Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Brave Friendship

Intellectually, all people understand friendship, how essential it is for relationships.  Being unable to be a friend leaves one bitter and alone.

Children bounce from friend to friend, like balls in a court.

Instantaneously BAM!  A friend is made.

But to describe friendship and what it entails, especially when confronted with two students, steamed and red-faced, pointing fingers at each other?  Sigh.

A movie on friendship is “The Brave Little Toaster”.  One has to accept anthropomorphism, old-fashioned animation, dark scariness, and the corniness that comes with talking appliances.

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The intrepid appliances

Synopsis:  A family vacation cabin has stood unused for years, but its appliances continue their duties, while longing for the Master (a boy named Rob) to return.  When it appears that the cabin will be sold, the appliances begin an epic journey to find the Master in the city. **  

It is during this daring quest that the appliances learn that friendship is vital to their survival.  More than that, friendship binds them together.  Why is the movie entitled "The Brave Little Toaster"?  

Because it is the toaster who leads the way and who gives the most to each appliance.

With hurdles faced, dangers avoided, and possible destruction diverted, huge questions hang over the appliances literally:  Will the Master remember them?  Will he search for them as they have searched for him?

Can the appliances maintain this bond of friendship, even though destruction is eminent?

**This was made in 1987,and released a few years later. Its obvious presage to "Toy Story" is clear.  

It was an opening foray into a whole new world of Animation known as Pixar.  It was considered horrible back then, but is now called "a cult movie".

I loved this movie way back when it was a new movie, and I love it now.


  1. I need to see this movie :) sounds like there's a lot of cool metaphors in it!

  2. Never heard of it but it sounds cute.

  3. I watched it as a kid and enjoyed it, then they made like 10 sequels or something too and kind of dumbed it down.

  4. It sounds right up my alley. On lots of levels. Thank you.

  5. I've never even heard of this movie, but I think I'd like to see it.

  6. Hi Susan,

    I'm familiar with that movie. It might give domestic appliances a whole new meaning. Like a fridge over troubled waters....I propose a toaster for your excellent posting.

    Enjoy your day, Susan.

    Gary :)

  7. Teaching 8 year olds (and older) allowed me to discover children's books and movies with messages. For every age, the message of friendship remains the same.


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