"My name is Charlie B. Barkin..."
Charlie is the main protagonist of the All Dogs Go To Heaven franchise. He is a German Shepherd mix, with parents Burt and Loni. In All Dogs Go To Heaven 2, it is revealed that Charlie left home at a young age. He is best friends with his partner, Itchy, and becomes enemies with Carface Caruthers within the storyline. He meets Anne-Marie in the original All Dogs Go To Heaven film. He meets David and Sasha La Fleur in All Dogs go to Heaven 2 along with various other characters throughout the films and the series. He becomes romantically involved with Sasha La Fleur.
Charlie's early life is unknown. He was born to Loni A. Bowser and Burt R. Barkin at some unspecified date. At some point in his childhood, he ran away from home and after that, his parents never saw their son again. Eventually he meets Itchy Itchiford and the two have been best friends ever since.
All Dogs Go to HeavenEditHe and Carface Caruthers became good friends, and opened up a casino together called "Charlie and Carface's". Charlie left the business, but returns after escaping from the New Orleans Dog Pound. Carface tells him it is time to part ways in the business, and eventually convinces him. Carface and his associates throw a party for him during Mardi Gras wishing him happiness and success in future endeavors. Charlie is taken to a dock where Killer puts a blindfold on him while drunk claiming they have an ultimate surprise for him. As the surprise, they end up murdering him afterwards by hitting him with a vehicle pushed off the dock. He is immediately sent to heaven and meets Annabelle, a Pink Whippet angel, and the head of Heaven. He tricks her and rewinds his 'life watch' and is sent back to earth with the intentions to seek revenge on Carface. With Charlie alive and well and reunited back with his friend Itchy, he tells him of the dangers he faces trying to exact revenge upon Carface saying he has thug with knifes, and a "monster" in his basement. Charlie becomes curious, and finds out that this "monster" is a little orphan girl named Anne-Marie, who can speak to animals. Charlie uses his "gift of gab" to sway the girl into living with him (which wasn't hard for him to win her over due to Carface's constantly mistreating of her).
The next day, she was taken to the horse stables to asked one of the horses who will win the race. At first, she refuses by saying that Charlie is just like "Mr. Carface" because he keeps asking her to ask the horse; but when he said that they would use the money to help the poor like Robin Hood in the bedtime story, she gets excited and asked the girl horse about who will win which turns out to be a horse called the Grand Cha-he.
Charlie sees using her talent to win animal races, as both revenge on Carface and a financial advantage. Anne-Marie spots a couple, Harold and Kate seeing them as potentially perfect parents which Charlie and Itchy see as a perfect financial source to begin their bets. Itchy schemes as an injured dog to get there attention while Charlie steals their wallet. During the scheme, Anne-Marie is becoming acquainted with them. While Anne-Marie begins talking to Kate, she is taken by Charlie to the race to view the outcome to her dismay. They experience their first win when Anne-Marie predicted from a horse that the horse with a birthday would win. The prediction comes true and they celebrate their win. After some time, Anne-Marie's watches Charlie and Itchy celebrate the success without her and falls discontent. They begin to buy her the dresses and various accessories she needs for adoption.When she learns that Charlie's gambling and not even looking for parents, she packs up and tells Charlie she's leaving. Trying to keep her happy, they go around the city helping the poor. Upon their winnings and giving to the unfortunate around the city of New Orleans, he goes to a female friend's residence at the church deeming she is the poorest person he knows. They feed Flo and her puppies pizza and cake. She discovers Charlie has stolen money from the couple she was fond of to create their winnings. She is disappointed in his wrong doings and goes upstairs upset and sings herself to sleep contemplating being united to the happy couple.
Charlie has grown to care for Anne-Marie as his guilty conscience led to the nightmare after Anne-Marie found out about the wallet. In the nightmare, he reflects on what Annabelle says "You can never come back" meaning he is a doomed soul. At once in the dream, he is banished to hell and is tormented by various beast. Hellhound appears during Charlie's nightmare where he is flying through space and gets sucked into hell by a tornado in a wasteland where a skeleton boat emerges from the lava and catches him and skeleton demon hisses at him and later he emerges from the lava breathing out little imps that attack Charlie. As one of the demonic creatures was biting him in the dream which turned out to be one of Flo's puppies biting him in attempt to wake him up from his nightmare. Filled with guilt and worry, Charlie looks for her at the residence. One of Flo's puppies tells him that she went to see the wallet family.
