on October 23, 2007
Oh boy, did I love this movie when I was little! I must've wasted half my childhood watching this thing. Yes, it's got some scenes which may scare some young kids, but plenty of other animated movies have scary scenes, too. I didn't get scared when I was watching this at the age of eight or nine. If your child is old enough to watch Bambi or the Lion King, he or she should have no problem with the Brave Little Toaster. Parents of very young children (i.e. four or five year olds) may want to preview the movie beforehand, though. For those who don't know, this 1987 movie is not actually a Disney film. It was made by the independent studio Hyperion, and Disney ended up buying the TV and home video rights.
I gave this two out of five stars because while the movie is excellent, the DVD itself is bad, bad, bad, bad, bad. This might be the very worst DVD release I've ever seen. The picture shakes left and right throughout the entire duration of the movie. Not to mention there's plenty of dirt and debris littering the picture. It's almost as if someone ran this movie on a projector, then recorded it with a camcorder. The problems are very noticeable, and very distracting. Disney should be ashamed of itself for releasing this DVD in such poor quality. This movie deserves more respect than that, especially considering that one of the writers of the Brave Little Toaster is the late, great Pixar storyman Joe Ranft. Don't buy this DVD, but instead, hunt down an old copy of the VHS. Show Disney that substandard releases such as this one will not be tolerated by us fans!
on April 27, 2006
It looks like someone handheld a VHS-C camcorder to the screening of a worn out film. I would honestly rather watch the VHS tape. Can you say motion sickness? I'm so disappointed...
Entertaining, suspenseful and with a good moral, The Brave Little Toaster works on many different levels for children. It's well made and written. This actually isn't a Disney production but an independent production company. The production design and use of colors will captivate your child's attention. Additionally, the conflicts and some of the suspenseful situations mirror experiences that little ones have in their day to day experience.
My only complaint is that the sequels produced aren't up to the high quality of the first film. While the third film in the series (but second produced) The Brave Little Toaster Goes To Mars is very close in quality to the first film, the second film suffers from a lower budget and is missing the imaginative direction of the first film.
As to the viewer who mentioned that there were images inappropriate for younger children--honestly, my kids can't operate the pause button and never noticed the "image". It isn't nasty or subversive and I find it doesn't effect the overall quality of this fine children's film. The cliche about not being able to see the woods for the tree applies to children's movies as well. While all movies have something we may not like (and books or toys for that matter), it's the overall values communicated not a single image (and your interpretation of it) that makes or breaks a child's video.
The Brave Little Toaster doesn't have any hidden agendas and is perfect entertainment for little ones and adults can watch it with them to explain the story as it goes along if necessary.
on May 26, 2012
Unfortunately, due to the fact that Disney is only the distributor of this movie they've given it a very lackluster release. The VHS copy I had was actually better quality before it became warn down from frequent viewings. If you order the DVD expect cell dirt to be prevalent through the film and for the beginning to have the picture shaking quite badly. It steadies itself withing the first few minutes, and only pops up once in awhile after that, but it is still a large distraction. While the movie itself is a solid 4 out of 5, the picture issues are bad enough to deduct a star. Plus, and this may just annoy me, Kirby is pink on the cover for some reason.
Special features are also very disappointing. Instead of getting any neat behind the scenes info or anything interesting at all about this movie you're basically given a long commercial trying to get you to buy the other two films. Don't fall for it. They lack the intelligence and charm that this movie did, choosing instead to really pander to children instead of creating a masterpiece that all ages can enjoy.
It's funny how fast time passes, as this film is already 25 years old! It first made its appearance at various film festivals and actually should have won best film at the Sundance Film Festival, but it was decided to be too risky as they feared people wouldn't take the festival seriously anymore if an animated film won best prize. This tells you right there how wonderful this film is and to disregard any 1 star reviews.
Disney may have had the rights, but due to their minimal involvement, they decided not to release the film in theaters but instead on their television network and on VHS. From there the film was well received with its young viewers to the point where it has become a fond memory for them as adults and a movie they would share with their children. In fact, the film was such a hit that when Deanna Oliver's son told his military group she was the Toaster, they brought toasters of their own for her to sign. Sadly, this film seems to be losing steam with each new generation and is becoming forgotten. If you're considering this due to word of mouth or Amazon recommendations I strongly urge you to pick it up. My mother was the one to introduce me to it because I wasn't even born when it came out.
The film stars some well known talents but even those who were either totally or somewhat inexperienced do an excellent job in voicing the various appliances to really give life to the characters and make them stand out as an individual.
The late great Thurl Ravenscroft graces us with his presence though the roll of Kirby, a grumpy vacuum cleaner with a heart of gold.
Jon Lovitz voices the enigmatic Radio, who encourages the group by creating broadcasts about their exploits.
