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January 30, 2011

Alpha & Omega

 

Alpha & Omega

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Come along on the ultimate road-trip adventure that will leave the whole family howling with laughter! When Kate, a take-charge “Alpha” wolf, and Humphrey, a laid-back “Omega” wolf, get snatched by park rangers and relocated halfway across the country, the two must set off on an incredible journey home! With the help of a goofy golfing goose and his quacky duck caddy, Kate and Humphrey won’t let anything stop them – prickly porcupines, grumpy bears, even a speeding locomotive – from getting back to Jasper Park in time to help save their pack from rival wolves! And along the way, Kate and Humphrey learn that even though they are complete opposites, they make a pretty good team! It’s a thousand miles of fun in this wildly entertaining journey the whole pack can enjoy together!

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Love is blind to the rules of tradition, opposites attract, and both clichés apply quite nicely to the wolves in Alpha and Omega. In the wolf world, the pack values the omega wolves’ skill of defusing tense situations with humor just as much as they value the keen leadership skills of the alpha wolves, but tradition dictates that alpha wolves don’t mate with omega wolves. So, when the all-business alpha wolf Kate (Hayden Panettiere) and the fun-seeking omega wolf Humphrey (Justin Long) find themselves attracted to one another, the pair resign themselves to a life apart, and Kate agrees to a match with alpha male Garth (Chris Carmack) from a rival pack in order to peacefully merge the two packs into one. But when Humphrey and Kate are tranquilized in their home in Jasper National Forest, Canada, and relocated to Sawtooth Forest far away in Idaho, the two discover that not only can opposites work very well together, but that neither of them can continue to ignore their attraction for the other. The question is, will working together, combined with a little help from a golf-playing goose and his duck caddy, be enough to get the pair all the way back to Jasper National Park before the rival wolf packs tear one another apart at the next full moon? And what will become of their relationship if they do return in time? This animated 3-D film is amusing and entertaining, if not particularly outstanding. A lot of the humor is pretty corny and the plot has been done many times before (think Open Season 2), but the characters are likable, the action is pretty good, and who can resist chuckling at images like a retired, golf-playing French-Canadian goose or the distractive powers of a good cupcake? (Ages 5 and older) –Tami Horiuchi


Customer Reviews

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“Alpha and Omega” is a cute, harmless, disposable animated film, something the kids may enjoy during its ninety-minute run but then forget about as soon as they get home. I appreciated it from a technical standpoint – the animation is decent, the color scheme is vivid, the vocal performances are competent – but I didn’t get all that much out of the story or the characterizations, both of which are a little too innocuous for my taste. Not to sound presumptuous, but I suspect I speak for the majority of adult audiences, who will no doubt dutifully take their children to see it. In all fairness, far worse children’s films have been made (I’m talking to you, the people behind “Furry Vengeance” and “Standing Ovation”). It’s not so much that “Alpha and Omega” is bad; it’s just that it’s awfully by-the-numbers.

It tells the story Kate (voiced by Hayden Panettiere) and Humphrey (voiced by Justin Long), two wolves living in Canada’s Jasper National Park. Even though they’re from the same pack and like each other, they’re separated by social status; Kate is an alpha – a hunter, a leader, well trained, committed to responsibility – whereas Humphrey is an omega – goofy, playful, responsible for nothing apart from breaking up the occasional fight. According to the laws, dictated by Kate’s father (voiced by Danny Glover), alphas and omegas can be friends, but they can never be mates. She can only be with another alpha. Low and behold, such a wolf is Garth (Chris Carmack), the son of Tony (voiced by the late Dennis Hopper), the leader of a rival pack. To prevent the two packs from going to war, it’s decreed that Garth and Kate will marry.

Matters are complicated when Kate and Humphrey are tranquilized by rangers and sent to an Idaho wildlife preserve, apparently in an attempt to repopulate the area with wolves. They soon cross paths with a golf enthusiast and his caddy, the former a French-Canadian goose (voiced by Larry Miller), the latter a British duck (voiced by Eric Price); with their help, Kate and Humphrey escape the preserve and begin the journey home. It’s a surprisingly uneventful trip. There are only two real exciting moments. One occurs during a rainstorm, when Humphrey has to save Kate from falling into a canyon by swinging in on a vine. The other is when Humphrey and Kate escape from angry bears by sliding down a mountain in a halved and hollowed log. Everything else that happens to them is barely worth mentioning. Mostly, they just dance around the issue of being in love with one another.

As far as the basic plot is concerned, that’s pretty much all there is to say. All we have left are the personality quirks of the side characters, who, in the tradition of even the best animated films, thoroughly upstage anything done by the leads. Garth, for example, is the canine equivalent of a mimbo – a fitness buff and ladies man who couldn’t howl properly even if his life depended on it. (Not that anyone really howls in this movie; if anything, they harmonize, as if performing the backup sections of a love ballad at a karaoke bar.) And then there’s Kate’s mother, Eve (voiced by Vicki Lewis), whose pleasant, wholesome voice belies a shocking tendency to threaten others with throat ripping and eye gouging. Kate’s sister, Lilly (voiced by Christina Ricci), is a soft-spoken omega who has a thing for Garth, in spite of the laws forbidding it.

I suppose I should mention that the film is presented in 3D, although in this day and age, it’s becoming less and less necessary to point that out. Regardless, the filmmakers did everything they could to take advantage of the process. Rocks that act as golf balls zoom directly at the camera. So do lunging wolves and splashes of water. It seemed most prominent during the film’s first twenty minutes, at which point I kept noticing a juvenile fixation on rear ends. Perhaps directors Ben Gluck and Anthony Bell are the kind of guys that think butts are inherently funny. Or maybe they understood that many children, their sense of humor still in development, are easily amused by that particular part of the body. Whatever the case, I was glad when they finally eased up on the references. Personally, I think faces are a lot funnier. Yes, even in 3D.

If there is, in fact, a theme or message, it rests solely on the idea of Opposites Attract. Even then, there isn’t all that much to go on, mostly because it isn’t explored in any meaningful way. The best we’re given, apart from the obvious inclusion of the alphas and omegas, is the pairing of a big, burly motorcycle enthusiast and a petite, matronly librarian; they drive a trailer and listen to heavy metal while wearing novelty sunglasses. I grant you it makes for a few amusing visuals, but that’s about it. The bottom line: “Alpha and Omega” is an adequate way to keep the kids out of the house for a little while, but I seriously doubt it will be remembered ten years down the line. It follows a formula and follows it well, and while that may not be much of a compliment, it’s the best I can do.
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Horrendous viewing. I encourage you to not spend a dime on it. Its barely worth a netflix view. And I have two kids under the age of 6 and am desparate for anything animated and entertaining to take up a couple of hours before bedtime. This movie was horrible. It was not funny. It was not cute. It was not watchable.
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For those of you who would like to know the plot i’m not going to spoil it, even though it’s pretty obvious from the trailer. So, lets get down to business, the first thing is that the way the plot is presented is what intrigues me, its not in an orthodox way, which gives you a good start but by the time the movie is about half over you will know what will happen.

The voice acting is great though the way that the actors were able to create a good feel for natural conversation was good and the animators did a great job of humanizing the characters without taking the animal qualities away (I always like to take note on this since very few people ever do when it comes to animated movies.)

Unfortunately I didn’t see it in 3D but if they did a good job of alignment the 3D feel should be awesome, it was good even in 2D on my laptop. Many of the shots in the movie are done in a way that just invites you in, the camera movement was great as was the the stationary camera shots, they really help you enjoy the background without taking your attention away from the action and the important parts.

There are few “cheap humor tricks” in this movie although the opportunity to pun is ever so pleasant they don’t do that too often, it has a good balance of humor and seriousness. They writers basically knew how to use their comic relief characters in good balance with the more serious ones.

This movie is great for families and I think that it would be a great choice just to watch for the heck of it.

And if your one of those sticklers for accuracy in movies just relax a bit and enjoy the film, don’t complain because the packs don’t follow a real packs organization, or that the wolves manage to grab objects with their paws every once in a while, its just a movie and don’t worry the animators didn’t take too much of an artistic licence with the animals.

Another thing to point out, this movie does not paint humans as evil monsters like other movies can and do, I’m sure my fellow hunters and outdoorsmen are happy about that, it in fact barely uses the humans and only for brief periods to move the plot along, in fact if you didn’t already know the plot from the trailer you wouldn’t even suspect humans to get mixed up the movie for the first 20-30 minutes.

The only reason I didn’t give this movie 5 stars is because I feel that there were other opportunities to one-up the plot and make it a little more interesting, you know add a conspiracy or something unexpected.

Overall a great movie that, with just a little more thought put into the story, could have been a great movie.

And just in case you didn’t know this was Denis Hopper’s last movie, playing the voice of Tony, a kind of antagonist character, but not really.

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