Live-Action ‘Brave Little Toaster’ Remake In the Works From ‘Chipmunks’ Producers

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The Brave Little Toaster is a treasured childhood relic for the 20-30 something crowd; its popularity has endured over the 25 years that’ve passed since its initial theatrical release (see: its ranking on Amazon‘s Kids & Family bestselling list). That animated feature even spawned a couple of direct-to-video sequels in the late 1990s, including one with the eyebrow-raising title The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.

However, as seems to be happening with increasing (alarming?) frequency of late, Hollywood has come a knockin’ with plans to revisit the property – trading in the old-fashioned hand-drawn animation for a modern mix of live-action and CGI.

The Wrap reports that Waterman Entertainment has acquired the rights to Brave Little Toaster; as company co-head Tucker Waterman explains it, the brand is a well-recognized property that adheres to “specific elements we deem suitable to create CGI/live-action hybrid films with potential for licensing and merchandising.” Waterman also cites the multiple platform potential as motivation for acquiring the Brave Little Toaster franchise.

Ironically, the original animated feature (based on Thomas M. Disch’s novella “The Brave Little Toaster: A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances”) was not a commercial success in theaters; its subsequent home video success can be attributed to word-of-mouth. It was, however, an important stepping stone for the late Joe Ranft, who co-wrote the film before he worked on Disney Renaissance animated classics like Beauty and the Beast as well as The Lion King. Ranft thereafter moved on to Pixar Studios, where he co-wrote the screen stories for Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and Cars with John Lasseter (who contributed to Brave Little Toaster during pre-production).

Waterman Entertainment, by comparison, co-executive produced Casper, Stuart Little, and the Alvin and the Chipmunks live-action/CGI movies. Most of these films have proven to be profitable in terms of ticket sales and merchandising tie-ins; the Stuart Little movies are even well-regarded critically. On the other hand, though, the Chipmunks adaptations are seen as harmless kid’s entertainment at best – the epitome of crass exploitation of popular brand names at worst.

Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked Live Action Brave Little Toaster Remake In the Works From Chipmunks Producers

‘Brave Little Toaster’ is getting the ‘Chipmunks’ treatment

Waterman Entertainment’s mixed track record, in other words, does not inspire loads of confidence for Brave Little Toaster. Nonetheless, the project has entered pre-production, with plans to modernize the story using product placement new technology (ex. iPhones) – not to mention, taking advantage of the improvements in CGI to go beyond “what was technologically possible when Lasseter pitched the project” back in the 1980s.

Those out there who prefer to remember Brave Little Toaster as an oddly-heartwarming tale recounting the adventures of a toaster, vacuum cleaner, lamp, radio and blanket who go searching for their onetime owner, as brought to life with simple 2D animation… well, no one says you have to go see the remake.

More on The Brave Little Toaster as the story develops.


Source: The Wrap

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  1. The (live action) Alvin and The Chipmunks movie was actually pretty good all things considered. I wasn’t expecting much, but for what it was I think it could have been extremely worse. I have always and WILL always love the original animated movie (with the diamond filled dolls and the hot air baloons)- An all time 80s classic indeed!

    Brave Little Toaster could translate well to reality style if put into the right hands methinks!

  2. I think what everyone needs to remember with all these types of movies, before they moan about they’re childhood being raped, is that these movies are for kids! They were for kids in the 80′s and they’re for kids now, hence the U certificiate for many of them, they are not being made for 30 year old fan boys who still jack off to Smurfette and Daphne from Scooby Doo!

    That’s why TMNT is being reimagined or whatever to make it relevant for the youth of today!

    • If by re imagined you mean ignoring its own lore and just making them aliens, cause thats more “believable”. And throwing in sex jokes and swears and rapid nonsensical michael bay dialogue.

    • “That’s why TMNT is being reimagined or whatever to make it relevant for the youth of today!”

      Perhaps you didn’t read the script…

    • Just because something is for children does not mean it should be sub-quality. If you were buckling your kid into a car and noticed the seatbelt was ripped up and just a bunch of strings, you wouldn’t go, “Pshh! It’s just for my child, who cares if it sucks.”

  3. Dear God, no!

    • It is a shame. why not just redue the animated movie I don’t see how you do live action of a movie with little humans.

