All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
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|All Dogs Go to Heaven 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Paul Sabella
|Produced by||Paul Sabella
|Screenplay by||Arne Olsen
Kelly Ward & Mark Young
|Story by||Mark Young & Kelly Ward|
|Music by||Score: Mark Watters
Songs: Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
|Edited by||Tony Garber
Michael Bradley and Thomas V. Moss (supervising editors)
United International Pictures
|March 29, 1996|
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 is a 1996 animated musical adventure film, and a sequel to Goldcrest Films' 1989 animated film All Dogs Go to Heaven. Produced by MGM Animation It is directed by Larry Leker and Paul Sabella. Dom DeLuise reprises his role from the first film, while Burt Reynolds, Vic Tayback, and Melba Moore are replaced by Charlie Sheen, Ernest Borgnine and Bebe Neuwirth, respectively. New characters are voiced by Sheena Easton, Adam Wylie, George Hearn and Wallace Shawn.
The film was released on March 29, 1996. Don Bluth, the director of the original film, had no involvement with the sequel. It was the second theatrical sequel to a Don Bluth production (as most sequels to Don Bluth films, such as The Land Before Time, and The Secret of NIMH, were direct-to-video sequels); the first being An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. This was MGM's last theatrically released animated film until 2006's Arthur and the Invisibles.
Charlie Barkin (Charlie Sheen) welcomes his friend Itchy Itchiford (Dom DeLuise) to Heaven; but confesses himself bored by the afterlife. Carface Caruthers, the pair's old enemy (Ernest Borgnine), steals Gabriel's Horn, attempts to pass through the Pearly gates using the music they perform in-order to open it so he can leave Heaven with the horn, but it closes on him to protect it from being stolen; he winds up getting stuck on the gate when he tries to head to the other side of the entrance and then pops himself out of the gate. Before heading to earth, he tries to take off his uniform, but knocks the horn down to earth causing him to dive into the purple cloud hole and catch the horn before it lands into the ocean. He loses the horn after getting hit by the airplane and getting sucked into the engines. He continues to fall to earth to get the horn that landed somewhere in San Francisco. The dog angels are alerted of the Horn's theft by Anabelle, the head angel (Bebe Neuwirth), who sends Charlie and Itchy to San Francisco, California to retrieve the Horn, and gives them 1 miracle to use. Upon arrival in the city, the two dogs discover themselves as ghosts and therefore unable to interact with the physical world. At a tavern where Charlie falls in love with a pretty Irish Setter named Sasha La Fleur (Sheena Easton), Carface appears in a corporeal form granted by a red dog collar created by 'Red' (George Hearn), who gives Charlie and Itchy equivalent collars effective for a single day, in hope of later gaining the Horn himself.
Charlie and Itchy meet Sasha and the human boy David (Adam Wylie) who ran away from home to become a street performer. Charlie then leads David to believe that Charlie is his guardian angel. Before leaving for "Easy Street", Charlie uses his miracle to grant Sasha the ability to converse with David. Upon seeing the Horn taken into a police station, Charlie and his group retrieves it, with Carface failing to steal it from them. Reluctant to return to Heaven, Charlie conceals the Horn in a lobster trap. On Easy Street, David and the dogs entertain an audience with magic tricks, but a rainstorm and David tumbling into a fountain ruins the act. David thereafter reveals his belief that his father and stepmother, expecting a new child, will care less for him; but is persuaded otherwise by Charlie. As Charlie and Sasha embrace, Charlie's collar vanishes and he and Itchy become ghosts again. Determined to fulfill his promise to accompany David home, Charlie approaches Red, who presses Charlie to give him the Horn, with Carface kidnapping David and demanding that Charlie brings Red the Horn to Alcatraz Island in exchange for David's life. Charlie brings the horn to Red, who uses it to capture Heaven's canine angels and send them to earth in the cells of prison, including Anabelle; whereupon Charlie, Itchy, Sasha and David fight Red and recover the Horn, which Charlie plays to free the other dogs who returned from Heaven and send Red to Hell. Carface comes out of hiding and attempts to downplay his involvement. However, he does offer a genuine apology hoping to finally make amends with Charlie but Red drags him into Hell after himself, which reveals to everyone that Carface sold his soul to Red in exchange for his collar.
