Lionsgate // 2013 // 45 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // November 8th, 2013
Home is where the family is.
In the wild snowy wilderness, where dangerous predators lurk around every corner and survival is a daily adventure for the thousands of animals whose lives can end in a eruption of blood and sinew in the blink of an eye, there is only one thing more important than living to see another day: Christmas!
Three wolf cubs named Stinky, Claudette and Runt are getting prepped for some serious yuletide glee. Under the careful watch of their parents Kate and Humphrey (the eponymous Alpha and the Omega), the cubs romp around the snow with visions of presents in their eyes, despite the fact they've been given birth names like "Stinky" and "Runt."
Speaking of Runt, he single-handedly screws up everyone's holiday plans when he goes missing. Desperate to find their literal runt of the litter, the Alpha and Omega family takes off for a grand adventure across the harsh wilderness, a pack of douchey wolves hot on their heels, pissed at the fact that, from what I can surmise, the two wolves married across species or something. There might be a veiled piece of social commentary in there somewhere but I have neither the time nor the inclination to delve much further.
Alpha and Omega 2 is an adequate, immediately forgettable piece of family filmmaking. Nothing jumps out: not the plot (a standard-issue "road movie" featuring woodland creatures), or the characters (we're dealing with a whole family here and I can't recall any of their personalities, save for one guy who seemed fairly emasculated), or the animation (average, direct-to-video CGI).
Is it serviceable and inoffensive? Sure. It's also brief, clocking in at a breezy 45 minutes. That adds up to an easy-to-digest diversion to fire up for the kiddos and buy you enough time to swap out the laundry or change a tire or two. Can't really complain here.
The Blu-ray is fine (1080p, 1.78:1 and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio), despite the target demographic not really giving a crap. Extras: a making-of feature, an interactive personality quiz and trivia.
Does it really matter?
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Official Site