Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs
Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs (simply known as Dino Digs) is a 2016 American computer-animated comedic-fantasy film, produced by Splash Entertainment and distributed by Lionsgate Films. It is the sixth installment in the Alpha and Omega franchise.
After Kate, Humphrey, and their three pups are forced to relocate their den, they discover Amy, a friendly purple raptor that magically came to life after being undercover during a big dig. The pups and their forest friends show Amy the wonders of their new world, and must work together and try to stop the diggers from unearthing the dangerous T-Rex before it is too late.
Why It Sucks
- The animation has greatly degraded since the first film and its previous sequels. It’s no surprise that Splash Entertainment, the animation studio behind the infamous Norm of the North is behind the animation of this movie.
- The pups are probably at their worst here, telling their parents flat-out that they rebel because their parents taught them to be good and helpful as an excuse for their disobedience and constantly throwing themselves into danger. Even worse, the film clearly agrees with them acting this way and the parents accept they were wrong to stop their kids doing whatever they liked.
- This film is officially when the Alpha and Omega franchise jumped the shark (or jumped another shark, with the first being when it decided to focus on Kate and Humphrey's obnoxious ageless pups). The previous films were all set in a grounded universe with real problems that wolves faced, so having a dinosaur that magically managed to survive extinction by a supernatural force seems really bizarre,
- Amy, the titular dino, is by far the worst designed character. She is a DINOSAUR with a unnaturally bright color scheme of purple scales with a green tint (which would hinder her survival if she actually existed). She is also apparently a vegetarian raptor whose mother was a T-Rex. That's not how that works.
- The film lazily reuses character models from the first movie and just copy and pastes them with only minor details in hair, clothing, and personality. Most notably, the same character model is used for the owner of the burial ground and his brother.
- The uncanny movement of the characters with a lot of squirming and stiff motions.
- The film takes a lot of liberties with sacred burial grounds and nature reserves.
- A poor environmental message with the characters' new setting (Wolfburbia, a parody on suburbia) and jabs on how humans take advantage of the environment.
- Kate, a hard-working and tough-as-nails Alpha, has her personality changed to a worrying soccer mom that has to be saved by Humphrey (the goofy Omega).
- Cringeworthy dialogue and 'jokes' that feel emotionless and forced.
- Multiple useless dance numbers.
- Paddy and Marcel, characters from the first film, are completely useless and only there for callbacks/joke fodder.
- In previous entries the wolves were always treated as having the knowledge from living in a forest (with occasional bad pop culture references creeping in after the first couple of films), but now they are instead basically just differently shaped humans with the knowledge from living in an industrial society.
- Awful cinematography.
- The film uses some pretty trite kids movie clichés like the 'Stereotypical evil humans' and 'Animals hijack a vehicle'
- the song We Found a Way is nothing by a stupid and generic pop song
- Like the fifth one (Alpha and Omega: Family Vacation) it have some pee jokes
- Decent voice-acting.
- Originally meant to be the seventh movie in the franchise.
- Chris Niosi, well-known YouTube personality and creator of TOME: Terrian Of Magical Expertise, had a voice role.