The Brave Little Toaster is an adventure animation. It was adapted from Thomas Disch’s 1980 novel of the same name. Jerry Rees directed the film. It was set in a strange world where household appliances and other electronics speak and move freely like humans, but they pretend to be lifeless in the presence of humans. The story focuses on five of these creatures— a toaster, a lamp, an electric blanket, a radio and a vacuum cleaner—who go on a quest to search for their original owner.
Hyperion Pictures along with The Kushner-Locke Company produced the 1987 film. People such as John Lasseter and Joe Ranft who worked for Pixar Animation Studios for years also worked in this project. Though film received a limited theatrical release, it was popular on home video and was followed by two sequels a decade later. (The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars and The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue)