Trivia: All Dogs Go to Heaven

  • Actor Allusion:
    • When the heavenly whippet looks in Charlie's records, his mother and father are named "Loni" and "Burt", and look like canine versions of Loni Anderson and Burt Reynolds (who were together at the time.) Loni also appears in the film as one of Charlie's "close friends".
    • During his Villain Song, Red puts Carface in a barber's chair and proceeds to shave him, a clear Shout-Out to Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. George Hearn, who voiced Red, was also one of the many actors to have played the titular barber in the aforementioned musical.
    • Don Bluth's birthday is also September 13, 1937. The idea that every human year is seven dog years is a myth — Charlie is about 25. Even though he seems older.
  • Curb Stomp Battling Movies: Released on the very same day as (and promptly slaughtered by) The Little Mermaid.
  • The Danza: Charlie Sheen as Charlie in the sequel. Also an example of The Other Darrin, as Burt Reynolds was Charlie in the first film.
  • Executive Meddling: We were originally going to get to see Charlie's body flying off the pier (a rare example of a meddling executive making a good call). Interestingly, many book adaptations of Don Bluth films include unused artwork; ergo, the tie-in book for this film showed a very clear silhouette of Charlie's body flying alongside the car...
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Name's the Same: Invoked. The title came from a book Don Bluth's teacher had read to him when he was a child. It was an anthology of stories about a noir-style dog detective. Bluth only remembered the title and looked it up years later when he became a filmmaker, but decided that he didn't like the story and based an entirely new one off of the title.
  • Non-Singing Voice: In the first film. While Judith Eva Barsi was only Anne-Marie's speaking voice, the film developers had adult actress, Lana Beeson, to do the singing voice for Anne-Marie in the heartwarming Tear Jerker song, "Soon You'll Come Home". Barsi did audition for the singing part but because she broke down in stress from events at home during the audition, the filmmakers decided not to push her.
    • Otherwise averted in the entire series, where many of the characters are played by professional singers.
    • Subverted, considering the fact that Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Ernest Borgnine, and Charles Nelson Reilly all get songs over the course of the series. It seems that the one thing each installment had in common was giving songs to actors who couldn't sing.
  • The Other Darrin: Save for Dom DeLuise and Charles Nelson Reily as Itchy and Killer, respectively, none of the actors from the first film are in the sequel or TV show.
  • Reality Subtext: Consider the circumstances surrounding Judith Barsi's untimely death. Now try to watch the film without cringing violently. This may also explain the Family-Friendly Firearms.
  • The Red Stapler: Watching this movie WILL make you want to get a German Shepard.
  • Talking To Herself: Annabelle and Belladonna are both played by Bebe Neuwirth.
  • Trope Namer: For Big Lipped Alligator Moment, indirectly, through The Nostalgia Chick.
  • Troubled Production: The sequel, according to the directors, was originally animated in Dublin, Ireland (where Bluth's original studio, which produced the first film, used to take place before that). But then, after Screen Animation Ireland, the Dublin studio in charge of the animation, shut its doors, the animation has to be outsourced to several studios in countries like Taiwan, Korea, Canada, and Denmark in order for the film to meet up the deadline.
  • Wag the Director: Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise, who had developed a repertoire with one another after staring in several movies together, insisted that Don Bluth leave the room during recording sessions so that they could improvise off one another better, but to Bluth's chagrin.
  • What Could Have Been: The film was originally meant to be the third collaboration between Bluth and Steven Spielberg, but Spielberg quit after the two butted egos on The Land Before Time.
    • Charlie was a detective in the original draft and the film was going to be an anthology of three short stories.
    • The Hell sequence was supposed to be a lot longer than it was in the movie.