The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
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|The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars|
|Directed by||Robert C. Ramirez|
|Produced by||Donald Kushner
|Written by||Willard Carroll|
|Based on||The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
by Thomas M. Disch
|Music by||Andrew Belling
|Editing by||Julie Ann Lau|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Home Video|
|Running time||75 minutes|
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars is the name of both a children's book by Thomas Disch, as well as the film made from same. Both are sequels to the book and film versions of The Brave Little Toaster. The film was distributed by Walt Disney Home Video and released in 1998. It featured the last performance of actor DeForest Kelley before his death in 1999.
The plot takes place after The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, as the group already knows Ratso the rat, and Wittgenstein the supercomputer, having met him in To the Rescue. They also refer to him as "our old college buddy"; Rob is in college in the other film. Both films were in production at the same time and this was the first one to be released.
Rob and Chris have a baby boy named Robbie. At first the appliances all think that they will pay more attention to him but later get used to him ("I See a New You"). Later, the Hearing Aid, who was left in a drawer in their new house from the previous owner gets out of the drawer and passes everyone who is asleep. Toaster then sees him and follows him up to the attic. Toaster gets very suspicious about him when he was talking to someone in space.
The next morning, Toaster tells what happened last night then they all agree to stay on watch of the drawer till he comes out. Later, when it is midnight, everyone falls asleep just when Hearing Aid escapes from the drawer. The "little master", as they call baby Robbie, awakes to the sound and gets out of his crib and follows Hearing Aid. The appliances awake and find Robbie going up the stairs. Lampy tries to get him down, but is dragged up the stairs and his plug slips out and falls down the stairs. The appliances enter the room just as a big beam of light appears. The appliances chase after Hearing Aid, but then Robbie disappears in a bubble through space. And after that, they all find out that he was sent to Mars.
They get Wittgenstein, the old supercomputer, to help them and gives them advice. They get the microwave and cheddar cheese popcorn to help them fly, as it is organic, a laundry basket, and a ceiling fan. They set off in space to go to Mars and find Robbie. During their flight, a pack of balloons appear who fly endlessly in space from hands who let them go ("Floating"). The appliances land on Mars and find the baby. They meet a Christmas angel named Tinselina who was sent to Mars with Viking 1. The appliances follow a group of appliances who had just arrived with their leader, the Supreme Commander, who is a huge refrigerator. These appliances were made deliberately shoddy by a corrupt manufacturer, designed to fail from the get-go under a scheme of planned obsolescence. When the company inevitably failed, the useless appliances were used as extra weight by the military in rocket launches, being abandoned afterwards on Mars. The Earthling appliances learn that the angry, rejected appliances are going to blow the Earth up because their old owners threw them out when they failed, and Toaster tries to talk them out of it. In between the fight, Robbie is able to push a hand out of his bubble. His hand touches Supreme Commander, and the refrigerator inexplicably begins to turn pink. He smiles at the child, before returning his original color.
Toaster ends up running against the refrigerator in an election for the title of Supreme Commander ("Humans"). After a while, Toaster wins the election and is the new Supreme Commander. The appliances go into the freezer of Supreme Commander and find the brother of Hearing Aid, who he has not seen in sixty years. When asked by Toaster why Supreme Commander changed his mind about blowing up Earth, he says "the touch of the small boy's hand" reminded him that not all humans are bad. They are all about to return to Earth when suddenly Hearing Aid's brother realizes he forgot to deactivate the rocket. The missile counts down. Toaster jumps off with Hearing Aid's brother and destroys the rocket. Toaster is almost left on Mars, but the others come back for him. After Toaster is on board, Tinselina gives up her clothes and hair so they can have something organic to get back to earth.
The appliances happily ride back to Earth ("Home Again"). The appliances return to Earth just in time as the baby monitor that Ratso, their pet rat, had been restraining all night, finally wakes Rob and Christine up. One day when they are taping Robbie, Rob finds Tinselina in a garbage can and fixes her up. It is a happy ending with Robbie saying his first word ("Toaster!") and Tinselina's first time on a Christmas tree. It is a happy ending with the appliances having a merry Christmas with their Master's family.
- Deanna Oliver as Toaster
- Thurl Ravenscroft as Kirby
- Roger Kabler as Radio
- Timothy Stack as Lampy
- Eric Lloyd as Blanky
- Chris Young as Rob
- Jessica Tuck as Chris
- Carol Channing as the ceiling fan
- Farrah Fawcett as Faucet
- DeForest Kelley as Viking 1
- Alan King as Supreme Commander
- Jim Cummings provided the singing voice of the Supreme Commander
- Andy Milder as Ratso
- Kath Soucie as Tinselina
- Wayne Knight as Microwave
- Fyvush Finkel as Hearing aid
- Stephen Tobolowsky as Calculator
- Redmond O'Neal as Squirt
- Russi Taylor as Baby Robbie
- Brian Doyle-Murray as Wittgenstein
|The Brave Little Toaster Goes To Mars: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by Alaxander Janko|
|Released||June 30, 2001|
The film score of "The Brave Little Toaster Goes To Mars" was composed and conducted by Alexander Janko and performed by the New Japan Philharmonic. The film contains four original songs ("I See A New You", "Floating", "Humans", and "Home Again") that were written by Van Dyke Parks. Newman's Score for this movie was one of his earlier works and apparently one that he felt very close to. He always view it as a cheerful one, and decided to give the film a dramatic score to reinforce the serious nature of many of the film's themes. In writing the score, Newman, "tapped into an inherent saddness in being abandoned and seeking reunion."
|1.||"Main Titles / Golden Odies"||2:01|
|3.||"One Hungry Sausage"||5:22|
|4.||"I See A New You"||4:50|
|5.||"Robbie's Big Ambush"||4:24|
|6.||"An Old College Buddy"||5:45|
|7.||"We're Getting Him Back"||6:57|
|10.||"The Wonderluxe Appliances"||5:04|
|11.||"Ratso Minds the Baby Monitor"||1:01|
|12.||"Here For the Little Master"||5:57|
|14.||"Toaster's the Supreme Commander"||3:45|
|15.||"To the Rescue"||2:09|
|17.||"Everything's Where It Belongs!"||1:01|
- "Bread and Butter" by The Newbeats
- "I See a New You" - Chris, Rob
- "Floating" - Balloons
- "Humans" - Supreme Commander, Toaster
- "Home Again" - Toaster, Appliances
The movie got mixed to negative reviews and was widely panned by fans of the first movie.
Comparisons to Book
In the book, only The Fan, Microwave, Hearing Aid, Toaster, Radio and Blanky (after sneaking on the laundry basket) went to Mars. Lampy and Kirby stayed behind. In the film, the same characters go along with Calculator, Lampy and Kirby.
- "I'm Jerry Rees, Director of "The Brave Little Toaster" - ask me anything.". Reddit. 2012-09-18.