Best new Netflix movies and shows – 32. All Dogs Go to Heaven
Release Year: 1989
Directed By: Don Bluth
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Judith Barsi, Vic Tayback, Charles Nelson Reilly, Loni Anderson, Melba Moore, Ken Page, Rob Fuller, Godfrey Quigley, Anna Manahan, Candy Devine
Release Date: Monday, June 1
Remember when you were little and you had a handful of VHS tapes that were on heavy rotation and required constant rewinding? (Gen Z, this question isn’t for you.) More than likely, All Dogs Go to Heaven was one of the movies that you watched over and over alongside your Disney favorites. The animated film grew in popularity thanks to its home video sales, which helped it launch a less popular franchise. If you’re looking to travel back in time and relive some childhood magic, you should add All Dogs Go to Heaven to your watch list when it comes to Netflix this month.
All Dogs Go to Heaven takes place in 1939 and follows a dog named Charlie B. Barkin (Burt Reynolds) and his best friend Itchy Itchiford (Dom DeLuise) as they escape a dismal fate at the dog pound and return to their casino riverboat in New Orleans. However, after Charlie is killed by Carface Caruthers (Vic Tayback), he comes back to Earth from Heaven from the power of a magic watch. Charlie decides to set up his revenge plan against Carface by using an orphaned girl named Anne-Marie (Judith Barsi), but when he learns she’s being tricked by the bad dog, he’ll have to rethink his path.
All Dogs Go to Heaven comes from director Don Bluth, who also directed such animated favorites as An American Tail, The Land Before Time, Thumbelina, and Anastasia. The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics, holding a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes, and struggled at the box office with a worldwide gross of about $27 million. But the movie became a sleeper hit on home video as millions of viewers bought the VHS, which is surely how most millennials grew up watching it. Revisit a nostalgic classic when All Dogs Go to Heaven streams on Netflix on June 1.