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All Dogs Go to Heaven

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Ireland, United Kingdom, United States · 1989
Rated G · 1h 29m
Director Don Bluth
Starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Judith Barsi, Melba Moore
Genre Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

When a casino-owning dog named Charlie is murdered by his rival, he cons his way back from Heaven to the living. Once back, he teams up with his old partner and an orphan girl who can talk to animals to get revenge. All the while, he knows he must prove that he is worthy of Heaven again.

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TV Guide Magazine by

The animation, courtesy of Don Bluth's studio, is exceptional, and some fine musical moments are provided by Melba Moore.


Chicago Tribune by Dave Kehr

Charlie, who owes an obvious debt to Chuck Jones' Wile E. Coyote, comes equipped with one of the most expressive faces in cartoon history: Bluth keeps his features-ears, snout, mouth, eyes-in constant flux, a beautiful blend of line and volume that represents the pinnacle of the animator's art. [17 Nov 1989]


The New York Times by Janet Maslin

The appeal of character and story line here is thoroughly overshadowed by the various technical feats involved in bringing the film to the screen.


Boston Globe by Jay Carr

All Dogs Go to Heaven" has the right spirit, and its warmth will offset what for small kids might be some scary moments. But it does seem skimpy and warmed over. [17 Nov 1989]


USA Today by Mike Clark

Despite overlength, this acceptable outing has its moments, most of them in the second half. [17 Nov 1989]


Los Angeles Times by Peter Rainer

The animation is of variable quality; the story is a garbled pastiche of "Oliver Twist" and "Little Miss Marker;" the songs, including four by Charles ("Annie") Strouse, are eminently unhummable. [17 Nov 1989]

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