All Dogs Go to Heaven

Movie review by
M. Faust, Common Sense Media
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A barking romp too intense for younger children.
  • G
  • 1989
  • 84 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 23 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Drinking, smoking, but not presented as admirable.

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult 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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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!
Teen, 13 years old Written bythe payton February 26, 2011
I love the movie all dogs go to heaven.

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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