ... SNL redirects here. ... Ravenscrofts 1970 gospel album Great Hymns in Story and Song Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft (February 6, 1914 – May 22, 2005) was an American voice actor and singer with a deep, booming voice. ... For other uses, see Tony The Tiger (disambiguation). ...


Many members of Pixar Studios were involved with this film, including John Lasseter, whose trademark A113 appears on Master's door, and Joe Ranft. Pixar Animation Studios is an award-winning American computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California (USA). ... John Alan Lasseter (born January 12, 1957) is an Academy Award-winning American animator and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Joseph Henry Joe Ranft (March 13, 1960 – August 16, 2005) was an animation storyboard artist and voice actor who worked for Pixar and Disney. ...


Also, the music of the movie had a more contemporary sound than many traditional musicals.

Contents

Plot

The film opens with a slow pan into a seemingly abandoned cabin in the woods. A radio activates and begins to give the news as the other appliances (a lamp, an electric blanket, a vacuum cleaner, an air conditioner, and a toaster) wake up. Viewers learn that they have been left in the woods for many years by their master, a young child. Every time a car passes, they swarm to an overlooking window, hoping that he has returned. This is to the great amusement of the Air Conditioner, who was always jealous that the master played more with the others than himself. When the others confront him, he becomes furious and blows a fuse, apparently dying. An electric blanket a is a blanket with an intergrated electrical heating device. ...


After the five appliances find out that the cabin is for sale, implying the coming of a new master, the Toaster announces that they must go out to find their own master. Using an office chair pulled by Kirby, the vacuum cleaner, the group sets out into the world, heading for the "City of Light". The Radio acts as a navigator.


That night, the appliances enact the first of many fights, having found themselves slightly off-course. The Toaster suggests that they sleep until morning. Blanky (the electric blanket) crawls around the others, wanting to sleep with someone as is his habit, but is refused by all, even the Toaster. He finally falls asleep hugging a picture of the master that he brought along.


In the morning, the group finds themselves in a colorful meadow that is home to many curious animals who have presumably never seen appliances before. When their attention becomes too much for Toaster, he hides in the forest, only to find a lonely flower. The flower sees its reflection on the Toaster's metal surface and embraces it. The Toaster flees in confusion, only to look back to find the flower has wilted. Afterwards, he decides to be nicer to Blanky because of this. A meadow is a habitat of rolling or flat terrain where grasses predominate. ... This article is about psychological concept of attention. ... For other uses, see Flower (disambiguation). ... Look up reflection in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up Confusion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Confusion can have the following meanings: Unclarity or puzzlement, e. ...


Leaving the meadow, the group camps out in the woods. Lampy, feeling awkward, asks the Toaster the reason for which he (Toaster) is being kind to Blanky. After several failed attempts to explain by making similar the emotion of compassion to warmth, the Toaster describes the feeling he has as a glow. Lampy, understanding, recalls feeling the same way when he thinks about the master. For other uses, see Emotion (disambiguation). ... Compassion is best described as an understanding of the emotional state of another; not to be confused with empathy. ...


The Toaster has a nightmare about being reunited with the master only to have him taken away by a puff of smoke. A demonic evil clown (dressed as a firefighter) then emerges and attacks the appliance with a stream of water in the form of flying forks. The Toaster wakes up as he falls into a bathtub, to find that a storm is brewing in reality. Blanky is swept up by a gust of wind and disappears into the night. The others try to follow him, but their batteries cease to support them. Remembering the description of compassion, Lampy points to the sky by acting as a lightning rod to conduct electricity, breaking his bulb and collapses with unconsciousness. The current usage of the term nightmare refers to a dream which causes the sleeper a strong unpleasant emotional response. ... The image of the evil clown is a development in American popular culture, in which the playful trope of the clown is rendered as disturbing through the use of horror elements and dark humor. ... For other uses, see Reality (disambiguation). ... An example of a standard, pointed-tip air terminal The term lightning rod is also used as a metaphorical term to describe those who attract controversy. ... Electricity (from New Latin Ä“lectricus, amberlike) is a general term for a variety of phenomena resulting from the presence and flow of electric charge. ...


