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Two young wolves at opposite ends of their pack's social order are thrown together into a foreign land and need each other to return home, but love complicates everything.

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Humphrey (voice)
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Kate (voice)
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Tony (voice)
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Winston (voice)
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Marcel (voice)
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Paddy / Mooch (voice)
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Eve (voice)
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Lilly (voice)
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Garth (voice)
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Salty (voice)
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Shakey (voice)
Maya Kay ...
Bear Cub (voice) (as Maya Feltheimer)
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Reba (voice)
Marilyn Tokuda ...
Claws / Janice (voice)
Eric Lopez ...
Can-do (voice)
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In Jasper National Park, the wolves, Kate and Humphrey, have known each other since puppyhood, but they are on the oppose ends of the Western Pack's social structure with Kate as the energetic Alpha daughter of the pack leader and Humphrey being the good humoured Omega. That social structure forces Kate to accept an arranged marriage with Garth of the Eastern Pack to unite the packs for peace, regardless of Humphrey's hopeless attraction for her. Before that union can occur, Kate and Humphrey are captured by the park's rangers and sent to an Idaho park as part of a wolf repopulation project. Mindful of her duties, Kate is determined to return to Jasper and Humphrey offers to help with the assistance of two odd geese. However, as this disparate pair struggle through the dangers to get home, a growing mutual appreciation of their talents and then a deeper love threatens to disastrously complicate everything if they make it back. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated PG for rude humor and some mild action | See all certifications »

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Alpha and Omega in 3D  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£643,425 (UK) (22 October 2010)

Gross:

£2,996,462 (UK) (3 December 2010)
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The first film of a series of five movies released in a seven-month period that set the record of the worst debut for a 3D movie. This movie debuted to $9.1 million, setting the then-record, losing it to My Soul to Take (2010) ($6.8 million) three weeks later, which lost it to Gulliver's Travels (2010) ($6.3 million) 11 weeks later, which lost it to Drive Angry (2011) ($5.2 million) 10 weeks later, which lost it to Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011) ($4.1 million) nine weeks later. See more »

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The wolves chase large caribou herds in Jasper National Park, but in actuality caribou are almost extinct in the park. According to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, fewer than 30 are still in the park. See more »

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[from trailer]
Kate: What's wrong with you?
[Humphrey has his paws between his legs]
Humphrey: I have to go.
Kate: Can't you hold it?
Humphrey: No! I can't.
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Visually decent but disappointing effort
23 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love animation, always have, always will, but I was really disappointed with Alpha and Omega. It isn't without its redeeming qualities. The colours and sceneries are really beautiful to look at, and the voice acting on the whole is good. Justin Long was rather bland, but Hayden Penettiere was quite likable and Dennis Hopper impresses in his last film though as a film overall it is not something I don't think people will remember him by.

Chris Bacon's music is occasionally nice, but most of the time it doesn't fit completely with the scene it accompanies, in some of the action scenes especially it comes across as a little obtrusive. Also some the worst animation is in the musical sequences, and the dance scenes feel really out of place.

While I loved the colours and the sceneries, the character designs didn't impress me at all. In fact, I found them rather forced, especially with the goose. The 3D was okay, I have definitely seen worse where it not only distracts but isn't good in the first place. Alpha and Omega's 3D had its moments, but sometimes it wasn't sharp enough and it jarred with the much clearer backgrounds.

Besides, I haven't yet come to the worst assets of Alpha and Omega. The story is unbelievable mostly, I liked the concept and it started off great, but once the clichéd love story idea got introduced the film went downhill fast. Also there are several parts that struck me as odd and unbelievable, particularly with the wolf howl idea and the one with the war between the two wolf clans is half-baked.

The film is also devoid of a sympathetic and likable character, except for Kate, who is quite cute. They do some actions that make you go "what?" at the screen, and also there are more clichés than you can count in the characters alone. Being clichéd can work, but only if it's well-observed, depicted or written, not the case here. The pace is uneven, dragging in the middle, and while I have nothing against "happy" endings I found the ending here underwhelming.

The worst part is the writing. The script is mostly awful, with half-baked ideas and any parts that strive to be funny or poignant instead come across as eye-rollingly cheesy or cloying. The sex jokes also get too much, and feel really out of place, while the rest of the jokes are predictable and incredibly lame.

So all in all, not the worst film of 2010 or the worst animated film ever, but the most disappointing animated film I have seen in a while. 2/10 Bethany Cox


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