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The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars is the 1998 Direct to Video sequel to The Brave Little Toaster. Just like the first film, this one was also based on a children's novel by Thomas M. Disch.

The appliances have settled into their domestic lives when the Master and his wife bring home a new baby. The appliances soon take a shine to the Young Master (real name "Robbie"), but Toaster notices that an old hearing aid has been receiving transmissions from outer space. When the appliances try to confront Hearing Aid during one such transmission, the Young Master is taken away in a beam of light. Learning from Hearing Aid that the Young Master has been taken to Mars, the appliances form a makeshift spaceship that will take them all the way to the Red Planet. Once there, they learn of a secret society of Wonderluxe appliances that left Earth many years ago and now wish to destroy the Earth to get revenge on the humans who specifically designed them to fall apart. Believing in the inherent goodness in humanity; it's up to Toaster to convince the Wonderluxe appliances to spare Earth and return the Young Master.

Was followed a year later with the interquel, The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue and was the final role for both DeForest Kelley and Thurl Ravenscroft.

This film contains examples of:

  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: The balloons seemed like a giant Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, right? In the book, they actually served a purpose: The balloons helped push the laundry-basket spacecraft to Mars, and one mylar balloon, who became friends with Toaster because they were both reflective, decided to accompany the group to Mars and proved to be a reasonably competent navigator.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The Populux brand is renamed "Wonder Luxe".
  • Ambiguously Jewish
  • Artistic License – Physics: Taken to beyond absurd levels even by "talking appliances" fantasy standards when the group somehow gets to Mars and back in the span of one night, using a ceiling fan for propulsion. Not to mention cheese popcorn being an engine.
    • Then there's Robbie being held inside a bubble as his only source of oxygen through the void of space for the whole night without popping.
    • There's also their laundry basket craft being able to enter and exit Earth without getting burned by the atmosphere.
  • Artistic License – Space: It's expected. But then it's a kids' movie, and they are appliances.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: This exchange happens when the appliances meet Viking 1:
    Toaster: It's Viking 1!
    Kirby: The satellite?
    Viking 1: No, Viking 1 the bagel. Of course the satellite!
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Viking 1 and Tinselena bicker Like an Old Married Couple for most of their time on screen together, but share a tender goodbye when she leaves for Earth at the end, promising to stay in touch via radio.
  • Babies Ever After: Inverted. Rob and Chris are introduced as bringing home a baby boy. They name him Robbie, and the appliances call him "Young Master".
  • Bigger on the Inside: The Supreme Commander, enough to contain an entire ocean.
  • Bound and Gagged: Ratso has the baby monitor completely gagged by the end of the movie to prevent him from sounding his alarm.
  • Call-Back: Several to the first film.
    • The movie beings with it's studio credits in total darkness, followed by two minutes of ominous music accompanying a slow pan towards the house where the appliances are, where Radio breaks the silence with "Good morning, good morning, gooooood morning!"
    • Just as the previous movie ended with an eagle-eye view of Rob's car driving away, this one begins with a zoom-in of it.
    • Radio gets the day started by playing an old rock n roll song (in this case, "Bread and Butter" by The Newbeats).
    • Considering their past experience with contemporary technology, it makes perfect sense that the main characters would already have a problem Microwave. And just like the cutting edge appliances from the first movie, he's a smug Jerkass.
    • Blanky waits at the window for the Master and gets excited when he hears a car. Lampy even excitedly asks "Is it him??"
    • Just as he jumped on a soap box to encourage the others to go out and find the Master in the first one, Toaster jumps on a stool to motivate the others to go to Mars to save Robbie. And when asked how, Toaster admits that he doesn't know how.
    • After failing to help his friends, Toaster goes off on his own and cries the same way he did when he got them lost in the swamp. Radio even tries (and fails) to cheer him up.
  • Character Action Title
  • Contrived Coincidence
    • The Supreme Commander just happens to hold an election every day, giving Toaster an opportunity to run against him. Radio lampshades this, but Tinselena insists that it's just because he enjoys the positive reinforcement.
    • Tinselena just happens to be made of organic materials, meaning they can return to Mars to get Toaster after she and Hearing Aid's brother jumped out of the laundry basket to deactivate the missile and still have something organic to microwave that can send them through hyperspace.
  • Crowd Song: "Fight!"
  • Disney Death: Tinselena.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Viking 1.
    Kirby: The satellite?
    Viking 1: No, Viking 1 the bagel. Of course the satellite!
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Blanky feels threatened by the arrival of Robbie, afraid of the changes that'll come when it's not just him, The Master and Chris. He's basically going through sibling rivalry.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Tinselena assumes that The Supreme Commander "self-defrosted" after losing the election. Ultimately averted when it turns out to be Hearing Aid's long lost brother.
