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Vídeo Brinquedo (Toyland Video) is a Brazilian company known to release animated videos. The company has been accused of distributing films with concepts plagiarized from films by Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, and other major studios in other countries.
In 1994, Vídeo Brinquedo was founded to distribute children's animation with intention of distributing it to Brazil and around the world.
The Little Cars
DVD Cover of The Little Cars in the Great Race
The Little Cars (Portuguese: Os Carrinhos) is a series of computer graphics Brazilian films produced by Rexmore Company do Brazil and released by Vídeo Brinquedo and Inspired Distribution. The series was distributed in North America by Branscome International.
The first film, The Little Cars in the Great Race (Portuguese: Os Carrinhos - Em A Grande Corrida), which stretches 33 minutes was released on June 20, 2006. The second film, 44 minute long The Little Cars 2: Rodopolis Adventures (Os Carrinhos 2 - Aventuras Em Rodópolis), was released on May 29, 2007; the third film, 45 minute The Little Cars 3: Fast and Curious (Portuguese: Os Carrinhos 3 - Velozes e Curiosos), released on December 18, 2007 followed by the fourth film Os Carrinhos 4 - Novas Histórias Geniais. A compilation disc called "Super Highway" includes two of the films. The movie bears resemblance to the 2006 movie Cars.
- Cruise (Tonny Tunado in Portuguese): A taxi that became a racer.
- Coupe (Cris Crash in Portuguese): Cruise's girlfriend.
- Simone: A journalist for the Raceopolis News.
- Lugnut (Kombo in Portuguese): A tow truck.
- Wrangler (Victor Grande in Portuguese): Wrangler has never won a race, but he believes that he is the best racer.
- Ed Willis: The editor for the city's newspaper.
- Mister V8 (Senhor V8 in Portuguese): The owner of the courier company.
- Champion (Campeão in Portuguese): The champion of the Raceopolis team.
Ratatoing is a Brazilian computer graphics cartoon film from Vídeo Brinquedo and distributed in North America by Branscome International.
The 44 minute-long film, originally produced in Portuguese, involves Marcell Toing, a mouse who is the most gifted chef in Rio de Janeiro. He owns the famed restaurant "Ratatoing" along with his crew, consisting of fellow mice Carol and Greg. They plan out weekly raids on human kitchens to acquire fresh ingredients for use in their dishes. However, rivaling restaurant owners are desperate to discover Marcell's secrets and are willing to risk putting their own restaurants out of business to unearth them.
The United States version, released on DVD has English and Spanish voice tracks.
Ratatoing bears a resemblance to Ratatouille and, to a lesser extent, Flushed Away.
- Marcell Toing- The head chef and proud owner of restaurant, "Ratatoing", known for being shy around customers asking about his secrets.
- Carol- Head waitress of the Ratatoing.
- Greg- The obese assistant to Marcell, known for being clumsy and has a habit of saying "precisely" all the time.
- Otavio- The absent minded waiter of the Ratatoing.
- Red-Furred Rat- A business rival to Marcell, desperate to discover Marcell's secrets, causes trouble for Marcell and his crew.
- Oscar- A business rival to Marcell.
- Maria Lechay- Oscars wife, reluctant to follow along with her husbands plans.
- Brunette Rat- Red-Furred Rat's wife, responsible for discovering Marcell's secret.
- Powlo the Cat- cat commissioned to keep Marcell and his crew out of the human kitchen, until successfully bribed by Marcell.
- Little Bee
- The Little Panda Fighter (Ursinho da Pesada) - Previously known as Heavy Weight Panda
- Tiny Robots (Robozinhos)
- Little Princess School (Escola de Princesinhas)
- What's Up?: Balloon to the rescue
- Little & Big Monsters
- Toy Tales
- Little Princess School 2
Video Brinquedo's films have been negatively reviewed. Marcus Aurelius Canônico of Folha de S. Paulo described the The Little Cars series as a copy of the American Pixar film Cars, and likewise Ratatoing of Ratatouille. He discussed whether lawsuits from Pixar would appear. The Brazilian Ministry of Culture posted Marcus Aurelius Canônico's article on its website.
Erik Henriksen, a reporter from The Portland Mercury, criticized Video Brinquedo of being "the laziest/cheapest movie studio of all time" due to similarities between Ratatoing and Ratatouille, The Little Cars and Cars, and Gladiformers and Transformers. One reviewer on Toon Zone, in his review of Ratatoing, said, "if you ate a copy of the worst cartoon you could think of, you'd still probably shit something better than Ratatoing."