ALPHA AND OMEGA
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A gentle courtship guide for youngsters, "Alpha and Omega" is a free-spirited animated comedy where acrobatic chase sequences, featuring wild wolves, take center stage.
Co-directors Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck get lively performances from their talented cast of voice actors, that include the late Dennis Hopper in an especially enjoyable turn as a top dog with just the right amount of western twang.
Justin Long and Hayden Panettiere give spot-on readings as Humphrey and Kate, two romantically inclined young wolves from opposite sides of their genealogical packs. Mandatory bonding occurs when the duo are captured by humans and transported from Jasper Park, Canada to the wilds of Idaho for the purpose of helping repopulate the region with wolves.
With some help from a goose and a duck, Kate and Humphrey take a catch-as-catch-can road trip home where some problems remain unresolved. "Alpha and Omega" strikes an innocent balance between goofy adventure and sincere emotional expression.
As with the current barrage of 3D movies, the filmmakers play it too safe to ever "break the window," so the effects go largely unnoticed even for the seven out of ten people who can see them.
Rated PG. 88 mins.
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