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All Dogs Go to Heaven 2

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The soundtrack for All Dogs Go to Heaven was colorful and capable of standing on its own, but All Dogs Go To Heaven 2, is starved of an essence. The music for this kind of feature is intended to appeal to children, who do not require intelligent lyrics. But if the lyrics are more juvenile than the kids who are listening, at least throw in some melody with a core and not just a surface. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil have collaborated on wonderful songs in the past, but there is a lack of direction on All Dogs 2 that ends up borrowing from other soundtracks. They even borrow from the first All Dogs, which contained a charming song about the predictability in Heaven called "Let Me Be Surprised." The first song on this soundtrack, "It's Too Heavenly Here," is basically a repeat but not as good, and lacking Burt Reynolds' smart aleck appeal. Sheena Easton seems to have grown so fond of animated films that instead of just lending a closing ballad this time, she is the voice of one of the dogs. She sings the loungy "Count Me Out" which will be entertaining if you're a fan of Easton, but it's hard to imagine a kid liking it. "On Easy Street" is a high energy, slightly more accessible song, but floats like white-wash among the other duds. It takes enough nerve to release direct-to-video sequels with inferior music; to release one to movie theaters with far inferior music seems drastic.

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