I wish I lived in a world where this movie didn't exist
Here's a quick summary of a review I've wanted to write for a long time, simply because this movie has both terrified and infuriated me since I was a kid:
It's horrible and it should never have been made.
Here's the full version:
This movie, which comes to us from famed animator and sadist Don Bluth, centers around an anthropomorphic German Shepard who gets whacked by his business partner. Most, if not all, the dogs in this movie are seen gambling, drinking, and otherwise rabble-rousing in various ways throughout the film. It's pretty inappropriate for a kids' film - but that ain't the half of it.
Why the HELL (yes that's a joke but this is serious so don't laugh) does this movie insist upon exposing its young audience to the concept of eternal damnation?
I am not a religious person, but I'll respect your views unless you show me I shouldn't. It is one thing to raise your children religiously and teach them that they're bound for Hell if they lie, steal, gamble, etc. It is another thing to expose them to the idea of Hell in such a graphic, disturbing way - and if you show them this movie, that's what you're doing.
I wasn't raised to believe in Hell, but this movie fueled a pathological fear of eternal punishment in my young self. To be fair, I was diagnosed with multiple anxiety disorders at around eight years old, so it's a little personal for me.
Still, I can't forgive it for feeding my fear of the unknown so badly, because that's what its intention seems to be: to scare the bejesus out of kids.
If your child has been taught that Hell is real, don't show them this film; they'll never sleep again. If you are raising your child to be open-minded regarding the afterlife and aim to encourage them to think for themselves, don't show them this film; it has talking dogs and singing gators. Or if you do not believe in Hell and would prefer your child did not get wrapped up in worries about being sent there, don't show them this movie. Trust me. The therapy will cost you.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking