All Dogs Go to Heaven

(310 votes, average 4.79 out of 5)
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  • TiniNormi
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    It's your box terrier thing on the title card! I just went "oojiji boojiji" out loud.
  • BaltoStephenWinter  - Sexy Pink Doggy?
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    Looks at title card. Awww, you look so cute as a dog.
  • qazox
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    Yes she does.
  • ManWithGoodTaste
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    Now, I haven't watched the review yet, but let me get this out first: All Dogs Go To Heaven is a near perfect movie, even with a certain Alligator scene. Whatever OPinion Lindsay has on the film, she has the right to have, and I won't get mad if it's negative.
  • LikaLaruku
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    Everyone on Channel Awesome has us in the mindset that if they review something, it's probably going to be negative. That wasn't the case this time.
  • alexalberto81
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    I personally found it slow at times. It does pick up at times - abrupt, but it doesn't distract too much from the narrative. Still enjoyed it, though I prefer NIMH over this movie if given the choice.
  • Mr.Evil
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    That's great... now try watching the review first next time.

    As for me, I've never been real thrilled with this film, but I will admit that it's a lot more meaty than many kid films. Perhaps it's too meaty... too dark. And it wants to have its cake and eat it, trying to impart mature themes while still being a kid flick (aka Big-Lipped Aligator Moment). Alas, it's not Pixar and doesn't quite pull it off (then again, neither does Pixar all the time), but you usually don't see this material in American animation. I give Bluth props for trying.
  • THOOM  - ManWIthBad Taste
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    Why don't you just watch the review before getting all antsy. And that is an insult to Lindsay to assume she'd pan the movie. And no one ever said that because this movie has the Big Lipped Alligator moment that it was a bad movie.
  • Robanah
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    Great review! I do have to say though, uhhhh The reason CarFace wants to kill Charie is not because he does not want to be liable for Charlie's escape. It is because their business was getting so successful, Carface didn't want to share his profit with Charlie. So Carface frames him, and when he escapes, Carface is angry so he gets Charlie drunk off his ass and kills him with a car >.
  • Steve Potter
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    Hey now! "The Black Cauldron" wasn't a Lord of the Rings ripoff. Or at the very least "The Chronicles of Prydain" wasn't.

    "The Black Cauldron" is just awful. Must we label it with terms like "ripoff" to obscure that fact?
  • jz1337
    Very amusing take on the movie, though it is my favorite of his movies as well.
  • malice936
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    God damn Lindsay what's with the brightness when you're on camera. I had to turn down the brightness on my monitor just so I wouldn't be blinded!

    Anyway good review can't wait for the next one ^.^
  • trlkly
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    Your monitor is likely turned up too bright. Quite a lot of them are.
  • Clinton
    It was brighter than usual for me too. Guess it was her camera or something that happened in post.
  • TragicGuineaPig
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    No. Her camera was definitely on the bright side.
  • JCubbs
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    its interesting that the apple here was a clock. As many heaven ideals are actually a place without time, which I guess is important for the lack of change to necessitate perpetual bliss. Some say such a heaven is true hell, nothing happens, you don't interact with anything, and nobody is affected by anybody. At the very least it is boring and I would grab a clock too.
    And I'm a good guy
  • Haon
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    Some people I've met say that in Heaven, or wherever you go if lead a decent life, you are given the option to either float around, or go back and visit places in your life, but it would be like you become the God of those certain places, being able to change things so that they went correctly or even decide to just rule this flashback of a universe. It's stretching, I know.
  • slashmaster28
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    Honestly, my only major gripe with this film is how they handled the climax. I mean, Charlie could have given up on the watch for good to truly make sure Anne Marie is safe but instead he shoves her out into potentially dangerous water and goes for the watch anyway.
  • alexalberto81
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    Man, I was about to come here saying "Chick, what the hell is wrong with you... Blasphemer!" and all that, until she put out that F**K IT moment at the end... Sure surprised you didn't bring up Judith Barsi in this review... even more surprised no one was clamoring for her to bring it up here.
  • TheBookGeek
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    Watch til the end, she puts an RIP Judith Barsi. Though that really was an elephant in the room for me (and apparently for you too).
  • fauxnamn
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    Okay, you've done cutesy cartoons and nineties heart throbs. You've done every single Disney list imaginable. When are you going to attack the big dogs? It wasn't just the cartoons we watched as kids that children of the eighties are nostalgic about. We're also have a sense of Nostalgia for the shows and movies we watched with our parents. There are more than a few old sitcoms that could do with a review and I think you're just the woman to do it. Clearly the first target should be "I Love Lucy." She was the original queen of comedy and maybe she needs someone to examine her with a modern, albeit hipster-ish lens.

