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 and Danny Glover.
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.
- Mediocre-looking animation. Even a deleted scene in the Blu-Ray'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 on 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 urination 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 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.
- Hollow logs do not, in fact, make good sleds (the same thing can be also said in Arctic Dogs).
- On that topic, this movie is infamous for spawning seven sequels from 2013 to 2017.
- And because of this, they created corgi-looking wolf pups named Claudette, Stinky, and Runt that would later become the even bad protagonists of the sequels.
- Somehow a shotgun has enough firepower to rip a wired fence apart, which makes this scene impossible and unrealistic.
- The infamous Moonlight Howl scene, though the song is nice to hear, the dance numbers the wolves do is uncomfortable to watch.
- While Kate and Humphrey's romance feel forced as they spend most of their screen-time arguing, the subplot focusing on 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.
- 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 soundtrack is okay.
- Compared to the later seven sequels, this is the only tolerable film of the franchise.
- This was Dennis Hopper's last film before he passed away of prostate cancer before the film was released and this film was dedicated to his memory.
- It was Lionsgate's highest grossing animated feature, before 2017 when it was dethroned by My Little Pony: The Movie (2017).
- The license plate on the camping couple's truck reads "A113". This refers to a classroom at CalArts, which they also use A113 in every Pixar movie as an "easter egg cameo".
- Steve Moore originally intended to give the movie a slightly darker and more serious story, but Lionsgate wanted it to be aimed more towards children, leading the original script to be re-written.
- It has it's own movie tie-in game on the Nintendo DS.