All Dogs Go to Heaven 2

  • Review Date: March 25, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1996
  • Running Time: 82 minutes

Common Sense Media says

This dark coming-of-age story is a unique romp.
  • Review Date: March 25, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1996
  • Running Time: 82 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Accepting of differences, working together.

Violence & scariness

Cartoonish mayhem, mostly implied.

Sexy stuff

Mild sexual innuendo.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, gambling and smoking, but not presented as admirable.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the plot includes references to Hell and the Devil, who is portrayed in the character Red. This may frighten the youngest children. Christian families may object to the characterization of death and the afterlife. The plot has tense moments and some frightening themes, but carries with it an uplifting message of working together and warns against selfishness. While the film is aimed at children 5 to 7, some older children (12 and up) may also enjoy the film for its animation.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Charlie is bored in dog Heaven and wants to return to Earth. So when his old nemesis Carface escapes with Gabriel's horn, which has the power to open all locks and doors, Charlie and pal Itchy are sent to retrieve it. Charlie soon wants to enjoy his old hangouts, but he is only a ghost. So he accepts from Carface's friend Red the loan of a magical collar that makes him physical. But Red is really the Devil and wants to use the horn for his own evil ends. Charlie learns the error of his selfish ways when he befriends David, a young runaway boy. Charlie and his friends must muster the courage to foil Red's plan to imprison all heavenly dogs in his fiery domain.

Is it any good?

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All Dogs Go to Heaven's everydog, Charlie B. Barkin, is back in a sequel that's even more off-kilter than the popular original. In this bizarre coming-of-age story, Charlie leaves dog Heaven, confronts the Devil, and learns to be less selfish. ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN 2 is a fast-moving tale that will compel most viewers simply because it is so unusual. The characters have flaws that give them room to grow in the film.

The film may remind parents of former Disney animator Don Bluth, who animated the 1989 original. The film retains much of what made its predecessor a success. The songs are unfortunately lackluster, but the voice actors (including Charlie Sheen, Dom DeLuise, George Hearn and Ernest Borgnine) bring their characters to life.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difference between self-interest and working as a team. When is each appropriate? Also, young David tells his friends that he ran away from home because, with his stepmother pregnant, he feels unwanted. How could his friends and family help him feel wanted?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 29, 1996
DVD release date:March 6, 2001
Cast:Bebe Neuwirth, Charlie Sheen, Dom DeLuise
Director:Paul Sabella
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Music and sing-along
Run time:82 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Adult Written byBorys April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Teen, 16 years old Written byAVB April 9, 2008
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Not near as good as the original

The animation quality sucked. The golden gate bridge is white! The characters look different. In the first movie, the whippet angel had white hair and a heart locket. In this movie, she has a robe, wings, and yes, a halo and the voice is soooo annoying. There are so many other inconsistensies. Like the first movie is set in 1939 New Orleans and the second was set in 1996 San Francisco, Charlie greets itchy in heaven at the beginning of the movie. Dogs cannot live some 50-60 years. However, the story line is acceptable and the music is almost as good as the original. The voices though, are different. This is where charlie sheen will not compare to the original roughness of Burt Reanolds voice. At least they did not replace Dom DeLuise. This film lacked the qualities that made the original a classic. In that way, I am somewhat dissappointed. Although there were some sexual references that I dont think would be suitable for children under the age of 8, there was a strong moral to the story. In summary, somewhat dissappointing quality, voices are not as good, characters are not as apealing, a lot of movie errors, the music is OK, story line OK.
Teen, 13 years old Written byyankee01 April 9, 2008
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funny movie

we rented this and this made me bust a gut. this is way better than the first one

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