Alpha and Omega (1 star)

Alpha and Omega

(U) 88min

Improbably dedicated to the late Hollywood wild man Dennis Hopper, who provides the voice of pack leader Tony, Alpha and Omega is a cutesy animation for toddlers only. Sultry alpha wolf Kate (Hayden Panettiere) is expected by her pack’s leaders to be part of an arranged marriage to a husky hunk (Chris Carmack). She’s also secretly adored by doe-eyed omega wolf Humphrey (Justin Long), a popular rascal first seen organising a log slide in the Jasper National Park. But when the two frisky creatures are kidnapped by dart-gun-happy hunters and transplanted to a faraway park, Kate and Humphrey face a long, if not incredible journey back home.

Directors Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck have constructed a simple but anonymous romcom with wolves. Some golfing geese provide much needed comic relief, but Alpha and Omega’s sub-Lion King life lessons about opposites attracting are unlikely to create howls of delight from even the most undemanding tykes.

General release, from Fri 22 Oct.

Alpha & Omega

  • 2 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 1h 27min
  • U
  • Directed by: Anthony Bell, Ben Gluck
  • Cast: Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover, Christina Ricci

Cutesy and unremarkable lupine rom-com featuring Kate (Panettiere) and Humphrey (Long), wolves from opposite ends of the social spectrum who find that they have more in common than they thought after being removed from their pack by some meddlesome rangers.

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