Thursday, September 30, 2010

98. The Brave Little Toaster (1987)


North by northwest. Watch out for low-flying aircraft.

Beginning in 1994 a little upstart studio called Pixar will dominate this blog all the way up until 2010. This movie was supposed to be Pixar's first. John Lasseter (the man behind Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, and Cars) was working at Disney and really wanted to make this film. His dream was to mix computer generated animation with hand-drawn to create a new type of film. Disney execs heard "computer-generated" and instantly thought "cheaper". When Lasseter admitted that it would cost about the same as a traditional animated movie, Disney pulled the plug on the project and Lasseter promptly quit. Lasseter would continue his dream of CG animation and eventually realize it with Toy Story. You can see why he really wanted to make this The Brave Little Toaster because the two movies revolve around very similar themes of family, abandonment, and love for your fellow man (or toy, or appliance). If you like Pixar's brand of thinking-man's animated movies, you should definitely give this movie a watch. Even if you saw it as a kid on the Disney channel, check it out again as an adult. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

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