An All Dogs Christmas Carol
|An All Dogs Christmas Carol|
|Directed by||Paul Sabella|
Gary Selvaggio (co-director)
|Produced by||Paul Sabella|
Jymn Magon (co-producer)
|Written by||Jymn Magon|
Charles Nelson Reilly
|Music by||Mark Watters|
|Distributed by||MGM Home Entertainment|
An All Dogs Christmas Carol is a 1998 animated TV movie which was released direct-to-video in November 1998. To date, it is the final installment in the All Dogs Go to Heaven film series and it also serves as the series finale to the animated series. Unlike the first two films, where the main characters are Charlie and Itchy, Carface is the focus of the story. It is based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
The film opens with angel puppies talking to Annabelle (Bebe Neuwirth). They ask her to tell them a story. She begins to tell them about how Carface saved Christmas with a little guidance from Charlie (Steven Weber) and Itchy (Dom DeLuise).
The movie begins in an alleyway with Charlie, Itchy, Sasha (Sheena Easton), and their friends decorating for a Christmas party. Everyone is enjoying themselves as Charlie and Itchy tend to the young puppies. Charlie checks on Sasha and the money collection for Timmy's operation for his bad leg. Unfortunately, Carface (Ernest Borgnine) and Killer (Charles Nelson Reilly) arrive and start collecting debts from everyone. After Charlie refused to pay Carface back, as his debt payment is not due yet, he blows a mysterious hypnotic dog whistle that hypnotizes them all and causes them to give Carface and Killer all of their bones. Before leaving, Carface and Killer make off with all the food, presents, and money which includes that for Timmy's operation and head off cackling.
After Charlie and Itchy fail several times to get the stolen goods from Carface, it is revealed that he is working for Annabelle's evil cousin, Belladonna (Neuwirth), who plots to use a massive version of the hypnotic dog whistle to hypnotize every dog in San Francisco into stealing the masters' Christmas presents, causing them to be thrown out of their houses and abandoned by their owners, much in the same way Carface used to be when he was a puppy. Charlie plots to scare "the Dickens" out of him and asks Annabelle for some aid, resulting in them being transformed into characters from A Christmas Carol. Itchy becomes the Ghost of Christmas Past, Sasha becomes the Ghost of Christmas Present, and Charlie becomes the Ghost of Christmas Future (as a reference of The Mask). They visit Carface and make him feel guilty about stealing everything, especially the operation money; Sasha tells him that without it Timmy will be dead, which will cause another — his own, as Charlie shows him that because of his actions, he will cause his own death, and he will be condemned to Hell for eternity.
Carface, having seen himself in Timmy, must stop the whistle just in time to prevent the dogs from stealing the gifts. Belladonna flies into a frenzied rage and is about to kill him and Killer when she is frozen solid by a massive amount of snow caused by Annabelle.
Meanwhile, with Charlie and the gang, it begins to snow. Everyone celebrates, but Itchy remarks that it's a shame that they didn't have any presents to give to the puppies. Just then, Carface appears on a sled pulled by Killer, and gives them everything back, and more. He even gives them Timmy's money box back, which is full to the top. He turns to leave, and Sasha asks him to stay and join the party. Carface respectfully declines the invitation, saying he's going to visit his mother instead, but wishes everyone a merry Christmas.
Annabelle finishes the story by saying "Merry Christmas!" to the audience (whom the puppies wave at), and Charlie and Itchy wish the same thing.
- Ernest Borgnine as Carface Caruthers, the pit bull/bulldog mix
- Steven Weber as Charles "Charlie" B. Barkin, the German Shepherd mix, Sasha's boyfriend / Ghost of Christmas Future.
- Dom DeLuise as Itchiford "Itchy" Dachshund (the dachshund), Charlie's best friend / Ghost of Christmas Past.
- Sheena Easton as Sasha la Fleur (the Irish Setter), Charlie's other best friend and girlfriend / Ghost of Christmas Present.
- Charles Nelson Reilly as Killer the schnoodle, Carface's partner-in-crime
- Bebe Neuwirth as Annabelle, an angelic whippet who welcomes dogs into Heaven and as Belladonna, Annabelle's demonic cousin
- Jamie Cronin as Martha, a young girl and Timmy's human owner
- Taylor Emerson as Timmy, a crippled puppy and Martha's pet
Additional voices were provided by Carlos Alazraqui, Dee Bradley Baker, Myles Jeffrey, Megan Malanga, Chris Marquette, Gail Matthius, Aria Noelle Curzon and Ashley Tisdale, and singing voices were provided by Beth Anderson, Amick Byram, Billy Bodine, Susan Boyd, Alvin Chea, Randy Crenshaw, Lorraine Feather, Edie Lehman, Laurie Shillinger, Carmen Twillie and Vanessa Vandergriff.
- "When We Hear a Christmas Carol": sung by Steven Weber, Dom DeLuise, Sheena Easton, and Chorus
- "Puppyhood": sung by Ernest Borgnine
- "I Always Get Emotional at Christmas Time": sung by Charles Nelson Reilly and Bebe Neuwirth
- "I Always Get Emotional at Christmas Time" (Reprise): sung by Ernest Borgnine
- "Clean Up Your Act": sung by Steven Weber, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Chorus
- "When We Hear a Christmas Carol" (Reprise): sung by Chorus
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