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The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue is the 1997 direct-to-video sequel to The Brave Little Toaster. Oddly, while it was released to the UK in 1997, it wasn't released to the USA until 1999 (after The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars in 1998). It is also the only film in the series not to be based on a preexisting Thomas M. Dische book.

Set a few years after the first movie, the appliances have been busy assisting their Master while he's busy working at a veterinary clinic. While working on his thesis, his computer crashes due to a computer virus and he ends up losing all his hard work. Toaster leads the rest of the appliances to try and recover the Master's thesis with the help of Ratso the rat, and they soon come across a sick and outdated computer named Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein is responsible for the computer virus as he's been trying to alert the other appliances of a plan to sell all the animals at the clinic to Tartarus Labs for experiments, orchestrated by the Master's jealous assistant Mack. With the wellbeing of both the animals and their Master at stake, it's up to Toaster and the rest of the appliances to save the day.


The Brave Little Toaster To The Rescue contains examples of

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Mack is this towards Chris. She is not in the least bit flattered.
  • Adult Fear: Rob losing all 612 pages of his thesis, an early graduation just within his grasp, simply because he didn't hit the save button before his computer surged. Anyone who's gone through college will relate to his anguish. Thankfully, he gets it back.
  • And That's Terrible: Mack, who even states he's "so bad".
  • Animal Talk: Suddenly possible between the appliances and Rob's pets.
  • Art Evolution: While the original film isn't exactly known for stunning animation, it still looked like a feature film (the director and several key animators traveled to the overseas studio to supervise the Taiwanese staff). The animation here is a more economical TV level of quality, being handled entirely by the overseas studio.
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  • Bottle Episode: Most of the entire film takes place inside the veterinary clinic, which is unusual for the main characters to stay in the same place since they did go on many adventures in the previous films.
  • Brick Joke: At the beginning of the movie, Chris quips that "I'm Into Something Good" sounds like a song that would play on Rob's old radio. At the end, after Radio is fixed, they turn Radio on and he plays the exact same song.
    Chris: Hopefully that station will be out of range where we're going.
  • Call-Back: Just like the other two movies, this one opens with an oldies song (in this case, "I'm Into Something Good" by Herman's Hermits). Unlike the others, however, this song is actually significant to the plot, as it reflects on Rob and Chris's relationship.
  • Character Development: Rob (aka The Master) was merely a goal to meet in the first movie. Here, his career as a vet, as well as his relationship with Chris, are given their own beefier subplots.
  • Characterization Marches On: Kirby. While still not exactly an upbeat character, he is considerably nicer, and any traces of his grumpiness are virtually non-existent.
  • Covers Always Lie: The VHS cover depicts the climactic scene of the appliances chasing after the truck full of the stolen animals, including Radio who was not present in that scene because he sacrificed his only tube to save Wittgenstein.
  • Disney Death: Radio.
  • Fat Bastard: Mack.
  • Forgotten Anniversary: What kicks off Rob and Chris's subplot is that Rob is too wrapped up in his thesis and graduation to remember their anniversary. It comes to a head when he yells at her for using Kirby to clean kitty litter and she tells him that she hopes they'll be very happy together. They eventually patch things up when he passive mentions their first time meeting, showing that he does remember.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: This film gave us this scene. They even managed to sneak in a few seconds of Sexophone.
  • Good Counterpart: The computers that sing about the Super Highway are basically friendly versions of the newer appliances that sing Cutting Edge from the first movie.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Happens when Sebastian shows what the animal testers did to his arm.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Radio gets one of these.
  • Irony: In the first movie, Radio almost gets his tube taken out at Elmo's and barely gets saved before that can happen. In To The Rescue, he removes it voluntarily.
  • Insistent Terminology: Rob doesn't like to refer to the animal's cages as such, getting angry at Mack for not calling them "units."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ratso the rat.
  • Lighter and Softer: While the stakes are higher (saving animals from a testing lab) then the first film, they're nowhere near as emotional.
  • Race Lift: Downplayed. Chris is Ambiguously Brown in the first movie and Word of God says she and Rob are a biracial couple. Here she just looks like a swarthy Caucasian.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Murgatroyd.
  • Troll: Radio plays Spike Jones's cover of "Cocktails For Two," which famously begins as the original, gentle ballad before suddenly becoming a loud, wacky novelty song, to help the animals sleep. He's promptly shut up when everyone throws trash at him in anger.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Kirby, after Chris uses him to clean kitty litter. When she and Rob leave following an argument, he darts out of the room and can be heard retching in the hallway.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Wittgenstein said he was down there for 4,999,450,852,312 nanoseconds, or "since that awful day when transistors were invented." The thing is, the number he gives is only about 83 minutes, and considering that the internet's already invented, this really makes the gap between the two dates really doesn't feel like only an hour. To be fair, he was malfunctioning at the time.


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