Alpha and Omega (2010)
Not Much In-Between
In order to manage the wolves in Jasper National park the rangers capture two of them, Kate and Humphrey, who have known each other since they were young, and transports them half way across country. But for Kate who is an alpha wolf she feels it is her duty to return home where a marriage to Garth of another wolf pack has been arranged to bring harmony between the families. Whilst the fun loving Humphrey has nothing to gain by helping Kate return home especially as he is fond of her. But it is a journey which brings Kate and Humphrey closer together which can only mean issues when they do eventually arrive home.
A chalk n cheese duo journey across country to get back home, you could use that sentence to describe "Lady and the Tramp" or "The Aristocats" and I am sure if I could be bothered I could find other animations which use a familiar storyline. As such whilst to my memory I haven't seen another animation about wolves before the storyline to "Alpha and Omega" is a familiar one and so are the characters right down to some quirky acquaintances which they meet along the way back home. Even when these wolves get home and have realised their feelings for each other the conflict which forms is as predictable and cliche as the rest of the movie. But whilst that makes it ordinary for adults it will work for young children who might enjoy the comedy of these animated wolf characters who are as you expect comical cliches.
But the familiarity to "Alpha and Omega" is not my only problem because as an adult I found it short on humour which will appeal to adults as well as children. It makes it a slog for grown ups to watch "Alpha and Omega" as you are constantly waiting for a joke to appear or a clever reference which will flow over children's heads but it never comes. Not only that it is very clear when you watch "Alpha and Omega" that part of the movies draw was that it was a 3D animation which of course has no effect when watched in 2D and in fact the image quality of the 2D version is not there as you can clearly see how scenes were constructed to stand out in 3D.
What this all boils down to is that "Alpha and Omega" came up short for me as an adult and was one of those movies which I found myself sitting through but struggling to get in to as it failed to really offer anything for those over the age of 12.
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