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Topics at the Watercooler: Stories that Scarred Us for Life


Bravelittletoaster In a recent conversation with some colleagues here at The Point, I discovered that there are several of us who harbor a strong dislike for the silly, no, stupid childhood film The Brave Little Toaster. Little did I know when I viewed this film as a small child that it would haunt me for life, right along with Disney's Bambi.

Don't laugh. It's true. Personally, I think that Disney's personification of animals is cute... but dangerous absent a sound reality check. (Gotta love this). Yet even knowing the "truth" of the matter rarely alters some deeply ingrained childhood memories. (No wonder the sheer number of animal rights activists has fairly multiplied like rabbits since Disney's big debut.)

But, let me tell you, things reach a whole new level of absurd when our imagination personifies appliances. If you think I'm being overdramatic, I can assure you, I'm not. I could share lots of stories of how The Brave Little Toaster turned me into an emotional wreck whenever I contemplated our family cars or appliances being taken to a junk yard, but I'd rather not jeopardize what little respect you may have left for me.

In the meantime, I think I'll go burn my copies of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Little Engine That Could in a senseless purge of all things personified. My therapist said such an action would facilitate healing. :-) Just kidding.

(Image © Disney)


Comments:

I love cartoons, but Brave Little Toaster always scared me and/or gave me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. ditto for Disney movies like Dumbo and Alice in Wonderland. I think the problem for me was not so much the whole save the animals/toys/appliances; I already had a big imagination and could personify things without the help of movies, but the fact that all three of these films have that kind of trippy quality that causes one to wonder if the director was on drugs at the time he was filming. I mean seriously. . .what kind of person makes a movie for kids that shows a little elephant getting drunk and having hallucinations? I haven't seen Toaster in a while, but I seem to remember something about a dream where the characters are chased by a psycho clown. I often wonder if Brave Little Toaster exposure as a child is the reason lots of young adults claim to be terrified of clowns. . .
We need to poke around with the 25 pages TVTropes has on Nightmare Fuel. But, umm, not too much. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NightmareFuel Brave Little Toaster, Dumbo, Bambi, and Toy Story are all in there. Among... other things.
I'm a little to young for the brave little toaster, but I did see Toy Story as a kid, and I'm now the head of an international non-profit called PETAF (People for the Ethical Treatment of Action Figures). We do a lot of work in preventing the illegal sale of fireworks.
I love Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, but I've never cared for The Brave Little Toaster, Bambi, Dumbo, The Land Before Time, Magic School Bus, Sesame Street, Berenstein Bears (let's indoctrinate little children with the rabid feminist notion of dumb dads!), or Ninja Turtles. Oh, and I didn't play with Barbies, but I do like her movies. Does anyone think that Toy Story might give children the same kind of complex that Brave Little Toaster gave Faith?
Tell me about it. To this day I can't watch "Dumbo" without falling apart.