Possibly the WORST sequel ever made!
I loved All Dogs go to Heaven so much that I went to see the sequel in
the theater, and I can't remember being more disappointed by a movie.
The story stank worse than an over-aged sack of manure. I mean, come
on! How could Carface possibly imagine being able to get revenge on an
animal so much bigger than him, no matter how angry he was. Plus
depicting Satan as a CAT?!?! How cliché can you get? So much for the
story. Is it any wonder that Don Bluth, Burt Reynolds, Melba Moore, and
Vic Tayback wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole? The animation was
absolutely wretched. The colors were all washed out, and I can't count
how many times I was able to see through objects that were supposed to
be solid. It had to be the worst animation I've ever seen! I usually
like animated movies, but not this BOMB!.
Not awful, but not great either!
I do like the original, despite one or two flaws. I did feel it was a
little too dark for children, but it was beautifully animated and
moving. This sequel is definitely inferior in comparison, but there
were a few redeeming merits. The animation is not very good, there were
a number of colour changes and very flat backgrounds, and I felt that
the animation on Red was a bit too frightening for children. The songs
were very pleasant, especially I will always be with you, but not
memorable. Then again, neither were most of the songs in the original.
I did like the singing voice of Charlie, provided by Jesse Conti, not
so much Charlie Sheen speaking-it just wasn't Charlie. Also Sheena
Easton was lovely as Sasha; if you want to know a little more about
her, she sang "A Dream Worth Keeping"(FernGully) and "Now and Forever"
with Barry Manilow.(Pebble and the Penguin, which I like more than this
to be honest)I loved Mark Watters' incidental music too. I liked the
character David, but I found Anne Marie a lot more likable, I cannot
watch the end of the first film without getting teary-eyed. Likewise
with Carface, Vic Tayback was definitely better, but Ernest Borgnine
did a very good job with the voicing I felt, but Carface lacked the
calculating manipulation that made him so memorable in the original.
Bebe Neuwirth's Annabelle did little for me too, I preferred Melba
Moore's angelic interpretation. Now another flaw, and the main flaw,
was the story. It was a good idea, with some neat subplots, but it was
told way too fast. The studio should have focused on accuracy and
detail rather than piling on rushed subplot and another. Now for the
main villain Red, a bit too frightening for my liking, but I liked his
song, with the Spanish flamenco like rhythms. George Hearn did more
than adequately with the voicing,very menacing at times like in his
song, but I felt he was out of character. I wouldn't initially
associate Hearn with villainous roles. A more inspired choice would
have been Tim Curry, as long as they didn't make him do a phony accent
that they tend to burden him with. The script wasn't bad, but it did
need a lot more work, whereas Borgnine and Dom DeLuise provided the
laughs, Sheen and Easton were a little less convincing. In conclusion,
a disappointing sequel to one of the more memorable Don Bluth movies,
but it is not as bad as the Secret of NIMH sequel, which was so awful I
didn't know what to say. 6/10 Bethany Cox.