Alpha and Omega (film)
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|Alpha and Omega|
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|Music by||Chris Bacon|
|Edited by||Joseph L. Campana|
|Distributed by||Lionsgate Films|
|Box office||$50.5 million|
Alpha and Omega is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film directed by Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck. Starring Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover and Christina Ricci, the film was written by Christopher Denk and Steve Moore, based on a story by Moore and Gluck.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2010, and was released nationwide in 2-D and 3-D on September 17, 2010 by Lionsgate Films. The film was dedicated to the memory of Dennis Hopper, as he died from prostate cancer a few months before it was released, and this was his final performance prior to his death.
A direct-to-DVD sequel, entitled A Howl-iday Adventure, was released on October 8, 2013. Another sequel, The Great Wolf Games, was released on March 25, 2014. The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave was released on September 23, 2014. Family Vacation was released to DVD on August 4, 2015. Dino Digs was released on DVD and Digital HD on May 10, 2016. Two more sequels were made, these include The Big Freeze and Journey To The Bear Kingdom.
In Alberta, Canada's Jasper National Park, Kate begins Alpha school with her father (Winston) and grows up as a fully trained Alpha. On her first hunt, she crosses paths with two wolves from the Eastern pack who are lacking food in their own territory and nearly start a war. The two packs have had a bitter rivalry ever since Tony commanded the Eastern wolves to cross over into Western territory (against pack law) to get sufficient food. 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 Moonlight Howl.
Garth seems perfect except that he has a terrible howl. Kate, taken aback, leaves and has a talk with Humphrey about Garth, when suddenly they are tranquilized by some park rangers and taken away to Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Idaho, where they meet golfer Marcel and his caddy Paddy. Humphrey and Kate learn that they were relocated to repopulate the species. This horrifies Kate, but intrigues Humphrey so that he can be with Kate, but after coming to an agreement, Marcel and Paddy help the wolves return home to Jasper Park.
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, war will be declared for their territory. Kate's sister Lilly however has developed a crush on Garth and suggests that she show him around.
Kate and Humphrey's ride home is cut short at a gas station, where Humphrey is mistaken for a rabid wolf after he eats a cream-filled cupcake. Kate attacks a man with the gun, and they both flee into the forest. During their homeward journey, they cross a dangerous ravine with Humphrey saving Kate from a nasty fall.
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 whose never seen wolves, but a mishap gets the cub hurt angering a trio of adult bears. Kate comes to Humphrey's rescue and after a rough slide down the mountain manage to board the passing train.
During this time, Lilly and Garth are bonding. At the midnight howl, Lilly compassionately teaches Garth how to howl effectively. At the same time, Humphrey and Kate begin to fall in love. By this time, the full moon has come and the both packs declare war against each other. As the train passes by Jasper, Kate and Humphrey exchange of feelings is cut short by the sight of the wolf pack war. Kate stops the fight by declaring she will marry Garth. The next day, a heartbroken Humphrey bids his goodbyes with Kate, Marcel, and Paddy deciding to leave by himself and Kate also feels the same way.
During the ceremony, Kate decides not to marry Garth, declaring her love for Humphrey and Garth declares his own romantic love for Lilly. An Alpha wolf marrying an Omega wolf goes against pack customs and a conflict ensues between the packs, but is cut short when a massive stampede of caribou comes. Winston and Tony get caught in the stampede but Kate and Humphrey rush in to save them. Kate gets knocked over by the caribou and is believed dead. After the stampede, Humphrey howls in sadness, then all the wolves howl, which wakes Kate up.
Later at the Moonlight Howl, all of the wolves celebrate the love of Kate to Humphrey, and Garth to Lilly, breaking the social classes and traditions. Humphrey and Kate sing a duet.
- Hayden Panettiere as Kate, a light brown wolf.
- Justin Long as Humphrey, a grey wolf.
- Christina Ricci as Lilly, a white wolf, Kate's younger sister.
- Chris Carmack as Garth, a sport brown wolf.
- Danny Glover as Winston, Kate and Lilly's father.
- Dennis Hopper as Tony, Garth's father. This was Hopper's last role before he died in 2010.
- Vicki Lewis as Eve, Kate and Lilly's mother.
- Larry Miller as Marcel, a French/Canadian goose.
- Brian Donovan as Salty, an omega wolf.
- Kevin Sussman as Shakey, an omega wolf.
- Eric Price as Paddy, a British duck and Marcel's caddy.
