Western Animation / All Dogs Go to Heaven 2

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All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 is a sequel to All Dogs Go to Heaven, released in 1996.

It starts off with Charlie in Heaven, where he's joined by Itchy soon after. Soon afterwards Gabriel's Horn which is used to open the gates to Heaven is stolen by Carface (for the Evil Red to use) and Charlie volunteers to get it along with Itchy "volunteering" as well. It's up to them to save Heaven before it's too late, but that isn't to say they'll be some surprises along the way.

As was the case with all but one of the sequels to his movies, Don Bluth was not involved. Along with An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, it's the only sequel to his films to get a theatrical release.

This animated film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Almost Kiss: After Charlie and Sasha sing "I Will Always Be With You", they're about to kiss, unfortunately the sun sets and the collar Red gave Charlie wears off (the collar allowed the wearer to be visible until sunset on the next day), and Charlie becomes a ghost again. Doubles as a Moment Killer.
  • Always with You: Has a nice little song based around this.
  • Artistic License Biology: Well, how else would two dogs have shared a Big Damn Kiss at the end? Lampshaded by Itchy early on when he's trying to tell Sasha that his "lips are sealed" in regards to where Charlie is and takes great effort showing her his nonexistent lips.
  • Award Bait Song: "It's Too Heavenly Here" and "I Will Always Be with You".
  • Back from the Dead: Charlie, permanently at the end...or at least he's given 20 years, which is very generous for a large dog. Itchy's given the same offer, but declines; he lived a full life and is content to stay in Heaven. That and he prefers angelic flying to running on his short legs.
  • Big Bad: Red obviously, show in the upper left hand corner of the poster.
  • Black Comedy: The "new arrivals" to Heaven. From Itchy coughing up the chicken bone he choked on to the dog still in the process of being strangled by a mailbag string, it's made abundantly clear how each of them died.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Red. His Villain Song is even devoted to this.
  • Cats Are Mean: Red and his minions are all cats. Apparently, cats are not only mean but also The Legions of Hell. Despite appearances, it's implied that Red is not Old Scratch himself, but an Elite Mook. Charlie makes mention of "his boss" yanking his leash, which could be a reference to the dragon in the first film being Satan.
  • The Chanteuse: Sasha during "Count Me Out", though she was merely doing it for a big prize she hoped for to feed a runaway boy named David.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Deconstructed. After his collar expires, Charlie wants to honor his promise to David and ends up making a deal with Red (unaware of what that'll mean until he's already agreed to it).
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • Flo, Charlie's implied possible dog love interest in the first movie, was never mentioned in any of the sequels.
    • Anne-Marie, most likely for the death of her voice actress.
    • Killer, making this the only entry in the series without him.
  • Cultural Translation: This film is set in San Francisco, unlike the original.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Charlie's in fine form in this movie, especially after he sends Red back to Hell:
    Charlie: "Hello... double chili CAT burger with onions and pickles!"
    • Also when he tried to retrieve Gabriel's Horn from the police station but couldn't fit it through the bars.
    Charlie: "It couldn't have been Gabriel's Flute, or Gabriel's Kazoo, nooooo..."
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • Carface makes a deal with the Big Bad demon cat Red, a collar allowing him to be physical on Earth in exchange for his soul (though in his defense, he didn't know what Red meant by soul at the time). When Red is finally defeated and sucked into Hell, he decides to cash in on the deal and sends his minions to drag Carface into Hell with him.
    • Then Charlie and Itchy strike a bargain with Red for two collars that will only last until sunset. Although the latter is reluctant and displeased, and still wants to retrieve Gabriel's Horn and go straight back to Heaven like Annabelle asked them to do.
    • And lastly, Charlie, who wants to keep his promise to David, makes another bargain with Red. He will give Gabriel's Horn to him if he gives him another collar (although he has to wear the collar first in order to do that).
