The following list is what you typically get when you purchase a movie ticket:
A) a movie ticket.
That much is usually true, though sometimes a beverage or popcorn is thrown in, or a poster, depending upon the venue, studio, and the film's promotion budget.
What to do, where to go and what to see
What isn't included in your ticket, at least, oh, almost 100% of the time? An actual artifact from the film you're there to enjoy, a real piece of its history, something tangible and beautiful and take-home-able, too.
That will not be the case, though, at the 30th anniversary screening for "The Brave Little Toaster," set for Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. For every single ticket holder will leave with an original sketch or animation cel from the 1987 animated classic.
Buy a $10 ticket and you'll receive a nifty sketch from the movie. A $20 ticket? You'll be admitted to the screening, and you'll nab both a sketch and animation cel.
Spend thirty dollars and those two neato "Toaster" visuals are yours, plus background art from the film.
And a VIP ticket, for $50, means Donald Kushner, the movie's producer, will sign your cel (you'll also be seated in the VIP section in the balcony).
"Additional artwork" will also be for sale at the theater.
This is all mighty special for cineastes, but the magic of the evening will only grow, thanks to the fact that over a dozen people who worked on "The Brave Little Toaster" will join a Q&A.
Director Jerry Rees, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Ranft and added his voice to the story, will be in the house, as will a talented line-up of layout artists, animators, and voice actors.
The film, which follows an adventuresome clutch of sentient household objects, was based on a 1980 novella by Thomas M. Disch, as fans surely know, the same fans who've found the film, and fallen in love with it, over the last three decades.
While some fans have been at the side of "The Brave Little Toaster" since the beginning, other aficionados found it through its connections to a number of creative people who went on to make Pixar so beloved.
So watch Toaster, Lampy, Radio, and the other lovable appliances on the big screen, and take home a sketch, or a cel, or a piece of background art, or all of the above, after departing the TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct. 17.