|“||Now what did i do with that radio? I could've sworn I left it right here in this very, very spot. What did it do? Just get up and walk away? I really should drink more coffee. Ah-hah! There you are. Ha, ha, ha. I found ya.||„|
|~ Elmo St. Peters|
Elmo St. Peters is the secondary antagonist from the 1987 animated Disney film, The Brave Little Toaster.
He was voiced by the late Joe Ranft.
The Brave Little Toaster
Elmo is a middle-aged repair man who makes a living repairing old appliances or disassembling them to sell for profit. Therefore, he is feared by all who are sent to his shop. Also, when appliances try to hide from him to avoid being officially disassembled and sold when customers arrive at his shop, he easily locates them. Radio informs the other appliances that Elmo seems like an extremely reasonable and intelligent fellow, which describes that he is their new master, but then what Elmo did to Blender made them find out that he is manipulative and cruel towards them, which describes that Toaster and his gang do not need a new master after all (although one must note he doesn't know that they are alive).
Elmo shows up in the swamp where Toaster and his gang nearly drown and rescues them from a cruel fate. He then loads them in his monster truck and takes them to his store, intending on either selling them or disassembling them for parts if necessary for his customers.
Elmo receives a man named "Zeke" that day, who requests a replacement blender motor for his wife. As a suave and sophisticated salesman, Elmo lies to him saying he has a new shipment of blenders, but in reality only had one from his working blender. Blender desperately tries to hide himself, but is discovered and disassembled in a manner similar to a surgery scene of a horror film. Upon the removal of his motor, Blender apparently dies and Elmo sells off his next product. Zeke then returns and requests some radio tubes, also for his wife, with Radio only being available to provide such parts. The gang tries to hide him, but he is discovered as well. Lampy then forms a plan to save their friend.
Just as Elmo is preparing to disassemble Radio, Toaster draws the curtains and plants himself on top of Kirby with Blanky on his head, approaching Elmo like a ghost. Elmo sees his reflection in Toaster's metal plating and screams in terror, running around the storage room until he smashes into a pole, knocking him out. The appliances then all escape to who-knows-where, wrecking Elmo's store in the process. By the time he comes to, he has no idea what had happened, but his customer pops in, still requesting the unavailable radio tubes. Elmo's business probably suffered as a result of the appliances escaping. He is not seen again for the rest of the film.
- He shares similarities with Sid Phillips from the 1995 Disney/Pixar film, Toy Story (it is likely Sid was inspired from Elmo St. Peters).
- They often rip objects apart or reassemble them in an awkward manner, making them a villain to said objects.
- Both own a lot of objects that are mutated as a result of being ripped apart or reassembled.
- Both end up being scared out of their wits by the objects who come to life in their presence, and both cases involve said objects rescuing a friend from suffering a terrible fate (though Sid was the main antagonist, whereas Elmo is the tertiary antagonist).
- His name is a reference to St. Peter, the gatekeeper of Heaven. This is likely an allusion to the fact that both are symbolic of the afterlife, as Elmo's shop is the final resting place for some appliances.
- He also shares similarities Mr. Snoops from Disney's 1977 animated film, The Rescuers.
- Both are obese men with glasses.