Charlie gives the horn back to Anabelle in exchange for his life and says goodbye to Itchy who decides to remain in Heaven. After Charlie reunites with Sasha and David, they head to David's house where David returns and reunites with his parents. David's step-mother is happy that he is alright and explains she has been worried sick and says just because she is pregnant meaning she does love him and that they are a family. David and his parents then adopt Charlie and Sasha, before enjoying their new life together.
- Charlie Sheen as Charles "Charlie" B. Barkin, who returns from Heaven to retrieve Gabriel's Horn. It is revealed that as a youngster, he ran away from home, a point he mentions to David to convince him to return home. (singing voice by Jesse Corti)
- Dom DeLuise as Itchy Itchiford, Charlie's best friend. He only wants to do what he was sent to do and go back to Heaven.
- Sheena Easton as Sasha La Fleur, a serene lounge singer and Charlie's love interest.
- Adam Wylie as David, a lonely 8-year-old human boy and Sasha's owner. He believes that Charlie and Itchy are his guardian angels sent to get him back home.
- George Hearn as Red, a powerful demon cat from hell and the main antagonist. He wants to imprison the dogs of Heaven and drag them into Hell. To manipulate his victims, he disguises himself as an elderly dog through his ability to transform (shapeshifting). He has bright red fur in his true form and red skin and clothing in his dog form, hence his name.
- Bebe Neuwirth as Anabelle, the archangel dog in Heaven. She summons Charlie and Itchy to retrieve Gabriel's Horn.
- Ernest Borgnine as Carface Caruthers, Charlie's old nemesis, who becomes a servant to Red through a deal between them. Compared to his personality in the original film, he appears quite clumsy and dimwitted.
- Wallace Shawn - Labrador MC, the sleazy MC at Sasha's lounge.
- Hamilton Camp - Chihuahua He waits for dogs especially a dog who puts on some weight to be healthy called Fluffy.
- Dan Castellaneta - Tall Customs Dog
- Pat Corley - Officer McDowell
- Jim Cummings - Jingles, a Yorkshire Terrier who got kicked out of the sing-off, but was given the 1st place bone by Sasha.
- Bobby Di Cicco - Tom, David's father.
- Annette Helde - Claire, David's caring, pregnant step-mother.
- Marabina Jaimes - Officer Reyes
- Tony Jay - Reginald
- Maurice LaMarche - Lost & Found Officer
- Steve Mackall - Short Customs Dog
- Kevin Michael Richardson - Ace the St. Bernard and Officer Andrews
A soundtrack album was released on the same day as the film's theatrical release, featuring music composed by Mark Watters. The track listing is as follows.
- Main Title: Heavenly Ceremony (instrumental)
- It's Too Heavenly Here (Jesse Corti)
- Count Me Out (Sheena Easton)
- My Afghan Hairless (Jim Cummings)
- It Feels So Good to Be Bad (George Hearn and Ernest Borgnine)
- On Easy Street (Jesse Corti, Adam Wylie & Dom DeLuise)
- I Will Always Be With You (movie - Sheena Easton & Jesse Corti)
- Gabriel's Horn/New Arrivals (instrumental)
- Carface Steals the Horn/Charlie Volunteers (instrumental)
- Police Chase (instrumental)
- Red's Transformation (instrumental)
- We Meet David (instrumental)
- Battle for Gabriel's Horn (instrumental)
- Family Reunion/It's Too Heavenly Here (Reprise) (instrumental)
- I Will Always Be With You (End Title - pop version - Helen Darling and Danny Frazier)
Reviews have been mixed and the film has been criticized for its shoddy low production values and departure from the tone and setting of the previous film. Several scenes show obvious continuity errors, such as Charlie wearing the collar before he actually gets it or the policewoman changing race. It has also been noted that Charlie's singing voice and speaking voice are distractingly dissimilar (the most notable is in the "I Will Always Be With You" sequence), and the replacing of Burt Reynolds with Charlie Sheen for Charlie's voice was lambasted. The ending was also questioned, citing the deus ex machina effect of Gabriel's horn, the separation of Charlie and Itchy, the reception of the wings, and the happy ending for Charlie and Sasha.
However, the voice work in this film has been praised, as have the musical numbers. Adam Wylie was nominated for a Young Artists' Best Performance in a Voiceover by a Young Artist Award for his work in the film but lost to Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Sheena Easton's Sasha and George Hearn's Red in particular have been held up as examples of well-done voice acting carrying an animated film.
Young Artist Awards
- Best Family Feature - Animation or Special Effects
- Best New Voiceover Performance - Adam Wylie
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