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[1]
Produced by Richard Rich
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
Liza West
Lindsey Torrance
Blackie Rose
Maxwell Je
Bill Lader
Tracy Pfau
Chris Smith
Meryl Leigh
Hugh Tyrrell
Music by Chris Bacon
Cinematography Daryn Okada
Editing by Joe Campana
Louis La Prax
Studio Crest Animation Productions
Distributed by Lionsgate Films[1]
Release dates
  • October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08)
Running time 45 minutes[1][2]
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.[3] The film was released direct to video on October 8, 2013 and was directed by Richard Rich.[4] Due to the sequel's success, a second sequel, Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games, was released in 2014 and two more sequels are currently in the works.[5]

Plot[edit]

Kate and Humphrey are eager to spend the upcoming winter with their three pups, Stinky, Claudette and Runt, as it will be the first that they've spent together as a family.

While out travelling with his siblings, Runt, the only Omega offspring of Kate and Humphrey, climbs a tree and spots 3 rogue wolves in the area. After 2 of the rogue wolves save Stinky and Claudette from a grizzly, Runt suddenly disappears. Stinky and Claudette then inform Kate and Humphrey, including their relatives as they were about to have a family dinner, about Runt's disappearance. The family hurries to find Runt, and Kate sees that the rogue wolves have captured Runt and are heading to Banff National Park, home to the rogue wolf pack and south of Jasper. After being warned by Tony and Winston about how dangerous the rogues are, Kate and Humphrey still go on to find their lost pup, much to their disappointment. Meanwhile at Banff, Runt is taken to the rogues’ leader, King. He is then made as a bait, as King expects the western pack to come for Runt. Princess, King’s daughter, is appointed to care for Runt and to keep the bait alive. As night falls, a storm approaches, prompting Kate and Humphrey to stop the search and wait for the storm to subside the next day. Meanwhile at the den, Stinky and Claudette sneak out to help their parents search for Runt while everyone is asleep.

The next day, Kate and Humphrey meet Marcel and Paddy. After following what their parents did before to cross the river, Stinky and Claudette find them and go with their parents to help in the search. On the way, they meet a lost grizzly cub who was separated from his mother. At first, Humphrey refuses because of his experience with a bear cub before. He then decides to let the bear go with them. A mile away from Banff, Kate and Humphrey leave Paddy to guard the children while they and Marcel retrieve Runt. Despite this, the children manage to convince Paddy to go. While on Banff, their family also arrives and Humphrey is made to distract the rogues by acting as a gigantic "special-class alpha" named Lockjaw while Kate retrieves Runt. After finding out that it is but a trick, King orders the Alpha rogues to kill them. Winston then orders Kate and Humphrey to take the cubs to the north side in the human roads and they will rendezvous there. Fortunately, the bear cub's family arrives and helps them defeat the rogues after the cub explained how the wolves helped him. As the snow covers the lands, Humphrey and his family are lost. Runt climbs a tree and sees the human roads about ten miles away at the foot of the mountain. They then logboard their way down.

Upon reaching the same gas station and seeing the same hunter they encountered before, Humphrey hesitates. They go in anyway and the man sees them. Having a family too, the hunter gives free food and leaves the door open, much to their surprise. Humphrey and Kate then decide to settle there for the winter and the film ends.

Cast[edit]

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

Reception[edit]

DVD Talk panned Alpha and Omega 2, as they felt the story 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, script and dialogue, but still criticized the animation and the short run time. However, despite largely mixed reviews, Alpha and Omega 2 became very successful among audiences, like the original.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure (2013)". MovieWeb. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "“Alpha and Omega” Was Successful Enough To Get A Sequel". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "'Alpha and Omega 2': Get a sneak peek at the sequel, which will be released on...". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Milligan, Mercedes. "Exclusive Clip: ‘Alpha and Omega 2′ Behind-the-Scenes". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "PGS Secures rights to Alpha and Omega TV movie". Rapid TV News. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly. Retrieved January 22, 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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