Dilemma and Redemption of a Ghost Dog (on Blu-ray and DVD)

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Charlie, a little cunning dog, is killed by gangster Carcasse. He hadn’t done well in his life, but he was accepted by the dog heaven. Determined to take revenge, Charlie finds a way to be resurrected and return to Earth. But she has to choose: continue living as before or help Anne-Marie, an orphan being chased by Carcasse.

• Original title: All Dogs Go to Heaven
• Media tested: Blu-ray
• Genre: animation, fantasy
• Year: 1989
• Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster
• Cast: (VO voice) Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Judith Barsi, Melba Moore, Charles Nelson Reilly, Vic Tayback, Rob Fuller, Anna Manahan, Loni Anderson, Ken Page, Godfrey Quigley (VF voice) Richard Darbois, Jacques Frantz, Alexandra Garijo, Céline Monsarrat, Philippe Peythieu, Claude Joseph, Patrick Osmond, Véronique Augereau, Nicole Favart, Gérard Meisonnier, Daniel Lafourcade
• Duration: 1 h 24 min 35
• Video format: 16: 9 (1.85: 1)
• Movie format: 1.37/1
• Subtitle: French
• Soundtracks: DTS-HD MA 5.1 English-DTS-HD MA 2.0 English, French
• Bonus: combo of Blu -ray (84 mn 35) and DVD movie (81 mn 08) – 4 movie postcards – film presentation by Xavier Kawa -Topor, specialist in animated films (2022, 26 mn 41) – visit to Sullivan Bluth studios in Dublin (RTBF archives on February 12, 1990, VOST, 43 mn 13) – trailer (VO, 1 mn 28)
• Publisher: Rimini Editions

Commentary on art

A defector from the Disney studios where he cut his teeth as an animator until 1981, Don Bluth became co-producer (with Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy) and director of a first independent animated feature film: Brisby and the NIMH secret. However he had to wait until 1986 to recognize his talent thanks to Fievel and the New World produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios then moved to Ireland (Dublin). It was in these studies that he realized The Little Dinosaur and the Valley of Wonder (1988) of resounding success and where little Judith Barsi lends her voice to the dinosaur Becky. The young actress, who will call Anne-Marie’s voice in the following cartoon, charlie is my hero, will be horribly murdered by his father a year and a half before the film’s release: Don Bluth honors him by giving the character parts of the little girl. The original title, All Dogs Go to Heavenborrowed from a phrase by Robert Louis Stevenson and the less recent plot, which took place in 1939, was inspired by the famous film. Life is beautiful (1946) by Frank Capra. Although intended as a family show, charlie is my hero not recommended for small children. The themes covered, such as death and atonement, are more intended for adults, such as film noir codes, taken from the script, with evil and violent characters (Carcasse), atmospheres with not always happy, even frightening, frightening sequences (hell, crocodile, piranha, shooting…) and the ambiguity of Charlie’s character using an orphaned woman for revenge. Don Bluth will even be forced to dismiss some frightening moments after the trial screenings. High in saturated colors and equipped with a very sophisticated animation, charlie is my hero skillfully combining action and musical scene while emphasizing moral values ​​and the victory of good over evil. The character’s character is very reasonable, especially Charlie’s who borrows the postures of actor Burt Reynolds who lends him his voice, like that of Carcasse (Carface in VO) dubbed by Dom DeLuise. Gisangka ni The little mermaid simultaneously released by Disney and probably very ambitious compared to the cartoons of the 70s even if it announced the change of tone that started the animation, charlie is my hero It only gained its reputation as a cult film afterwards due to the success of its video release. Its basic pessimism, almost traumatic for a child, and the lack of charisma of the dog protagonists leave a mixed impression, luckily lost in the character of the cute Anne-Marie, through the goodness of the old animation. (image image) and through its unique visual and narrative inventiveness.

Blu-ray Charlie is my hero

Technical Comment

PICTURE : HD copy, Master HD, very good definition with unique exceptions, good and regular silver texture (shooting at 35 mm in 1.37/1 format), following 1.85/1 projection format , clean and bright image, continuous blacks, shimmering calibration, warm colorimetry with clear colors and saturated Technicolor tones

his : English 5.1 mix (remix: in Dolby Stereo cinema), clear and balanced dubbing sounds, excellent dynamics in many action sequences but very much in favor of Ralph Burns’ lively music and songs by Charles Strouse and KJ Kuenster, prioritize frontal spatialization with a wider opening for songs and ambient music, occasionally LFE; VF 2.0, clear, dynamic, smooth dubbing even if it can’t get to transfer the intonations of the original sounds

Our opinion

Picture: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed Stargray star(4/5)
Sound components: blue starblue starblue starblue stargray star(4/5)
Bonuses: Red StarRed StarRed Starhalf red stargray star(3/5)
Packaging: blue starblue starblue starhalf blue stargray star(3.5/5)

IMDb : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096787/

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