Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure

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Alpha and Omega 2:
A Howl-iday Adventure
Alpha and Omega 2, DVD cover, August 2013.jpg
Direct to DVD Cover
Directed by Richard Rich
Anthony Bell[1]
Produced by Richard Rich
Steve Moore
Ken Katsumoto
Susan Gelb
Daniel Engelhardt
Written by Tom Kane
Story by Steve Moore
Tom Kane
Richard Rich (uncredited)
Based on Characters created by
Steve Moore
Ben Gluck
Starring Ben Diskin
Kate Higgins
Lindsay Torrance
Liza West
Chris Carmack
Blackie Rose
Meryl Leigh
Danny Glover
Vicki Lewis
Bill Lader
Brian Donovan
Chris Smith
Eric Price
Music by Chris Bacon
Cinematography Daryn Okada
Edited by Joe Campana
Louis La Prax
Production
company
Distributed by Lionsgate Films[2]
Release dates
  • October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08)
Running time
45 minutes[2][3]
Country United States
Language English

Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure (also known as Alpha and Omega 2) is a 2013 American computer-animated comedy/adventure film, and the sequel to the 2010 film Alpha and Omega.[4] The film was originally planned for a theatrical release, but was released direct to video instead on October 8, 2013 and was directed by Richard Rich.[5] A second sequel, Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games, was released in March 25, 2014 and Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave was released on October 7, 2014.

Plot

Kate and Humphrey are eager to spend the upcoming winter with their family. Their three pups Stinky, Claudette and Runt are playing, when they are attacked by a big grizzly bear, but are saved by rogue wolves, however Runt vanishes. Once word about Runt's disappearance is brought to the pups' family, they look for Runt, but they spy rogue wolves having captured Runt heading to Banff National Park, home to the rogue wolf pack. Kate and Humphrey venture while the others go to organize the rest of the pack.

At Banff, Runt is taken to the rogues’ leader, King to be used as bait to trap some of the Jasper wolves. King’s daughter Princess takes care of Runt like he was her own pup. Kate and Humphrey are forced to postpone their search for Runt due to a storm. Back at their den, Stinky and Claudette sneak out to help their parents search for Runt.

The next day, Kate and Humphrey meet Marcel and Paddy. After following their parents trail, Stinky and Claudette find them and join them in the search. On the way, they meet a lost grizzly cub who was separated from his mother. At first, Humphrey won't help due to his previous experience with a bear cub, but then relents. Meanwhile, the rest of the wolf family are searching for Stinky and Claudette.

Once near Banff, Kate and Humphrey go with Marcel and leave Paddy to guard the pups. Despite this, the cubs manage to convince Paddy they should follow. By this time the rest of the family have caught up. In Banff, Humphrey creates a diversion, while Kate retrieves Runt. The alarm is raised and while Kate and Humphrey take the pups to safety, Winston's lot wind up in a losing battle against the rogues, but they are helped by the bear cub's family. As the snow covers the lands, Humphrey and his family are lost, but Runt helps them find the way.

Upon reaching a gas station Kate and Humphrey went to previously, they see Max, the same hunter they encountered before. They go in anyway and Max sees them, but noticing they have pups, treat with free food and shelter. Kate and Humphrey decide to settle there for the winter and the film ends with them going to sleep under the Christmas tree.

Cast

  • Ben Diskin as Humphrey
  • Kate Higgins as Kate/Stinky/Lilly
  • Lindsay Torrance as Claudette
  • Liza West as Runt
  • Meryl Leigh as Princess
  • Blackie Rose as King/Garth
  • Maxwell Je as Winston[1]
  • Tracy Pfau as Eve[1]
  • Bill Lader as Tony/Rouge #2
  • Hugh Tyrell as Salty[1]
  • Chris Smith as Marcel/Paddy/Rouge #3
  • Shaun Gerardo as Rogue #1
  • Harper Fogelson as Porcupine
  • Willa Fogelson as Bear Cub

The back of the DVD cover also lists Kevin Sussman, voice of Shakey in Alpha and Omega, but who he voices cannot be specified as Shakey did not appear in Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure,[1] but it could be possible that he voiced the third of three rogue wolves who took Runt to Banff.

Production

Early production for Alpha and Omega 2 dates nearly a week before the release of the first film, when Steve Moore wrote a few script drafts for the sequel. Due to the success of the original, the sequel was originally planned to have a worldwide theatrical release with him and Ben Gluck returning to write and direct. But the film faced many production scandals and disagreements during post-production and Gluck left the set, while Moore served as one of the producers. It had also been delayed several times. Due to the production problems, the film was changed to have a straight-to-DVD release. Richard Rich took over the film and re-wrote the story along with newcomer Tom Kane, and thus the film was officially announced in July 31, 2013. It was re-named to Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure and had its DVD premiere in October 8, 2013 and stars a cast of largely unknown actors, while some of the original cast did return.

Reception

DVD Talk stated that Alpha and Omega 2 was "so thin and uninteresting, and so lacking in holiday spirit, that you're not going to be pulling this one out each year when the holidays roll around" and that the movie's price combined with its film length made other film choices "even more attractive."[6] Common Sense Media gave the movie a 1 out of 5 stars and wrote that the "Faux holiday-themed sequel is weak and forgettable."[7] Other critics noted improvement on the humor, dialogue and character development, but still criticized the animation and the short run time.[citation needed]

Sequels

Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games was released in DVD on March 25, 2014. Common Sense Media called it a "Mildly amusing sports-themed sequel is fun for young kids".

Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave was released on iTunes in September 23 and on DVD in October 7, 2014.

Alpha and Omega 5: Family Vacation will be released in spring 2015.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Front and back of Alpha and Omega 2 DVD case". DVD Box. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure (2013)". MovieWeb. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ ""Alpha and Omega" Was Successful Enough To Get A Sequel". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "'Alpha and Omega 2': Get a sneak peek at the sequel, which will be released on...". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Milligan, Mercedes. "Exclusive Clip: ‘Alpha and Omega 2′ Behind-the-Scenes". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Rizzo III, Francis. "Alpha & Omega 2: A Howliday Adventure". DVD Talk. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure Review". Commonsensemedia. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 

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