    If you do decide to take my advice, all I ask for is a shout out in the review. I would settle for a Carol Burnett style ear tug.
  • THOOM
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    Old sitcoms aren't here "thing". Lindsay was a late 80s/90s kid. "Lucy" Brady Bunch, Gilligan and Honeymooners were re-ran in the daytime in the 70s and early 80s. It's not fair to try to push Lindsay into something she is not interested in or didn't watch. Sure, these things were on Nick at Nite when she was growing up, but she was probably in bed by that time.
  • TheBookGeek
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    Hey, I was born in the early 90's and all I watched for most of my childhood were shows like I Love Lucy, Cheers, and All in the Family. In fact, Cheers was probably one of my favorite shows for quite some time.

    So, just because it was on Nick at Nite doesn't mean kids didn't watch it.
  • anonmint
    Oh come now, I'm an 80s baby and watched Nick at Nite all the time during the weekends and vacations off I had. What I hate is all the people of my age to about 30-something who endlessly bash the multicam sitcoms that I enjoy so much without guilt.
  • LikaLaruku
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    "80s cartoons were a lot less...." Condescending would be the word.
  • trlkly
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    Running a little late this time, huh? Or is Linkara's review the only one coming out today, and the rest were from Sunday?
  • TheAntiV
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    I hate to bring this up but does anyone else feel sad or depressed when they see the character Anne-Marie, knowing about the acctress that played her?
  • Gethenian
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    Yes.

    Finding out what happened to her made this and The Land Before Time a LOT harder to watch. :(
  • Furious George
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    I am a Christian and I really enjoyed your bits about the spirituality behind this movie.

    Obviously I don't think it exposes any flaws in Christian doctrine since the idea of a Fall being necessary to more fully appreciate the bliss of Heaven was always in there (though never overtly said it is strongly implied in types and symbolism throughout scripture, but don't want to take anyone to church here so I'll move on) but it was something I always appreciated about this movie and I'm glad to see it discussed in some measure.

    It also is the reason I loathe the sequel to All Dogs go to Heaven with every fiber of my being. It craps on all the spiritual allegory and character development in the original. You can find my rant on the first page of Marzgurl's review of the sequel....
  • ArcaneArts
    Okay, I rarely direct questions to the makers of these videos because I believe it's asking to be pandered to, and this question in particular is asinine, but I still have to ask:

    With Don Bluth being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, did you deliberately choose to use music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as a nod to that or just simply because it worked?
  • FishEyenoMiko
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    In what universe is "Heavy Metal" a kids movie?
  • ohe
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    In this one, where immature teens are still considered kids. Besides the animation, which is purely subjective to evaluate in the first place, Heavy Metal really provides nothing for those who enjoy the benefits of adulthood, unlike many other so-called kids' movies that have a little something for everyone. While of course enjoying Heavy Metal doesn't automatically make you immature, you do need to get into that mindset if you aren't.
  • THOOM
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    Yeah, I loved Heavy Metal when I was eleven. I felt I was watching something "dirty" and bad ass. A few years later, and like Diamanda Hagan said, only the WW2 zombie story is really good.
  • TragicGuineaPig
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    Did someone say that Heavy Metal is a kids' movie? While she grouped it with some "kids'" movies, she specifically referred to them all as animated movies, not "kids' movies". She was speaking of animation as a whole, and not just animation as a children-targeted genre.
  • eye
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    Great review! Loved it, thankya
  • Neo Yi
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    Not sure if "All Dogs Go to Heaven" is my favorite of Don Bluth's movies, but it's one of the top-tiers for me. If anything, I still think it has the best death scene ever. That clock slowly ticking down as Charlie dies (complete with black smoke pouring out of it when it stops) still sends a chill down my spine. I think it's an amazing visual showcase.
  • Ravenkeeper
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    excellent review lindsay ^^d
  • Clinton
    About damn time this one was done!

    Anyhoo, methinks NChick has been spending a lot of time around Ralph Oancitizen. Couldn't help but be reminded of his trademark analyzing during much of the review. But that's a good thing!
  • kenshindono  - Wont load
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    anyone else having trouble getting the videos to load? Keeps saying connection refused and stuff when it tries to load the videos
  • neytari
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    I kind of loved this video. I feel the need to watch the film again @_@ Hurray for insightful reviews and serious analysis of movies, no matter who the intended audience was.

