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The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars

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In his second adventure, The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, the little cartoon toaster that could leads his fellow appliances ā€” a mostly vintage crew that lends the animation a charming retro look ā€” on an interplanetary rescue mission when the new baby of the house gets accidentally beamed up to the red planet. This stellar adaptation of science-fiction writer and poet Thomas M. Disch’s novella is both delightfully silly (Knight’s wisecracking microwave channels a kinder, gentler Newman) and smart (Fawcett spouts off as a…you guessed it). Savvy little consumers can absorb such quaint concepts as loyalty, honor, and the lifetime warranty. And any parent who’s ever grappled with a broken labor-saving device will find this imaginative vision of a life more orderly as comforting as watching the Beav snack on cookies and milk in Mrs. Cleaver’s kitchen. A

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