All Dogs Go to Heaven

Movie review by M. Faust, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Intense animated adventure has peril, drinking, smoking.

G 1989 84 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 32 reviews

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age 18+

Please review the movie before letting kids watch

Like many of the parents here, I distinctly remember having watched this movie as a child. When a beloved pet died, I thought rewatching the movie with my kids would make a fitting tribute. Let’s just say, I was mildly surprised to be confronted, nay, affronted, by crude animation and language that sputtered things like: hell, torture, kill, blood, etc. Quite disturbing and so painful to watch. When Charlie supposedly reaches heaven, there was strong sexual imagery between the dog and the angel but nothing can compare to the scene where Charlie reads a bedtime story to 4 or 5 year old Anna Marie. Set to sexy saxophone music, there was a very strong suggestion of Anna Marie as a Lolita and every chance for Charlie as an old dog to pounce at her. Her panties were showing, her eyes suggested naive (even lustful) submission and it was just all too much. I had to stop the video and apologize to my kids for such horrible imagery and language. It’s chilling how I thought I liked the movie as a kid. Now I guess I know why it stuck to my subconscious. It’s a deeply disturbing film. Please, review for yourself first if you plan to let any child watch.
age 7+

Fabulous film

Loved this beautiful film as a little girl, still do. It's the perfect balance between real world happenings and the magic of seeing the world through your heart. The very few violent scenes aren't graphic, only suggestive and to keep the story moving. Charlie had to arrive in heaven somehow, and with a young audience in mind, it's been tastefully done. Honestly as a kid, my focus was only on the beautiful messages in this film, your heart really takes something away from it. It would be such a shame to miss out on the magic of this wonderful little movie, give it a go. You won't regret it x

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For kids who love dogs and friendship tales

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