If you like footage of wind-up toys dancing around to trippy 80’s electronic music, have I got the movie for you!
Another all-but-forgotten relic of the early days of the Disney Channel, only this film is just about the cutest thing ever, instead of traumatic and totally insane.
Two super-cute little wind up toys ask their super-cute little girl how toys are made. They meet some strange, but still super-cute, old toys at a museum. Then they head over to the TOMY (wee, remember TOMY!?) toy factory in Japan and meet the super-cute old man who designed them. Then they all go back home and have a party to a SUPER-super-cute 80’s J-pop song.
If you are female and/or you were a child in the early 80’s and you do not find yourself going *^_^* at any point at all during the proceedings, I don’t even want to hear about it.
The Best Parts:
15 seconds in – AUGH! Hide behind the couch and cry, everyone! It’s the music that heralds Satanic Laser Mickey!!!
Note for people who were born after 1984: Early VHS videos for films made by Walt Disney Studios had a totally insane studio logo sequence where a demonic-looking laser Mickey spun around as this hyperdramatic music blared in the background. (I could provide a link but – NO. It’s easy enough to find online.) I still got a shiver when I heard this music start up, and even though it’s hard to explain why it’s so scary (aside from, um, making a little kid sit through something loud, inexplicable, and trippy to get to “Winnie the Pooh” or something), it begs the question, “What were they thinking?”
21 seconds in – But yay old-school Disney Channel bumpers!
2 minutes in – I am in love with whoever invented Breakup Bear.
6 minutes in – Oh, man, this is adorable.
9 minutes in – Am I trippin’ right now? What’s up with the turkey-man playing an accordion?
11 minutes in – Well, that’s it. If a machine can draw pictures, I give up. I’m going to study dentistry.
15 minutes in – Holy crap, Popoids? 😀
18 minutes in – Yay! Time-travel music!
21 minutes in – “We’re here! Let’s march around to trippy music!”
24 minutes in – ZOIDS! 😀
28 minutes in – Dude?!
33 minutes in – Awww…
34 minutes in – Wait, does that make him their father… or their *God*?
35 minutes in – *^_^*
39 minutes in – Well, this super-cute little electric piano tune will be in my head all day.
44 minutes in – That has to be weird for Zoom and Peepers to watch.
47 minutes in – Awwwww…
48 minutes in – Woah, the state-of-the-art technology of 1984!
51 minutes in – Oh, the drama!
52 minutes in – Yay! Release the J-pop! 😀
Things I Learned from this Movie/Book/Whatever:
* – Kids aren’t too alarmed when toys start to talk to them.
* – Neither are people who make toys.
* – There are homes for old toys.
* – Early Disney toys were strange — but still sort of cute.
* – Somehow, I missed out on having a wind-up robotic vehicle shaped like a Diplodocus in my life.
* – Zoids are older than I thought.
* – Everything is a big, damn adventure when you are two inches tall and have tiny little legs.
* – Wind-up toys are much more complicated than you’d think.
Things That Can Save Any Movie:
Cool Creatures? Super-cute little toys!
Good Soundtrack? Super-cute 80’s electronic music and J-pop!
Hot Guys? Uh, no.
Pretty Scenery? Uh, no.
Nifty Animation/Special Effects/Illustrations? Super-cute wind-ups!
Drinking Game Potential? Drink when you recognize a toy you had as a kid.
Head Movie Potential? *Soooo* many scenes of toys marching around.
A Joey action figure surrounded by adorable wind-ups.
A Walt Disney Pictures Film made in 1984. Written and directed by Theodore Thomas. Trippy and super-cute 80’s electronic music by Akiko Yano.
Sab Shimino and Erin Young as the humans, John Harvey and Larry Wright as the voices of the toys.
Jeff’s Robots – Another review, with screenshots, this time from a “Zoids” collector.
Mouse Mania – Instead of Satanic Laser Mickey, enjoy this super-cute short film from the Wizard of Speed and Time himself, stop-motion animator Mike Jittlov. There were several scenes in “Where the Toys Come From” that reminded me of this.