Alpha and Omega (film)
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|Alpha and Omega|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Anthony Bell
|Produced by||Ken Katsumoto
|Screenplay by||Chris Denk
|Story by||Steve Moore
|Music by||Chris P. Bacon|
|Editing by||Scott Anderson
|Studio||Crest Animation Productions|
|Distributed by||Lionsgate Films|
|Release dates||September 17, 2010|
|Running time||90 minutes|
Alpha and Omega is a 2010 3D American computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Crest Animation Productions. The film is directed by Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck, starring the voices of Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover and Christina Ricci. It is based on a story by Steve Moore and Ben Gluck.
The film was released in 3-D (and also in 2-D) on September 17, 2010 to 2,625 theaters nationwide by Lionsgate. Despite the mixed-to-negative reaction, the film was a box office success, making it the highest-grossing animated film from Lionsgate Films, and has developed a cult following among fans and audiences. Due to the box office success, a direct-to-DVD sequel, Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure, was released on October 8, 2013, which was also successful, making Alpha and Omega the first film in a planned franchise. Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games (2014), Alpha and Omega 4: The Legend of the Saw-Tooth Cave (2014) and Alpha and Omega 5: Family Vacation (2015) are currently in production.
The film was dedicated to Dennis Hopper in memory of his death, being his final performance.
Kate (Hayden Panettiere) and Humphrey (Justin Long) are two wolves from the same pack in Canada's Jasper National Park but on opposite ends of the social order. Kate, daughter of the main alpha male Winston (Danny Glover) and his mate Eve (Vicki Lewis), is herself an Alpha and takes her duty to the pack seriously. Humphrey, on the other hand, is an Omega wolf, the lowest of the pack, and spends his days having fun with his other Omega friends. Despite his low rank in the pack, Humphrey falls strongly in love with Kate and is valued in the pack as a peacemaker by virtue of his affable nature.
During her youth, Kate leaves to begin Alpha school with her father, much to Humphrey's disappointment. She returns as a fully trained Alpha ready to procure food for the pack, but on her first hunt, two members of the other, Eastern, pack cross into Western pack territory due to the lack of caribou in their own land. The hunt is ruined and the packs are nearly at war with each other. The two packs have had a bitter rivalry ever since Tony (Dennis Hopper), the Alpha male of the Eastern pack, commanded his wolves to cross over into Western territory (against pack law) in order to hunt, to prevent their pack from starving. Winston and Tony meet up one night and arrange for Kate to marry Garth (Chris Carmack), Tony's son. Kate, having a sense of responsibility and duty, agrees for the good of the pack and meets Garth at the Howling Rock, where the wolves meet to find partners.
Garth is also an Alpha, and at first appears perfect in every way, until it is revealed that he has a terrible howl. Kate, taken aback, leaves the scene to "get water". Humphrey then notices Kate and surprises her. The two talk about Garth, and Humphrey grows jealous because of his feelings for Kate, even though it is against pack law for them to marry. Suddenly, they are shot with tranquilizer darts by some park rangers and taken away to Idaho. The two wolves wake up at Sawtooth National Recreation Area, where they meet a French/Canadian goose named Marcel, (Larry Miller) who has an avid interest in golf, and his caddy, a duck named Paddy (Eric Price). Humphrey and Kate learn that they were relocated to repopulate the species. Kate is horrified by the idea, but Humphrey is more interested, as this would be his only chance to be with Kate. Marcel and Paddy agree to help the wolves return home to Jasper Park. Humphrey is disappointed, but Kate demands to leave because of her duty and responsibility to the packs. Humphrey offers to help her and Kate agrees.
Trouble brews back at Jasper Park as the two packs discover that Kate has gone missing. Tony warns Winston that on the next full moon if Kate doesn't return to marry Garth, he and his pack will declare war for their territory. Lilly (Christina Ricci), an Omega wolf who is Kate’s younger sister, has a crush on Garth and suggests that she show him around.
