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All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series is an animated comedy television series which aired from 1996 to 1998 in syndication and on Fox Family from 1998 to 1999, with 40 half-hour episodes produced in total. Don Bluth’s 1989 animated feature All Dogs Go to Heaven featured a selfish mongrel (with a mixture of a German Shepherd) named Charlie who died, went to heaven, escaped back to Earth for vengeance on his murderer Carface and then found redemption with the help of a young orphaned girl named Anne-Marie. The film spawned a sequel, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 and this animated series takes place after these events.

All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series
All Dogs Go to Heaven - The Series (title card).jpg
The title card of the animated series.
Genre
Based onAll Dogs Go to Heaven, by Don Bluth
Directed by
  • Gary Selvaggio (Season 1–2)
  • John Grusd (Season 3)
Voices of
Theme music composerMark Watters
Lorraine Feather (lyrics)
Opening theme"A Little Heaven", performed by Gene Miller, Clydene Jackson-Edwards, and Carmen Twillie
Ending theme"A Little Heaven" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)
  • Mark Watters (original songs)
  • Robert Irving (music scores)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Paul Sabella
Jonathan Dern
Producer(s)
  • John Grusd (Season 3 only)
  • Robert Winthrop (associate producer, S01)
  • Cary Silver (associate producer, S02–03)
  • Jymn Magon (co-producer, season 3)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)MGM Animation
MGM Television
DistributorClaster Television
(1996–1998)
(seasons 1-2)
MGM Domestic Television Distribution
(1998)
(season 3)
Release
Original network
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 21, 1996 (1996-09-21) –
November 6, 1998 (1998-11-06)
Chronology
Preceded byAll Dogs Go to Heaven 2
Followed byAn All Dogs Christmas Carol

Most of the voice actors from the feature films reprised their roles in the series, including Dom DeLuise, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Nelson Reilly, Bebe Neuwirth, Sheena Easton, and Adam Wylie. Steven Weber provided the speaking and singing voices of Charlie B. Barkin, who was voiced in the films by Burt Reynolds and Charlie Sheen (and singing voice provided in the second film by Jesse Corti). A Christmas special An All Dogs Christmas Carol serves as the finale.

Contents

PlotEdit

Charlie and Itchy live in San Francisco as guardian angels. In each episode, they are given an assignment by Anabelle but, while they try to do the right thing, they become caught up in the middle of awkward situations. Charlie’s callous enemy Carface and his sidekick, Killer returning from the first film, also appeared in the series, as did Charlie’s friends: the dog Sasha, the dog-angel Anabelle, and the human kid David. Finally, the series also featured two new characters named Bess, a pure bred award winning show dog and Itchy's love interest, and Belladonna, Anabelle's demonic cousin. The series makes several changes to the second film, which led many fans to consider the series as not-canon at all. For example, Charlie and Sasha were shown as being a couple at the end of the second film, however, in the series, they seem to have never had a first date together; also, Itchy decides to stay in Heaven, but he is alive in the series, although it is explained later in the series why he is on Earth instead of being in Heaven.

CharactersEdit

EpisodesEdit

Principal voice actorsEdit

Additional voicesEdit

SongsEdit

The theme song for the series is "A Little Heaven", written by Lorraine Feather and Mark Watters (which is also the music composer). The singers were Gene Miller of Nashville, Clydene Jackson-Edwards, and Carmen Twillie. Below are the main songs in the series, which is six in the first season, four in the second season, and one in the third season; all for a total of eleven songs.

Season 1Edit

Title Writers Performer(s) Episode
"By the Book" Ray Colcord
Lorraine Feather
Steven Weber
Mark Benninghofen
Lance, the Wonder Pup
"Casanova" Mark Watters
Lorraine Feather
Ernest Borgnine The Doggone Truth
"Everything a Girl Wants" Michael Silversher
Patty Silversher
Sheena Easton Mission Im-paws-ible
"It's Gotta Come from the Heart" Michael Silversher
Patty Silversher
Steven Weber Cyrano de Barkinac
"Itchin' and A-Twitchin" Tom Scott
Lorraine Feather
Steven Weber
Dom DeLuise
Dog Eat Dog
"The Perfect Dog" Michael Silversher
Patty Silversher
Sheena Easton
Steven Weber
Dom DeLuise
The Perfect Dog

Season 2Edit

Title Writers Performer(s) Episode
"Be Your Own Dog" Lorraine Feather
Scooter Pietsch
Sheena Easton
Andrea L. Robinson
Maxi Anderson
Carmen Twillie
The Big Fetch
"Party on a UFO" Kevin Quinn
Randy Petersen
Steven Weber
Jess Harnell
Steve Mackall
Kevin Quinn
Randy Petersen
The Rexx Files
"Sidekicks" Megan Cavaleri
David Goldsmith
Dom DeLuise
Charles Nelson Reilly
Sidekicked
"Take the Easy Way Out" Lorraine Feather
Scooter Pietsch
Richard Kaufman
Bebe Neuwirth
Andrea L. Robinson
La Doggie Vita

Season 3Edit

Title Writer Performer Episode
"Why Not Be Happy Now?" Lorraine Feather
Mark Watters
Sheena Easton He Barked, She Barked

CrewEdit

  • Maria Estrada - Casting and Voice Director
  • Gene Miller - Theme Song Performer
  • Clydene Jackson Edwards - Theme Song Performer
  • Carmen Twillie - Theme Song Performer

Home mediaEdit

In the 1990s, several VHS editions of the series were released, each containing two episodes. In 2006, two volumes of the series were released by MGM Home Entertainment, each containing four episodes. The entire series is available for digital download on iTunes, available for free on hulu.com. In Spring 2011, the entire series became available on YouTube through MGM Digital Media.

TGG Direct has released all three seasons on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[1][2][3] On December 3, 2013, TGG Direct released All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series - Complete Series on DVD.[4] The 7-disc set features all 40 episodes of the series as well as the TV movie An All Dogs Christmas Carol.

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