All Dogs Go to Heaven 2

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All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
All dogs go to heaven two poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
  • Paul Sabella
  • Co-director:
  • Larry Leker
Produced by
  • Jonathan Dern
  • Paul Sabella
  • Kelly Ward
  • Mark Young
Screenplay by
  • Arne Olsen
  • Kelly Ward
  • Mark Young
Story by
  • Kelly Ward
  • Mark Young
Based on Characters
by Don Bluth
and David N. Weiss
Starring
Music by Mark Watters
Edited by Tony Garber
Production
companies
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 29, 1996 (1996-03-29)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $8.6 million

All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 is a 1996 American animated romantic musical comedy-drama film, and a sequel to Goldcrest Films' 1989 animated film All Dogs Go to Heaven. Produced by MGM/UA Family Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Animation, it is co-directed by Paul Sabella and Larry Leker. Dom DeLuise (being the only original voice actor) 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. Tayback was replaced by Borgnine due to his death from a myocardial infarction in 1990. New characters are voiced by Sheena Easton, Adam Wylie, and George Hearn.

The film was released on March 29, 1996. Don Bluth, the director of the original film, had no involvement with it. It was the second theatrical sequel to not be directed by Don Bluth (as most sequels to Don Bluth films, such as The Land Before Time, and The Secret of NIMH, were direct-to-video); the first being An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. This was MGM's last theatrically released animated film until 2008's Igor. It had a DVD double feature release with the first one on March 14, 2006 and January 18, 2011. It was also released on Blu-ray on March 29, 2011.

Plot[edit]

Charlie B. Barkin (Charlie Sheen) welcomes his friend, Itchy (Dom DeLuise), to Heaven, but states he is bored by the afterlife. Carface Caruthers, their 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 it when he tries to head to the other side and then pops himself out of it. 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 it before it lands into the ocean, but loses it after getting hit by an airplane and sucked into the engines. Continuing to fall to Earth, he sees that the horn ended up 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 Earth to retrieve it, and gives them one miracle to use. Upon arrival in San Francisco, they discover themselves as ghosts and therefore unable to interact with the physical world. At a tavern where Charlie falls in love with a flirtatious and beautiful 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), an elderly dog fortune teller who gives Charlie and Itchy equivalent collars effective for a single day. Shortly thereafter, unbeknownst to the duo, Red reveals his true form as a demon hell cat who intends to take the horn for himself with Carface's help.

Charlie and Itchy meet Sasha and a human boy, David (Adam Wylie), who ran away from home to become a street performer, the former leading him to believe that he is his guardian angel. Before leaving for "Easy Street", Charlie uses his miracle in the form of a passionate kiss (which Sasha does not take kindly to) to grant Sasha the ability to converse with David. Upon seeing the horn being taken into a police station, they retrieve it, with Carface failing to steal it from them. Refusing to return to Heaven, Charlie conceals it in a lobster trap. On Easy Street, they entertain an audience with magic tricks, but a rainstorm and David falling into a fountain ruins the act. He thereafter reveals his belief that his father and stepmother, who are expecting a new baby, will care less for him once it's born; but is persuaded otherwise by Charlie. As Charlie and Sasha embrace, his collar vanishes, and he and Itchy become ghosts again.

Carface then kidnaps David and demands that Charlie bring Gabriel's horn to Alcatraz Island and give it to Red in exchange for David's life. Determined to fulfill his promise to get David home, Charlie approaches Red, who presses him to give him the horn. He does so, and Red uses it to capture Heaven's canine angels and send them to Earth in the prison cells, including Anabelle. Charlie, Itchy, Sasha, and David fight Red and steal the horn, which Charlie plays to free the angels and send Red back 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. Red drags Carface into Hell after himself, which reveals to everyone that Carface unknowingly sold his soul to him 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 he reunites with Sasha and David, they head to the latter's house where he returns and reunites with his parents. His stepmother is happy that he is alive and explains she has been worried about him and says just because she is pregnant does not mean she does not love him and that they are a family. They then adopt Charlie and Sasha, before enjoying their new life together.