  • Demoted to Dragon: Carface spends all his time subservient to Red. He doesn't seem to mind so long as Red is happy.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: When David and Charlie need to distract the cops in the police station, David announces a truck with fresh donuts has arrived. All cops immediately run outside to get some.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Itchy makes his first appearance in this movie having died from choking on a chicken bone.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Played straight in the end of the movie when Charlie is granted life (at least until he dies again), where he gets together with Sasha and both live with David and his family.
  • Easily Forgiven: Charlie and Carface have struck up a friendship in Heaven, despite the fact that Carface murdered him twice.
    • Worse, Carface is still allowed to reside in Heaven in spite of this fact.
  • Elvis Impersonator: Seen during the scene where David tries to impress everyone with his magic tricks.
  • Eviler Than Thou: During Red's Villain Song, Carface brags that after they get Gabriel's Horn, they'll be able to open every safe and bank vault in the world; Red promptly shuts him up, revealing himself to have far bigger plans for the horn:
    Red: "I didn't recruit you for such entry-level wickedness. You have so much to learn!"
  • Evil Feels Good: "It feels so good to be bad! So delicious to be a despicable cad..."
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Charlie presented himself as David's guardian angel in order to make himself look good to
  • Fantastic Racism: Being a cat, Red has little more than contempt for dogs.
  • Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: During the police chase scene, David receives a black helmet when he and the dogs escape on a red motor bike.
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Compared to the first, completely driven into the ground, complete with (all pink!) Cherubic Choir.
  • For the Evulz: Red's song is about this trope. "So good to be bad" is repeated more than once, after all.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Unlike the original movie, where alcohol was a fairly important plot point, the sequel plays this straight. The bar only serves "root beer" (which is purple for some reason).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In one of many scenes where Charlie sexually harasses Sasha, he asks her to list the qualities she's looking for in a potential partner.
    Sasha: Hmm...well...loyalty. Strength. Breeding.
    Charlie: I'd be good at that.
    Sasha: Humility.
  • Gonk: Oh boy, look at most of the humans in this installment. Some of them have huge noses, angular heads, awfully skinny bodies and stuff like that.
  • The Great Depression: The first film is set in 1939. The sequel seems to be set in more modern times, which would be fine and dandy given the lifespans of angels, but it begins with Itchy having been recently deceased. Must have been a really long timeskip somewhere in there.
  • Hakuna Matata: "On Easy Street" with Charlie and David while performing for a crowd. Unlike some other examples of this trope, this one actually ends with a subversion, as the characters are ignored while standing in the rain.
  • Hell: Oh it exists alright but is never shown but is heavily implied.
  • Hell of a Heaven: In the first movie, Heaven was serene and predictable, but not exactly unpleasant. Here, it's a sordid cross between a snooty country club, a church retreat, and a cheap, touristy resort. Angels gather around to be awarded medals for "being extra squeaky clean", and when they're not doing that, they're lying around in swimsuits and belching. Charlie can barely stand it.
  • Honor Before Reason: After Red's first collar wears off, Charlie is so desperate to fulfill his promise to David that he bargains Gabriel's Horn to Red in exchange for another corporealization collar... only to realize he has been duped when Red reveals himself.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Carface of all dogs is rewarded for having, in Annabelle's eyes, turned over a completely new leaf that has made him worthy of his angel status. Unbeknownst to them, he's already plotting with Red to seal Heaven's demise. Lampshaded by Itchy at the end; indeed perhaps not all dogs go to Heaven.
  • Hostage For Macguffin: Red and Carface kidnap David in order to force Charlie to hand over Gabriel's horn, though unlike most other examples, Red willingly lets David go with no strings attached after the trade is complete.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: "You contemptible canine!" "Don't call me canine!"
  • In-Name-Only: The film bears nearly no resemblance to the original whatsoever—except for a few of the character names.
  • Ironic Echo: "I like your spirit!" First said by Red (disguised as a dog) to Charlie, and later Charlie to Giant Red.
  • "I Want" Song: Charlie's "It's Too Heavenly Here". Everything is just too perfect in Heaven for him, and he sings about missing the excitement of challenges and risks.
