Itchy Itchiford is the secondary character in All Dogs Go To Heaven, All Dogs Go To Heaven 2, All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series, and the complementary character of An All Dogs Christmas Carol. He was voiced by the late Dom DeLuise.
Itchy is cowardly, but kind-hearted and much more caring compared to Charlie, and has a terrible flea problem, hence the name. He is Charlie's best friend, sidekick, and polar opposite, being the voice of reason of the duo and is more reliable. However, he always gets caught up in many of Charlie's messes, though he always sticks by him no matter what. The only time he shows true courage is when his friends are in danger, and can even show aggression when necessary.
In the first film, he was impatient, less kind and caring much like Charlie was but no less cowardice, he was also almost (but not entirely) as greedy as Charlie, and wasn't very into the idea of "helping the poor" as shown in the scene where Charlie reads the story of Robin Hood to Anne-Marie. And the relationship between Charlie and Itchy was slightly different in the first film as Itchy would occasionally call him "boss," and acted more like a lackey to Charlie than a best friend.
Itchy's appearance stays the same throughout the whole franchise. In the first film, Itchy appeared slightly older like Charlie but no less different from all his other appearances. He is an anthropomorphic dachshund with brown fur, while his underbelly, front and back paws, muzzle, and the tip of his tail is light brown. He has a dark brown nose, and long ears, and is rarely seen without his red cap, and sleeveless, short, torn green shirt.
At the beginning of the film, Itchy is busting Charlie out of a city pound, and after having a near death escape, they make it to the (ship turned) casino for dogs alive and celebrates their return. but a short time later, Itchy gets separated from Charlie through a secret door & overhears Carface's thugs plotting Charlie's death & even hearing the mention of a " monster ". He rushes to go warn Charlie but is too late as he witnesses his death at the docks.
Back at their home, Itchy has a nightmare of Carface but is woken by Charlie. At first, he's relieved to see him again, but goes haywire thinking he's a ghost. During a conversation, he tries talking him out of wanting revenge and mentions a monster Carface has in his basement. The both of them sneaks into a vent and finds out that the monster turns out to be a little orphan girl named Anne-Marie, who can talk to animals. Itchy wants nothing to do with the girl knowing that Carface will be looking for her AND them, but Charlie takes her as a means of getting rich from her talent. And after winning so many bets and raising enough money, Itchy designs & builds their own casino, Which becomes popular.
The next night, while Charlie is still out with Anne-Marie "helping the poor", Itchy is closing up when Carface and his thugs corner and beats him demanding to know where the girl is, even burning they're newly built casino up into flames. He finds Charlie at an old church where puppies and their caretaker Flo lives, reveals what happened, and accuses Charlie of caring for the girl. Overhearing his denials of Itchy's accusations, a sick and upset Anne-Marie runs out the church and gets kidnapped by Carface shortly after with Charlie following behind. Flo orders itchy to warn the couple they stole money from earlier, and managed to round up many of the neighborhood's dogs as well. They all rush to go help Charlie but is too late as the casino ship sinks with Charlie still inside. Itchy is last seen sleeping by Anne-Marie's side on her bed after returning her stuffed doll to her because he was fast asleep he never got to say goodbye to Charlie when he visits them and was possibly adopted by Anne-Marie's new parents after Charlie asks her to take care of him while he's gone.
In the sequel, Itchy dies from choking on a drumstick and meets Charlie once again in heaven. As Charlie shows him around, Itchy takes an instant liking to heaven compared to Charlie who expresses (in a song) how he's grown bored of heaven, longing to live on Earth again. After Carface steals and loses Gabriel's Horn on earth, Annabelle reluctantly summons Charlie to retrieve it while Itchy is forced to be dragged along to help.
When they reach earth they go to a tavern for dogs & find that they can't interact with the living because they're still ghosts. They meet Carface there who can interact with the living due to wearing a magic collar given to him by "a friend of his ". Itchy reluctantly follows Charlie who wants to get one so he can meet a beautiful Irish Setter named Sasha whom he heard singing on stage. (Throughout their time on earth, Itchy makes many attempts to convince Charlie to find the horn, but to no avail.) They meet Red who gives them their own collars and warns that they will wear off by sundown the next day. Unknown to Charlie and Itchy, Red is actually a hellcat who wants Gabriel's horn to imprison all heaven dogs and rule the world.
They follow Sasha (after chasing her out of the tavern) to an abandoned backyard where they find her taking care of an 8-year-old runaway named David who's a magician and wants to be a street performer. Itchy becomes fond of David after being shown some tricks and pretty much goes along with it. After a comical mission of retrieving the horn from a police station after locating it, they head to Easy Street after Charlie puts the horn in a lobster cage and knocks it in the dock's lake, much to Itchy and Annabelle's dismay. After a failure attempt to entertain the crowd with his talent, David finally agrees to go back home.