He makes his way there to find she has gained a rapport with the family and pleads her to stay with them, but her love for Charlie, she leaves with him. During their outing, they are seen spending quality time together at which they have been pursuit by Carface in his attempt to kill Charlie and re-kidnap Anne-Marie. Charlie survives the assassination attempt by Carface and the two escape to temporary safety, but taken captive by a hoard of smaller animals.
Upon the escape, they find themselves on the undercurrents of New Orleans. The King Gator tries to eat Charlie and Anne-Marie. When Charlie lets out a fearful howl, at which King Gator thinks that he was singing, and decides not to eat them refusing to eat someone with a singing ability. Instead, he sings a musical number called, "Let's Make Music Together".
Later, Anne-Marie falls sick with a fever, so Charlie and Flo are caring for her. Itchy comes to the residence angry, upset, and beat up from Carface's invasion of their club, and questions Charlie's loyalty towards him over Anne-Marie. Anne-Marie overhears Charlie's arguing and venting to Itchy about the burden she has caused them. Filled with heavy guilt of what he said, Charlie runs after her. As she is distant, she screams as she is being kidnapped once more by Carface and his thugs.
Charlie finds Anne-Marie confined and in deep sleep. He saves Anne-Marie from Carface and from nearly drowning by sacrificing his own life. Killer, Carface's weak-willed accomplice, pushes her to the shore as the ship has nearly fully sunk. She is medically and taken in by the Wallet Family, Harold and Kate. By sacrificing his life, Charlie has once again earned a place in Heaven. He returns to Anne-Marie with his final goodbye with a personality fully developed into a certain fatherly care for her.
In the finale of the film, Annabelle defeats the evil spirit that tries to claim Charlie after he drowned saving Anne-Marie. Charlie claims, "You said, I..." She quickly contrast his former disposition in her angelic voice, "Charlie, you gave your life for her... Come home." He begs her, "What about Anne-Marie?" She says gracefully, "Say goodbye, Charlie." Shortly after, Anne-Marie wakes up happy to see Charlie. Charlie lets her know he is going on a little trip and to take care of Itchy. Anne-Marie sadly says, "Charlie, will I ever see you again?" In a final consideration, he says "Sure... Sure you will, kid. You know, Goodbye isn't forever." indicating his heart will always be with her and there for her in spirit. As she says her goodbye, that she loves him, and kisses him on the nose. For the first time in the film, he accepts her kiss and tells her he loves her too. As she closes her eyes and falls asleep, he feels a slight guilt knowing he will never see her again in person, but starts towards his venture with Annabelle. As he looks back towards Anne-Marie sleeping peacefully one last time, Annabelle tells Charlie to come home.
After accepting his place in Heaven, He sees Carface once more in Heaven from being eaten by King Gator and angry from his early departure from Earth. He is shown in Heaven about to wind the clock back trying to exact revenge on King Gator from killing and devouring him; much like Charlie wanted revenge on him. Annabelle sees him winding the clock and shouts "If you touch that clock, you can never come back!" Charlie anounces due to his own situation, "He'll be back."
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2Edit
Charlie is awaiting the arrival of the newcomers to enter heaven. One in particular that he's waiting on is Itchy (who dies from choking to death on a chicken leg). Once reunited, Charlie welcomes Itchy and shows him around. Although Itchy takes an instant liking to heaven, Charlie on the other hand explains (in song) how boring heaven has gotten for him since his death, and longs to be back on earth. A short time later, Carface (also in heaven) attempts to steal Gabriel's horn but ends up dropping it down on earth somewhere in San Francisco, and later that evening, Annabelle announces to all the other heavenly dogs the bad news. Charlie seeing this as his only way out of heaven, convinces her to let him go retrieve it, as Annabelle hesitantly agrees, she sends a reluctant Itchy to accompany him.
