Alpha and Omega
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.