- Price also voices Mooch, an omega wolf.
- Paul Nakauchi as Hutch
- Marilyn Tokuda as Claws
- Tokuda also voices Janice
- Eric Lopez as Candu
- Mela Lee as Candy
- Bitsie Tulloch as Sweets
- Christine Lakin as Reba
- Fred Tatasciore as Garn
- Mindy Sterling as Debbie
- Marcelo Tubert as Max
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 ended its run on December 2, 2010 after grossing $25 million domestically and $25 million in other territories.
Alpha and Omega holds an approval rating of 16% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 56 reviews; the consensus is: "With bland visuals and a dull, predictable plot, Alpha and Omega is a runt in 2010's animated litter." At Metacritic, the film holds a score of 36 out of 100 based on 15 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews. Andrew Barker of Variety gave the film a mixed review, writing: "Not without charm, Lionsgate's 3D animated pic is agreeably unambitious."
Three books based on Alpha and Omega have been published by Scholastic:
- Kate and Humphrey's Big Adventure/All about Wolves by Rebecca McCarthy
- Alpha and Omega: Marcel and Paddy Save the Day by Tori Kosara
- Alpha and Omega: The Junior Novel by Aaron S. Rosenberg
Published by Storm City Games, a video game adaptation called Alpha and Omega, based on the first film in the franchise, was exclusively released for the Nintendo DS on September 14, 2010 and is only available in North America.
Alpha and Omega was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 11, 2011, and the PSP version was released on February 8, 2011. The film's characters also came in McDonald's happy meal toys and were only available in the UK.
A number of direct-to-video sequels to Alpha and Omega have been produced. Justin Long is replaced by Benjamin Diskin for Humphrey. The first, Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure, was released on October 8, 2013. The film revolves around the disappearance of Runt, one of Kate and Humphrey's pups in the sequel. 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." Common Sense Media gave the movie a 1 out of 5 stars and wrote that the "Faux holiday-themed sequel is weak and forgettable."
Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games, based on the Winter Olympics and directed by Richard Rich, was released on iTunes on March 4, 2014, and it was later released on March 25, 2014 as a Walmart Exclusive. Common Sense Media gave Alpha and Omega 3 a mixed review, with three out of five stars, writing that the "mildly amusing sports-themed sequel is fun for young kids." The movie was released shortly after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on which it is based.
Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave was produced by Crest Animation Productions and distributed by Lionsgate Films. Written by Tom Kane and directed by Richard Rich, it is the fourth film in the franchise. The film was released to iTunes on September 23, 2014 and was released to DVD on October 7, 2014. The plot involves Runt exploring the Saw Tooth Cave and finding a wolf who has been driven from her pack for being different. He must help her and he learns about the joys of lending a paw to a friend in need. The trailer for Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave was released on July 21, 2014. The film was officially announced in the DVD features of Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure, along with The Great Wolf Games, with director Richard Rich showing two short clips from the storyboards of both films. Common Sense Media gave the film 3 out of 5, stating "Entertaining wolf sequel has peril and some scares".
The fifth film in the franchise, Alpha and Omega: Family Vacation, aired on TV in Mexico on March 28 and was released to DVD on August 4, 2015. It is written by Tom Kane and directed by Richard Rich. It aired in Mexico on March 28, 2015 before having its DVD premiere in August 4. The plot involves Kate, Humphrey, and the pups attempting to have a vacation together, but must flee from human wolf trappers in the process. Common Sense Media gave the film a rating of 3 out of 5 stars, stating "Adorable wolves take on trappers; some peril, suspense."
On April 8, 2015, three more sequels were announced for Lionsgate to distribute, the first of which is intended for a release in early 2016, and will follow the "misadventures of Alpha Kate and Omega Humphrey and their three wolf pups, Stinky, Claudette and Runt, as they learn life lessons in the great outdoors".
As of October 6, 2015, on Splash Entertainment's website, they have revealed the next sequel titled Alpha and Omega: The Big Fureeze along with a sneak preview clips of the movie, which is also slated to release in 2016. The other two sequel titles have also been revealed as, in order, Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs and Alpha and Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom.
Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs was released on DVD and Digital HD on May 10, 2016. Alpha and Omega: The Big Fureeze was released on DVD and Digital HD on November 8th, 2016. Alpha and Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom was released on May 9th, 2017. As of May 19, 2017, Alpha and Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom is the last installment in the Alpha and Omega franchise done by Splash Entertainment and Lionsgate.
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