Once on earth, he instantly drops his search for the horn and heads to a tavern for dogs much to Itchy's chagrin. But he quickly becomes disappointed when he learns that he is still a ghost and cannot interact with the living. He meets Carface there and finds that he can interact with the living with the use of a magic collar, and agrees to follow Carface to get one after he falls for a beautiful Irish Setter named Sasha who he heard singing on stage and is desperate to meet her. When they visit the shop, he and Itchy meets Red who gives them both a collar but warns that they will fade by sun down the next day, but what Charlie doesn't know is that Red is actually a hell cat who plots to use him as a pun to get the horn, imprison all dogs, and rule the world.
Charlie and Itchy return to the Tavern, and after Charlie makes a first bad impression on Sasha, he ends up chasing her out of the bar, and follows her to an abandoned backyard where Charlie finds that she is caring for an 8-year-old runaway named David. Charlie tries to prove to him and Sasha that he's an angel by showing them his angelic abilities, leading David to believe Charlie is his guardian angel and thinks he knows why he ran away, explaining that he has a stepmother whom he doesn't like. Refusing to go home, he reveals his ambition to become a street performer doing magic tricks. Charlie encourages him to pursue that dream and takes him to "Easy Street" much to Sasha's chagrin. On the way they find that Gabriel's horn is in the possession of law enforcement, and put in the lost and found. And after a comical mission to retrieve it, Charlie still wanting to help David, places the horn in a lobster cage and kicks it into the lake much to Itchy and Annabelle's dismay. They make it to "Easy Street" and began David's magic show, but after the performance goes wrong, they spend the rest of their time sitting out the rain.
A sad David reveals that his birth mother died, and his stepmother is expecting, and is afraid he'll be forgotten once the newborn arrives, which is why he ran away. So Charlie and Sasha assures him that he is loved and convinces him to go back and make up with his parents, Charlie even shares his own experiences with being a runaway. Finally convinced, David decides to go home but only if Charlie takes him (as David hugs Charlie, and the latter wraps one of his paws around him), Charlie makes the promise knowing he couldn't keep it. Later, Charlie privately confides with Sasha about not really being a guardian angel and is unable to keep his promise to David, and also expresses disappointment in losing Sasha. Charlie and Sasha spend their time together expressing their love for each other in song, but before they can share a kiss, his collar unfortunately disappears, leaving both David and Sasha sad and confused. In a desperate attempt to keep his promise to David, he races to Red's shop and begs for another one, even going far as to trade in the horn for it. Red accepts the deal, but when Charlie is given the collar, it chokes and wraps around him as Red finally shows his true colors. Betrayed, Charlie tries to attack, but Red, having full control over the collar, leaves Charlie weak against him. Red orders him to get the horn which Charlie does, but he first heads to the train station to meet up with David and Sasha, only to witness Carface kidnapping, and using him as a ransom to bring the horn.
Later, Charlie finally arrives on Alcatraz Island, gives the anxious Red the horn, takes the captive David and leaves. Red uses the horn to suck all dogs (including Annabelle) from heaven and into each cell which grants him tremendous power before the island itself sinks down into a giant whirlpool. Charlie, realizing his mistake, tells the others to get David home while he stays behind to fight Red, but is overpowered. Instantly, David, Sasha, and Itchy come around to assist Charlie and during the brief battle, Charlie notices how badly Red reacts to water when a sink faucet brakes and sprays water all on him. Once the horn was in his possession, Charlie goes on top of the prison building after being instructed to play the horn from Annabelle with Red following him close behind. With Red slowing him down, Charlie gets on top of a water tower and tricks him into making contact with the whirling water, knocking him back down. Suddenly, Red's lower half of his body begins to sink down into hell through a big crack in the floor, as he tries to resist, he is soon defeated as Charlie blows the horn, freeing all the heavenly dogs and damning Red to hell permanently.
