The Cutting-Edge 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 "Mr. Tandy"
- The Entertainment Complex/Center/System from Great Britian
- The Panasonic Radio-cassette Recorder with an American accent named "Panasonic"
- The Toaster Oven
- The Touch-toned telephone named "Mrs. Phone"
- The Food Processor from France named "Moulinex"
- The Standing Lamp
- The Two-head (New) Vacuum
- The Sliding Lamps
- The only Cutting-Edge Appliances who were intended for the film, but do not appear include the Clock on the Mantel, the Stereo, the Crockpot, the Can Opener, the (New) Waffle Iron, the Meat Grinder, the Carving Knife, the New Toaster, the Vaporizer, the String of Christmas Tree Lights, the Ginger-Jar Lamps, the Frilly Shaded Lamps and the Mounting Lamps.
The Cutting-Edge Appliances are a group of 1980's-era 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's 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 technological advantages.
Later that day, the five voyaging appliances, Toaster, Lampy, Blanky, Radio, and Kirby arrive in search of the Master, and are greeted by Plugsy. Shocked at their presence, the Appliances planned to dispose of the gang in order to force the Master to take Plugsy and T.V. instead. They welcome them into the apartment and are courteous at first, but quickly take advantage of their presence and prepare to make their move. When Plugsy changes T.V. to a Spanish broadcaster, another old appliance in the house who tries to tell his friends where Rob went, the gang gets angry and found out that the Appliances tricked them, which is why they have lead the five of them into a trap, and the Appliances, who are now traitors to the gang, start to slowly approach to them. Radio asks Lampy what "(on the) Cutting Edge of Technology" means, but he doesn't know and asks them that. Then they answer Lampy and Radio's question by singing "Cutting Edge" to them and the other three appliances, as they demonstrate their technological superiority to them. When they finished singing it, they toss Toaster and his gang into a dumpster out the window. After that, they await Rob's return, as T.V. was planning to have Rob find his old friends.
The gang is taken to Ernie's Disposal and the Master comes home disappointed, having realized that the appliances are not at the apartment. Despite their absence, Rob still doesn't 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 Rob 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.
- Mr. Tandy, as a fancy word/accounting processing computer, has a high contrast color pixel C.R.T. screen with a built-in keyboard. He is also a handy-dandy machine for graphing capabilities.
- The Entertainment Complex is an automated home theater entertainment complex system with stereo audio, a mainframe computer and a cabinet with a high resolution C.R.T. projector inside.
- Mrs. Phone uses fiber optics to allow instantaneous and high quality phone calls.
- Panasonic features radio, stereo speakers and the ability to play cassette tapes, but also has the H.P.s as his attachments.
- Moulinex can grind, chop, grate, cream, mince, beat, whip, mix, shred, liquefy and puree ingredients.
- The Toaster Oven can bake or toast food in a compact space.
- The Two-head Vacuum is a canister model vacuum. His (or her, female) cleaner head is attached from his powerful motor head so the user can clean difficult to reach spots easier.