Friday, January 31, 2014

All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

IMDb plot summary: A dog returns from the dead looking for revenge on his killer using an orphan girl who can talk to animals.
Directed by Don Bluth. Starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, and Judith Barsi.

Don Bluth has directed two of the best non-Disney animated movies ever (I'm looking at you, The Land Before Time and An American Tail), so what the heck happened here? The story is dark, bizarre, and often nonsensical, the songs are weirdly non-melodic and instantly forgettable, and I kept getting distracted by the fact that they set up a world inhabited by both humans and talking animals but NEVER established how they relate to each other. Clearly the humans don't USUALLY talk to the animals, as the little girl is an anomaly, but nor do the humans react to things like their horses wearing lipstick and hair curlers. I spent probably a good third of the movie trying to figure out how the humans and the animals relate to each other, without getting any answers, which makes the dog's relationship to the little girl muddy and confusing. "Muddy and confusing" is a good description for this whole movie, actually. I feel like I missed out on nothing not watching this as a child. 1.5 stars.

Flickchart: #1617 out of 2010, below Calamity Jane and above Red River.

Stream free with Amazon Prime or rent it for $2.99.

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