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''All Dogs Go to Heaven'' is a Creator/DonBluth film released in 1989, being [[InNameOnly very loosely inspired]] by the obscure 1943 book by Beth Brown. It centers around a dog named Charlie B. Barkin who ends up getting murdered by his gangster business partner, Carface Carruthers. He ends up in Heaven, but decides to return to life and take revenge upon Carface. After he returns to life, Charlie frees a young orphan girl, Anne-Marie, from captivity at the hands of Carface. At first, Charlie exploits Anne-Marie's ability to speak to animals, but he soon comes to like the little girl and eventually undergoes a [[CharacterDevelopment change in character.]]

''All Dogs'' landed in theaters on 17 November 1989; on the same day, [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] sent out ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', resulting in one of the worst cases of DuelingMovies in film history. [[labelnote:Explanation]]This was shortly after Don Bluth's ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' had won a victory over Disney's ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', so Disney were determined to make up for it. Following this movie, Disney would produce ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' and Bluth would produce ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', and the two movies destroyed each other.[[/labelnote]] The film received a sequel, ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven2'' (par for the course for [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation every animated film ever during that time]]), and a TV series adaptation (with neither of which Bluth had any involvement).

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!!This animated film and its related works provide examples of the following tropes:

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* AfraidOfBlood: Killer, which may be why he prefers to "use the pliers".
* AllDogsArePurebred: According to one song, Charlie is about as mixed as they come, yet he looks like a German shepherd through and through. Itchy identifies himself as a "wiener dog" and Charlie calls Itchy a dachshund during a particular song. Carface appears to be an English bulldog. The angelic dog is a whippet, pointed out by Charlie. Apart from that, a number of minor dog characters look ambiguous enough that they might be mutts, but it's a bit tricky to tell with the art style.
** According to the DVD back cover, Carface is a pit bull.
* {{Amazing Technicolor P|opulation}}uppies: The puppies Flo is looking after are all bright, unnatural colors compared to all the other dogs, who have more natural looking fur colors.
* AmbiguouslyGay: King Gator and, to a lesser extent, Killer.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Itchy, who remarks about the Grand Chawhee, "I don't care if it's his... his bar mitzvah! That horse is a gluepot!"
* AnachronismStew: Forgetting for a moment that ray guns have yet become a reality as of yet in the 21st century, where did Killer manage to acquire an ''atomic'' ray gun in the year 1939?
** It's a Film/FlashGordon Ray Gun...not that that makes it any less nonsensical.
* AnimalTalk: Used weirdly. Dogs can only communicate with other dogs. The orphan girl Anne-Marie [[SpeaksFluentAnimal is the only character who is able to speak to all animals]]. This is made explicit when it's revealed that Anne-Marie is being exploited by Carface, since she can inform him who will win in a race. It's held pretty consistent throughout the film... except when it isn't (e.g., King Gator and Charlie's literal BigLippedAlligatorMoment.)
** Anne-Marie can't always fully understand some creatures if they speak in a different 'language', as she stated to Charlie when King Gator's rat-minions, who she says "talk too funny", are carrying them to him in their cages. She probably only recognizes and understands English since most animal characters are interpreted/translated in her view as being English.
** As well with the horses at the race track. The dogs don't understand what the horses are saying, but the horses understand when the dogs are insulting them.
** It's plausible an animal can learn another language.
* AscendedMeme: The Blu-Ray cover dedicates an awful lot of space to the literal big-lipped alligator.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:King Gator pulls this at the end of the movie, showing up just in time to free Charlie and eat Carface.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The original film ends with Charlie saving Anne-Marie, [[HeroicSacrifice at the cost of his own life]]. He shares one last goodbye with her before having to return to Heaven. And true to the title of the film, BigBad Carface [[KarmaHoudini gets into Heaven as well]].]]
** However, [[spoiler: [[LaserGuidedKarma he clearly ''hates'' it there and is being hunted down by Annabelle when trying to rewind his own clock]].]]
* BreakUpMakeUpScenario: A very sad one.
* ButNowIMustGo: Charlie leaves Anne-Marie for Heaven, despite saying that goodbyes aren't forever.
* ChekhovsGun: Charlie's voice attracting King Gator may be the TropeNamer for BigLippedAlligatorMoment, but is more a clumsy DeusExMachina of this sort.
* CowardlySidekick: Itchy Itchiford, most of the time.