Tim Stack is Lampy, a not so bright lamp.
Lesser known is Timothy E. Day (he may not have ever done anything else film wise; I have yet to find more about him) who voices the childish Blanky.
Finally, the leader of group, Deanna Oliver lends her talents as the Toaster. She dabbled in a few other films but still does a stand up job despite not achieving the same fame as the first three. Some complain that that her voice was too girlie for a male character but young boys often have an androgynous voice that she fits well.
The film begins with the cast starting the day like any other in a seemingly abandoned cottage. They wake up, bicker a little, and are at last motivated to do their daily chores along with the tune of Tootie Fruity. Don't be surprised if you find your child themselves rocking out to the song along with the characters. Many have said this was one of their favorite parts when they were little. Their work comes to an abrupt end when Blanky, in Radar O'Reilly fashion, alerts them that a car is coming near. Hoping that at last the young boy who they belonged to along with his family have at last returned they form a platform for Blanky to climb up and check through the attic window, only to be disappointed once again.
Having had enough Toaster proposes that they finally leave the cottage and track down the boy and his family. Kirby is content to stay in the cottage and wait for a new master but leaves when he sees that everyone else is going along with the plan. From here they rig a power supply together, tie a chair to Kirby that the others ride on, and set of on their grand adventure through various terrain and a spooky appliance shop, meeting both friends and foes along the way while learning to work as a team and get along a bit better despite the personality conflicts until the climax at a junk yard. Of note is the antagonistic Jack Nicholson sound alike air conditioner in the cottage who ends up short circuiting (Don't worry; he was a jerk anyway) and the Peter Lorre caricature in the form of a ceiling lamp.
What's also a treat are the songs in this movie. There is just the right amount and don't drag the movie down like what happened with Cats Don't Dance and Anastasia. They're very catchy and contain smart lyrics, the song "Worthless" in particular one you'll want to listen closely to as the cars give background on themselves as well as hints to what model they are. My personal favorite is "B Movie", which sounds like it would fit in perfectly into the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Now for the downsides. This film doesn't pander to children with loads of sunshine, flowers, and endless happiness, which seems to get under some parents' skin. The truth is that there are only a few scary moments in this movie, but even if you take the time to screen the movie before presenting it to your child (which you should if they're fairly young and you have an idea of what they don't like seeing) you might be surprised by what bothers them, which applies to absolutely anything they view. What sticks out is a nightmare sequence the Toaster has with a clown. This is about two minutes long and can easily be fast forwarded through. It's nothing that should keep your kid up at night but it may bother them for the brief time its on the screen.
What shocks me is that the Air Conditioner has been brought up because apparently that person's child didn't understand why he was so angry. See, sometimes things pop up in movies that can easily be explained to your kid. If it's too much effort to explain something to your kid that their young mind can't yet comprehend, just have them stare at a wall when they're at home if you're going to be that lazy.
Personally, I was only startled at a point where Kirby is out of the frame for awhile and suddenly zooms forward. It's something I laugh at now. If anything scared me as a child it was Hexxus from Ferngully.
Oh, there's also some really laughable complaints about the name calling. Yes, your child will hear horrific insults such as "loud mouth" and "carpet breath". Gasp! If you've taught your child name calling is bad it's no problem. See, not everyone who ends up spending a lot of time together always gets along, thus some arguments between the cast in the film. What's nice is how they bond and those incidences become less and less, thus character development!
I have a co-worker who has a 6 year old and I lent it to him for her to watch. She absolutely loved it and actually requested to watch it multiple times before he gave it back to me. Every kid is unique in what they do or don't like, I don't really understand why some have to throw a fit and bash this movie over it like only their child's opinion matters.
The film is about an hour and thirty minutes long so your child may grow bored with it since it's a bit longer than other animated features. Also, it could be one of those films that your child finds boring now so you should leave it on the shelf for while and try again later. It's a little quirky in that you really appreciate it later when you understand all the clever references. You may actually enjoy it more than your kid does!
This is rather lengthy, and my first review, so hopefully I've covered what you need to know about the film and influence your decision. The typical $9 price tag that Amazon slaps on it is well worth a try!
This was one of my son's favorite animated movies to watch when he was young. He's now 13 and when it was on TV recently, he sat down to watch it again with his little brother who is 2 1/2 years old. It's a delightful, sometimes sad, and a little scary, tale of several appliances who come to life and try to get home to their master, a young man named Rob.
It seems that the appliances have all been left behind in an old cottage and the cottage is soon to be sold. The five appliances: Radio (Jon Lovitz), Lampy (Tim Stack), Kirby the vacuum Cleaner (Thurl Ravenscroft, voice of Tony the Tiger) Blanky the electic blanket (Timothy Day) and the Toaster (Deanna Oliver. Phil Hartman does the voice of the Air conditioner at the cottage who tells the other appliances they are going to be left behind.