  4. My childhood! I’m totally geeking out for this!

  5. I wonder if itll be just as messed up and disturbing.
    Can anyone tell what the blankets head is, was he an electric blanket?
    Also can we get a live action secret of nimh.

    • No. No. No. Why would you even suggest that? No.

    • Blanky was an electric blanket; his head was an anthropomorphized control w/ a knob for his nose.

  6. Yeah and why not make Looney Tunes live action in a film starring Brendan Fraser! …..oh wait

  7. I HAD STUFF TO DO TODAY! NOW I have to watch The Brave Little Toaster and then go through our old VHSs to peruse more old movies for watching! I shall never secure better employment this way!


  8. This can’t be good. At least chipmunks are alive, a walking talking animated toaster in a live-action move won’t work IMO.


  10. Really?…… Really?….. the first Alvin and the chipmonks, decent,… the second eh… Third, going over board. But this is ridiculous.

  11. To quote toaster,

    … What?

    This will be terrible. I do not trust their animation.

  12. Violation of childhood memories aside, why are they doing this? Have they really run out of ideas that they’re just going to go back and start redoing every 2D movie as 3D?

    I love 2D as a medium, and this new idea that everything must be 3D to be successful just makes me sad.

  13. NOOOOO!!!!!! Stop ruining my childhood!!!!!!

  14. They can’t just make a good original movie…?

  15. No. Just, just no. I understand this is to make it relevant to youth, but not every new movie has to be live action! That’s what they don’t understand, until the reviews and box office records come in. This is just not something that needs to be remade, re-release it, muck it up with 3-D, do whatever you have to do, just don’t remake it for the love of all that’s holy! Kids will like it regardless because it was a good movie, they don’t need a bunch of sex jokes and modernizing.

  16. This is just flat out dumb. Any comments I see anywhere pertaining to this movie (myself included) all found certain parts of this movie scary enough as a cartoon(ahem…junkyard part anyone?). Live action would make it more realistically violent and scary. Why ruin a classic?? Supposedly they are updating it to match the technologies and appliances of today, but I mean if we did that, the original wouldn’t even be TRACEABLE with all the different remakes that would need to be done. I say just leave it alone, not everything needs to be updated!!!

  17. If anyone is going to do anything with the brave little toaster, it should be Jerry Rees himself working on a sequel to the first one, picking up where the original story left off. Who’s with me?

  18. If anyone is going to do anything with the brave little toaster, it should be Jerry Rees himself, working on a sequel to the original movie, picking up the story where it originally left off. Who’s with me on this?

  19. Here’s my dish. The Brave Little Toaster doesn’t /need/ to be updated. Some of the technology, like some of the appliances in the Master’s house, I admit could seem a little dated at times. But for the most part, they stuck to appliances that everybody has had and recognized, and designed them so they would be timeless. The appliances weren’t really relevant to the 80′s, they just sort of looked like anyone’s appliances from anytime. Which is really smart since technology is always improving on itself. They also refrained from using Pop-Culture references, (with the exception of Radio, where the jokes weren’t really the references themselves, but more that he was referencing old material from the 1940′s and 50′s.) The Alvin and the Chipmunks movies are anything BUT timeless. It’s non-stop pop culture references, and very few original jokes. The same goes for Casper, who did this probably even more blatantly. The reason this update upsets me do much, is because while Alvin was kind of a big 80′s cash cow, and so I can kind of forgive these remakes for being so exploitive, The Brave Little Toaster was a simple and thoughtful, that really cared about it’s material and treated it’s characters with a real dignity. And if I’m expected to sit down and watch such a heartfelt movie get turned into a lazy roadtrip comedy with spaztic characters who do nothing but reference movies children haven’t seen, I may actually cry. Who knows, maybe they’ll Stuart Little the story, and we might get something decent. But the original was perfect in my eyes, no changing needed.

    • Yes, thank you, MoreOvaltinePlease! Thank you!!

    • *”Its material” and “its characters”, not “it’s”. “Its” is possessive. “It’s” means “it is”, which doesn’t work there.

      • Thank you. I’m glad you pointed that out.

  20. I just want to see how a modernized version of “Worthless” will turn out.