The next morning, Lampy is revived a little bit and Kirby helps Blanky out of a tree, into which he had been blown by the wind. However, although the others are friends now, the long-aloof Kirby still distances himself from them. When they reach a waterfall, Kirby almost swallows his own power cord. Kirby then says a speech about about how much he'd be better off without his friends. The group attempts to cross the waterfall by climbing across attached with their cords. Unfortunately, they slip and fall, leaving only Kirby on the cliffs as he watches the others plunge towards the water. The vacuum finally shows his love for his friends by saving them. When they come to shore, they realize that, although safe, they are completely lost. For other uses, see Waterfall (disambiguation). ...


After the waterfall peril, the group finds themselves sinking in quicksand. Radio is the last to submerge; he therefore plays a final song ("My Mammy"). A rotund man, Elmo St. Peters, overhears this and pulls the appliances out. They are taken to a junk shop, where they are told by the many appliances there that life is a precarious, frightening situation for them (like a "B-Movie"), largely because Elmo is prone to dismantle any appliance on which he lays his hands and sell its components. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Original Sheet Music for My Mammy My Mammy is a U.S. popular song with music Walter Donaldson and lyrics by Joe Young and Sam Lewis. ...


A customer comes in and asks for radio tubes, putting Radio in danger. As Elmo begins to cheerfully take him apart, the other four decide to break the unwritten appliance code of never coming to life in the presence of a human (or any other living thing, or organism). They dress as a ghost to scare Elmo away. The plan works; the group (along with every other appliance in the shop) escapes. Traveling through the night, they finally make it to the city. For other uses, see Ghost (disambiguation). ...


Meanwhile, we find the master, Rob, who is now much older, being eighteen and getting ready to leave for college. Because he needs appliances for his dormitory, he returns to the cabin in search of the protagonists. For other uses, see College (disambiguation). ...


As Rob and his laconic girlfriend, Chris, leave, the appliances find their way to his apartment. The "Cutting Edge" appliances inside decide to dump the newcomers into a wastebin assuming Rob will take them to college instead because of their greater technological sophistication.


Rob finds the cabin empty, fixes the Air Conditioner, and goes home in dejection. Hope is not lost; the Black and White TV, a good friend of the protagonistic appliances, broadcasts advertisements for the dump where the appliances have been taken, advertising it as an attractive store.


The appliances, meanwhile, find themselves being stalked through the junkyard full of "Worthless" cars by a Giant Magnetic Crane, who intends stubbornly to drop them into a Trash Compactor. As the Crane grabs car after car, the cars recite their histories to the dismayed protagonists. Rob arrives in time to save the appliances (aside from the Toaster, whom he does not see). As he is leaving, the Magnet comes down and grabs them all, including Rob, and drops them on a conveyor belt delivering objects for the Trash Compactor. In an act of self-sacrifice, the Toaster jumps into the Compactor's gears and manages to stop the machine from destroying his friends and the Master.


Rob fixes the Toaster and loads the appliances into his car. The group is finally reunited with their master; all drive into the distance laughing for a happy ending. And then everyone went on to the second movie.


Lampy: [in the distance] I'm aching with joy!


Cast

The five main characters, from left to right: Radio, Blanky, Toaster, Lampy, and Kirby.
The five main characters, from left to right: Radio, Blanky, Toaster, Lampy, and Kirby.

Deanna Oliver as Toaster, the main character. He is brave despite his fear of water, which is common to any appliance. He is the leader of the group, often breaking up fights between Lampy and Radio, and trying his best to cheer up Blanky when he is depressed. Toaster's gender is unclear, even though the character was masculine in the novel. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (967x744, 159 KB) Screenshot of The Brave Little Toaster (film), taken with DVD Capture. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (967x744, 159 KB) Screenshot of The Brave Little Toaster (film), taken with DVD Capture. ... Deanna Oliver is an American actress who did the voice of Toaster in The Brave Little Toaster. ... Look up Hydrophobia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Gender in common usage refers to the sexual distinction between male and female. ... This article is about the Male sex. ...


