The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars is the name of both a children's book by Thomas M. Disch and a film based on it. Both are sequels to the book, The Brave Little Toaster. The film was produced by Hyperion Animation and distributed for video by Walt Disney Home Video and for TV by STAR TV, It was released in 1997 in Hong Kong and released in 1998 in United States. It was also released the same year in Asia and premiered on TV on STAR Movies. It featured the last performances of actors DeForest Kelley, Paddi Edwards, Thurl Ravenscroft, and Carol Channing, before their deaths in 1999, 2005 and 2019, respectively.
Now being married anew and having moved to 112 Mercer Street, which is a house formerly owned by Albert Einstein, Rob and Chris have an infant son named Robbie and Rob operates a vet shop in a barn outside their house. At first the appliances all fear that their masters will pay more attention to Robbie but later grow accustomed to him. One night, Toaster awakes to find the hearing aid in the attic receiving a message which appears to be transmitted from space. The next morning, Toaster informs the other appliances and Ratso, the family's pet rat, of the events occurring the previous night, leading to the appliances and Ratso agreeing to carefully watch the junk drawer in case of Hearing Aid suspiciously escaping again. The following night, Hearing Aid escapes from the drawer and to the attic once more. Robbie, awakened by the sound of the transmission, climbs out of his crib and follows Hearing Aid. The appliances awaken, find Robbie going up the stairs and pursue him, leading them to enter the attic just as a beam of light appears. The shocked appliances pursue Hearing Aid, but in spite of this, Robbie is beamed into space. After grilling Hearing Aid and learning that Robbie has accidentally been transported to Mars in his place, the appliances contact Wittgenstein, an old supercomputer and friend from their days in college, for advice by connecting a computer to a security camera in the museum that acts like a phone. The appliances, as per a plan by Wittgenstein, create a makeshift spacecraft with the ceiling fan, a laundry basket, the microwave, and microwaveable popcorn as fuel (Calculator is also provided with the required data to be their navigator) and launch themselves into space, leaving only Ratso to prevent two baby monitor intercoms from alerting Rob and Chris. During their flight through space, the appliances meet a pack of sentient balloons who have been let go by human hands and now float endlessly through the cosmos.
|editor||Julie Ann Lau|
|genre||adventure animation comedy fantasy science fiction|
|keywords||112 mercer street albert einstein albert einstein house baby monitor balloon ceiling christmas tree connect disillusion hear land learn mar married morning one night pet rat planned obsolescence reform run small boy supercomputer turn viking viking 1 world war ii|
|musicBy||Alexander Janko Andrew Belling|
|producer||Donald Kushner Peter Locke Willard Carroll|
|productionCompany||Hyperion Pictures Morning Sun Animation The Kushner-Locke Company|
|publisher||Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment|
|theme||animated direct-to-video musical sequel|