Fans of “All Dogs Go to Heaven” might not recall a scene in which one of the gone-too-soon pooches descends into the fiery belly of hell and narrowly escapes taking up permanent residence among the other condemned souls. And that’s apparently for good reason, as the full sequence in question was cut. It’s made its way online, as all such things eventually do, and is now available to retroactively ruin your childhood on YouTube. Watch the entire uncut scene below if you dare.
The film was directed by the underrated Don Bluth, who provided a darker alternative to Disney fare throughout the 1980s and ’90s: “The Secret of NIMH,” “An American Tail,” “The Land Before Time,” “Rock-a-Doodle,” “Anastasia.” This chthonic sequence, although found in low quality, finds canine hero Charlie B. Barkin (voiced by Burt Reynolds) sucked into a swirling vortex that leads him to the lake of fire; once there, he’s forced to contend with a dragon, a winged skull creature, and smaller demons that prove no more hospitable. (It all turns out to just be a nightmare, but still.) If you notice the dips in quality, that’s where the video jumps between what was included in the original and what was deleted.
Released in theaters on the exact same day as “The Little Mermaid,” “All Dogs Go to Heaven” was considerably less successful (its $27 million in box-office returns was barely 1/10th of that film’s $211 million). Like much of Bluth’s work, however, it still lays claim to a small, devoted following.