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The Cutting-Edge Apartment Appliances, also referred to as the Cutting-Edge Apartment Devices, are minor characters in The Brave Little Toaster. They are a family of modern digital appliances that live in the apartment in the City of Light with Rob's mother and serve her up, even on his departure to college.

Members[]

The Cutting-Edge Appliances include:

  • The Two-Face Apple II Computer T.V. Keyboard named "Tandy-RadioShack", Tablet and Pen
  • The Two-Face Singer Smartsewing Machine named "Taft-Pierce"
  • The Home Entertainment Complex named "King HP-Marconi"
  • The Sony F.M. Stereo named "Panasonic", Loudspeakers and Headphones
  • The Smartphone named "Princess"
  • The Smarttoaster
  • The La Mean Cuisine Smartblender
  • The Torch Smartlamp
  • The Electrolux Smartvacuum-Cleaner and Nozzle
  • The Hand Smartmixer named "Hamilton Beach"
  • The Smartcouch
  • The Smartchair
  • The Smartdoor
  • The Rolling Smartlamps
  • The only Cutting-Edge Appliances who are planned for the film, but never released, are the Smartclock on the Mantel, the Ceiling Smartlamps, the Wall Smartlamps, the Slow Steamer, the Rival Crock-Pot Smartcooker, the Smartiron, the Smartbutcher, the Smartknife, the Smartvaporizer and the Smartlights.

Appearances[]

The Brave Little Toaster[]

The Cutting-Edge Appliances are a clan of sophisticated 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 at 2470 McBean Parkway.

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 goldies". 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 Technology[]

The Cutting-Edge Appliances sing about their technology. The following is a list of their features mostly mentioned in Cutting Edge or visibly shown.

  • Tandy-RadioShack is a two-face Apple II Computer televisional keyboarder that has a case with a couple of floppy disk hard drives, a daughter, who is a stylus pen, a brother, who is a drawing tablet, and an additional power-charging cord. They are also a fancy, handy-dandy apparatus with a built-in printer for word/account-processing and a high-contrasted color pixel C.R.T. screen for graphic-displaying.
  • King HP-Marconi is an automatic housing theater entertainment complex/frequency modulation scanning stereotelevisional broadcast-tuning/disc-playing console videocassette radioteletape-recording system/high-resolved picturing projector combo unit cabinet that contains an oscilloscope monitor and dual audio woofers and features abilities to synchronize L.E.D. bulbs with the music he plays and obtain transmissions from an antenna tree.
  • Taft-Pierce is a two-face Singer smartsewing machine that is a user-friendly contraption and has an add-on foot pedal.
  • Princess is a landlining smart telephonic setter that uses fiber-optics inside a plastic cable and push-light buttons to allow instantaneous high-quality phone calls
  • Hamilton Beach is an electric handheld smartmixer that is equipped with a couple of powerful motors that makes mixing much easier.
  • Panasonic is a Sony boomboxing console frequency modulation audiocassette stereoteletape-recording/broadcast-tuning player that includes pairs of dial meter control knobs and attachable double loudspeakers and twin siblings who are headphones.
  • The La Mean Cuisine foodstuff-processing/juicing/standing smartblender can grind, chop, blend, grate, cream, mince, beat, whip, crush, shred, liquify and puree ingredients.
  • The smarttoasting oven-ranger can bake in a compact space and toast four slices of any kind of bread at once.
  • The Electrolux lightweight model cyclonic canister smartvacuum-cleaning machine has a sibling who is a powered floor nozzle attached through a long, snaky hose to him, so the user can clean hard-to-reach spots more simply.
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