At first I thought I had possibly hit the wall. That my tolerance for watching animated films had reached the tipping point. But then I glanced over at my 4 year old son. At a mere 35 minutes into the film, his attention had shifted from the action unfolding on the screen to folding and unfolding his chair. Not even the draw of 3D could compel him to remain seated. In essence, we collectively lost interest in a howlingly bad animated film called “Alpha and Omega” released by Lions Gate Family Entertainment and Crest Animation Productions.
How’s the Story?
In a nutshell, the story is about opposites attracting. Kate and Humphrey are two wolves trying to get back home after being taken by park rangers to a different location far removed from their home. Humphrey, an omega wolf in the pack, provides comic relief. Kate, an alpha wolf in the pack, is the disciplined hunter, regimented in her ways, and a realist. As you’d expect, their adventures together allow them to see each other in a new light and ultimately romance blooms. From the action sequences to the dialogue, the whole film feels contrived. The characters are not compelling and consequently do not draw in the audience.
How are the Visual Effects?
Lackluster. There were a few shining moments (the forest scenery, the train, etc.) while viewing the 3D version of the film. Yet, the characters seemed to have been fashioned from a mixture of countless other animated film creatures seen from other films. They lacked any distinction to the point where I’d label them generic. A huge disappointment since the last couple of years have really been a remarkable display of visual creativity and innovation in animation.
Can I take my younger kids to see “Alpha and Omega”?
Although the film has a rating of PG, I’d rate the film some between G and PG. Other than a bear chase and aggression exhibited by the two competing wolf packs, the movie doesn’t present any intense moments on screen. In a way, this movie could fit easily into most children’s television lineups. The animated series Scooby-Doo packs more thrills and chills on a daily basis.
Any opportunity for Bathroom Breaks?
Too many. But if I had to focus on a few, I’d suggest the first howling ceremony midway in the film as well as when Humphrey and Kate first arrive in Iowa.
Overall Review Rating: C-
Recommended for Kids ages 4 and up.
Pros: Forest animals always appeal to kids. Although not groundbreaking, the 3D effects work well at times to enhance the enjoyment of the movie.
Cons: Lacks any compelling characters. Dialogue and action sequences are contrived. Movie’s pacing drags.
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