What You Need To Know:
If Charlie were a human being, his good deeds would do nothing to improve his status in Heaven. After all, men are saved “not on the basis of deeds we have done in righteousness, but according to God’s mercy” (Titus 3:5). Thus, not all people go to Heaven, and parents are advised to make this point clear to their children. However, the movie’s acknowledgment of right and wrong is a welcome departure. ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN stands as a delightful lesson in love and friendship that child and parent alike can appreciate.
(BBB, C, FR) Very strong moral worldview with some redemptive content, but the works theology implication in the title and plot requires caution; and, nothing else objectionable.
ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN is an expertly animated film set in New Orleans, circa 1939.
Charlie B. Barkin, a German shepherd rascal, breaks out of the city pound with the help of Itchy, a hyperactive dachshund. Charlie aims to reunite with his partner, Carface Malone, a pitbull who became mysteriously wealthy while Charlie was incarcerated.
Carface decides to get rid of Charlie, however. Only Charlie’s time is not up; or, so he tells the whippet at the Pearly Gates who can find no record of his good deeds.
Charlie returns from Heaven to set things right. With Itchy, he stumbles across Carface’s golden goose: a little orphaned girl, Anne-Marie, who can talk to animals, and, thus, help throw a race. Unfortunately, when Charlie rescues Anne-Marie, she’s gone from one con artist to another. When Anne-Marie learns how she’s been exploited by Charlie, she showers him with forgiveness. Charlie is inspired to go find Anne-Marie adoptive parents. Carface has other plans.
If Charlie were a human being, his good deeds would do nothing to improve his status with the heavenly whippet. After all, men are saved “not on the basis of deeds we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy” (Titus 3:5). The fact is not all people go to heaven, and parents are advised to make this point clear to their children. However, the forthright acknowledgment of right and wrong in this movie is a welcome departure from what we usually see from Hollywood.
ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN stands as both a cautionary tale about greed and a lesson in love and friendship that child and parent alike can appreciate. The humor works on both levels.