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“Alpha and Omega” Was Successful Enough To Get A Sequel

What is director Richard Rich doing nowadays? That’s a question that no one has ever asked before, but I’m going to answer it anyways.

Rich, who at his best may have been a poor man’s Don Bluth, recently finished directing Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure . It’s a 44-minute direct-to-video sequel to the 2010 theatrical film that grossed over $50 million in worldwide box office and sold over 1.1 million DVD units.

Alpha and Omega 2 is produced by Mumbai, India and Burbank-based studio Crest Animation and will be released on October 8 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment onto Blu-ray, DVD, digital download and video-on-demand. The Blu-ray and DVD will be available exclusively at Walmart.

In the film, husband-and-wife wolves Kate and Humphrey go on some kind of holiday-themed journey with their young cubs—Stinky, Claudette and Runt—presumably in search of less clichéd names…or perhaps to learn some ready-made lesson about the importance of family. Who knows? I honestly don’t care and I’m pretty sure the people who made the film don’t care either. All they truly want is for harried and weary parents to throw the damn DVD into their Walmart shopping cart and not ask any questions about what it all means. It’ll buy the parents a well-deserved forty-five minutes of peace and quiet, return a few bucks to the film’s investors, and ensure a paycheck to artists while they work for another year to make the third Alpha and Omega. And, so, everyone’s happy.

The trailer guarantees that “the fun is wilder and the adventure is out of control.” This sounds reasonably true assuming that you’ve never experienced either fun or adventure. Watch the trailer if you must:

  • Dan

    I was too distracted by the penetrative sex happening in the box art to read this article.

    • Erin

      I guess we know why they call him HUMPhrey.

  • Toonio

    Whatever FOX doesn’t buy, Walmart will sell it.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Oh please don’t even start!

  • khan8282

    Okay I’ll bite – what the hell is “Alpha and Omega?”

    • Animator606432

      Mediocre animated kid’s movie from the late 2000’s. It was critically panned yet somehow managed to do pretty decent box office wise. I guess it’s more lazy parents taking their children to see crap, rather then actually seeking out quality films.

  • patnlewis

    I saw that too–Wikipedia is NOT correct in this case. It’s pretty obvious from the trailer alone that Daniel Radcliffe and Jesse Eisenberg aren’t the voices of those characters (two of the wolf cubs), and according to the listing on Redbox’s website, not even the main stars (Hayden Panettiere and Justin Long) returned for this.

    • Adrian C.

      You’re right.

      I wrote my comment before I watched the trailer. Wikipedia is way off and apparently so are the sources they cited.

      • AustinPuppyUSA

        I am the creator of the Alpha and Omega 2 page on Wikipedia and I noticed a couple things didn’t sound right. I didn’t change it because I couldn’t find sources that said the real voice cast. I looked at the RedBox page and I updated two people on the voice cast on the page. (It should be there still unless someone changed it. That happens a lot.) You guys are free to edit it and add everyone else. I constantly watch the page so I can easily edit the page if something is wrong. I might make the page semi-protected though because unregistered people like to edit it and add incorrect information all the time. It was semi-protected before, but the date on it ended 2 days ago, so I bet people will add incorrect information again. If some of you can help me watch the page, that would be awesome. BTW, I am AustinPuppyUSA on Wikipedia. (duh lol)

  • It’s like staring straight down into the uncanny valley.

  • Chris

    To parents, if you want long lasting peace, buy finding nemo, and they’ll wstch it over and over.

  • Jason Cezar Duncan

    Alpha and Omega AKA DevianTART: The Movie!

  • James VanDam

    Well at least it gave animators jobs.

  • Funkybat

    DeviantArt is often of higher quality.

  • Funkybat

    I thought “Rio” was why “Newt” was cancelled. The original Alpha and Omega couldn’t have been seen as much of a threat by Pixar.

    • SarahJesness

      Both films have been credited with Newt’s cancellation.

  • Funkybat

    What always baffles me is that, yeah, a low-budget direct-to-DVD animated film aimed at kids isn’t expected to have the most polished animation, but it seems like so many of them also have just dreadful stories and dialogue. To be fair, the same is true of the multi-million dollar extravaganzas that seem to pull in lots of money with old licensed characters (I think we all know which “animated” films I’m talking about.) Still, would it kill these writers to just put a little more wit or originality into their stuff? That trailer was more painful to watch than Koochie Koochie Hota Hai, and less well-animated too.

    • SarahJesness

      Studios put less effort into these super cheap productions. That’s not to say there are never any well-written, cheaply produced movies, but there’s less oversight and less giving a crap. They probably don’t require many purchases to turn a profit so they’re not going to spend time looking for anyone really good.

  • Scott550

    Wow, he directed this, Free Birds and the Nut Job all at the same time?

    • Barrett

      Jimmy Hayward directed “Free Birds” and Peter Lepeniotis is directing “The Nut Job.” Both look considerably better than this.

  • somebody

    All I’m going to say is that this is Lionsgate’s baby. The story behind these films, yes there are more to come, would make a great book which would say everything about the current state of our industry and how the filmakers are not really the filmakers anymore and writers are not really writers. Nuff said.

  • AnimationFan2013

    It’s a cute low budget kids movie, and honestly better than most the animation on a certain network that claims to be all about cartoons. Also seems they did put more effort into the humor in this one than the original, wouldn’t call either of them great movies, though both were decent.