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: