Carface Carruthers is the (former) main antagonist of the All Dogs Go to Heaven franchise. He is one of Charlie's best friends and former arch-nemesis, Killer's former leader and boss, and Red's former henchman.
All Dogs go to HeavenEdit
Sometime before the events of the film, Carface and Charlie went into business together and turned an abandoned barge into a casino for dogs. As the business went up overtime, Carface slowly became consumed by his greed and selfishness that he began to secretly plot against his partner so he could keep all the success and earnings for himself. He and his henchman Killer somehow managed to get Charlie thrown into the city pound, but with Itchy's help, they tunnel beneath the pound and barely makes it out alive.
When Killer informs his boss that Charlie had returned to the casino, Carface plans his death by throwing a "business solo" celebration for Charlie, getting him drunk and running him over with a car off the docks. He is revealed to have an orphan, who speaks to animals, in his Casino's basement, who is the secret to his success while Charlie is away. When Charlie kidnaps the orphan, Carface flies into dangerous rage, demanding the girl is found. In his many desperate attempts, he attacks Charlie with Killer's ray gun, attacks Itchy, and destroys Charlie's newly built casino.
When he finally captures her, Charlie comes to her aid, but is captured by Carface's thugs, and tied to an anchor. However, when one of his thugs bites Charlie's foot, he lets out a howl which attracts the attention of the King Alligator (whom Charlie befriended) who comes to his aid, scaring off all of Carface's thugs in the process. During a fight, King Gator slams into the ship and Carface is knocked into the water. He is seen swimming away from the gator and eaten off screen. After Charlie returns to Heaven, Carface is seen entering and winding up his "life clock" (an alarm clock) to return and take vengeance on the gator, but is last seen being chased out of Heaven by Annabelle for doing so.
All Dogs go to Heaven 2Edit
In the sequel, Carface has become a comic relief character and Red's henchman. He is also shown to be not so tough after all as he is truly a buffoonish coward. Tasked with retrieving Gabriel's Horn which he succeeds in doing but manages to lose it shortly after, much to Red's dismay. Meeting with Charlie again at a bar for dogs, he reveals that he is able to interact with the living through a magic collar given to him by Red and recommending Charlie to him after he meet a beautiful Irish setter named Sasha. Because of Carface's failure attempt to get the horn, Red decides to use Charlie instead. In the end, he attempts to reform and makes amends with Charlie and the others but since he foolishly sold his soul to Red (though he thinks Red wanted the bottoms of his shoes or something, though he goes with bare feet), he is dragged down to the underworld with him, but it's apparent that he somehow escapes (as he appears in the TV series and 3rd film).
All Dogs Go To Heaven: The SeriesEditCarface is now more of an anti-hero and a thief more than a villain. He is the most common adversary in the series along with Killer who also returns in the series.
An All Dogs Christmas CarolEditThis time, because this is based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Carface is the protagonist, as he is a counterpart to Ebenezer Scrooge.
Carface along with Killer first appears crashing a Christmas party at The Flea Bite Club, collecting debt from everyone by using a mysterious hypnotic dog whistle, hypnotizing everyone into handing over the presents and other things, even stealing money from a puppy named Timmy who's in desperate need for an operation to fix his bad leg. When Charlie and Itchy intervene to get back the presents, they learn that Carface is helping Belladonna (Annabelle's satanic cousin, who is planing to use a massive version of the hypnotic dog whistle to hypnotize every dog in the city into stealing the Christmas presents, causing them to be thrown out of their houses and abandoned). After being chased out of the shop, Charlie and Itchy seeks the help of Annabelle who gives them a miracle dog tag to use somehow to stop Belladonna. So Charlie plans to get Carface on their side by scaring the "dickens" out of him, using ideas based on the classic tale A Christmas Carol.
That night, Carface decides to get some sleep before midnight when Charlie takes over his TV disguised as Jacob Charlie (parody of Jacob Marley), warning him that 3 ghost will visit him at the sound of a bell, when the clock tower rang, Charlie pulls him in the TV where he meets Itchy disguised as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Carface isn't buying any of it until Itchy shows him a vision of his puppy-hood. It shows a female dog with several of her litters, one of them being Carface, he expresses sadness over his mother's absents longing to see her again, but then Itchy shows Carface another vision of when he got adopted by this very neglectful kid, while Carface explains (in song), the vision shows how the boy would constantly treat him like he didn't exist and evidently allowing him to wreak havoc around the house. But what devastated Carface the most was that the boy just wasn't there for him went it came to him getting in trouble with the boy's parents. And when it finally came down to him being kick out for his reckless behavior, this no less fazed the boy with no remorse or sadness over Carface's fate. So it was then that Carface decided to never trust another soul again and grows up into becoming a "hood". He angrily begins beating Itchy after being reminded why he hated Christmas to begin with, but suddenly finds himself back in his bed. Thinking it was all a dream he brushes it off and tries to go to sleep.
Later on, Carface (still uneasy by that "ghostly experience") plays music to calm him, but Sasha takes over the radio, and drags him in after playing another bell. She presents herself as the Ghost of Christmas Present and shows Carface a vision of Killer who's testing out a blow torch to gift to his boss, she explains that despite the abuse he gives to his sidekick, Killer loves pleasing his boss simply because "it makes him feel good". Carface also learns that unlike himself, Killer has a Christmas spirit as he sings about how the holiday makes him feel (along with Belladonna who separately sings her own version of how Christmas makes her feel), indicating that he's not such a bad guy after all.
Carface overall is a hotheaded, smooth-talking, greedy, business-like criminal, although his character goes through a series of changes throughout the franchise. In the first film, he was much more evil, grim, and just downright heartless, described by Charlie as a "dirty rat" But Carface's most notable trait is his greed, which all of his wrong doings evidently comes from as he has proven this throughout the franchise so many times. An example of when he ran the casino, his greed was so unbearable, that all of his casino goers would receive little to no winnings after they'd win bets (as they complained to his business partner Charlie about how bad things have gotten for all of them since he's been at the pound), even going far as to murder his own business partner to keep all the success for himself, even one of his own men if they failed to carry out his orders (such as when he tried to kill his sidekick Killer when he failed to find Anne-Marie after Charlie takes her). And he is also known as cantankerous, arrogant, ruthless, fiendish, abusive, clever, emotional, corrupt, accountable, rowdy, feisty, ambitious, crude, envious, careless, annoying, rambunctious, righteous, uncompromising, treacherous, harsh, eccentric, rude, sadistic, cruel, attentive, responsible, rough, ungenerous, traitorous, harmful, earnest, rightful and sinister.
In the second film and TV series, his villain status begins to deteriorate after becoming the lackey of Red (the hell cat), than later Belladonna (the hellhound). He became less evil, less intelligent, clumsy, and cowardice, making himself more of a comic relief. Although he is still malicious, and especially sneaky, an example of when he evidently fooled everyone in heaven (including Annabelle) into thinking he has reformed, even being rewarded with a Merit badge. He was still unbearably greedy, like how he once wanted to use Gabriel's horn for money making purposes, calling it his "ticket to fame and fortune", and exclaiming to Red "When we get that horn, we can open any safe or bank in the world".
In the third film, Carface reveals in a song why and how he became evil, and especially why he hates Christmas. But with help from Charlie and friends with a Christmas epiphany, he finally turns his life around and changes for the better by the end of the film.
In the first film, Carface was voiced by Vic Tayback. In the first film, he spoke with a deep, hoarse menacing voice like a typical mafia or crime boss. He was also always seen smoking and his cigar always had smoke coming out of it. But sometimes he took it out of his mouth. Carface proved to be Tayback's last role after he died suddenly the next year in 1990 from a heart attack. After Tayback's death Carface's voice was taken over by Ernest Borgnine. When Borgnine took over Carface's voice was now more softer and less menacing. His cigar often stayed in his mouth, but he never smoked it. Ernest Borgnine died in 2012 from kidney failure.
Carface and Charlie are formerly good friends that started a business together that became enemies within the film. Charlie departs from heaven to take revenge on Carface. In the end of the film, Carface is killed and eaten by King Gator and filled with the same vengeance as Charlie did towards him. In the sequel, after being in Heaven for some years, Charlie and Carface seem to be on better terms, but Charlie keeps a watchful eye on him while on earth knowing their past.
It's unknown how and when Carface found Anne-Marie, and how long he's known her, but she is revealed to be the secret to Caface's successful business with her ability to talk to animals. But Carface initially didn't actually care about Anne-Marie, only seeing her as his money maker, he would constantly keep her locked away in his basement and deny her access outside (probably out of fear of losing her, like when he flew into a rage after finding out from Killer that she's gone), an example of when Anne-Marie asked him if she could go outside, to which Carface tricks her into talking to a race rat first in exchange, only to go back on his word shortly after. But Carface wasn't just downright abusive to her, as he would get his thugs to feed and tend to her often, trying to keep her alive and fairly comfortable to have her raise his business.