Meanwhile, Kate and Humphrey attempt to get home in the back of a camper couple, which goes well until they stop at a gas station. Humphrey leaves the camper to go to the bathroom, but is mistaken for a rabid wolf after he eats a cream-filled cupcake. Seeing one of the men about to shoot Humphrey, Kate attacks the man with the gun, and the two make their escape into the forest. The campers they had stowed away on leaves. Still seeking a way back to Jasper Park through a rainy night, Kate comes to a ravine and attempts to cross it. She slips down the cliff, but Humphrey saves her life by swinging from a vine and letting her grab his tail with her teeth. Kate is very grateful and seems to like Humphrey a lot more. After that, the two find a den for the night.
The next morning, Marcel and Paddy find the wolves and direct them to a train over a snowy mountain that will take them to Jasper. Climbing the mountain, Humphrey meets a grizzly bear cub who is unfamiliar with wolves. While they are playing, the cub gets hurt when a snowball is thrown at him. This angers a trio of adult bears (most likely the cub's family) who think that Humphrey was trying to harm the cub. When Kate realizes that Humphrey is in danger, she rushes in to help him, causing them to slide down the other side of the mountain. Humphrey saves Kate using a log sled like the ones he learned to play on as a young Omega, and as the train passes by the two wolves manage to get into a boxcar just in time.
During this time, Lilly and Garth are bonding. At the midnight howl, Lilly is not deterred by Garth's less than perfect howl and compassionately teaches him. At the same time, Humphrey and Kate begin to howl together on the train. Even though both couples are not allowed to sing together, it is clear that they are in love. By this time, the full moon has come and the packs declare war against one another.
Shortly after, as the train passes by Jasper, Kate admits to Humphrey that he and the past few days they've spent together was kind of fun to her. Then, Humphrey attempts to tell Kate how he feels about her, but the sight of the packs fighting causes her to jump off the train before he can finish. Kate stops the fight by announcing that she will marry Garth for the good of the packs, much to Humphrey, Garth, and Lilly's dismay.
The next day, a heartbroken Humphrey decides to leave Jasper and travel on his own, and shares his goodbyes with Kate, Marcel, and Paddy. Kate feels heartbroken after realizing how she feels about Humphrey. During the ceremony, Kate decides not to marry Garth, declaring her love for Humphrey, after which Garth declares his own romantic love for Lilly. Winston is confused and Tony is enraged that his son is in love with an Omega, which goes against pack customs. His pack starts to fight the other pack out of anger, but the conflict is cut short when a massive stampede of caribou interrupts the scene. Winston and Tony get caught in the stampede and Kate and Humphrey (who decided to return) rush in to save them using a log as a sled. Kate is hit by a caribou, and Humphrey shields her with his body while Winston and Tony growl at the passing caribou in order to protect Humphrey from getting hit. After the stampede passes, it appears that Kate has been trampled to death. Upon her apparent death, Humphrey howls sadly, and the wolves of both packs also begin to howl in mourning, but she wakes up to the joy and relief of the packs. Now, at long last, Humphrey and Kate reveal their feelings for each other, taking turns whispering to one another. Winston and Tony then decide to unite the packs and retire. When they wonder what to do when they retire and grow old, Marcel says, "Gentleman, may I introduce you to golf"? and shoots a golf ball at the screen.
Later at the Moonlight Howl, all of the wolves celebrate the marriages of Kate to Humphrey, and Garth to Lilly, breaking the social classes. The film ends with Humphrey and Kate singing a duet, and the camera pans upward to the full moon.
- Justin Long as Humphrey, an omega wolf.
- Hayden Panettiere as Kate, Lilly's older sister, an alpha wolf.
- Christina Ricci as Lilly, an omega wolf and daughter of Winston, the alpha-male.
- Chris Carmack as Garth, Tony's son, an alpha wolf.