They tie a car battery to an office chair and plug in Kirby as he pulls the rest of the appliances like a wagon. Literally over hill, dale, and river, the comrades face a world of peril including "the collector" who takes apart old appliances and sells parts, a dangerous waterfall, and the climax at a junk yard.
A very cute little Movie NOT made by Disney although Hyperion pictures would eventually be acquired by Disney. The movie was based on a story by renowned sci-fi and Horror author Thomas M. Disch who gives us a modern day fable. The voice actors, particularly Lovitz and Ravenscroft are outstanding and the animation is quite good considering it was done in the 1980's when studios were not spending a great deal on quality animation.
This would be followed up by two sequels: The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars and The Brave Little Toaster to the rescue. Neither sequel managed to capture the charm of the original although most of the cast (minus Lovitz and Hartman) would return for both films.
A minor classic!
on November 20, 1999
My 3 year old son and I both liked this movie. It has good animation and is entertaining for both young and old. However, it has a pretty scary junkyard scene where old cars get smashed by a crusher into scrap metal. The cars are singing songs about their lives before it happens which makes the scene even more disturbing. An ominous looking magnet chases the toaster and his friends, trying to get them in the crusher too. My son was literally trembling on my lap. Afterwards he was afraid of our living room ceiling fan, saying it was a magnet and was going to get him. Overall though, the movie was fun and it ends well. My son still talks about it and wants to see it again but I think we'll wait until he's a little older. I would recommend this movie for kids 4 and over or younger ones that are not easily scared.
on October 14, 2009
I can not give this movie any less than 5 stars. When I was a child, I remember sitting with my sister and loving this movie. I bought it for myself when a bunch of people I live with were trying to tell me that the movie was not as scary as I remembered.
So we watched it again. All of those "Scary" scenes were still there (like the toaster having a dream he is about to be dropped in a bathtub, etc.) and so, I agree that it is a little bit intense at some points.
I also agree with some of the reviewers that the movie uses some terms that are not as accepted today- for example, the movie appliences call each other stupid from time to time. I also noticed that the beginning of the movie does "rock" a little bit and is not the greatest in quality.
But I do think it is very good to enjoy if this was a favorite movie of yours when you were a kid. I don't want to get into a debate about what is healthy for children to watch or what types of nightmares or language they will learn. I am simply rating this movie at 5 stars because I wanted to buy this movie and it was better than what I thought I was getting (I worried that once Disney bought the rights to this movie, the movie would have added songs or Disney might take some scenes out). This is not the case. If you are really concerned about buying this for you children then don't buy it for them... but be prepared to have children who become scared of twinkies, foam pillows, and static on the radio, because- in my opinion, you can't protect your child from everything. Oops, now I got into a debate.
I hope this review was helpful for you!
on December 29, 2001
I remember watching this movie over and over again when I was just a kid. It scared ... me every time, but I fell in love with it instantly. The scene with the evil clown, when lampy got struck by lighting, when all of our beloved appliances were devoured by the quicksand, and that poor poor blender *sniff* I cry every time I see the flower die. BUT THAT'S NOT THE POINT
This movie is incredible (I'm not sure Disney even made it originally, they may have bought it later) The plot, the chracters, the animation, the camera angles. . . Everything about this movie is outstanding. That's why it inspired ... so many ideas >*koff!*-->TOYSTORY!<. AND DON'T JUDGE THIS MOVIE BY HOW A CHILD PERCEIVES IT! Animation is art, cartoons and comic books aren't just for kids, when will America realize this???? Anyways, The Brave Little Toaster is an absolutely amazing film.
"Good night, slot head."
on January 16, 2014
This is STRAIGHT UP the weirdest thing I have ever watched. I bought it because my boyfriend is all super nostalgic about this movie, and I thought it would be cute to throw in his Christmas stocking...Um...wow. This should be alternately titled, "There Will Be Nightmares."
Highlights: dismembering of animated (as in living) appliances, scary clown (really is there any other kind of clown?), appliance drowning and death in general, abandonment issues, separation anxiety, etc.
No seriously, if you want your children to be afraid of toasters and vacuums springing to life...well this is your horse.
on January 9, 2005
I remember watching this movie a lot when I was little, and recently I was digging around in our VHS's and found it again. I couldn't resist watching it again! I'd like to buy it on DVD eventually.
Brilliant story, beautiful art, wonderful message. One of my all-time favorite animated movies.
I believe that the rating should have been PG though, as there were some "scarey" parts and the radio actually says "hell" and "damn" at one point. Parents, do watch this by yourself before you show your kids. You can judge if it's appropriate or not, but I tell you, I loved it when I was little and still love it now (almost 18 years old!)