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on 18 August 2003
this is a heartwarming film about an orphan girl and a dog charlie who is sent back from heaven to do a good deed.
now when i was young and living in a world where it was perfectly normal for little girls to talk to dogs that run bars this was the only film i would watch repeatedly and even now at the age of 16 this film can do no wrong.
This is one of those special films that can get you in all the right places, the good charactors are loveable and heroes in anyones eyes, the bad guys are easy to despise and oh so scary, the songs are catchy and the ending still brings a tear to my eye ( but lets not spoil it for you).
overall this is a film which i swear you can enjoy whatever age you are and is a film that you will never forget!
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on 17 June 2009
thanks great dvd for my grandaughters 21 fst birthday to remind her of long ago
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Breaking out of the City Pound, roguish German Shepherd Charlie B. Barkin finds himself double-crossed by his shady partner Carface Malone and knocking at the Pearly Gates without a good deed to his name. Demanding a second chance, he steals his heavenly watch and returns to earth where he soon discovers the secret of Carface's gambling success - a little girl who can talk to animals and get race results direct from the horse's mouth! Smelling a fast buck, Charlie 'rescues' her only to find his hitherto unsuspected good nature getting the better of him, with a series of fiendish schemes, close scrapes and unexpected adventures leading him to a life and death decision...

"When you have plot, good characters and actors, and fine animators, all these things are the makings of real magic," claimed Don Bluth at the time of the film's release. Well, not quite. As an animator, with his fluid, classic style and shimmering use of light at a time when Disney animation was stuck firmly in the doldrums, Don Bluth had no peers, but, the honorable exception of The Secret of NIMH aside, as a storyteller he was still back in the stone age. All Dogs has a premise - a very promising, if predictable one - but the plotting is all over the place. Veering off in all directions, seemingly for no better reason than self-indulgence, without a strongly developed storyline his undoubted visual talent quickly loses impact and cohesion.

Sequences like an ill-judged laser gun shoot-out are abrupt and fragmented and completely out of keeping with the mood of the piece, as if straying in from another, lesser film. The musical numbers are for the most part irrelevant, neither advancing the plot or enlightening the audience, and just as chaotic, not only because of Burt Reynolds and Dom De Luise's lack of vocal range (they seem to give up half-way). They seem badly mistimed and suffer from Bluth's occasional tendency to swamp the borders of the frame with gaudy colour. Crucial scenes, such as Charley's escape from Heaven, are similarly rushed out of much of their significance or value. Bluth really needs to hold back and take his time, but seems to lack the confidence to do so.

The character design is the film's only real unqualified triumph. Charlie is probably the best cartoon canine since Tramp, while Ann-Marie is one of the few successfully animated human characters in memory; and King Gator, the Esther Williams fixated ruler of the sewers who supplies the film with its most successful musical number ('Let's Make Music Together') is an absurd enough scene-stealer to make you overlook the fact that there's actually no good reason for him to be in the film at all.

With the exception of much of An American Tail, Bluth's animation was far superior to the work Disney were doing at the time. Yet with their understanding of classic narrative structure, even the more disappointing Disney animated features of the day worked much more effectively. Here is direction is often adventurous and anarchic - note how his chase scenes move from right-to-left, rather than the standard left-to-right - but lacks the discipline that the magical Secret of NIMH showed him capable of.

Yet despite everything, All Dogs is often fun, and the finale is genuinely touching. If you can overlook what this should have been and accept what it is - beautifully animated, warm-hearted family entertainment with a story that's all over the place - you won't be too disappointed.
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on 12 August 2010
this is a must have film if u got kids such a great film. my little girl really enjoyed it and we did too.. very fast delievery within two days since purchase very happy..
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on 20 April 2009
A happy trip down memory lane, the film surprisingly withstood the test of time, plus childhood rose tinted glasses.

Of course it's dated, but not too badly. A bit more violent than more modern children's films, but it's part of it's charm.
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on 3 August 2011
A fantastic film and the quality of the dvd is top notch. with it being an old film i didnt expect the quality to be so good but i was very pleased, and fast delivery.
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on 23 December 2010
Orderered item and despatched immediately - good to use amazon as I looked elsewhere and couldn't find it cheaper - I always look here first now.

Good communication aswell so you know where goods are at all times.
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on 19 March 2014
I first saw this film as a young girl, and chanced upon in on amazon, and snapped it up. This film is as good as I remember, and done in the days of old fashioned, drawn cartoons and doesn't rely on CGI effects. The story still pulls at my heart strings, and they really bring the dogs to life.
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on 12 November 2014
Love this film One of the Best Animations of all time. Way FAAArrr better than the sequel (which I dont recommend).
Lovely songs in the original...great moral values for children, teaches and entertains at same time xxx
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on 15 September 2013
Lots of things happened in this film, some of it difficult, betrayals, death, poverty, but a lot uplifting, friendship, caring, love. My 9 year old granddaughter loved it as much as my daughter had when she was 9!
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