A scared Carface comes out of hiding and tries to downplay his involvement, but is then dragged down to hell by Red, after revealing that he sold his soul for his collar. Suddenly, Annabelle beacons Charlie and Itchy to heaven, leaving Charlie to say goodbye to a sad David (after asking him to let Sasha take him home), and declare his love to Sasha. After returning the horn when they reach heaven, Annabelle, so proud of Charlie for his brave deed, rewards him with not only a merit badge, but a second chance to live on earth. Before leaving he says a heart felt goodbye to Itchy who wants to remain in heaven and falls back down on earth. Once reunited with an overjoyed Sasha and David (who were almost at his home), he and Sasha watches as David is happily greeted by his father and stepmother, and David begins to accept and see her as his "mom," and they walk into the house together with David asking if he could have pets. Outside, Sasha asked Charlie why he came back, to which Charlie hints that he wants a relationship with her, then finally they share a kiss and walks into the house together as a couple after David comes back out, and presents them with their own dog bowls, indicating that they are now his pets.
All Dogs Go to Heaven: The SeriesEdit
The TV series makes several changes from the second film. In the series, Charlie and Sasha are not married, and are instead an on-and-off couple (who are revealed to not have even had a first date together, but are more like frenemies as they are known to bicker and disagree. Charlie lives in an old, rundown apartment, and are roommates with Itchy who is back on earth instead of Heaven (and the reason why is revealed in a later episode), and neither he nor Sasha lives with David (but still sees him sometimes in some episodes). He and Itchy are guardian angels, and are every now and then assigned to angelic missions by Annabelle.
An All Dogs Christmas CarolEdit
After having their Christmas party at the Flea Bite crashed and their presents stolen by Carface and Killer, Charlie and Itchy decide to take matters into their own paws. Followed by so many failed attempts to get in Carface's shop, when they finally get in and demand their stuff back, they soon discover from Annabelle's demonic cousin Belladonna her plans of using a whistle (much like the one Carface used on the dogs at the party to steal their stuff, but only massive) to hypnotize ever dog in San Francisco into stealing from their homes and to get them kicked out and end up homeless, and lastly she chases Charlie and Itchy out of the shop with her minions. With no other option left for them, they turn to Annabelle who gives them a miracle dog tag to use and figure out a way to stop Belladonna's plot. So Charlie suggests trying to change Carface by scaring the "Dickens" out of him with using ideas from the story A Christmas Carol. With the miracle tag, Charlie disguises himself, Itchy, and Sasha as each of the three ghosts from the story making Carface the Scrooge Archetype that they must convince to change. After Itchy and Sasha's efforts (as the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, respectively) seem to slowly work, Charlie sucks Carface into one more dream as the Ghost of Christmas Future, (using a reference of The Mask) and sings a Gospel-style song-and-dance to make Carface realize where his actions will take him eventually if he doesn't "clean up his act." Next he shows Carface a vision of Timmy's house at 12:00 midnight on the same night Belladonna will blow the whistle. Carface witnesses Timmy suddenly waking up (hypnotized) and leaving through the doggy door with a present. A desperate Carface begs the "ghost" to tell him what he should do, to which Charlie tells him in a dark tone to "figure it out," and wakes him out of his dream.
After their efforts, Charlie, Itchy, and Sasha are at The Flea Bite hoping their efforts were enough, but as time goes by, they grow anxious and try to find the whistle themselves, but with no luck they decide to do nothing more than just wait and trust Carface to finally come around. After Carface manages to save Christmas, it begins to snow, bringing joy to all of the puppies at the party (who think Charlie did it after all) and relief to Charlie and the gang after Annabelle informs them of Carface's decision. Suddenly Carface shows up dressed as Santa returning all of the puppies' stolen gifts, Charlie congratulates him for doing the right thing for once, and along with everyone else continues to celebrate Christmas at the party. As Annabelle (along with the angel puppies to whom she tells the story) ends the story with a "Merry Christmas" to the audience, Charlie is last seen with Itchy in heaven also wishing the same for the audience.
