Primary Canon History
During the Vigo incident, Egon and Ray began to analyze the Psychomagnotheric Slime they gathered from various locations. They discovered it gave an equally strong positive reaction to Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher" song. A kinetic test of the reaction was conducted with a toaster. After coating the interior with the slime and playing Jackie Wilson, the toaster became animated and jumped, danced, and spat out toast. When shown this for the first time, Peter Venkman hugged the toaster and remarked it would be "my number one Christmas boutique gift item" then joked it ate his fingers. Ultimately, this kinetic test was carried out in grander scale with the Statue of Liberty on New Year's Eve.
During the Proteus incident, the alternate Ray Stantz held the Animated Toaster while his counterpart got ready to go through the Interspatial Teleportation Unit. During inventory, one fall, the animated toaster was chained down on a shelf.
Behind the Scenes
For the Animated Toaster, Chuck Gaspar and his crew mounted tiny air cylinders inside the toaster at various spots. The power cord was used as the air supply line. Microswitches were hooked in ad on cue they fired off the cylinders and the toaster bounced around the billiard table.
- The Toaster of Sights Unseen in Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions) is often mistaken for the Animated Toaster as it appears on the second floor billiards table after Rookie collects it.
- On page 10 of Ghostbusters Issue #16, Ecto-1a's screen board advertises "Dancing Toaster, only $9.99!"
- On page 20 of Ghostbusters Issue #16, the poster on the right advertises the Dancing Toaster and quotes Peter's line, "You're my number one Christmas boutique gift item!"
- On page 17 of Ghostbusters: Get Real Issue #2, in panel 3, the box left of Ray Stantz, is for the Toastmaster Toaster Model B700 from McGraw-Edison.
- On page 18 of Get Real Issue #2, in panel 5, written on the chalkboard is 'Christmas Boutique Item' -- a nod to Peter's idea for the animated toaster.
- On the Subscription Cover of Ghostbusters 101 #5, near the vehicles is the toaster.
- On page 7 of Ghostbusters: Answer The Call Issue #1, in panel 2, the toaster atop the shelf appears to be a nod to the Dancing Toaster.
- On page 2 of Ghostbusters: Answer The Call Issue #2, like last issue, in panel 2, the toaster atop the shelf appears to be a nod.
- Ghostbusters Get Real
- Ghostbusters Annual 2017
- Ghostbusters 101 Prelude
- Ghostbusters 101
- ↑ Eisenberg, Adam (November 1989). Ghostbusters Revisited, Cinefex magazine #40, page 22. Cinefex, USA.
- ↑ Ghostbusters 101 Class Notes (2017). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters 101 #3" (2017) (Comic p.24). Ghostbusters 101 Class Notes reads: "Can animate the inanimate (statues, toasters, etc.)."