this is a really flawed, uneven movie. but it was a staple of my childhood, and viewing it later in life i still find parts of it sort of effective (the a.c. exploding, the firefighter clown dream, "useless"). it still makes no sense that at the beginning of the movie the characters are talking to each other like they all just met, when we learn that they've apparently been living in that house together for years
I hated this film as a kid, but that was because I was not a part of The Brave Little Toaster's target audience. This is a film for young adults who are worried about not being able to find their place in the world and stress about the constantly looming threat of our inevitable demises. It's dark as dark can be, but it has hope. There is also some brilliant commentary about ethical design and planned obsolescence.
It's striking how much of the Toy Story trilogy was predicted just in this film. Not surprising, given that one of this film's writer's would go on to develop the story for one and two. In hindsight, the musical numbers don't hold up so well, and there isn't specifically a lot of growth for these well-drawn characters. But everyone grabs a little chance to shine. Special mention goes to the scene of the flower.