Alpha and Omega
Alpha and Omega is a 2010 comedy romance adventure film directed by Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck and stars Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper (who died before the film was released) and Danny Glover. Despite negative reviews and the fact that it bombed at the box office, it spawned an absolutely baffling franchise with seven straight to video sequels that nobody wanted or liked.
When two wolves, Kate and Humphrey (Justin Long and Hayden Pannetiere), get shipped from their homes to Idaho, they must get back home before their packs go to war.
- Very cheap-looking animation. Even a deleted scene in the DVD's special features has animation that looks better than the film's final result.
- A disappointing script.
- Predictable and overused plot.
- Repeats an old, false idea about how wolf packs function that was based how captive wolves which did not grow up together behave in zoos. Only somehow this pack doesn't even have any beta wolves.
- Very terrible jokes, which mainly consist of sexual innuendos (infamously including what appears to be a pun based on the anatomical features of wolf penises) and toilet jokes.
- Humphrey is supposed to be a good-natured prankster, but in his first interaction with Garth he comes across as spiteful and petty.
- The romance between Kate and Humphrey feels really forced.
- The film's message is about love transcending rigid social roles. Unfortunately, the sequels retroactively ruin the message by showing exactly why Kate and Humphrey should never have got together.
- Created the awful corgi-thing wolf pup CG models that would later become the even more awful protagonists of the sequels.
- Hollow logs do not, in fact, make good sleds.
- While Kate and Humphrey's romance feel forced as they spend most of their screentime arguing, the secondary romance between Garth and Lily is very well developed and genuinely sweet.
- Some of the characters are likable, such as Lily.
- Despite most of the jokes being terrible, some of the one-liners can be genuinely funny.
- Solid soundtrack
- The "Love Train" sequence, which is easily the best part of the movie, and the entire franchise.
- Good voice acting.
- The depiction of humans as actually trying to help the wolves repopulate rather than as evil eco-thugs is somewhat more nuanced than most kids' films that have anything to do with the environment.
- The film was dedicated to Dennis Hopper.