Tear Jerker / The Brave Little Toaster
Alas the day and woe is me! I tremble in such misery As never flower knew before. If you must go, let me implore One parting boon, one final gift: Be merciful as you are swift And pluck me from my native ground Pluck me and take me where you’re bound. I cannot live without you here: Then let your bosom be my bier.
- After the car, which the appliances believed to be the return of their beloved Master, drives by the cottage, a crushed Blanky shuffles upstairs and caresses his photo before bursting into tears. The ensuing fight between him and Kirby over the photo has some passing dialogue indicating that this has been going on for quite some time.
- The appliances (sans Kirby) moping when they learn when their cottage is being sold. Minus the slight comedic relief with Radio playing Taps followed by Toaster giving him an icy glare, it's hard not to feel bad for Blanky and even Lampy when they start crying in despair.
- Blanky takes the possibility that the appliances might never again see their Master, Rob, the hardest of any of his companions.
Blanky: I don't want a new master! I want our Master!
- A Narcissus falls in love with its reflection in the Toaster, but he quickly rejects the flower, and then sees the Narcissus wilt and die from his rejection.
- Right when Toaster realizes the flower is wilting, the music gets very intense for a moment.
- The flower is Blanky's exact shade of yellow, which symbolizes that Toaster was so regretful of what happened to it that it decided to be nicer to Blanky afterward.
- Lampy's highly convincing Disney Death by lightning. The camera lingers on his smoking, very dead-looking body for several moments until a fade to black occurs.
- Despite it's catchy melody, "Worthless," as the title indicates, is easily the saddest song in the movie, with each car telling its respective story of how they eventually came to be just that.
I can't take this kind of pressure
I do believe one more dusty road would be just a road too long.
- The convertible's verse sound like an accurate description of depression.
I just can't, I just can't, I just can't seem to get started!
- The sports car lists all the places that he's been. He just never had a place he could call his own.
- The old race car reflects on his run in the Indianapolis 500:
I must confess, I'm impressed how I did it
I wonder how close that I came?
- The hearse provides another example.
I took a man to a graveyard
I beg your pardon it's quite hard enough just living with the stuff I have learned!
- The truck sings this bit...
I worked on a reservation
Who would believe they would love me and leave on a bus back to old Santa Fe?
Once in an Indian nation,
I took the kids on the skids with a Hopi.
I was happy 'till I heard him say
- And then he just drives on to the conveyor belt, which shocks even the magnet!
- Consider the fact that he seemed to still be in good working condition, and yet he ended up on the scrapheap anyway. Let it sink in — despite nothing being mechanically wrong with him he was thrown away because no one wanted him.
- Karen Lee Schmidt's illustration of the appliances lying in a pile of scrap metal◊ is almost as powerful as the song itself.
- Before the above musical number, the appliances lament in the junkyard on how "wonderful" Rob's new appliances are. Even RADIO sounds despondent for the first time here, compared to his usual dramatic (and somewhat comedic) demeanor.
Blanky: I'm glad the Master has such good appliances.
Radio: (near tears) Yeah, couldn't get any more modern.
Lampy: (crying) They're—they're wonderful!
- The air conditioner resents the Master for abandoning him and the rest of the objects, but the last straw is Toaster's remark that "the Master never played with [him]," which result in him literally raging himself to death. One of his last lines before self-destructing is even "I can't help it if the kid was too short to reach my dials!" Thankfully, the now-adult Master repairs him, then takes a minute to switch him on to bask in his cooling, when he comes to the cabin for the last time. The Air Conditioner even cries Tears of Joy as he watches him leave.
- Toaster's desperate calls for Blanky when Blanky is blown away in the thunderstorm.
- While not as heart-wrenching, Rob is clearly sad that his family is giving up their beloved cottage. He's looking forward to having a nice romantic afternoon as he shares this personal nostalgia with his girlfriend, so one can imagine his heartbreak when his last memory of this place is seeing it a mess, thinking that someone broke in and stole his favorite appliances. And while Chris doesn't exactly give him much empathy at first, she still puts her arm around him to comfort him when the leave.