Killer is Carface's weak-willed henchman, and is often mistreated by Carface and is never given any appreciation, just abuse. He is often blamed for things that go wrong or even threatened to be killed for them, like in the first film when Charlie steals Anne-Marie from him, Carface decides to have Killer killed when he failed to find her, to which Killer tried to save his own life by saying he has a ray gun they can use to shoot Charlie. Also when Charlie stole Anne Marie from him, Carface flew into a rage and started throwing things at Killer. Nevertheless, He remained loyal to Carface until his death in the original film.
But in the Christmas special, it is shown by Sasha that despite the abuse, Killer actually likes doing things for his boss cause "it makes him feel good," to which Carface is very surprised by. But even after being reformed, Carface is shown to still somewhat mistreat Killer, making him play the reindeer when he returns with the puppies' presents.
In addition to working for two hellish demons (Red, then Belladonna), Carface has little respect for Annabelle despite that she is the archangel dog of heaven, such as at the end of the first film, when he dismisses Annabelle's warning about winding his "life clock" after being killed by King Gator. Like Charlie, Carface tends to underestimates her, and has successfully manipulated her before, an example from the second film when Carface fooled her and everyone else in heaven into thinking he "reformed."
On the other hand, near the end of An All Dogs Christmas Carol, when Belladonna was fixing to kill him and Killer for sabotaging her plot, Annabelle saved their lives by making snow fall on her. He thanks her, and she credits him for all of the work, and then tells him to try to let out the good inside him more often, and then she sends the two former partners in crime home.
Because of Red, Carface's villain boss status has apparently deteriorated, and became his bumbling, cowardice and dimwitted lackey (much like Killer was as Carface's lackey). When he's around Red, Carface is just a little punk, kissing up and grubling before him as pointed out by David after being kidnapped and used for a ransom. When he's not around Red, he acts as the smooth talking, tough guy he was before, like at the near end of the second film where after Red's defeat, Carface than tried to downplay his involvement, even mocking Red of what he thought he wanted from Carface for his collar, which earns him a trip down to hell along with his master. But he also appears to be somewhat smarter than Red such as when Red had got Gabriel's Horn he was so overexcited about fulfilling his goal he almost paid no attention to anything else and when Carface saw that Charlie and David were fleeing Red just said "Let them" and Red's behavior was almost similar to an actor who had auditioned for a part and got the part (or something similar).
Sasha La FleurEdit
Despite treating her no better than the others, Carface is seen to have a slight soft spot for Sasha, like in the TV series episode "The Doggone Truth," where Charlie and Itchy masquerades as female dogs to seduce Carface and Killer into giving them the deed to The Flea Bite Club after they take it, and turn it into an arcade. And despite kicking her out earlier, Sasha is the first person he turns to for romantic advise. It's also hinted that he might even have an attraction to Sasha, proven in the episode "Mission Im-Paws-Ible" where she distracts Carface by seducing him while Charlie and Itchy tries to steal back Itchy's stolen collar, and last, at the end of the third film where Sasha kisses Carface's cheek after being given by him a present when he finally reforms and returns all the puppy's gifts he stole earlier.
Carface isn't shown to be as fearful of Belladonna as he was Red despite her being from hell too, but is no less loyal (yet clumsy) to her. Despite his services, he is never well treated, as shown in "Kibbleland" when he and Killer are stuck inside the titular game for their selfishness, and when Carface saves Christmas, she attempts to kill him and Killer.
Timmy is basically the entire reason why Carface changed for the better.
King Gator Edit
After Carface has finally recaptured Anne Marie, King Gator, after hearing Charlie's howl, broke into his lair and destroyed everything, scaring away his thugs and freeing both Charlie and Anne Marie and setting his lair on fire during the battle. He headbutted the ship which caused Carface to fall into the water and then he became King Gator's dinner, which got him wound up in heaven in the first place, and he swore revenge by using his watch, but was warned by Annabelle not to.
It was shown in the Christmas special that he had a mother who always loved him no matter how he was, and he had several (unnamed) brothers and sisters, but it is unknown how many of his siblings were of which gender.
- The Doggone Truth
- Dogs in the House
- Mission: Im-Paws-Ible
- Dog Eat Dog
- La Doggie Vita
- The Rexx Files
- The Big Fetch
- All Creatures Great and Dinky
- History of All Dogs
- Whacked to the Future (both as himself and an unnamed futuristic counterpart)
- Dr. Beagle and Mangy Hide
- Charlie's Angle (though "Carface" was really Chief in disguise here)
- Agent from F.I.D.O. (though he appears in the story-within-a-story as "Felonius Bentclaw")
- He Barked, She Barked