    My concept of hell totally came from this movie. I won't be at all surprised if when I get there, it looks just like it does in this movie.
  • Kuro_Neko
    While I truly love All Dogs Go To Heaven I wouldn't rank it my number one of the four great Don Bluth movies. If I had to I'd rank them thus:
    1. Land Before Time
    2. American Tail
    3. All Dogs Go To Heaven
    4. Secret of Nimh

    I know alot of people say Secret of Nimh is the best of the great four and there's alot of reasons why that may be true. I think for me it's mostly about nostalgia. I saw the other three when they came out, when I was a kid. But somehow Secret of Nimh slipped by me and I only saw it much later in life. As to the other rankings, I think it comes down to emotional punch. Land Before Time has Littlefoot's mother and to a lesser extent Sharptooth. And American Tail has Fievel's separation from his family and his despair of ever finding them again coupled with his family's grief over believing him dead. The best All Dogs Go To Heaven has is Charlie's dream of hell and then his sacrifice at the end for emotional punches, and they just don't compare to the ones in the first two mentioned movies.
  • Taigan
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    I wish I could see Don Bluth's reaction to this.
  • TheGreatEscapist
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    Wow, I don't know if I could possibly add anything more to this. I really liked this discussion on the movie. Great job, Lindsey. :)

    While I may be a child of the 90s, Don Bluth's films, for better or worse, were still a part of my childhood thanks to friends and family who had his films in their VHS collections, and Lord knows how many times I watched "All Dogs" when I was only five.
    I still think it's kind of funny; Charlie's nightmare never bothered me at that age. Hell, I didn't even know what to make of it because I didn't know what "eternal damnation" meant.
    But then later on in high school I re-watched "All Dogs" and I couldn't explain why, but I just fell in love with this story of redemption. It was such an unusual setup of characters and settings, but it still makes its point well.

    Though out of all the folks who have reviewed and talked about this movie, there's always been this bit of trivia that no one has pointed out:
    Ken Page, the actor who played the Big-Lipped Alligator, was later Oogie Boogie in "The Nightmare Before Christmas".
    (I'm sorry, but as a movie nerd, I feel it's my duty to mention it.)
  • pinky75910
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    I believe the name "Car face" is a reference to the fact of being a bull dog.

    8:00 The only thing I think about during this scene is that Charlie's life-watch is continuously doused in water, so while there's this big flashy musical number, the constant dunking is threatening Charlie's life so it feels.. oddly suspenseful.. with singing alligators..

    That was actually an interesting analysis.

    The ending.. man, the ending. It still gets me everytime.

    This and Land Before Time are def the tops of Bluth, with Nimh close in.
  • Heidegger
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    I always assumed Carface was a reference to Scarface.
  • Shadowstorm87x
    My grandparents got this movie for me when I was 5 years old and it really fucked me up, same as Brave Little Toaster did. Especially the hell scene. But it fucked me up in a good way, a way that rattled my cage and made me think. Its amazing that stuff like that was allowed to come out, cause its was some very deep and intelligent stuff.

    Kids today get only watered down, self-esteem, everyone's a winner bull-shit.
  • awhistlingmoose
    So..All dogs go to heaven, but some dogs go to hell?
    Since there is a dog hell.And Charlie can not be the only one there.Or can he?And dog satan was standing around for eternity, waiting for someone to finally show up?
    And you go to hell when you display free will?That's nice...And it wasn't even a bad choice of free will.Because if he did go to heaven, then that would not be free will because it is the thing he is supposed to do, right?And every other choice is not to go to heaven.
    So it goes like:
    -I don't want your eternal bliss!
    -All right.But then you will BURN IN HELL!Ha!Unless you find an orphan to help.Then you're gonna go back to heaven.Which you didn't want to do in the first place.Even when they told you you could NEVER go back there.Which was a heavenly lie, by the way, lol! ...?
  • Oreyee
    @ awhistlingmoose:
    Strictly speaking, there wasn't a Dog Heaven or a Dog Hell. Just Heaven and Hell, so I don't think that was Dog Satan, waiting around for someone to screw up the system. Secondly, yeah, they could be lying. Who says they have to be telling the truth, when they just get a free pass to heaven anyways. Charlie did nothing in his first life but lie, cheat, and steal, and he got up there. Why can't the pink haired dog fudge the details a bit?
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