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
|Editing by||Tony Garber
Michael Bradley (supervising editor)
Thomas V. Moss (supervising editor)
|Distributed by||MGM/UA Family Entertainment
|Release dates||March 29, 1996|
|Running time||81 minutes|
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 is a 1996 Animated musical adventure romantic comedy 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, An American Tail, 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 B. 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, and loses it in leaving Heaven. 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 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 them 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 dogs, including Anabelle; whereupon Charlie, Itchy, Sasha and David fight Red and recover the Horn, which Charlie plays to free the other dogs 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. Anabelle extends Charlie and Itchy's lives by another 20 years, therefore resurrecting them. Charlie is ecstatic whereas Itchy declines the offer and decides to remain in Heaven. Charlie regroups with Sasha and David just as they reach David's home, reuniting him with his family.
- 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 cat-like monster who plans to imprison the dogs of Heaven and drag them into Hell. To manipulate his victims, he disguises himself as an elderly dog. 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
- 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
- Annette Helde - Claire
- 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 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 Deux 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. 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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