The Cutting-Edge Appliances, also known as the Apartment Appliances, are minor characters in The Brave Little Toaster. They are an assortment of modern appliances that live in the apartment of Rob's mother, and served her up, even on Rob's departure to college.
The Cutting-Edge Appliances include:
- The Tandy-Styled Computer named "Voltsy"
- The Two-Face Sewing Machine
- The Entertainment Center
- The (New )Phone
- The Stereo
- The Microwave
- The Mixer
- The Stretching Lamp
- The New Vacuum
- The Beater
- The Sliding Lamps
- The only Cutting-Edge Appliances who are planned for the film, but never released, are the Clock, the Slow Cooker, the Can Opener, the (New )Waffle Iron, the Meat Grinder, the Carving Knife, the New Toaster, the Vaporizer, the String of Christmas Tree Lamps, the Huge Lamps and the Little Lamps.
The Brave Little ToasterEdit
The Cutting-Edge Appliances are a group of electronic appliances that were considered at the time highly-advanced and at the forefront of technology. They are highly egotistical as they take great pride in their latest features, which far outrank the abilities of any appliance that preceded them. As a result, they have a low opinion of any appliance that is not as advanced as they are. They served Rob's mother in the latter apartment in the city.
When Rob prepares to go to college, he wants to take his old appliances from his childhood with him for use in his dorm. After leaving to his family cabin with his girlfriend Chris, the Appliances are disgusted at Rob's preferences. They would prefer to be serving him in order to impress him with their mechanical advantages.
Later that day, the old appliances Toaster, Lampy, Blanky, Radio and Kirby arrive in search of the Master and are greeted by Plugsy. Shocked at their presence, he and the rest of the Appliances agree to dispose of the gang in order to be taken by Rob instead. They welcome them into the apartment room and are courteous at first but quickly take advantage of their presence and prepare to make their move. When Plugsy changes channels on T.V., who is another old appliance from the cottage that tries to tell his friends where the Master went, the gang gets stunned and finds out that he and the other Appliances tricked them, which is why they have led the gang into a trap. The Appliances demonstrate their technological superiority to them as they sing the song "Cutting Edge" and then, upon finishing it, they toss the gang out the window and into the dumpster. After that, the Appliances await Rob's return.
The gang is taken to Ernie's Disposal and the Master comes home disappointedly, having to realize that the old appliances are not at the cottage. Despite their absence, he still does not want to take his mother's appliances with him, still preferring the "oldies but goodies". Plugsy overhears this and is bitterly to blame. It can be assumed that the other Appliances were equally upset at this discovery. Rob eventually recovers his trusty appliances from Ernie's Disposal, thanks to T.V.'s intervention, and the old appliances go to college with him as opposed to the Cutting-Edge Appliances.
Examples of TechnologyEdit
The Cutting-Edge Appliances sing about their technology, the following is a list of their features mostly mentioned in Cutting Edge or visibly shown.
- Voltsy is a Tandy-styled office electric computer with a built-in, high-contrasted color pixel C.R.T. screen and a printer-keyboard combo. He is also a fancy, handy-dandy device for word/accounting processing and graphic memory logging-in capabilities.
- The automated home theater electric electric entertainment center contains dual audio amplifiers and a high-resolution R.G.B. projector.
- The two-face electric sewing machine is a user-friendly contraption.
- The electric eggbeater is equipped with a couple of powerful motors that makes mixing much easier.
- The touch-tone push-button telephone uses fiber optics contained in plastic to allow instantaneous and high quality phone calls.
- The stereo system features a pair of radio dial-knobs, attachable speakers and electric earmuffs and an ability to play cassette tapes.
- The electric mixer can grind, chop, blend, grate, cream, mince, beat, whip, crush, shred, liquify and puree ingredients.
- The microwave oven can bake or toast in a compact space.
- The new vacuum cleaner is a lightweight model that has a cleaner head attached through his long, snaky hose to his powerful motored low-chassis head, so the user can clean hard-to-reach spots easier.