Posted by: Mad Ness Monster | 07/01/2009

“Where the Toys Come From” review


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!!! Noooooooooooo!!!!!
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.

Rating: Joey rating (bestest)
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.
Related Links
IMDB entry
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.



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