The Fox And The Hound. The Lady And The Tramp. Just two of the mismatched animal animated movies that are better than this run-of-the-mill tale about two wolves who bond when they end up on an adventure. Snore.
Kate (Panettiere) is an Alpha wolf, basically the royalty of the wolf world, while Humphrey (Long) is an Omega, a lower-class fun-loving sort of wolf-dude. He secretly fancies her, of course, but she is destined to marry another Alpha to keep the peace between two wolf packs. However, when they both get hit by tranquilizer darts, the pair wake up to find they are a long way from their Canadian home, en route to Idaho, where they are expected to breed. The pair are having none of this (though Humph would probably like to), so with the help of a French-Canadian goose and a British duck, they brave bears and public transport in an effort to reach home.
It’s all fairly standard stuff, with bland animation and lame jokes mixed in with a so-so storyline that only gets going halfway in when the adventure starts (the first half is bogged down with wolfy politics). Little ones may think it has some cute moments (do note there are some bits that may scare the under-8s), but there’s really nothing here that hasn’t been done better elsewhere. Film fans should note this is Dennis Hopper’s last movie (he voices the rival pack’s leader).
Is Alpha And Omega suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
The bear chase and attack may frighten younger viewers.
A hunting scene may upset little ones.