* DeathsHourglass
* DisappearedDad: It's never explicitly said in the film, but you can bet those puppies are Charlie's.
** WordOfGod says that Flo is just an orphan puppy caretaker.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Subverted; Though Carface does fall from a rather high platform into water, he does survive. [[spoiler:Only to get chased and eaten by King Gator immediately after.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Despite technically already having one.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even before his CharacterDevelopment kicks in and Charlie truly grows to care for Anne-Marie, he is utterly indignant when she compares his treatment of her to Carface. Furthermore, many of Carface and Charlie's employees and customers at their casino remark that Charlie treats them better than Carface does.
* EvilVersusEvil: Charlie vs. Carface, until the former's CharacterDevelopment.
* ExitPursuedByABear: [[spoiler:Carface exits pursued by a Big-Lipped Alligator.]]
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Another bout of Executive Meddling turned Carface's Tommy Gun into "a '''RAAAAAAAY''' gun!" Apparently they thought the real gun was too scary. The official story is this: Midway through production there was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockton_schoolyard_shooting an incident where a man attacked a school in LA]] with an automatic weapon. Many children died and the studio did not want to recall the episode, so the tommy gun was changed to something out of fantasy. (Could also be connected to the RealitySubtext of the death of JudithBarsi, who played Anne-Marie.)
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Driven into the ground.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Also driven into the ground.
* FoodPorn: The waffles and the pizza.
* FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter: Two-legged Charlie, a German Shepherd/Collie mix, contrasts with Itchy Itchiford, who walks on all fours because of his Dachshund anatomy.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Pausing on Charlie's record in Heaven not only lets the viewer see the names of his parents and a rather cute [[PreciousPuppy baby picture]], but some very readable text. Apparently, Charlie is "mostly German Shepherd, but also part Collie, part Great Dane, and part whatever." It even mentions that Charlie is "a good dog."
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Averted - Charlie and several other dogs are shown drinking mugs of beer and clearly getting drunk. Getting Charlie drunk was Carface's first phase of murdering him, as he becomes unable to suspect anything odd.
* GentleGiant: King Gator.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The angelic Whippet tells Charlie, singing about everything wrong with Earth - one of the problems is that there's single's bars. Nothing overtly sexual, but definitely something that will go over the heads of tots. Charlie also sings about "love from a stranger".
* GoodIsBoring: The reason Charlie rejects Heaven.
* TheGreatDepression: The film's time period.
* GrotesqueGallery: Most of the character designs hover along the UglyCute border, but King Gator's character design is... a bit much. As well as a pink horse.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Anne-Marie.
* HellOfAHeaven: The afterlife is nice, but Charlie isn't happy about staying there right yet as he misses things from his life. Carface obviously hates it as well, and breaks out at the end.
** Played far more straight in the sequel, where Heaven resembles something akin to a pink, puffy tourist destination.
* TheHeroDies: Unusually, Charlie dies at the beginning of the movie, only to cheat his way back to life. [[spoiler: He dies again at the end while saving Anne-Marie, finally doing a good deed which would actually earn him a place in Heaven. Due to his earlier stunt with the watch, when he dies this time, it is heavily implied he is going to go to Hell, but he doesn't.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Torn between the choice of saving his own SoulJar vs. rescuing Anne-Marie from drowning, Charlie picks the latter. It ultimately costs him his life, but also earns his redemption.
* HollywoodNatives: The sewer rats, and their leader/god King Gator have bones stuck in their noses. The rats act a lot like the natives from ''Film/KingKong''.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Itchy Itchiford - at least occasionally.
* InkSuitActor: Creator/RogerEbert [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19891117/REVIEWS/911170301/1023 noted]] in his review of the movie that Charlie not only had the voice of Burt Reynolds, but some of his mannerisms as well.
* ItIsNotYourTime: Quite averted for a story where characters returning from the dead is a theme. Charlie, however, lies to Itchy and tells him this is the case.
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans
* IronicEcho: Annabelle says to Charlie as he is expelled from heaven, "You can never come back!" Later, in his nightmare of being dragged into hell, the devil growls to Charlie, "You can never go back."
* {{Jerkass}}: Charlie spends most of the movie as this before his HeelFaceTurn.
* KarmaHoudini: All dogs are, simply by being dogs. Carface--murdering, kidnapping, horrible Carface--ends up in heaven.
