YMMV / The Brave Little Toaster


  • Adaptation Displacement: Not everyone remembers the Disch book this was based on and even fewer are aware that the sequel is also based on a book, but that's not too surprising. According to Wikipedia, Disney had bought the movie rights to the first book before it was even able to get published! It doesn't help that both have since gone out of print.
  • All Animation Is Disney:
    • Distributed by Disney. Actually a "joint venture" between Hyperion and Wang Film Productions in Taiwan. With the backgrounds, camera work, ink & paint, and most of the animation being handled by the latter. Disney does get credit in the movie for handling the main title and the opticals. Fox also financed some of the film (in exchange for the foreign rights).
    • Singers from the Disney Chorus also contributed to the songs.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: In his own words, Jerry Rees, along with his small team, set out to make a film that was sophisticated enough for adults to appreciate without relying on Beavis and Butt-Head-style humor, paying special attention to Character Development, using a professional Hollywood score (David Newman), and especially sound design (all of the sound effects are folly). Sadly, this trope still reared it's ugly head when the film screened at Sundance and the judges told Jerry Rees point blank that it was the best film there, but they were afraid of losing credibility for giving the honor to a "cartoon."
  • Ass Pull: Radio's tube is just the right kind of tube to save Wittgenstein. No matter that this tube is extremely rare and they have to go to Alaska otherwise to get one.
  • Awesome Music: The entire soundtrack, from David Newman's gorgeous score to the well-written musical numbers. Also, if you listen closely to some parts of "Worthless" and "B-Movie" (most notably) you can hear spontaneous little bass guitar riffs that just make it THAT much more awesome.
    • And of corse, who can forget the Radio giving the appliances a "soul injection" from the be-bop master himself during the cleaning montage. "WAMP BAMALADA B-LAMP BAM BOO!"
  • Base Breaker: Blankey. Many people find him annoying due to his childish nature, but he has just as many fans who find him adorable for that exact reason.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • There's a rather egregious one in The Brave Little Toaster Goes To Mars when the appliances meet a group of balloons who floated away from Earth. Believe it or not, the scene was in the book, and wasn't a BLAM: Toaster and Crew picked up a balloon that helped them navigate their "spacecraft" and told them some of the Mars Appliances' backstory.
    • The song that computers sing about the "Super Highway" in the second film.
    • "It's A B-Movie Show" in the first film. It has little to do with the main story, and is mostly an excuse to make horror movie references.
  • Critical Research Failure: In To the Rescue, when the appliances ask the old computer, Wittgenstein, about how long he's been down in the basement with no use, he spits out an overly long number of nanoseconds as if to indicate he's been down there forever. If you actually do the math, though, it comes out as a little over an hour.
  • Cult Classic: The film isn't much talked about anymore and can be hard to find, depending on where you live. But is still beloved by many that watched it when they were young. It helps that this is the type of film you can watch as a kid and later as a adult and realize first then how dark the film truly is.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Radio, certainly in the first movie.
    • Air Conditioner and the cars in Worthless seem pretty popular.
    • Some of the broken appliances from Elmo St. Peter's shop are also popular with the fandom.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Yeah, they're journeying to the "City of Light" to find "The Master". No room for overtones there.
  • Fanon Discontinuity. Some parts of the fanbase choose to ignore the second and third movies.
  • Faux Symbolism: The film is rife with Christian imagery.
  • First Installment Wins: While the sequels are considered decent by most, almost everyone will say that the first movie is far superior.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One scene in "Cutting Edge" featured a plane crashing through a building, saying "ACTUAL SIMULATION".
  • Genius Bonus: The glorious little scene where the Narcissus flower (here are some real ones) falls in love with its own reflection. Fridge Brilliance, for many.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Everything?
    • In particular, the violent death of Phil Hartman's Air Conditioner.
    • Both Hartman and the original author Thomas M. Disch died from a gunshot - the latter's death was a suicide (in 2008), giving the movie's bleak tone a rather depressing real-life element.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "We are on the cutting edge." Also, the song "Cutting Edge" (sung by, among other things, a Tandy-style computer) was a satire of consumerism featuring modern technology singing their own praises. But to a modern audience, it's hilarious when you consider that nearly every single one of those cutting-edge appliances is now severely obsolete. The hilarious irony only grows with each passing year.
    • Mr. Tandy, meet Mr. iMac!
    • Mrs. Phone, meet Mr. Blackberry!
      • There's even a fan-made YouTube video of "Cutting Edge" featuring the real-life appliances similar to those from the movie, and their comparisons with modern-day 21st century appliances we still have and use today, all together in a collage. (Check this out!)
    • The younger master seen in the flashback still had red hair, but also wore a orange-and-pale yellow striped t-shirt and blue shorts.
    • A character named Kirby who sucks things up, eh?
    • A meta example: John Lasseter was fired from Disney for badgering them to make this film with hand drawn characters in a CG environment. which was not considered time- or cost-effective enough. A year before this film was released, The Great Mouse Detective used this exact method to huge success and it became one of their biggest assets for all of their future traditionally-animated films.
  • Iron Woobie: All of the Five-Man Band have survived things that no appliance should.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Air Conditioner. Even with his initial smug attitude, it's hard not to pity him after seeing his insecurities of immobility get to him. And then we see him tear up after the Master repairs him.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The electromagnet crane could probably qualify as Punch Clock Villain, but when it continues its pursuit of the protagonists even after they were claimed by the Master, going so far as to nearly kill him in the process, all bets are off.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has such a ridonkulous amount, it now has a full page to itself.
  • Older Than They Think: Watch Toy Story 3, and then watch The Brave Little Toaster. See any similarities?note  Several people who worked on this film would later be integral at Pixar, like John Lasseter and Joe Ranft.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The air conditioner.
    • Technically a TWO Scene Wonder where the Master fixes him up.
    • The flower. Notable for being on-screen for less than one minute, having no lines whatsoever, and making people bawl their eyes out.
    • The clown in Toaster's nightmare has just a few seconds of screentime, but it one of the most remembered characters, for good reason.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The magnet crane. An angry creature from above, chasing you wherever you hide...
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    • The song "Cutting Edge" is a pretty blatant satire of the consumer culture of the 1980s. Given the kind of people that particular avenue spawned....
    • In the novel version of The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, the main villain was an ancient hearing aid created by Albert Einstein, who went insane after being used by a Nazi party member, then escaped to Mars, inhabited a giant refrigerator, and amassed an army of "Populux" appliances ("Wonderluxe" in the movie), with the goal of returning to Earth and killing all the humans in revenge for planned obsolescence schemes. Seriously. And it became an animated movie as well.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Averted in the film itself; played painfully straight in the VHS artwork.
  • They Just Didn't Care
    • The two sequels were released out of order, simply because production on Goes to Mars got finished first.
    • The DVD version of the film was taken from a worn out copy of the film used for festival screenings rather than the original negative, resulting in the picture appearing to wiggle at the beginning.
  • The Woobie: All of the Five-Man Band, but Blanky is the best example.
    • And despite the fact that they are all very minor characters, the Narcissus flower, the blender, and the junkyard cars certainly qualify.
    • Jerkass Woobie: The Air Conditioner.


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