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Chosen One of the Day: The Peter Lorre lamp from The Brave Little Toaster

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Jul 18, 2018

Nearly a century of family-friendly filmmaking has taught us what sorts of things kids like. Talking animals. Happily ever afters. Princes, princesses, and the occasional musical number. Oh, and Peter Lorre.

At least, that last bit is true when you take into account the 1987 film The Brave Little Toaster, which in one particularly memorable scene had our talking appliance heroes meet a hanging lamp that echoes the distinctive appearance and voice of the famous actor—who appeared in such classic films as M, Casablanca, and The Maltese Falcon—to a fairly disturbing degree. 

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Sorry. “Disturbing” isn’t quite right when it comes to this particular scene. “Bone-rattlingly terrifying”? If you’ve ever seen The Brave Little Toaster, you probably remember the Peter Lorre lamp (voiced by the late, great Phil Hartman, who also voiced the Air Conditioner), because you probably had nightmares about it at least until you went off to college.

I mean. What in the holy ever-loving Appliance Christ is this?

A House of Wax reference?! In my animated media? It's more likely than you think.

As far as unreasonably scary children's media is concerned, this whole thing is downright Furby Island-level.

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