** He clearly ''hates'' it though and [[BewareTheNiceOnes Annabelle clearly isn't going let him pull another Charlie with his clock.]]
** Charlie as well. When he first dies, Annabelle couldn't find ''a single redeeming quality'' in him.
* LargeHam: "A number 3, Lame Dog."
* LastChorusSlowDown: "Hey! I know we're dead up here, but so's the music!"
* LateToThePunchline: One that most American viewers completely missed: the horse named "[[GeniusBonus The Grand Chawhee]]". Don't get it? Look into [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Haughey the political situations of Ireland]] (where Sullivan/Bluth studios was based) from around the time it was made. That is all we shall say.
* LongSongShortScene: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPZ3PT8UCwM The credits song]] is nowhere to be heard on the soundtrack. And its a orchestrated jazz version of "You Can't Keep a Good Dog Down". [[EarWorm It's quite catchy too]]. In fact, all of the instrumental score is arguably better than the songs, but are nowhere to be found.
** The song that replaced it, "Love Survives", was a tribute to Barsi.
* LoveRedeems
* ManlyTears: Charlie sheds a manly tear at the end. And Itchy sheds manly tears during the [[WhatTheHellHero grand chewing out]] he gave Charlie.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Killer, who sometimes doesn't seem like he likes following Carface and carrying out his evil plans.
* MoodWhiplash: About halfway through the movie, it's done no less then three times. There's a happy sharing song, a sad IWantSong, and a nightmare.
** After [[spoiler: Charlie's ghost says one last goodbye to Anne-Marie and ascends to heaven]], a heavenly chorus sings in the credits right before Charlie [[BreakingTheFourthWall demands something a little livelier]].
* MookFaceTurn: Probably applies to Killer, who loyally serves Carface throughout most of the film, but is the one to swim Anne-Marie to safety at the end.
** His boss was just eaten by an alligator...
* NeverTrustATrailer: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zht6VcR0t6U It's portrayed as more of a comedy]].
* NightmareSequence: Two of them.
** First, Charlie has that [[SarcasmMode ever-so-lovely dream]] about going to Hell.
** Second, towards the beginning, after Charlie dies, Itchy has a nightmare that Carface is strangling him, but then hears Charlie's voice telling him, "Itchy, it's okay! It's okay, little buddy! It's me, Charlie!" and wakes up to discover Charlie, alive and well, shaking him awake.
* NoNameGiven: The heavenly whippet. She was not named Annabelle until the sequel.
* OrphansOrdeal: Anne-Marie lives in a junkyard and gets kidnapped by a gang of gambling dogs to be exploited for [[SpeaksFluentAnimal her ability to communicate with animals]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Anne-Marie
* PetTheDog: A rare example where it is the ''dog'' which pets the human. Also, in the more literal sense -- [[TearJerker particularly]] at the end.
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: The opening of the movie, complete with dramatic jailbreak.
* PunchClockVillain: Killer before his MookFaceTurn at the end of the movie.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Anne Marie. She has been compared to Disney/SnowWhite.
* RecognizableBySound: The Big-Lipped Alligator has Charlie Barkin between his jaws when Charlie howls in terror. The sound is so melodious to the alligator that he set Charlie free. Later in the story, the evil Carface has captured Charlie, and has caused Charlie to howl in pain. Miles away, the Big-Lipped Alligator hears this cry, and comes to Charlie's rescue in a BigDamnHeroes moment.
* RedOniBlueOni: Charlie is red, Itchy is blue
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Charlie dies after finally learning to care for someone besides himself.]]
** Also kind of a variation. [[spoiler: While it costs Charlie his mortal life, the act saves his soul from Hell, thus saving his afterlife.]]
* ReflectiveEyes: Charlie and Anne-Marie at the end when they're saying good-bye.
* RefusingParadise: A non-heroic example. Charlie tricking his way out of Heaven sets the whole plot in motion.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* RevengeBeforeReason: Charlie is willing to forever forsake his place in Heaven to get revenge on Carface for murdering him in the first place.
* RightBehindMe: Near the end, Charlie says that he's only using Anne-Marie and only pretends to be her friend to Itchy, unaware that Anne-Marie is standing on the steps behind him.
* RingOfFire: Though it doesn't happen IN one, the final fight between Charlie and Carface happens above one, during which Carface falls into it and is [[spoiler: eaten by King Gator]]. Charlie then has to rescue an unconscious Anne-Marie from the burning ring.
