An All Dogs Christmas Carol

Starring: (the voices of) Dom De Luise, Steven Weber and Sheena Easton
MGM Home Entertainment
RRP: £12.99

Certificate: U
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It's shaping up to be a wonderful Christmas for all the precious pooches at the Flea Bite Cafe. There's shining packages, sparking decorations, and even a hefty donation fund for Timmy, the loveable little pup who's in need of an operation. But the festivities and good will don't mean anything to Carface, a big bully of a bulldog. Carface doesn't like Christmas. In fact, he even hates it. And together with his bad dog bullies, he's come up with a plan to ruin it - for everybody! But that's when Charlie and Itchy step in and - with a little divine intervention - devise a brilliant plan of their own to save Christmas and transform Carface from a holiday humbug to a bonafide Yuletide hero...

All Dogs Christmas Carol leaps on the success of the All Dogs go to Heaven franchise. While it will no doubt entertain tiny tots who have grown up on the Tellytubbies it's not really the sort of tale that most parents are going to be keen to sit through.

The first thing wrong with this is that it attempts yet another reworking of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Not only that, but it's not a very good reworking.

On the positive side Dom De Luise (who Stargate SG-1 fans may already know from his guest appearance as Urgo in the season three episode of the same name) is painfully funny as Itchy. And the moral to the story if well executed.

While not one of the best animated movies of our time, it should keep the kids entertained for just over an hour while you relax.

Nick Smithson

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