    • After she removes her organic materials to fuel the appliance's makeshift starcraft, Tinselena feels she looks too ugly to be used, deciding to throw herself into the garbage. She is ultimately saved when Chris finds her and decides to give her a makeover.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Yes, the appliances on Mars actually were intent on dealing one of these as revenge for their human creators deliberately designing them all to be defective. May also count as Disproportionate Retribution. Ultimately averted, however.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Bound for Earth, Hearing-Aid's brother (aka, the Supreme Commander) realizes he forgot to deactivate the missile targeted to destroy it. Thankfully, he and Toaster get down just in time to stop it.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Supreme Commander tries to shut down Toaster's arguments against him by saying that he's not even a Wonder Luxe.
  • Foreshadowing: While receiving intergalactic transmissions, Hearing Aid says the person on the other end "sounds familiar," alluding to the fact that he's speaking to his long-lost brother.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Neither Microwave nor Hearing Aid are well liked among their circle of friends. Both get much better by the end, though.
  • Happily Married: Rob and Chris, adorably so.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tinselena.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The Wonder Luxe appliances believe this up until Toaster is able to convince them otherwise.
  • Humans Are Special: One of the main themes throughout the film.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When arguing about what the hearing aid is useful for, this exchange occurs:
    Lampy: Yeah, none of us needs a hearing aid.
    Kirby: What did you say?
    Lampy: I said none of us needs a hearing aid!
    • There's also Tinselena telling the story of how the Wonderlux appliances built a rocket to escape to Mars. Kirby responds with "You expect us to believe a bunch of appliances built a spaceship?" despite the fact he and his friends just flew to Mars on a spacecraft they built by themselves.
  • I've Heard of That — What Is It?: Blanky asks this when the Toaster tells him about the "prime directive."
  • "Jump Off a Bridge" Rebuttal: Radio uses this on Hearing Aid when he explains that he was Just Following Orders from the inhabitants of Mars, who were offering to "spring" him. Hearing Aid's response? "At my age, probably."
  • Large and in Charge: The Supreme Commander thinks that he should be voted for simply because he is bigger than everyone else.
  • Leave the Camera Running: When they finally reach Mars, Toaster needs almost a full minute to process what he's seeing.
  • La Résistance: The Wunder Luxe appliances see themselves as one, freeing themselves from their oppressive masters' planned obsolescence by escaping and cultivating on Mars. The Supreme Leader even leads them all in a chant of "Hail to the appliances!"
  • Leitmotif: The Little Master has one.
  • Lighter and Softer: While the stakes are a lot higher this time around (Toaster has to become the ruler of Mars in order to save Earth from being destroyed), the film doesn't have nearly as much Nightmare Fuel as the original did.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Viking 1 and Tinselena. The former complains about his planned obsolescence constantly, while the latter talks incessantly about Christmas; both are bothered by each other because of those habits.
  • Literal-Minded:
    Balloon: Howdy y'all! Where ya headed?
    Toaster: Mars!
    Balloon: (Laughing) You're pulling my string!
    Blanky: No, we're not, we're way over here, and you're way over there.
  • Made of Indestructium: The balloon in which Robbie is "imprisoned" would've most certainly not lasted the entire trip, let alone more than a minute.
  • Mad Scientist: In both the book and the film, Hearing Aid's brother was left behind in Germany when Albert Einstein fled to America, then was then picked up from someone who was always talking about bombs and destruction and went insane. The book makes it clear that this new owner was a Scientist called Klaus Von Geingerfunken who made rockets in Nazi Germany and emigrated to America and that Einstein was fleeing the country before the Third Reich took over.
  • Magic-Powered Pseudoscience: A microwave and a ceiling fan linked together and burning cheese popcorn (and later the silk and human hair from a Christmas decoration) somehow make an aetheric propeller.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: The Supreme Commander turns out to be the hearing aid's long-lost brother.
  • Out of Focus: After getting their own subplot regarding their relationship in the previous film, here a majority of Rob and Chris' screentime is relegated to the beginning and ending, though that is admittedly more in line with how much focus they had in the original.
  • The Power of Love: The feel of the Young Master's touch (presumably the only human hand he's ever felt) causes the Supreme Commander to turn pink and feel compassion for humans for the very first time, ultimately convincing him to concede the election.
  • Quarreling Song: "Humans", as Toaster and Supreme Commander argue over each other's respective opinions on humans during the trial.
  • Race Lift: Downplayed. Chris is Ambiguously Brown in the first movie and Word of God says she and Rob are a biracial couple (which race is deliberately undisclosed). As in The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, she just looks like a swarthy Caucasian. This isn't helped by Robbie being as pasty white as his father.
  • Recycled In Space: The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars is The Brave Little Toaster... ON MARS!
  • Spirited Competitor: The Supreme Commander. He holds daily elections simply because he likes the competition, and probably assumes that he'll always win anyway.
  • Stealth Pun: There is a talking faucet... voiced by none other than the great Farrah Fawcett.
  • The Talk: Parodied when Blanky asks what factory the baby came from. Ratso tells him that babies don't come from factories and Toaster stumbles when Blanky asks where they do come from (though it's safe to guess that Toaster doesn't know either).
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The appliances that live on Mars turned against humanity, due to being thrown out. The Wonder Luxes especially, due to having been built with planned obsolescence, which angered them since they wanted to last forever.