When I was around 6, my mother left me in the nursery while she went shopping at the grocery store, and the babysitter let us watch this movie. I was TRAUMATIZED when I saw it. It gave me nightmares for weeks. These scenes include the air conditioner blowing up, the lamp getting struck by lightning, the infamous clown scene (which made me cry), and the scene where the cars were being smashed by the compactor.
The scene with the compactor was the worst. About 8 cars are crushed into little tiny cubes that looked like bouillion cubes. Moreover, the cars are singing about death on the way to the compactor, and there is this big magnet picking them up that has these menacing eyes. Also, the compactor has these really menacing teeth that repeatedly open and close as the cars are being brought to it. This scene was entirely inappropriate for a children's film, as the cars are anthropomorphic in nature and you grow to care for them just before their lives are cut tragically short (I'm 22 years old and I still get tears in my eyes when I think about it. Maybe I'm just too sensitive).
Anyway, I say all of that to tell parents not to let little children see this movie. At an older age they may be able to handle it, but why would they want to? There are so many better cartoons out there.
I have to admit, this movie scared me so much as a child; I was young and sensitive so the movie's darker moments (especially a scene near the end) left a big impression on me. I would hide in my closet and cry when my mom tried to get me to watch it again. For this reason I cannot recommend it to very young viewers or very sensitive viewers; the imagery does stick with you.
However, I would encourage everyone else to watch it. This is one of those movies that gets better as you grow older. The main characters are likable and fun; they act like a family and stick together during tough times and even when they do not like each other.(Though they've been abandoned, they don't abandon each other.) The toaster even gets some character development during a certain scene and starts treating the blanket nicer. (The vacuum cleaner and the lamp also have their heroic scenes, as well as the toaster at the end; hence the title!)
Those same darker moments that used to scare me so much now get me to thinking about possible deeper meanings: for example the cars' stories, the A/C's fit, and the lonely flower. (IMDb has some great theories about these.) Of course, this movie also has some really light parts, the appliances clean the cottage to Tutti Frutti, they have some cute conversations, and nearly everything the radio says is hilarious especially if you get the references.
(Note that the radio does say d___ and h___ while quoting a line from Moby D--k in the waterfall scene if that is a concern for you.) (EDIT - Sorry for the obvious censoring; the site won't let me post the book's title!)
Overall, I give this movie a ten. It's a great heartwarming adventure story that's surprisingly dark for a children's film. If you want to show it too a kid, just make sure they are mature enough to handle it and you're all set!
But here's a recommendation, if your kids scare easy, have a parents watch this with them because there are some scary moments in this movie but nothing too frightening. I personally like the dark and depressing theme this movie has because it's very accurate with not only our throwaway society (And it makes us appreciate old appliances) but some of the appliances, cars especially, relate to real types of people. Also, the songs are the most unique you'll ever hear from Disney. Uusually, the rhythm is Disney is always beautiful and classical, but in this movie, you get a big combination of instruments and most of the time, a hint of funk which is weird for this kinda concept. Interesting fact: Most of the people who worked on the animations work for pixar now. Also, Jon Lovitz=instant win.
This was always one of my favorite movies. Though last year when I had to junk my car I couldn't help but go back to the scene in the movie when they are in the junk yard and the cars are singing about how they used to be top of the line but now are worthless...
it's a goodfilm for kids, but after being scared when a toaster and vacuum nearly get crushed after a long line of sad broken cars, they'll soon realize that appliances don't move nor talk. and that flowers fall in love with their reflections, then wither and die. kinda sad, really...
I was surprised it was a musical- there were many songs all of them pretty catchy. My 4 year old son loved it- But I wish I had checked this website first, as it was a little too scary at times. I would say it was appropriate for children older than 6.
Oh man, I remember this one, It's touching but scary. Don't get me wrong this is a great movie but it can get intense, there are scary scenes that frightend me as a kid, mainly the nightmare scene, whenever that scene would play, I'd run out of the room until it was over. So if you want to see this movie be warned it can be intense.
I loved this movie as a child, it has much more depth than the common disney film. Its also slightly darker than most children movies of that era, but those few scenes subtlety teach that life is not all about sunshine and giggles and no matter what dont let it break your spirit.
Some more sensitive children may not be able to handle it and the clown is kinda scary. The only scene that stood out to me was not the car one (catchy tune, suspense building) but was the torture chamber like chop shop where the blender's motor was removed by a man just doing his job but was unknowingly murdering the blender in front of a horrified audience. My 6 year old self didn't quite know what to think as oil dripped like blood from the vice. But these parts *move* you and make you *think*.
All in all this movie is also hilarious and fun, not to mention the main character is a toaster. I think you need to read that again for it to fully sink in. A. TOASTER. Which is awesome all by itself.
The sequel 'The brave little toaster to the rescue' is much more tame and depthless and in my opinion boring and not worth seeing, Now the next one however, 'The brave little toaster goes to mars' is an tactless acid trip plane and simple. (but still somehow fun)
There, thats all I have to say.
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