I haven't actually seen this movie yet, but I find the premise to beutterly ironic. As a citizen of the state of Idaho, I am aware of thegeneral feeling towards the Canadian wolves that have been relocated inIdaho. For the most part they are hated, as they have obliterated theelk population and made the lives of farmers and hunters miserable, asthey frequently kill livestock and hunting dogs. I am excited to watchthis movie and see how they portray the point of view of the wolves. Idon't expect that this movie will be an excellent children's movie, butI can see how it could be an interesting political commentary. I wonderhow many people who watch the movie will also make this connection...User: RichardSRussell-1
Alpha and Omega (1:28, PG, 3-D) other: talking animals, 3rd string,original
I feel a little sad giving this movie a 3 (which matches up to theadjective "bad" on my 9-point scale, just above "awful" and"execrable"), because it's not as if it's really offensive, irritating,ugly, loud, stupid, or any of the other things that normally nets arank in my bottom 1/3 the "avoid these" bunch. But it just isn't verygood, so my advice has to be to skip it, despite its kindly intentions.
It's an animated pic about 2 young wolves, Humphrey (Justin Long), theomega (bottom of the pecking order), and Kate (Hayden Panettiere), thealpha (leader of the pack, or at least in training for the position*).It's part of the movie's simplistic conceit that there aren't anywolves in the beta-thru-psi range. Furthermore, the social gulf betweenalpha and omega is such that they may be friends but are never, neverallowed to, uh, howl together.
Yes, that is the awkward bowdlerization that the film uses to let theadults know that these 2 hormone-filled teen-equivalent wild animalsmay in fact be inclined to have carnal knowledge of each other, whileostensibly protecting the sensibilities of the little kiddies inattendance. In furtherance of this latter objective, we get anembarrassing sequence in which the wolves actually do engage in apathetic imitation of howling, supposedly to satisfy their innatelongings for this shared intimacy.
As tension builds between the eastern and western hunting packs overwho gets to raid the caribou herds of Canada's Jasper National Park,our heroes are shot with tranquilizer darts and trucked off to theSawtooth National Wilderness of Idaho, where they are expected torepopulate the region. This too is discussed on screen with muchhemming, hawing, winking, and nudging. (Really, screenwriters ChrisDenk and Steve Moore, if you didn't want to talk about sex in front ofthe urchins, you should have made the movie about something else. And,directors Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck, depicting them sans genitalia isno more convincing than those udders on the bulls in Disney's Home onthe Range.)
The problem is that Kate's, um, paw was promised in "marriage" (yes,that's what they call it) to Garth (Chris Carmack), the effectiveprince of the eastern pack, in a union which would supposedly unite the2 clans in