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 (uncredited)
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
Lindsay Torrance
Blackie Rose
Meryl Leigh
Maxwell Je
Hugh Tyrrell
Chris Smith
Shaun Gerardo
Bill Lader
Harper Fogelson
Willa Fogelson
Music by Chris Bacon
Cinematography Daryn Okada
Edited by Joe Campana
Louis La Prax
Production
  company
Crest Animation Productions
Distributed by Lionsgate Films[1]
Release date(s)
  • 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] The film received widely mixed reviews, but was very successful with fans of the original. 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 (Kate Higgins) and Humphrey (Ben Diskin) are eager to spend the upcoming winter with their three pups, Stinky (Kate Higgins), Claudette (Lindsay Torrance) and Runt (Liza West), 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 (Bill Lader) and Winston (Maxwell Je) 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 (Blackie Rose). He is then made as a bait, as King expects the western pack to come for Runt. Princess (Meryl Leigh), King’s daughter, is appointed to care for Runt and to keep the bait alive. However, unlike other rogue wolves, Princess is proven to be different from them and begins to like and care for Runt like he was her own cub as she spends more time guarding him. 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 Max, the same hunter they encountered before, Humphrey hesitates. They go in anyway and the man sees them. Once seeing Kate and Humphrey have pups (and him having a family of his own), Max decides to be nice this time. So, he gives them free food and leaves the door open, much to their surprise. The film ends with Kate and Humphrey deciding to settle there for the winter as they all go to sleep.

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
  • Meryl Leigh as Princess
  • Maxwell Je as Winston
  • Tracy Pfau as Eve
  • Bill Lader as Tony/Rouge #2
  • Hugh Tyrrell as Salty
  • Chris Smith as Marcel/Paddy/Rouge #3
  • Shaun Gerardo as Rogue #1
  • Harper Fogelson as Porcupine
  • Willa Fogelson as Bear Cub

Reception[edit]

Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure received mixed reviews from critics. 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, dialogue and character development, 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, and it was praised by many fans of the first film.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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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