Voice cast[edit]

Burt Reynolds, Vic Tayback and Melba Moore are replaced by Charlie Sheen, Ernest Borgnine and Bebe Neuwirth; however, three characters were written out of the sequel. Anne-Marie was written out of the story due to the murder of Judith Barsi in July 25, 1988, while Killer and Flo were written out of the story because Charles Nelson Reilly and Loni Anderson chose not to return to their roles from the first film[citation needed] (although Reilly returned for the third movie and the TV series).

Main characters
  • Charlie Sheen as Charlie B. Barkin, who returns from Heaven to find Gabriel's Horn. It is revealed that as a puppy, he ran away from home (which explains the absence of Charlie's parents, who were briefly shown in the original film in the records book in the song "Let Me Be Surprised"), a point he mentions to David to convince him to return home. Charlie Sheen replaced Burt Reynolds from the first film due to Burt Reynolds participating in the 1996 films Citizen Ruth, Striptease and Mad Dog Time.[citation needed]
  • Dom DeLuise as Itchiford "Itchy" Dachshund, Charlie's best friend. He wants to find the horn and go straight back to Heaven. Dom DeLuise was the only original actor to reprise his role from the first film.
  • Sheena Easton as Sasha La Fleur, a gorgeous Irish Setter, talented lounge singer and Charlie's love interest.
  • Adam Wylie as David, a disillusioned 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 safely. He replaces Anne-Marie from the original film.
  • George Hearn as Red, a powerful cat-like demon from Hell resembling Satan 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 clothing in his dog form, hence his name.
  • Bebe Neuwirth as Annabelle, the archangel dog in Heaven. She summons Charlie and Itchy to rescue Gabriel's Horn.
  • Ernest Borgnine as Carface Caruthers, Charlie's arch-enemy, who becomes a henchman to Red through a deal between them. Compared to his aggressive personality in the original film, he appears quite slow-witted and timid in this film. It is implied that he lost his mind.
Supporting characters

Soundtrack[edit]

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.

  1. Main Title: Heavenly Ceremony (instrumental)
  2. It's Too Heavenly Here (Jesse Corti)
  3. Count Me Out (Sheena Easton)
  4. My Afghan Hairless (Jim Cummings)
  5. It Feels So Good to Be Bad (George Hearn and Ernest Borgnine)
  6. On Easy Street (Jesse Corti, Adam Wylie & Dom DeLuise)
  7. I Will Always Be With You (movie - Sheena Easton & Jesse Corti)
  8. Gabriel's Horn/New Arrivals (instrumental)
  9. Carface Steals the Horn/Charlie Volunteers (instrumental)
  10. Police Chase (instrumental)
  11. Red's Transformation (instrumental)
  12. We Meet David (instrumental)
  13. Battle for Gabriel's Horn (instrumental)
  14. Family Reunion/It's Too Heavenly Here (Reprise) (instrumental)
  15. I Will Always Be With You (End Title - pop version - Helen Darling and Danny Frazier)

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

Although the budget is unknown, the film earned $2,256,118 during its opening weekend and grossed $8,620,678 in its theatrical release.[1][2]

Critical reception[edit]

Adam Wylie was nominated for a Young Artists' Best Performance in a Voiceover by a Young Artist Award for his work in it but lost to Jonathan Taylor Thomas.[3] 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.[4]

Some were not pleased with the recasting though.

Accolades[edit]

Young Artist Awards[edit]

  • Best Family Feature - Animation or Special Effects
  • Best New Voiceover Performance - Adam Wylie

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Worst Opening at the Box Office for 2,000+ Theatre Releases". Box Office Mojo. 2009-08-16. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  2. ^ "The Cash Registers Are Ringing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  4. ^ "All Dogs' Sequel Struggles to Pick Up Scent of Adventure". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 

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