All Dogs Go to Heaven

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This Don Bluth film tells the story of a dog named Charlie B. Barkin, who ends up getting murdered by his gangster business partner, Carface Carruthers. He ends up in Heaven, but decides to return to life and take revenge upon Carface. After he returns to life, Charlie frees a young orphan girl, Anne-Marie, from captivity at the hands of Carface. At first, Charlie exploits Anne-Marie's ability to speak to animals, but he soon comes to like the little girl and eventually undergoes a change in character.

As perspective: the story of All Dogs Go to Heaven, an animated film about cute dogs, revolves around a dog who dies—and for some reason, people find this premise strange.

All Dogs landed in theaters on 17 November 1989; on the same day, Disney sent out The Little Mermaid, resulting in one of the worst cases of Dueling Movies in film history. At first, The Little Mermaid was decidedly more remembered and popular, but now, All Dogs Go to Heaven is remembered for standing out among movies of the time and even today. The film ended up selling well on home video despite its poor box office performance, and thanks to those numbers, the film received a sequel (par for the course for every animated film ever during that time) and a TV series adaptation. (As usual, Bluth had no involvment with either of those projects.)

Due to their loose following of canon and their Lighter and Softer tone, fans widely consider the sequels and the series as disappointing and inferior to the original film. Only three things stay consistent with the sequels and the series: the amount of time between the second film and the series (two years), David's age (ten years old), and Charlie's age (four, in human years).

All Dogs Go to Heaven is the Trope Namer for:

Tropes used in All Dogs Go to Heaven include:

All Dogs Go to Heaven

Carface: That's strike two, Killer. You're out.
Killer: No, boss! I get one more strike, I swear!

All Dogs Go to Heaven 2

Itchy: Well, what do you know, and I thought all dogs go to heaven.

The TV series and Christmas Special

  • Broad Strokes: To say that the series followed the films... loosely would be an understatement.
  • Equal Opportunity Evil: Belladonna describes "the other side" as an equal opportunity employer when she's trying to recruit Charlie to her side.
  • Heel Face Turn: Charlie's character growth could be considered this to some degree. He ultimately invokes this on Carface to turn him good so that Belladonna's plan could be stopped.
  • Mood Whiplash: Practically invoked in "Clean Up Your Act" in the Christmas Carol. It goes back and forth between visions of Heaven and of Hell. It works because its done by the Ghost Of Christmas Future (played by Charlie) and is showing both possible outcomes to Carface's future.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Happens with Carface in the Christmas Special, which is also the series finale. Applies because he was working as Belladonna's henchman at the time.
  • Recycled: the Series
  • Villain Protagonist: In one of the episodes of the series, "Sidekicked", Itchy and Killer get to sing a duet all about being sidekicks (Fast forward to 3:56).
  • Villain Song: Belladonna, Anabelle's demonic cousin gets one in both appearences. In the first one, it's Take The Easy Way Out, which is an attempt at luring Charlie to her side and it works...for a bit. In the Christmas Special, where she's the Big Bad, she sings I Always Get Emotional At Christmas Time, a song about how much she loves ruining Christmas.