Charlie's appearance in the first film is somewhat different compared to his other appearances. He is a German Shepherd mixed breed, he appears older, lankier, and slightly shaggier. His fur is light brown while his belly is a light tan. He has dark brown ears, his right ear has two holes in the lope, while his left ear always leans down. The hair on his head is always ruffled, and he has a big, dark brown spot that starts from his head, all the way down to his back side. His tail is long and shaggy, he has a mole on each side of his face, his snout, and around his eyes are dark brown, his nose is a spicy brown, and it seems he has two small whiskers sticking out near the right side of his nose. throughout the rest of the franchise, he appears younger, the moles on his cheeks, and the two whiskers near his nose are gone, his fur is lighter, and the long spot on his back is now a slightly lighter brown but is still no less dark (including his snout and around his eyes).
Charlie is said to have "the brain of a con man, but the heart of a marshmallow." Having been on the streets from a young age, Charlie has developed his "gift of gab" in order to survive the harsh streets. He is initially clever, fun-loving, lively, mischievous, charming, somewhat money hungry, a risk-taker, and quite the party animal.
His character develops throughout the original All Dogs Go to Heaven film into a more honorable one due the fact of his guilty conscious of stealing and deception towards Anne-Marie. In the first film, he starts off roguish, somewhat hotheaded, and menacing, (but not as malicious as Carface) and isn't well known for doing much good deeds, but because he's a dog (since dogs are naturally good and loyal like what Annabelle said before) he was allowed access to heaven. But he initially doesn't mean any harm as he has been shown to have a very caring, compassionate side, and compared to Carface, Charlie was more of a pleaser and was proven to be quite popular amongst the other dogs, an example of when Charlie returned to the casino after escaping from the pound, it's hinted by the other casino goers that Charlie ran the casino better than Carface did, giving everyone what they wanted and gained more popularity and success than Carface after running his own newly built casino. And spending time with Anne-Marie made him began warming up a lot more, even going far as to sacrifice his own life for hers. Towards the end of the original film, with the sacrifice of his life made, he returns to Anne-Marie with his final goodbyes with a personality fully channeled and developed into the heart of a father mostly due to his great care for her.
In the second film, TV series, and Christmas special, Charlie's attitude slightly changes, becoming more laid back and friendlier than in the first film, but is still scheming and mischievous as well as selfish, lazy, and dishonest at times, as he would rather ignore his responsibilities just to goof off and live the life of a normal dog, but when it comes to his friends' well being, he always comes around and makes up for his mischief.
Nothing is known about the relationship between Charlie and his parents, but it obviously wasn't a very good one, ending with Charlie running away from home and was never seen by his parents again. And it is hinted that Charlie somewhat regrets that decision while explaining this to David (in the second film) in an attempt to convince him to return home.
Charlie is Itchy's best friend, and polar opposite. Despite how much trouble he puts Itchy in, Charlie deeply cares for him like a brother and always comes through for him. He does get annoyed by Itchy's goody two-shoes, and cowardly behavior, and tries to serve as an influence to him. In the first film their relationship was slightly different, as Charlie treated Itchy more like his lackey than a best friend as Itchy would occasionally calls him "boss," and was impatient with him at times, but he truly did care for him as a friend, like at the end of the film when he told Anne-Marie to take care of Itchy while he's gone.
Charlie tends to not take Annabelle seriously, he has little respect for her, and often times choose to ignore her guidance and rules despite that she is the archangel dog of Heaven. He underestimates Annabelle and can even succesfully trick her at times, like in the first film where he distracted Annabelle in an attempt to steal and wind his "life watch" from her, and in the second film when he convinced her to let him retrieve Gabriel's horn when it fell on Earth, when in reality he just wanted to leave from heaven to live back on Earth.
