A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this sequel to The Brave Little Toaster has a little bit of peril driving the main plot, which involves a slew of animals being sold off for testing at an evil laboratory. There is some discussion of abusive treatment of a monkey, but it's never elaborated on in graphic detail, or shown. While a bit dated, the movie offers great messages about friendship, integrity, and valuing things for their worth.
What's the story?
In this Brave Little Toaster sequel, BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER TO THE RESCUE, the appliances, led by the Toaster (voiced by Deanna Oliver), are on a mission to help their friend "The Master" save his thesis from a computer virus, and to help their animal pals from ending up in a scary testing lab. Along the way, they have to work together, learn about computers, and solve problems.
Is it any good?
With its focus on computers of the day and lingo, this late-'90s flick is dated, both in animation and subject matter. But the lessons it dispels about how computers share information and get viruses still apply today, and the greater messages about friendship, integrity, and valuing things for their worth, not their shininess, are as relevant as ever.
Kids will appreciate the personification of household objects, and parents may find the fight to save the master's thesis from a terrible virus amusing. Plus, the plot points about animal testing and our culture's incessant urge to purge make for great opportunities to reinforce bigger values.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about our disposable culture. The appliances often worry they will be disposed of when they are broken, instead of being fixed. What is the harm in throwing old things away, when they could be fixed, or reused, or recycled? Do you try to use things as long as possible? How could you help lessen the amount of stuff we toss into the trash?
The animals and appliances talk a lot about when it's OK to complain. How does complaining about something that bothers you help? When is it harmful?
Great strides have been made to prevent abuse to animals in the name of product research. Go online to learn what more can be done to help animals who have been rescued from testing laboratories.
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