You all had to know that this was incoming.
After I reviewed The Brave Little Toaster and then its confusingly created direct-to-VHS sequel, The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, that the third film in the trilogy, which was released a year before the second film in 1998, would have to have a review inbound. And sure enough, the focus of today's article is the final and weirdest entry in the...sigh... Brave Little Toaster trilogy.
I cannot believe that that is actually a thing.
And yet, The Brave Little Toaster goes to Mars is a very real entry in the franchise. From traveling the American wilderness to the vast reaches of space, Toaster and his friends sure have gotten far in their mechanical lives. And this film would also mark itself as the last performances of DeForrest Kelly, Thurl Ravenscroft, and Carol Channing. Quite a piece of notoriety for such an...eclectic film.
I grew up watching this film quite a few times and can remember quite a bit of the story, even before my rewatch. It has a presence in my childhood, however minor. And as you'll be able to tell, that presence was weird then and its weird now.
- Directed by Robert C. Ramirez
- Produced by Hyperion Animation
- MPAA Rating: G
- Running Time: 73 Minutes
- Available on Disney+
Thinking on it, this really does hurt the film overall and is a major failure from a production standpoint.
Like its immediate predecessor, the film has musical segments. But the selections here are much thinner than in the previous film and they just don't have the same level of...oomph, I guess. I'm actually hard-pressed to remember any of the songs without prompting beyond "Floating" (and even that is largely because I remember the silly balloon stereotypes on display). It's just a shame that the musical selections ultimately do little to impart the emotional complexity and memorability like the previous films.