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Judith Barsi's final film. Barsi and her mother were murdered by Barsi's father a year and a half before the film's release. The film's ending theme, "Love Survives," is dedicated to Barsi's memory.
The movie's title is derived from a quote by Robert Louis Stevenson: "You think those dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you they will be there long before any of us."
During the scene when Charlie is in heaven, where they keep all the clocks, one of them is a Mickey Mouse wristwatch. Director Don Bluth is a former Disney animator.
When the heavenly whippet looks in Charlie's records, his mother and father are named "Loni" and "Burt", and look like canine versions of Loni Anderson and Burt Reynolds (who were together at the time.)
Don Bluth was so heartbroken over the death of Judith Barsi the voice of Anne-Marie he based the character's design and mannerisms on her to honor her memory and cope with the loss.
The scene involving Charlie in Hell was trimmed by MGM to avoid a possible PG rating, However Don Bluth owns a private version of the film uncut that has never been released on home media.
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During the scene where Charlie is almost shot by Carface, he and Anne-Marie pass by "Bluth's Bakery" - a reference to director Don Bluth.
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On the soundtrack version of "Let Me Be Surprised", Charlie is heard saying "Damn that Carface, I'll kill him." but the "damn" part is removed in the movie (though Charlie still mouths the word)
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Steven Spielberg was going to be the executive producer of this film and have it released under the Amblin banner, but left the project after creative differences with director Don Bluth while they were making The Land Before Time (1988).
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Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise recorded their lines together, as did Vic Tayback and Charles Nelson Reilly.
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Charlie's use of the word "damn" was cut out of the film though Burt Reynolds does recall recording the actual line.
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Carface Caruther's other thugs in The Mean Street Dogs gang have names including Otto, Bruiser, Yellow Beard, Scarface and Thunder. Otto is the big, mean dog who bites Charlie's foot after he gets tied to the anchor. However his name is never mentioned and he never has a dialogue in the movie until he and the rest of The Mean Street Dogs later appear in the "All Dogs Go to Heaven" TV series episodes "Lance The Wonder Pup", "Charlie's Cat-astrophe" and All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series: Magical Misery Tour (1997). He is played by the voice of the talented, comical Carlos Alazraqui in that episode. Bruiser is the short, fat, bearded green bulldog in orange tank tops. Yellow Beard is the brown dog wearing a black collar with bullets on it. Scarface is the navy blue dog wearing sunglasses and spiked black collar. But their names are never ever mentioned in the movie either. However nobody knows which of Carface's thugs are Thunder yet. But his name is mentioned by Killer during the scene where Carface is angry when he has found out that Anne-Marie has left his Casino. He explains to Carface, "But, boss, it wasn't my fault. To be perfectly honest, you see, I--Uh--B-B-- Thunder was on duty. Take it up with him".
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The book on Charlie's life reads Charlie B. Barkin September 13, 1937 mostly German Shepard but also part collie, part great Dane and part retriever in short a bit of a mutt. the rest is difficult to make out but may mention how he doesn't have much goodness or loyalty, tends to be on the greedy side, but a small section does mention strong love.possibly foreshadowing his change from bad to good.
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The illustration on the War and Peace book that Charlie "reads" to Anne-Marie has the caption "General Pomeroy is shot." This is a reference to lead animator John Pomeroy, who is also a military history buff.
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John Eddings, the rough breakdown and inbetween artist of the film played the voice of the Chihuahua Gambler in Carface's Casino.
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Dan Kuenster, the co-director and storyboard artist of the film played the voice of the Doberman Bookie in Carface's Casino.
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T. Daniel Hofstedt, the additional storyboard artist and character animator of the movie sings as part of the ''You Can't Keep A Good Dog Down'' Chorus and appears as the voice of the Crowd Walla at Racetrack & Casino.
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T. Daniel Hofstedt), the additional storyboard artist and character animator of the movie sang as part of the "You Can't Keep A Good Dog Down" chorus and also played the voice of the Crowd Walla at both the Racetrack and Casino. Was really made in 1988.
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Carface's gang is called The Mean Street Dogs.
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Carface's gang members Otto, Bruiser, Yellow Beard and Scarface later can be seen in the "All Dogs Go To Heaven" TV Series episodes "Lance The Wonder Pup", "Charlie's Cat-astrophe" and "Magical Misery Tour". Otto takes Carface's place as the new leader of the gang.
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The scene with the alligator in this movie has since created the trope "A Big Lipped Alligator Moment." A Big Lipped Alligator Moment is a scene that happens out of nowhere with no build-up, is strange when it happens in context, has little-to-no help to the plot at all, and is never mentioned ever again. People often think the scene isn't a Big Lipped Alligator Moment because the alligator appears later in the movie to kill Carface off-screen.
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Despite last minute censorship, most modern audiences believe the film should be re-rated PG.
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Don Bluth:  [casting]  Dom DeLuise and Charles Nelson Reilly both provide voices for this film.
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Don Bluth:  [children]  Anne-Marie is an orphan.
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Don Bluth:  [important object]  Charlie's watch.
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