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All Dogs Go to Heaven

A barking romp too intense for younger children.
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  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1989
  • Running Time: 84 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Uplifting message that people (and dogs) can always follow through on their word and be redeemed.

Violence & scariness

Cartoonish violence, mostly implied; depiction of Hell. Villian presumably eaten by a giant crocodile. Main characters die. Orphan girl Anne-Marie is threatened with death in a river of fire.

Sexy stuff

Mild sexual innuendo

Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, smoking, but not presented as admirable.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are some cartoonish descriptions of death and intense scenes that may disturb sensitive children. The main character, Charlie, goes to Hell in one scene that is revealed to be a dream, and main characters, including Charlie and his buddy Itchy, die. The villain is eventually taken away and presumably eaten by a giant crocodile. Also, orphan girl Anne-Marie is threatened with death in a river of fire. Additionally, the film contains references to gambling, stealing, and smoking.

What's the story?

Charlie B. Barkin (voiced by Burt Reynolds) and his pal Itchy (Dom DeLuise) break out of prison after being framed by Charlie's partner Carface. When Charlie tries to reclaim his share of the casino they ran, Carface has him killed. Charlie goes to Heaven, which he finds way too dull. He returns to Earth by stealing his life span watch. Charlie rebuilds his empire with the help of Itchy and Anne-Marie, an orphan girl who can talk to animals. Charlie uses her to get horse-racing information while emptily promising to help her find new parents.

Is it any good?


There are many odd segments in ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN that seem to complicate, not extend, the plot. But this doesn't seem to bother younger viewers, who enjoy having their shorter attention spans tweaked. The key of the film is its uplifting message that people (and dogs) can always follow through on their word and be redeemed. Despite his selfish deeds, Charlie eventually does the right thing, and earns back his place in heaven, while Carface is carted off, presumably to be eaten by a crocodile.

Many don't seem to mind the film's darkness, which is set in an urban world of poverty that couldn't contrast more with the squeaky-clean suburban normality of most kids' movies. It helps that the characters and backgrounds are drawn with entrancing style, and that the story isn't as grim as the setting might suggest. But more sensitive children may be disturbed by the depiction of death and violence.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about forgiveness and earning trust.

  • Families may also want to discuss why it's important to keep your word, as Charlie eventually did in the film. Why did Charlie change his ways? Why is it important to forgive people who earn your trust back?

  • Also, how could Anne-Marie's friends make her feel more loved and wanted? How do we make our friends feel loved every day?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1989
DVD/Streaming release date:March 6, 2001
Cast:Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Loni Anderson
Director:Don Bluth
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Music and sing-along
Run time:84 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Kid, 10 years old January 1, 2011

All Dogs Go To Heaven: The Series

I love both movies and I love the show series! The show is called All Dogs Go To Heaven: The Series and is amazing!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written bynobaddreams November 19, 2011

This is for kids? I think not!

I cannot believe this movie is for kids. The movie is based on an orphan girl who has been kidnapped by dogs. She is "rescued" by the main character when he realizes that she can talk to animals. He "rescues" or shall I say kidnaps her from her kidnappers, so that she can see which rats are not feeling well. That way he can pick the right rats to win the rat races so he can settle his gambling debts- which he has already faked his death to avoid, but was found alive. There are many references to drinking, smoking, and gambling in this movie. In the end, the main character does the right thing, but do you really want your kids to see how far he had to come to get it right? Terrible movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe October 26, 2010
I have loved this movie ever since I first viewed it when I was younger. That being said I don't think it's appropriate for young children. There's a lot going on here and not all of it is that good. Gambling, lying, arson and death, could in some parents eyes overshadow all the good in the movie. But there are positive messages too, and I think that older children will enjoy this movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence