Parents' Guide to

All Dogs Go to Heaven

By M. Faust, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Intense animated adventure has peril, drinking, smoking.

Movie G 1989 84 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 10+

All Dogs Go To Heaven

Not a vey good move. The plot was everywhere. Too much violence for a kids movie. The whole plot revolves around a dog who has been murdered.
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25 ):
Kids say (30 ):

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.

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