Tim Stack as Lampy, an orange and yellow desktop lamp, who despite his "brightness" is quite dim in the thinking department. This "dim" lamp is actually quite smart at times, he thinks of a brilliant idea in "The Brave Little Toaster." Whenever Lampy is annoyed by Radio, which is often, the two always wind up fighting. Lampy can lose patience when his light bulb burns out or breaks. Lampy is said to be the most useful of all of the appliances to "the Master." He is the only appliance who is clearly literate, as he was seen reading an address book, and in The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, he writes a list of items to take on the trip. He has no arms, but can use his electric cord and his plug as hands. His moment of glory came when he electrocuted himself during a lightning storm to get more power for the group's battery. He tends to repeat himself, as in sentences such as "All of a sudden you're being so nice to him all of a sudden". and "You can't even hear your own thoughts around here with all the racket around here." Timothy Stack (born 1957 in Pennsylvania) is an American actor who did the voice of Lampy in The Brave Little Toaster. ... Patience, engraving by Hans Sebald Beham, 1540 Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: patience Patience is the ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset, or to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties. ... The light bulb is one of the most significant inventions in the history of the human race, illuminating the darkness of the evening and bringing light indoors at all times in order focus on the task at hand. ... This article is about the software application made by Apple. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... A plug is: a device which is designed to stop a fluid from flowing through a hole. ... For other uses, see Battery. ...


Jon Lovitz as Radio, a tube-based radio (the rare WFC-11-12-55). Or you could just call him a clock-faced radio. Radio and Lampy spend much of their time on screen fighting. He is the only appliance character without an anthropomorphic face. He speaks through a certain radio channel; when the station is changed, he becomes mute, though he can easily change the station. He loves to narrate his own adventures, frequently making them over-dramatic for himself. Radio sounds like an early 20th century news reporter, making repeated references to that era, such as Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, Cab Calloway, the Brooklyn Dodgers and World War II. Jonathan Lovitz (born July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, California) is an American actor and comedian perhaps best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and for his show The Critic. ... Structure of a vacuum tube diode Structure of a vacuum tube triode In electronics, a vacuum tube, electron tube, or (outside North America) thermionic valve or just valve, is a device used to amplify, switch or modify a signal by controlling the movement of electrons in an evacuated space. ... Look up adventure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Cab Calloway, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1933 Cab Calloway (December 25, 1907–November 18, 1994) was a famous American jazz singer and bandleader. ... The Brooklyn Dodgers were a Major League Baseball team that played from 1890-1957. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Timothy E. Day as Blanky, a fuzzy heating blanket. He speaks with the voice of a small child, though he is no younger than any of the others. He has a very simple, childlike mind. Every appliance is mean to this poor blanket because it always crys. The toaster used to be mean to blanky but he changed his mind about the blanket when he sees the wilting flower in the forest.*P.Pretz* Toaster treats him much like a younger brother whereas Lampy, Radio, and Kirby tease him somewhat. Rough Kirby calls him a crybaby on more than one occasion. In the forest he acts as a tent for the others to have shelter during the night. He is the one most attached to "The Master" (probably because he was literally "closest" to him while he was in use) and carries around a picture of him as a child. Timothy E. Day is an American actor who did the voice of Blanky from The Brave Little Toaster. ...


Thurl Ravenscroft as Kirby, a vacuum cleaner. Although he is heavy, he can float on water. He does not clean up after cats because he is "allergic" to kitty litter, as this is revealed in The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue. Seemingly cantankerous and bossy toward the others but has a heart of gold. He actually cares very much about them and risks his life to save them several times. His catch phrase is "I just know I'm gonna regret this." Kirby experiences moments of glory, but still denies any affection for them. He has a change of heart by the end of the story. Ravenscrofts 1970 gospel album Great Hymns in Story and Song Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft (February 6, 1914 – May 22, 2005) was an American voice actor and singer with a deep, booming voice. ... The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue was the second part of The Brave Little Toaster film trilogy. ...


Joe Ranft as Elmo St. Peters, the owner of an appliance shop. He first appears rescuing the protagonists from sinking in the quicksand. He has a pet dog named Quadruped, and drives a truck with abnormally large wheels. His habit is to acquire appliances, dismantle them, and sell their component parts, which he misrepresents as the last he had in supply. He could easily be called a villain for the threat he poses to the characters. Joseph Henry Joe Ranft (March 13, 1960 – August 16, 2005) was an animation storyboard artist and voice actor who worked for Pixar and Disney. ... The Zebra is an example of a quadruped. ...


Phil Hartman as Air Conditioner and Hanging Lamp. The Air Conditioner is a Nicholson-esque appliance that appears at the beginning of the movie. He is sarcastic, has lost faith that the master is coming back, and taunts the others for hoping. They say he is only jealous because he's stuck in the wall, which sends him into a rage. He overheats and blows himself up. Near the end of the film, he is fixed by the master and is very happy with tears. Phil Hartman (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American Emmy Award-winning writer as well as an actor, voice artist, comedian and graphic artist. ... John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937), known as Jack Nicholson, is a three time Academy Award-winning American actor internationally renowned for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. ... Look up rage in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The Hanging Lamp character of Elmo's workshop bears a strong resemblance, both physically and audibly, to Peter Lorre. He is also somewhat physically akin to the Giant Magnet. Although apparently sinister, he is never shown physically harming the protagonists and even gives Lampy a new bulb. Peter Lorre (June 26, 1904 – March 23, 1964), born László Löwenstein, was an Hungarian[1] - Austrian - American actor frequently typecast as a sinister foreigner. ...


Other Parts Shop Appliances (voiced by The Disney Chorus) include a television, a pencil sharpener, a fan, a megaphone, a lamp (with no shade), a waffle iron, a cassette player, a tape recorder, a popcorn popper, a record player, a coffee pot (which could be considered a "mish-mash"), a stove, and a refridgerator. Although insane, they are by no means evil. A hand-spun pencil sharpener. ... For other uses, see Fan. ... A megaphone, with a three-inch lighter to scale. ... A domestic Belgian waffle iron A waffle iron to make stroopwafels A waffle iron is a cooking appliance used to make waffles. ... A cassette deck is a player, or player/recorder, for compact audio cassettes. ... Sony reel-to-reel tape recorder. ... A popcorn popper is a device used to pop popcorn. ... Edison cylinder phonograph from about 1899 The phonograph, or gramophone, was the most common device for playing recorded sound from the 1870s through the 1980s. ... Coffee Pot A coffee pot is a kitchen implement; a cooking pot in the kettle family. ... A stove is a heat-producing device. ... A refrigerator with its door open A refrigerator (often called a fridge for short) is a mechanical appliance for the storage and preservation of perishable food. ...


Judy Toll as Mish-Mash, a "deformed" appliance at the Parts Shop. Her speech is a parody of Joan Rivers. She is part can opener, part lamp, and part shaver. She cries bloodily "Hey look at me, I mean really! Barf! Barf! Barf! I'm a can opener, a lamp & a shaver! Oh God! I'm a Mish-Mash!" Joan Rivers (born June 8, 1933) is an American comedian, actress, talk show host, businesswoman, and celebrity. ...


Jonathan Benair as T.V., an old black and white television that the master brought with him when he first moved out of the cottage and into the city with his family. T.V. is a very friendly fellow, who is overjoyed to see Toaster, Blanky, Lampy, Radio, and Kirby when they arrive at the master's apartment. His anthropomorphic traits differ from those of the other characters; similar to Radio, he communicates via a certain TV channel, on which he displays a newscaster-like man. Like Radio, changing the channel away from this character seems to immobilize him. Later in the story he uses this character to advertise Ernie's Disposal (where the master's jealous new appliances sent the main characters) as a cheap appliance store in an attempt to get the master to go there and hopefully recover the five missing appliances. Jonathan Benair (July 4, 1950-June 28 1998) is an American actor who did the Black and White TV in The Brave Little Toaster, also Jim Bob in The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue. ...