- Danny Glover as Winston, Kate and Lilly's father and the alpha-male of his pack.
- Dennis Hopper as Tony, Garth's father, the alpha-male of the Eastern pack.
- Larry Miller as Marcel, a golf-playing French-Canadian goose.
- Eric Price as Paddy, Marcel's caddy, a yellow duck, and Mooch, an overweight omega wolf and one of Humphrey's friends.
- Vicki Lewis as Eve, Winston's mate and Kate and Lilly's mother.
- Maya Kay as a bear cub, a small, innocent bear cub who plays with Humphrey.
- Kevin Sussman as Shakey, an omega wolf and another of Humphrey's friends.
- Brian Donovan as Salty, a goofy omega wolf and the last of Humphrey's friends.
- Bitsie Tulloch as Sweets, an omega wolf who is best friends with Candy.
- Mela Lee as Candy, an omega wolf who is best friends with Sweets.
- Paul Nakauchi as Hutch, an extremely loyal alpha wolf who readily reports urgent news to Winston.
- Ben Gluck as Radio announcer (uncredited)
Alpha and Omega took in $2,288,773 on its opening day, and $9,106,906 on its opening weekend domestically, reaching fifth place at the box office. The film's opening was mildly disappointing, as it had only earned a fraction of 2010's other animated films as well as claiming the record for lowest-grossing 3D film released in at least 2,000 venues from Piranha 3D (only to lose it to My Soul to Take three weeks later). In its second weekend, due to being overshadowed by Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole for 3-D screens, the film dropped 48% to $4.8 million and eighth place. After its third weekend, the film held better with a 37% drop to around $3 million and finishing in tenth place. The film ended its run on December 2, 2010 after grossing $25 million domestically and $25 million in other territories. Produced on a $20 million budget, the film had been declared a financial success, and is Lionsgate's highest-grossing animated feature, as well as Crest Animation's highest.
Alpha and Omega received generally negative reviews from critics. It holds a score of 16% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 56 reviews, with the consensus being "With bland visuals and a dull, predictable plot, Alpha and Omega is a runt in 2010's animated litter." While some critics praised the film for its characters, score and animation, others criticized it for having a predictable plot and weak storyline. At Metacritic, the film holds a score of 36 out of 100, based on 15 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.
There are 3 books by Scholastic: Kate and Humphrey's big adventure, Marcel and Paddy save the day, and the junior novel.
Published by Storm City Games, a video game adaptation called Alpha and Omega (based on the film) was exclusively released for the Nintendo DS in late 2010 and is only available in North America.
|1.||"Pre Teen Wolves"||1:54|
|3.||"Can-Do Was Jumped"||2:51|
|7.||"Idaho or Bust"||2:12|
|8.||"The Golfing Goose"||2:48|
|10.||"Searching for Kate"||1:46|
|11.||"Eat Food, Get Gas"||2:05|
|12.||"Tails It Is"||2:00|
|13.||"Garth and Lilly"||2:34|
|17.||"I Had Fun"||2:22|
|18.||"Unite the Packs"||2:43|
|19.||"Alphas and Omega"||3:04|
|20.||"Take the Valley"||3:02|
|21.||"Requiem for Kate"||1:27|
- "Me and You" – Gabriel Mann and John Frizzell
- "On the Loose (Again)" – Gabriel Mann and John Frizzell
The film was nominated for an Artios Award for Outstanding achievement in Casting.
|Artios Award||Outstanding achievement in Casting||Bernie Van De Yacht||Nominated|
A direct-to-DVD sequel, Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure, was released on October 8, 2013, and is the first of the series of Alpha and Omega adventures. The sequel proved to be very successful, despite receiving mixed reviews. Alpha and Omega 3 and Alpha and Omega 4 are currently in production.
Alpha and Omega 4: The Legend of the Saw-Toothed Cave will be released around Halloween 2014 and Alpha and Omega 5: Family Vacation will be in Spring 2015.
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