* SapientEatSapient: King Gator only decides not to eat Charlie and Anne-Marie due to Charlie's singing voice, never mind the fact he can apparently communicate with both of them.
* {{Satan}}: A giant red dragon-like creature appears to Charlie in a nightmare of [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Hell]] and appears outside Anne-Marie's house near the end of the movie, and is implied to be Satan.
* SayMyName: It's astounding how many times people say Charlie's name in this movie - 122 times total! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE5J4bOOcJo This video counts almost all of those moments]].
* SecondFaceSmoke: Carface does this to a rat and Killer.
* SeriesContinuityError: [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment The scene with a certain alligator]] violates the rules of the movie: animals can only speak to members of their own species, with Anne-Marie being the only being who can communicate with everyone. Yet the Gator and Charlie can share a cross species musical number. This only adds to the sequence being completely out of place in the film.
** A horse also seems to respond to Itchy implying that it is stupid.
*** Not to say you can't, y'know, learn another language. Or just read body language or tone of voice; it's not like Itchy's trying to be subtle about it.
* SewerGator: King Gator is a big-lipped alligator (yeah, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment THAT big-lipped alligator]]) living in the New Orleans sewers, worshipped by the sewer rats.
* SharkPool: Carface uses the piranha-filled version of this trope to dispose of Killer after [[YouHaveFailedMe he fails him twice]]. That is, until Killer mentions he has a gun.
* ShoppingMontage: Used to cheer the disillusioned Anne-Marie. We're not supposed to ask what the dogs were going to do with all the money otherwise.
** They used it to get Charlie's casino off the ground.
*** Which raises even more questions, really.
* ShoutOut
** Anne-Marie's outfit and hair are much like Disney's Snow White's.
** If you watch the King Gator scene closely, it starts out as an homage to Film/KingKong, including the fact that King Gator was so taken with Charlie; it turns into the trope-naming [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment BLAM]] once the singing starts.
** It's a Franchise/BuckRogers ray gun!
* SidekickSong: [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment "LET'S MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER!"]] Also, "You Can't Keep a Good Dog Down," despite not being sung by the sidekicks.
* SlasherSmile: Carface breaks into a twisted one after learning that Killer has "a ray gun" stashed away.
* SoulJar: Charlie's watch.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Anne-Marie.
* {{Subtext}}: "You're in love with the girl!"
* SurroundedByIdiots: Carface ("MORONS! I'm surrounded by '''MORONS!!!'''")
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[MagnificentBastard How Carface kills off Charlie.]] By getting him sloppy drunk, blindfolded and lining him up to be hit by a car ''on a pier.'' It wouldn't be enough to just lead him into a busy street ''or'' drown him, he does ''both'' to be one of the few animated villains to actually ''kill'' the protagonist early on and would've [[TheBadGuyWins won]] had Charlie not scammed his way out of Heaven.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: Killer becomes ill and his whole body turns green from the exposure to passive smoking, causing him to cough, after Carface blows it from his cigar towards him, twice.
* TotemPoleTrench: With two dogs and a human. Amazingly, [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight it works.]] Even worse, the teller didn't seem to notice that the adult man making the purchase had the voice of a six-year-old girl when he tells him that it's the Grand Chawhee's birthday. (Our advice? [[MST3KMantra Just go with it.]])
* UndyingLoyalty: Itchy and Charlie - quite literally. The source of some tearjerking moments.
* VileVillainLaughableLackey: When Carface discovers that Charlie escaped the dog pound and survived an assassination attempt, Carface almost disposes of his myopic, neurotic, weakling of a dog minion, Killer.
* VillainDecay: In the movie Carface is intelligent and dangerous, but in the sequels and TV series he's cowardly, bumbling, and idiotic.
* VillainProtagonist: Charlie, before his CharacterDevelopment.
* WackyWaysideTribe: The tribe of sewer rats that captures Charlie and Anne-Marie in the scene leading to the literal BigLippedAlligatorMoment has little relevance to the plot.
* WatchingTroyBurn: [[spoiler: Itchy returns to the monastery to chew Charlie out for wasting too much time with the girl (and nearly getting him killed), just in time for both of them to look over the junkyard and see their new casino go up in flames.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Itchy's rant to Charlie after Carface's thugs nearly kill him.