In the original film, all Charlie cared about was Anne-Marie being his little money maker, with her amazing gift to talk to animals, only wanting to use her much like Carface did, but being the con artist he is, wanted to gain her trust first by appearing like a Robin Hood figure in her eyes, stating that he rescued her from Carface and his reasons for gambling is to "give money to the poor." And unlike Carface, he was more than willing to give her anything she wanted and to keep her happy as long as it gave him what he wanted out of her. But the more time Charlie spent with her, the more caring he became of her, affectionately calling her "squeaker." And near the end of the film, he willingly sacrificed his life to save her from the burning casino ship. By the time they exchanged goodbyes, their union is as strong as a father-daughter's relationship. He even promised her that they will meet again someday. As Charlie is a German Shepherd, he could not help but treat Anne-Marie the way he was bred to, and that is love and protect her with his life. This is probably because his breed was to guard flocks of sheep and other livestock from getting hurt from predators. This specific duty came to him when he bonded with Anne-Marie, which is why he became fiercely loving of her like a dog-owner companionship.
Charlie and Carface used to be good friends that started a business together, but 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. Charlie evidently lost all grudge, hatred, and even suspicion of Carface (but no less likes him still), especially with everyone already convinced that Carface "reformed," but Charlie was utterly surprised when Carface was rewarded with a merit badge despite what a horrible person he was and still is. But initially, Charlie doesn't seem to mind Carface no matter how distrustful he really is, even trusting him at some points (as long as it benefits him that is), an example in the second film, when he follows Carface to meet Red at his shop to retrieve a magic collar so he could physically meet Sasha, and in the episode "Dr. Beagle and Mangy Hide" when he is invited by Carface to join him and Killer for some dog food and is tricked into eating it, unaware that it was mixed with a potion that turns him into a monster.
Charlie equally cares less about Killer, but compared to Carface, finds Killer slightly easier to push around due to his clumsiness, like in the first film how he and Itchy humiliated him during the song "You Can't Keep A Good Dog Down."
They are fast friends after King Gator refuses not to eat him due to his fearful, yet "musical" howl when almost eaten by him. King Gator plays a vital role in saving him and Anne-Marie and confronting Carface.
Flo is an old friend of Charlie's and one of the poorest he knows. He was also in a relationship with her before Sasha. Don bluth insisted that Flo was Charlie's soulmate until he died.
Sasha La FleurEdit
At first sight, Charlie fell head over heels for Sasha, and wanting desperately to have her (even trusting Carface enough to follow him to Red's shop to retrieve a magic collar to get her attention), and although Sasha showed lack of interest in Charlie, he basically does all he can to impress and win her over, sometimes to no avail. She becomes his love interest in the second film. Charlie uses his miracle to grant Sasha the ability to converse with David. The pair sings the soundtrack "I Will Always Be with You" as they embrace each other. Overall, they are overall more like frenemy as they often bicker and disagree, and often have this "on-off" relationship.
Charlie has this "A boy and his dog" sort of relationship with David. He was lead on by Charlie to believe that he is his "Guardian Angel." He loves bonding and spending time with David (and vice versa), and enjoyed being his guardian angel although he wasn't. But regardless, Charlie deeply cared for David to the point of doing anything for him, like (in the second film) how he promised to take David home knowing he couldn't keep that promise, but desperately tried to keep that promise after his collar disappeared. In the second film, Charlie uses his miracle to grant Sasha the ability to converse with David.
After having forsaken his place in heaven, Charlie was left with a warning that once his watch stopped, the Hellhound will have the rights to his soul to torment him in hell for all eternity. He suffers from the nightmare that he is banished to Hell as punishment for turning down his place in Heaven. He meets the Hellhound that creates fire imps to torture him by bitting his flesh, but after he is escorted by the Hellhound to Anne Marie's new home to apologize, the Hellhound no longer has the rights to his soul, so after the Hellhound was vanquished, Annabelle told him that he had earned his place in Heaven for rescuing Anne Marie from the burning ship
Absolutely every episode.
In "Agent from F.I.D.O.," he appears in the story-within-a-story as "Double-Dog Dare."
- Charlie is voiced by Burt Reynolds in All Dogs go to Heaven
- Charlie is voiced by Charlie Sheen in All Dogs go to Heaven 2, with his singing voice done by Jesse Corti.
- In the TV series and the third film, Charlie is voiced by Steve Weber.