All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series

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All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series
All Dogs Go to Heaven - The Series (title card).jpg
This title card of the animated series is in the intro.
Genre Sitcom
Comedy-drama
Adventure
Fantasy
Created by Don Bluth (original film)
Directed by Gary Selvaggio (Season 1–2)
John Grusd (Season 3)
Voices of Steven Weber
Dom DeLuise
Sheena Easton
Ernest Borgnine
Charles Nelson Reilly
Bebe Neuwirth
Theme music composer Mark Watters
Opening theme "A Little Heaven", performed by Gene Miller, Clydene Jackson-Edwards and Carmen Twillie.
Ending theme "A Little Heaven" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Mark Watters (original songs)
Robert Irving (music scores)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 40 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Paul Sabella
Jonathan Dern
Producer(s) John Grusd (Season 3)
Robert Winthrop (associate producer, Season 1)
Cary Silver (associate producer, Season 2–3)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation
Distributor Claster Television, Inc. (1996–1997)
MGM Worldwide Television Distribution (1998–present)
Sony Pictures Television (2006)
Broadcast
Original channel First-run syndication (1996–1997)
Fox Family (1998–1999)
Audio format Stereo
Original run September 21, 1996 (1996-09-21) – November 6, 1998 (1998-11-06)

All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series is an animated television series which aired from 1996 to 1998 in syndication and on the Fox Family Channel from 1998 to 1999, with 40 half-hour episodes produced in total. It re-aired on Cartoon Network in 1999 to 2000. The series was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation, and was distributed by Claster Television (in the years 1996 and 1997) and MGM Worldwide Television Distribution in 1998; finally, its animation was by the studios Wang Film Productions and Thai Wang Film Production Co., Ltd.. Don Bluth’s 1989 animated feature All Dogs Go to Heaven featured a roguish German Shepherd named Charlie who died, went to heaven, conned his way back to Earth for vengeance on his killer Carface and then found redemption through a little orphaned girl named Anne-Marie. The film was popular with audiences, spawning a sequel, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 and this animated series.

Most of the voice actors from the feature films reprised their roles in the series, including Dom DeLuise, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Nelson Reilly, Bebe Neuwirth, Sheena Easton, and Adam Wylie. Steven Weber provided the speaking and singing voices of Charlie B. Barkin, who was voiced in the films by Burt Reynolds and Charlie Sheen (and sung in the second film by Jesse Corti).

Plot[edit]

The series makes several changes to the second film. For example, Charlie and Sasha were shown as being together at the end of the second film, however, in the series, they seem to have never had a first date together; also, Itchy decides to stay in Heaven, but he is alive in the series, although it becomes clear later in the series why he is on Earth instead of being in Heaven. Charlie and Itchy live in San Francisco as guardian angels, being told of their missions by Anabelle but are becoming embroiled in several misadventures in each episode (this being a family sitcom series), while trying to do the right thing. Charlie’s villainous rival Carface and his sidekick, Killer (from the first film), also appeared in the series, as did Charlie’s friends: the dogs Sasha and Anabelle plus the human kid David. Finally, the series also featured two new characters named Bess and Belladonna, respectively a pure bred award winning show dog and Itchy's love interest for the first, and Anabelle's demonic antagonist cousin instead for the second.

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Principal voice actors[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Songs[edit]

The theme song for the series is "A Little Heaven", written by Lorraine Feather and Mark Watters (which is also the music composer). The singers were Gene Miller of Nashville, Clydene Jackson-Edwards, and Carmen Twillie. Below are the main songs in the series, which is six in the first season, four in the second season, and one in the third season; all for a total of eleven songs.

Season 1[edit]

Title Writers Performer(s) Episode
"By the Book" Ray Colcord
Lorraine Feather
Steven Weber
Mark Benninghofen
Lance, the Wonder Pup
"Casanova" Mark Watters
Lorraine Feather
Ernest Borgnine The Doggone Truth
"Everything a Girl Wants" Michael Silversher
Patty Silversher
Sheena Easton Mission Im-paws-ible
"It's Gotta Come from the Heart" Michael Silversher
Patty Silversher
Steven Weber Cyrano de Barkinac
"Itchin' and A-Twitchin" Tom Scott
Lorraine Feather
Steven Weber
Dom DeLuise
Dog Eat Dog
"The Perfect Dog" Michael Silversher
Patty Silversher
Sheena Easton
Steven Weber
Dom DeLuise
The Perfect Dog

Season 2[edit]

Title Writers Performer(s) Episode
"Be Your Own Dog" Lorraine Feather
Scooter Pietsch
Sheena Easton
Andrea L. Robinson
Maxi Anderson
Carmen Twillie
The Big Fetch
"Party on a UFO" Kevin Quinn
Randy Petersen
Steven Weber
Jess Harnell
Steve Mackall
Kevin Quinn
Randy Petersen
The Rexx Files
"Sidekicks" Megan Cavaleri
David Goldsmith
Dom DeLuise
Charles Nelson Reilly
Sidekicked
"Take the Easy Way Out" Lorraine Feather
Scooter Pietsch
Richard Kaufman
Bebe Neuwirth
Andrea L. Robinson
La Doggie Vita

Season 3[edit]

Title Writer Performer Episode
"Why Not Be Happy" Lorraine Feather Sheena Easton He Barked, She Barked

Crew[edit]

  • Maria Estrada - Casting and Voice Director
  • Gene Miller - Theme Song Performer
  • Clydene Jackson Edwards - Theme Song Performer
  • Carmen Twillie - Theme Song Performer

Home video history[edit]

In the 1990s, several VHS editions of the series were released, each containing two episodes. In 2006, two volumes of the series were released by MGM Home Entertainment, each containing four episodes. The entire series is available for digital download on iTunes, available for free on hulu.com. In Spring 2011, the entire series became available on the website YouTube through MGM Digital Media.

TGG Direct has released all three seasons on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[1][2][3] On December 3, 2013, TGG Direct will release All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series - Complete Series on DVD.[4] The 7-disc set features all 40 episodes of the series as well as the TV movie An All Dogs Christmas Carol.

References[edit]

  1. ^ All Dogs Go to Heaven: Complete Season One
  2. ^ All Dogs Go to Heaven: Complete Season Two
  3. ^ All Dogs Go to Heaven: Complete Season Three
  4. ^ All Dogs Go To Heaven: The Complete Series

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