Jim Jackman as Plugsy, a purple lamp who is one of the Master's jealous appliances responsible for sending Toaster and friends to Ernie's Disposal. Plugsy has a deep voice and a large, round bottom lip. Plugsy from the start agrees with his cutting-edge colleagues to throw away Toaster and his companions. But later, Plugsy learns that the Master still has his love for the five. Plugsy learns from this is that either one way or another, the Master would never take him or any of the other cutting-edge appliances, and Plugsy has a big sad frown on his face. Plugsy is quite fat. The word voice can be used to refer to: Sound: The human voice. ...


Other Cutting Edge Appliances include an entertainment system, a personal computer, a sewing machine, a food processor, a vacuum cleaner, an egg beater, a toaster oven,which, if you notice, pops out some muffins that are still doughy, but as they land on toaster turn hard, a telephone,a fiber optic Red and Blue Lamp and a boom box. Their song "Cutting Edge" contrasts strongly with the later "Worthless." Plugsy is the only named character in this group, despite not being hi-tech like the rest. This article is about the machine. ... Elias Howes lockstitch machine, invented 1845 A sewing machine is a textile machine used to stitch fabric or other material together with thread. ... A food processor is a kitchen appliance used to facilitate various repetitive tasks in the process of preparation of food. ... A toaster is a machine for toasting food such as sliced bread and bagels. ... For other uses, see Telephone (disambiguation). ... A boombox or boom box is a portable stereo system capable of playing radio stations or recorded music at relatively high volume. ...


The Giant Magnet appears near the end of the film at Ernie's Disposal. He happily feeds the Car Crusher by using his magnetic, circular underside to grab anything metallic. When Toaster and the others escape him for the first time, he seems to become very keen on catching them. Although merely performing a job (not unlike Elmo St. Peters) when viewers are first introduced to him, he becomes a true villain, persistently stalking the appliances to ensure their destruction. Silent but deadly; he never utters a word. The Magnet glows golden-yellow when he gets very angry. Look up Keen in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Bad guy redirects here. ...


Cars (voiced by The Disney Chorus) populate the junkyard where the appliances are taken. The cars include a male blue car, a female pink car, a red sports car, a green racing car, a yellow wedding car, a purple hearse, a holiday bus & a small green pickup truck. They sing "Worthless" as the Giant Magnet lowers them to their destruction. Despite this, (one might say that) the Junkyard Cars are hardly characters in the film at all. 1963 Jaguar E-Type, a classic sports car 1963 Chevrolet Corvette was based upon European sports cars A sports car is an automobile designed for performance driving. ... Funeral carriage, Museum of Funeral Customs For the extreme metal band, see Hearse (band) A hearse is a funeral vehicle, a conveyance for the coffin from e. ... The best selling North American pickup truck, the Ford F-Series. ...


Rob (voiced by Wayne Kaatz), better known as "The Master" is the owner of the appliances, and has an unusually strong attachment to them. He has a girlfriend named Chris and in the second movie they get engaged and in the third movie they get married and have a kid. Wayne Kaatz is also the voice of blanky.


Chris (voiced by Colette Savage) Rob's girlfriend, who doesn't quite understand his attachment to his old "junk" or his insistence in purchasing used appliances instead of taking the offering of his mother's more up-to-date appliances.


Music

The Brave Little Toaster has songs by Van Dyke Parks and a score by David Newman. Van Dyke Parks (born January 3, 1943) is an American composer, arranger, producer, musician, singer, and actor. ... David Newman (b. ...


City of Light (sometimes mistakenly called "City of Lights") is the upbeat song sung by the five main appliances as they set off in Search of the Master. Soon after the happy song, the film gets much darker. This is the only song to be featured as a theme in David Newman's score and is heard several times later.