** "You're a bad dog!"
* WildTake: Killer springing in mid-air, his eyes bulging in and out, and screaming, after he retrieves and puts back on his glasses, when he sees Charlie and Itchy are out of prison clearly enough the second time.
** Carface gets two. The first is when Charlie is freed from the anchor. The second is when he sees King Gator swimming towards him.
* WingdingEyes: Charlie demonstrates the "dollar sign" version when planning to make a killing using Anne-Marie's talent for talking to animals.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Halfway through the movie, Carface is lowering Killer into a piranha tank, after discovering Charlie is still alive.
-->'''Carface:''' Charlie's alive, [[spoiler:and I know he's got the girl]]. Killer, this is strike two. You're out.
-->'''Killer:''' No, wait boss, boss! I get one more strike boss, honest!
-->'''Carface:''' Lower him. Nothing personal, Killer. Business.
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See [[WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven2 this page]] for examples.
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* BigWordShout: [[spoiler:Carface screams, "STOOOOPPPPPPPPP!" when Timmy, under the control of Belladonna's dog whistle steals a present and goes out the dog door.]]
* BroadStrokes: To say that the series followed the films... ''loosely'' would be an understatement.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Belladonna describes "the other side" as an equal opportunity employer when she's trying to recruit Charlie to her side.
* EvilCounterpart: Belladonna to Annabelle.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
--> '''Killer''' (to Itchy, DisguisedInDrag): "Hey baby, y'like wrestlin'?"
--> '''Itchy''': "Sure! I'm wrestlin' with these panty hose right now."
* HeelFaceTurn: Charlie's character growth could be considered this to some degree. He ultimately invokes this on Carface to turn him good so that Belladonna's plan could be stopped.
* MoodWhiplash: Practically invoked in "Clean Up Your Act" in the ''Christmas Carol''. It goes back and forth between visions of Heaven and of Hell. It works because its done by the Ghost Of Christmas Future (played by Charlie) and is showing both possible outcomes to Carface's future.
* OriginsEpisode: "When Harry met Silly", detailing how Charlie & Itchy met and became friends.
* PunchClockVillain: Happens with [[spoiler: Carface]] in the ChristmasSpecial, which is also the series finale. Applies because [[spoiler: he was working as Belladonna's henchman at the time]].
* TheRashomon: "He Barked, She Barked" combines this with a CourtroomEpisode where Belladonna accuses Charlie of abusing his miracle dog tag for selfish gain to take a canine widow's steaks while leaving her to presumably die in a sewer pit as it collapsed. Carface's testimony portrays Charlie as a thug more like his pre-CharacterDevelopment self and himself as a goody two-shoes. Itchy's testimony makes Charlie into an overly heroic figure (complete with a Stetson) and Carface as a DastardlyWhiplash villain. Killer's testimony portrays Carface as his lackey and Charlie as dropping the widow when the "rescue failed". And Charlie's own testimony portrays him as trying to save the widow but dropping her when the miracle dog tag fails to levitate her. [[spoiler:The truth is that Belladonna was the widow dog and it was all an obvious scheme to get Charlie's angelic status revoked. And miracle dog tags don't work on hellish beings like her.]]
** In one of the episodes of the series, "Sidekicked", Itchy and Killer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUNCXci2TS8 get to sing a duet all about being sidekicks]] (Fast forward to 3:56).
* SdrawkcabName: Subverted with Belladonna and Annabelle. The syllables are reversed, not the letters.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Cousins Annabelle and Belladonna could easily pass for sisters. It doesn't help that [[ActingForTwo they share the same actress]].
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Belladonna. Fans of the series tend to consider her [[EnsembleDarkHorse the best (if not only good) thing about it]].
** Taken UpToEleven in the ChristmasSpecial.
* VillainSong: [[EvilCounterpart Belladonna]], Anabelle's [[HellHound demonic]] cousin gets one in both appearences. In the first one, it's ''Take The Easy Way Out'', which is an attempt at luring Charlie to her side [[spoiler: and it works...for a bit]]. In the ChristmasSpecial, where she's the BigBad, she sings ''I Always Get Emotional At Christmas Time'', a song about how much she loves ruining Christmas.
* VillainousCrush - At times, it seems Belladonna's interest in Charlie is a bit more than just getting him to 'play for her side' (including shaking her rear at him rather seductively in her VillainSong). Though this doesn't stop her from flying into a psychotic rage when she's foiled.
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