All Dogs Go To Heaven is an animated movie from Don Bluth. The main character in the move, an orphan called Anne Marie, was played by a little girl named Judith Barsi whose life came to a disturbing and tragic end.
There was a little girl named Judith Barsi who lived in Los Angeles, California. Her parents, Joszef and Maria were immigrants from Hungary.
When Judith was five years old, her mother brought her to a skating rink. It just so happened that a film crew were shooting a commercial there that day and when they saw Judith, they hired her to appear in an advertisement for orange juice.
Judith’s mother had always wanted to be an actress herself, so when her daughter began appearing in commercials, she was overjoyed. She dreamed that Judith would become a rich and successful Hollywood actress.
Because Judith was small for her age, she was able to play the role of younger children. Her small stature ended up helping her career and she was soon starring in over 70 commercials. She also worked on a number of TV shows and movies.
The first movie in which Judith appeared was Fatal Vision, which told the true story of a man who murdered his wife and daughter. Her most famous roles were as Chief brody’s daughter in Jaws IV The Revenge, a cute little dinosaur named Ducky in The Land Before Time and a young girl named Anne-Marie in the animated classic All Dogs Go To Heaven.
By this time, Judith was earning a lot of money. Her father and mother didn’t have jobs and the little girl was the only one in her family who was earning a living. Her parents lived off her money and used it to buy a nice house in the Valley.
However, what nobody knew was that, behind the scenes, Judith’s life was a living hell. Her father,Joszef, was a nasty piece of work. He was an alcoholic and a violent bully, abusing his wife and daughter both mentally and physically. For years, they lived in fear of him.
He got drunk constantly and frequently beat his wife and pulled his daughter by the hair. Sometimes, he even threatened to kill them and burn the house down. He was so mean that he took great delight in breaking Judith’s toys right in front of her, to make her cry.
As Judith became more famous, her father grew extremely jealous and paranoid. He was convinced that his family would leave him. Just before Judith went to the Bahamas to film Jaws IV, Jozsef grabbed his daughter and held a knife to her neck.
“If you decide not to come back, I will cut your throat,” he growled.
After filming on the movie finished, he called her and shouted down the phone, â€œRemember what I told you before you left!â€
One day, when she was at an audition, Judith broke down crying and the truth came out about the terrible abuse that was going on at home. She was taken to see a child psychologist.
â€œIâ€™m afraid to go home,” said Judith. “My daddy is miserable. My daddy is drunk every day and I know he wants to kill my mother.â€
The psychologist told Judith’s mother that she was going to contact the police and child services. However, her mother was afraid that if she left her husband, she would also lose the house and all her possessions inside, so she told child services that everything was just fine.
One night, while Judith was sleeping peacefully in her bed, her father crept into the room with a gun in his hand. He pressed the gun behind Judith’s ear and shot her in the head. When his wife heard the noise, she jumped out of bed and went to see what was wrong. Joszef met her in the hallway and murdered her as well.
The crazed man lived in the house with their dead bodies for two days. Then, he poured gasoline all over the house and set it on fire, before going out to the garage and shooting himself in the head.
The animated movie, All Dogs Go To Heaven, came out the following year. It proved to be a hit with kids all over the world and was one of the most popular video rentals. Poor Judith never got to see it. By the time the movie was released, she was already in heaven.
So the moral of this story is…?