  • Lighter and Softer: The sequel certainly had lighter tones to it. However, some people seem to forget that, while the original had a power-hungry crime lord for a villain, the Big Bad in the sequel is a literal demon.
  • Magic Kiss: Charlie does this to Sasha to give her the ability to talk with David.
  • Missing Mom: David's mom. He asks Charlie at one point if his mom can see him from Heaven.
  • The Musical: All throughout the movie.
  • Mood Whiplash: The "Easy Street" number starts out bright and cheerful, but towards the end, instantly turns into a heartwrenching Tear Jerker melody.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Red gets hold of Gabriel's Horn due to Charlie's bartering, he kidnaps all the dogs in Heaven, including Annabelle, and imprisons them on Alkatraz Island. Charlie soon realized in horror what his actions have caused and quickly tries to reverse it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Charlie willingly mortgages Gabriel's horn to Red in order to fulfill his promise to David... giving Red just what he needs to fulfill his plans.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: David is the only human in the entire film to be drawn with as much detail as the dogs.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Sasha during her song "Count me Out" stands at a strange angle, giving her one of these. In this case it's a wedding veil.
  • Police Are Useless: The chase scene between a couple of police officers and David and the dogs.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: For the TV series, despite quite a few disconnections between both of them.
  • Pun: After Red reveals his true form to Charlie and Itchy:
    Red: "Guess the cat's out of the bag!!"
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Red, when he's disguised as a dog, has these at a few parts in the movie.
  • Refusal of the Call: Charlie initially only undertakes the mission to retrieve Gabriel's horn because he's gotten bored with Heaven and wants to go back to Earth; when he arrives, he immediately makes his way to a dog bar to goof off, only to discover that he is a ghost and unable to interact with the physical world.
  • Restraining Bolt: The collars that Red gives Charlie to make him visible and tangible also serve as a means of controlling him. During the final confrontation, Red magically tightens said collar around Charlie's neck twice to prevent him from blowing Gabriel's horn.
  • Reunion Kiss: Charlie and Sasha share this at the end of the movie when Charlie is brought back to life once again after saving Heaven from Red.
  • The Runaway: David in this case because he feels his stepmom only cares about the new baby and not him.
  • Satan: Though he doesn't appear this time, this installment has Red, an anthropomorphic red cat who seems to be the lap-demon of Old Scratch.
  • Setting Update: Seems to take place in the 90's rather than the 30's, calling Itchy's extreme longevity into question.
  • The Shadow Knows: When first meeting Charlie, Red appears in his dog disguise, but his shadow on the wall is that of his true demon cat form.
  • Sidekick Song: "Easy Street," despite not being sung by the sidekicks.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Charlie's voice when he sings is somehow higher pitched than his speaking voice, thanks to two different actors playing him.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Charlie and Sasha, up until the "I Will Always Be with You" number.
  • Street Performer: Charlie attempts to help a boy make it as a professional street magician. The boy had to compete against several other street performers for the attention of the pedestrians.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Itchy is sent to Heaven after he died by choking on a chicken drumstick and now both dogs are reunited.
  • Talking Animal: Charlie and Itchy can now openly talk with humans due to being angels rather than normal dogs, and Charlie uses the miracle Annabelle gave him to turn Sasha into a talking dog as well.
  • Too Dumb to Live: If Carface only knew what he bartered to Red for his collar...
    Carface: He wanted the bottom of my shoes or something! I don't even wear shoes! Ha! Stupid cat!
    Red: Stupid dog! IT WAS YOUR SOUL!!!
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Seems very little alarm was raised as Red began sinking Alcatraz Island in a vortex right in the middle of San Francisco.
  • Villain Decay: In the movie Carface is intelligent and dangerous, but in the sequels and TV series he's cowardly, bumbling, and idiotic.
  • Villain Opening Scene: The sequel opens with Carface calling Red at a telephone booth in Heaven.
  • Villain Song: Red sings "So good to be bad!" to Carface after they tricked Charlie and Itchy into using the collars to become living again.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Carface thought Red wanted the soles of his shoes. Red shows him how wrong he was.


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