Alpha and Omega
May 20, 2020
(The Channel Awesome logo and NC title sequence play)
NC: Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to. (beat) So, what the hell is Alpha and Omega?
(The opening title is shown before footage of the movie plays)
NC (vo): Released in 2010, I've never even heard of this film outside of all the requests I've gotten for me to review it. So I looked it up and found it's not just a movie, but it's, surprisingly, a franchise. The film made 25 million in America from a $20 million budget. Not great, but it also made 25 million in other countries, racking up a decent profit. So there's, surprisingly, a (The covers for the Alpha and Omega sequels are show) lot of straight-to-DVD sequels. Seven, to be exact. Which got me thinking, maybe it's like The Land Before Time movies, where people really liked the first one and the sequels tried to exploit it to dea–
(The Rotten Tomatoes page for Alpha and Omega is superimposed briefly, displaying 16% on the Tomatometer and 41% on the Audience Score)
NC (vo): Or maybe not. Nevertheless, this has accumulated a following. I'm not sure if it's a favorable following, but people do like to talk about it for some reason. Is it a film kids liked, a film kids hated, a film kids liked but then hated as adults? I can't entirely say. But what I can say is that it's been ten years since the film came out, everyone wants me to review it, so that's what I'm gonna do today.
NC: So sit back and...enjoy? We're gonna see what all the fuss is about with Alpha and Omega.
NC (vo): It opens with a pack of wolves dog-sledding...
NC: I, too, am astonished they didn't make that joke.
NC (vo): ...and two sister wolves chasing each other.
(We alternate between the dog-sledding and the sisters' chase)
NC: (deadpan) Hmm, I wonder if this movie was...
(The poster for this movie is shown, emphasizing that this is "A Pawsome 3D Adventure")
NC (vo): Remember when movies had to be good...
NC: ...to be good?
(The dog-sledding wolves are shown, emphasizing the one in the front)
NC (vo): It looks like this is Humphrey, played by Justin Long...
(Cut to the two sister wolves, one with gold-colored fur and the other with white fur)
NC (vo): (about the gold-colored wolf) ...and this is Kate, played by Hayden Panettiere. And just to be clear, no, this is not one of the direct-to-DVD movies. This actually is the animation for a cinematic release. It's like if the Norm of the North team did Balto; it has very little detail. Well, except for a few specific areas.
(One such area has Humphrey and Kate leaping into the air towards each other with their front legs outstretched. They grab and hug each other in midair, spinning in a circle as they do)
NC: (nonplussed) I think I'm seeing why this has a following.
(The scene is replayed)
NC (vo; as woman): Honey, what are you doing in there? (as young man) Just figuring things out, Ma! (as the mother) Well, I can help you figure things out. What are you watching? (as son) Alpha and Omega. (as mother) You're right, you can figure that one out on your own. (normal) It looks like Kate is going to alpha school, leaving Humphrey behind.
Another wolf [Winston] (Danny Glover): (to Humphrey) She will be a trained alpha. You'll be a clever Omega.
(Humphrey crouches down under Winston's legs and watches Kate leave)
Winston: Learn to keep the peace.
(Humphrey hardly hears him as he stares at her leaving, in wide-eyed amazement)
NC: (creeped out) I feel like I'm watching someone's... (makes "finger quotes") "personal collection". I don't know what, just it's a "personal collection".