It's a "B" Movie is the showstopper performed by the demented junkshop appliances, who have lost their minds after watching multiple "murders" of their own kind for spare parts. It features a pipe organ as one of the main instruments (in addition to some disco-like instrumentals as well) and is mainly a homage to various famous horror movies.


Cutting Edge (sometimes called "More" or "More, More, More") is the "villain song" of the movie, sung by the nasty new appliances that replaced the main five at the master's house. It is a techno song that appears to be a spoof of the general sound of commercials that ran around the time of the film's release.


Worthless is another disco-style song sung by the cars of the junkyard, each one singing a verse about their life before being smashed to death. It's been speculated that each car represents an age or ethnic group that is considered "worthless" by society. One of them is clearly a Native American who sings about working on a reservation before being abandoned.


David Newman's score for this movie was one of his earlier works and apparently one that he felt very close to. He didn't view it as an overly happy movie and decided to give it a dramatic score to go with that idea.


Each character has its own theme. The Toaster has a sad sounding, looping one (Newman says this is because he's unsure of himself and "reflects" others), the Radio's is a loud, brassy fanfare, Lampy has two themes (one goofy-sounding and one sweet), Blanky has another sad theme (child-like), and Kirby's theme is grumpy. In addition to them, there is an uplifting theme for the master, a silly one for the junkshop owner, Elmo (though it is played as sinister in the scenes where he takes the appliances apart) and a main theme that can be written to convey many emotions.


Production

The film rights to The Brave Little Toaster, the original novel, were bought by the Disney Studios in 1982, two years after its appearance in print. At first Disney planned the adaptation as an $18 million project, but it was then transferred to the new Hyperion Pictures, the creation of former Disney employees Tom Wilhite and Willard Carroll, who took the production along with them.[2]


With Disney backing the project, Toaster soon turned into an independent effort; the electronics company TDK and video distributor CBS-Fox soon joined in. In 1986, Hyperion began to work on the story and characters, with Taiwan's Wang Film Productions for the overseas unit.[2] The cost was reduced to $2.3 million as production began. TDK Corporation ), formerly TDK Electronics Co. ... CBS/Fox Video was a home video company formed and established in 1982. ... Wang Film Productions is one of the oldest and most prolific animation studios. ...


Jerry Rees, a crew member on two previous Disney films, The Fox and the Hound and Tron, was chosen to direct the movie, and was also a writer on the screenplay along with Joe Ranft. Rees' inspiration for voice casting came from the Groundlings improvisational group, some of whose members (Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman, Timothy Stack and Mindy Sterling) voiced characters in the film. Lovitz and Hartman were stars of Saturday Night Live at the time. The color stylist was veteran Disney animator Ken O'Connor, a member of Disney's feature animation department from its establishment.[2] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Fox and the Hound is a 1981 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions, first released to movie theatres in the U.S. on July 10, 1981. ... Tron is a 1982 science fiction film starring Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn (and his counterpart inside the electronic world, Clu), Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley (and Tron), Cindy Morgan as Lora Baines (and Yori) and Dan Shor as Ram. ... Joseph Henry Joe Ranft (March 13, 1960 – August 16, 2005) was an animation storyboard artist and voice actor who worked for Pixar and Disney. ... The Groundlings is an improvisational comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, California. ... Jonathan Lovitz (born July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, California) is an American actor and comedian perhaps best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and for his show The Critic. ... Phil Hartman (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American Emmy Award-winning writer as well as an actor, voice artist, comedian and graphic artist. ... Image:Stack. ... Mindy Sterling (born July 11, 1953 in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American actress. ... SNL redirects here. ... Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA) is the animation studio that makes up a key element of The Walt Disney Company. ...