When Charlie and Itchy's collar soon fades away making them ghost again, Itchy follows a desperate Charlie to Red's shop, only to witness Red as he really is. He follows Charlie to the docks after being order to get the horn. Once giving the horn, Red uses it to imprison all dogs from heaven, except Charlie and Itchy, yet including Annabelle, growing powerful. Charlie orders everyone to take David home while he stays to fight Red and make up for his mistakes, but is soon accompanied by the others. Itchy takes the horn and runs with it but after Red challenges him to choose between his friends and the horn, he goes back for them and they split up. After a long battle, Charlie finally saves the day and sends Red to hell (with Carface dragged along). They were then called back to heaven to return the horn and bid each other a farewell as Itchy decides to remain in heaven while Charlie was given a second chance to live on earth.
In the series, Itchy lives with Charlie on earth instead of heaven, they are both roommates in a rundown apartment, working as guardian angels and are every now and then assigned to angelic missions by Annabelle (which is soon revealed in a later episode to be the reason Itchy is on earth with Charlie). Itchy also has a love interest in the series named Bess.
It was shown that before Itchy even met Charlie, he had a girlfriend who was a poodle named Lilly, but because of something going wrong with a Ferris wheel mishap, she dumped him. Also, he later grew up with an abusive owner.
It is an error that in "When Hairy Met Silly," it was Charlie who gave Itchy the red cap because he had it as a puppy in the flashback scene of "Fearless Fido."
Itchy assists Charlie in saving Christmas after they learn of Annabelle's demonic cousin Belladonna's evil plot to not only destroy Christmas but also the lives of dogs around the city with the use of a gigantic whistle. And with the help of a miracle dog tag (given by Annabelle), they come to the conclusion of persuading Carface to join their side for once by using ideas from the story A Christmas Carol, with the exception of disguising themselves as each of the three ghosts from the classic tale.
Itchy is the first to go, disguised as "The Ghost of Christmas Past," and he shows Carface visions of his puppyhood, and takes great pity on him after witnessing just what kind of puppyhood Carface had. Slowly the gang's efforts begin to work on Carface one at a time, and when it is time to blow the whistle, Carface ultimately ceases Belladonna's plot and saves Christmas. It begins to snow at the Flea Bite, pleasing all the puppies and relieving Charlie and the gang, although Itchy expresses disappointment that the puppies have no presents.
Suddenly Carface appears at The Flea Bite dressed as Santa Claus returning all the gifts he stole from the puppies, even giving Itchy along with Sasha a present, and leaves to visit his mother while the gang enjoys the rest of the party. Itchy is last seen with Charlie at the end of the movie as they (after Annabelle) ends the story with a "Merry Christmas" to the audience.
Bess and Itchy are proven to be a better couple than Charlie and Sasha. As Itchy tries to be the best boyfriend to her, they never bicker or disagree, and it's very rare for Bess to lose patience with Itchy.
Itchy has the same fondness for David as Charlie, as proven in the second film, when after being shown a magic trick, Itchy instantly became David's friend and is seen in some scenes playing or hanging with David when Charlie would talk with Sasha. And he equally cared about David's happiness as much as Charlie did, like how he pretty much went with trying to help David achieve his goal of becoming a magician, slightly delaying his desire to return to heaven (but no less stopping), and in one scene where Itchy tried to cheer up David with bringing him food after his magic trick performance went wrong.
- When Itchy gets nervous, he scratches himself. Even at the city pound while rescuing Charlie and in the pipes in the basement while showing Charlie, "the monster" in the basement.
- Itchy is one out of 2 characters who hasn't changed voice actors throughout the whole franchise, the other being Killer. However, since Killer did not appear in the second film, Itchy is the only one of two such characters whose actor reprised his role even there.
- However, it is unknown who did the voice of Itchy as a puppy in the flashback scene of the TV series' episode "Fearless Fido."
- Itchy's voice actor Dom DeLuise also played Fagin in Oliver & Company, Jeremy in The Secret of NIMH, Tiger in An American Tail, Christopher Columbus in The Magic Voyage and Stanley in A Troll in Central Park.
- Itchy is the only All Dogs go to Heaven hero to wear clothing in the series (though sometimes, Annabelle is seen in a robe or [at one time] a military jacket and helmet, while Charlie is sometimes shown clothed, and Sasha is once, and Bess is shown so sometimes in both Season 1 appearances), the others being Red, Carface Carruthers, and Belladonna who are villains.
- As the events of the first film took place in the late 1930's, while the sequel's events took place many years later in an unknown year, it is unknown and unexplained how Itchy has lived for decades on earth (after Charlie's death) between that timeline, despite the fact that a dog's lifespan is fairly short. Logically meaning that Itchy would have very well been dead (of natural causes), and reunited with Charlie in heaven way, way before the second film's events, instead of choking to death.
- Itchy is similar to Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. Both are the best friends of the main protagonist (Itchy: Charlie, Mike: Sulley) both dislike the little girl the protagonist has stolen at first (Itchy: Anne-Marie, Mike: Boo) and both have last names which are revealed (Itchy: Itchiford, Mike: Wazowski)
- In the first film, Charlie states Itchy's surname is "Dawson" however in the following sequels and TV series, it was changed to "Itchiford"