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  • Starring: ,
  • Summary: Charley B. Barkin, the German shepherd is double-crossed and murdered by his pit bull partner. He returns from heaven to seek revenge but finds redemption instead.
  • Director: Dan Kuenster
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Family, Musical
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 89 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 88
    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]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    The animation, courtesy of Don Bluth's studio, is exceptional, and some fine musical moments are provided by Melba Moore.
  3. 75
    There is a lot of individualism in this movie, both in the filmmaking and in the characters.
  4. The appeal of character and story line here is thoroughly overshadowed by the various technical feats involved in bringing the film to the screen.
  5. Reviewed 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]
  6. 40
    With 10 writers gnawing on it, there is little originality left in the story.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. KeenanS
    Oct 17, 2009
    It was because of the reviews of this phenomenal film that I officially stopped trusting critics. Sure, you can find reasons that it would probably offend parents because it deals with issues such as gambling, drinking, and the mafia, but All Dogs Go To Heaven has a lot of heart to it. There is no reason to miss this astonishing animated film because it's a cult classic and it teaches good moral values (Unlike today's animated garbage). A definite must-see for all ages. Expand
  2. Sep 5, 2014
    One of my favourite movies of my chilhood. Excellent Don Bluth's animation, the story is funny and touching, enjoyable songs and well detailed characters. Sometime I think this is the last good movie of Don Bluth, apart Anastasia, because I can see that he has put maximum effort and heart in doing. Maybe is bleak and frightening, but of course it's very entertaining Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2010
    forget the critics. this movie is very entertaining.
  4. Nov 12, 2011
    As a fan of Don Bluth's animations, I really enjoyed this film. Sure, this animated feature has some dark and really odd moments throughout, but that's what makes All Dogs Go To Heaven unique and different than other animated films. All Dogs Go To Heaven teaches younger audiences some really good morals in a subtle matter such as stealing and gambling is wrong. I do admit the story is not perfect with some unnecessary sequences (i.e. the singing big lipped alligator moment) that shouldn't be added to the movie, but you can tell that All Dogs Go To Heaven has heart, which can literally bring emotions in your eyes, especially near the ending of the film. All Dogs Go To Heaven is an entertaining and heartwarming film that can be enjoyed for the whole family. It is a must recommend for fans of Don Bluth's animations or parents who need to find films for their kids. Collapse
  5. Sep 10, 2013
    To be honest, this is my least favorite Bluth film. Don't get me wrong, I still liked it.

    While it is my least favorite as a whole, it also
    has some of the best hand drawn animation of the time. The story is, for the most part, is entertaining but does feel like an overdone after school special at times.

    The characters are all great, but they more or less fall into recognisable Bluth character tropes that are in all of Bluth's films. But, this doesn't spoil the movie, it's just noticeable to those who are familiar with Bluth's work. I have never liked Burt Reynolds (looks like a failed porn star) but here, I got to say he played his role fantastically.

    All Dogs go to Heaven may be a little preachy, but at least it preaches something good and morals that are applicable regardless of your faith. This is a charming movie with some bizarre moments, but is definitely worth watching at least once.