Release

The Brave Little Toaster was initially released on July 10, 1987, and made its way to the Sundance Film Festival the following year. Despite being a favorite with festival audiences, it failed to find a distributor. Disney, who held the video and TV rights, withheld its official theatrical distribution, intending it to be shown on its new premium cable service instead. The buzz it generated at Sundance dissipated, and it only received limited theatrical airings through Hyperion, mainly at arthouse facilities across the U.S., and most notably at the Film Forum in New York City, in June 1989. Disney finally premiered the movie on home video in 1991; during this time it enjoyed huge popularity as a rental amongst children as well as a Parent's Choice Award win. The VHS was re-issued in 1994, and the film was released on DVD in 2002. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 1987. ... The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the state of Utah in the United States. ... For the Disney Channel in other countries, see Disney Channel around the world. ... The New York City cinema Film Forum began in 1970 as an alternative screening space for independent films, with 50 folding chairs, one projector and a US$19,000 annual budget. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


There was a slight controversy for the film, as this was thought over by people as being too scary for younger children (though it was released at a time when animated features were getting darker such as The Black Cauldron and The Secret of NIMH), as the film featured a nightmare sequence, a scene where a blender's motor gets pulled out, the climax as Toaster sacrifices himself to save Rob (The Master) from a trash compactor, and a few swearing. A number of living cars were also destroyed in the trash compactor throughout a song. Nevertheless, the film was a cult favourite with audiences, The original film has garnered a 73% rating on the reviews website, Rotten Tomatoes,[3] and a 7.1 rating on Internet Movie Database[4]. The Black Cauldron (also known as Taran and the Magic Cauldron in some countries) is the twenty-fifth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Mrs. ... In cartoons, profanity is often depicted by substituting symbols for words, as a form of non-specific censorship. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For the in-memory database management system, see In-memory database. ...


The Brave Little Toaster received an Emmy nomination for Best Animated Program in 1988. It was followed by two sequels, The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (1999) and The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998). The two sequels were released out of order; "To the Rescue" took place before "Goes to Mars", but "To the Rescue" was released afterwards. An Emmy Award. ... The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue was the second part of The Brave Little Toaster film trilogy. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...


Comparisons to Book

  • In the book by Thomas S. Disch, the character of Air Conditioner is only mentioned by one of the characters. It mentions that the air conditioner died when it passed its expiration date.
  • The appliances are not depicted as either male or female (to be exact they have no names) in the book. They are individually called "it". In the film version, Toaster, Blanky, Lampy, Radio, Kirby, the Air Conditioner, and all the other appliance characters are depicted as males and females, having names.
  • In the book, Blanky is more fully grown, to judge by the book's illustrations of him. In the film version, Blanky is depicted as a young child.
  • In the book, Radio is actually a clock-radio and has a face.
  • In the book, when Blanky is stuck in a tree after being blown away, Toaster and the others ask two squirrels living in the tree for their help.
  • In the book, Kirby is said to be the leader of the group.
  • Another difference in the case of Kirby, in the book the vacuum cleaner's brand is "Hoover".
  • The ending is very different. The Toaster and the group arrive at the Master's house, only to find the Cutting Edge appliances have replaced them. They turn out to be much nicer than they were in the movie and help the main five enter themselves on a radio show, where they are "swapped" by an old lady for several puppies that surprise the Master and his wife when they come home. The Toaster and the rest live happily ever after with a new owner.

See also

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References

  1. ^ Datlow and Windling (2001), p. xlv.
  2. ^ a b c Beck (2005), pp. 40-41.
  3. ^ The Brave Little Toaster at Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 29, 2007.
  4. ^ The Brave Little Toaster on IMDB. Retrieved March 14, 2008.

4. <http://filmfreakcentral.net/dvdreviews/bravelittletoastertrilogy.htm>
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Sources

  • Datlow, Ellen and Windling, Terri (2001). The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. ISBN 0-312-04450-X. St. Martin's Press. Retrieved March 29, 2007.
  • Beck, Jerry (2005). The Animated Movie Guide. ISBN 1-55652-591-5. Chicago Reader Press. Retrieved March 29, 2007.

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External links

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