After a nice long(er than expected) break we are back and ready to get into it. Our first film is one that definately hits that sweet nostalgia spot for most listeners.
This week we are discussing the 1987 movie 'The Brave Little Toaster'.
Aly has source material this week! But she couldn't read it. The Brave Little Toaster and it's sequel are unfortunately out of print, not at her library, and hideously expensive on Amazon. But she won't let that stop her, because this is what the internet was made for. She gives us an author biography on author Thomas M. Disch (heads up, it's not a happy one), and also a brief synopsis of the book itself and it's publication. She then goes on to discuss the changes that were made when it was adapted to the screen.
Sarrah talks about the saga of how this movie went from Disney to independent and back to DIsney again. Not to mention some of the key players involved who you maaaay have heard of before.
Together we discuss the incredibly talented voice cast that lent their voices to this film, as well as a short introduction to foley artists (the people who make the sound for movies. It's very interesting, and if you'd like to see it in action check out the video below!).
Our walkthrough has us pondering the uses of electricity and cords, arguing with how they thought this wasn't a tradtional kids movie, enjoying some 80's bops, and asking ourselves who ever really played with appliances as a child?
So let's all gather up our inanimate friends, and earn our brave titles as we watch and discuss 1987's The Brave Little Toaster!
Star Rating for The Brave Little Toaster:
Voice Acting: Full Star - These people are top of their game for a reason. Every character has so much emotion and character for being appliances. The lines were natural and they blended together so well as a cast.
Music & Songs: Half-Star - Okay, so the songs were fun, but they were dated. While we also remember enjoying them, for a musical movie we didn't walk away with any tunes stuck in our heads. We figure for a musical we should at least remember one song straight after watching.
Script/Story: 0 - The characters and story-line are super imaginative! But they aren't the screenwriters inventions. There were lots of dragging moments and MANY inconsistencies.
Animation: Full Star - Seamless and well done. Nothing crazy interested, but nothing to critique.
Style: Half-Star - Pretty, but it doesn't stand out in any way.
IMDb page for The Brave Little Toaster
Wikipedia Article on The Brave Little Toaster (film)
Wikipedia Article on The Brave Little Toaster (novella)
Wikipedia Article on author Thomas. M. Disch
NY Times Obituary for Thomas M. Disch
Strangehorizons.com Article on the death of Thomas M. Disch