Alpha & Omega... sequels? [Yes, more than one]

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World Class Animation Critic
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Yes, you read that right.

The CGI animated film that's [inaccurately] about packs of wolves has a sequel that's been out on DVD and Blu-ray for about a couple of weeks. "Alpha & Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure" is... a 45 minute long sequel [no, I kid you not. I've watched this thing... TWICE.] and as a follow-up, it's personally not good... but it's not awful [except for the ending, which is, in fact, quite terrible.]. The first movie is obviously a much better film, and this sequel is... just unnecessary altogether. I'd just call it a Holiday special and send it to the "once-a-year-show-it-on-TV" bin, but I'll save the rest of my opinions for a full review of it later.

Anywho... has anyone else heard about and/or seen this one other than me?

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...And then I learned that the director of this sequel, our old friend Richard Rich [of "Swan Princess" fame] is taking the helm of two more upcoming sequels to follow in the next couple of years.

The first one is supposed to be like an Olympic-esque competition between several new packs of wolves, and it's supposed to be about making friends and competing and all that. The second is more Halloween-centric and about kids [Kate and Humphrey's pups - no, I'm not spoiling anything by saying this.] going where they aren't supposed to and getting in trouble in the process. There's probably more to those stories that I missed [as I am writing these from memory of the special feature that was on the DVD release in the US.], but either way...

Is anyone looking forward to these follow-ups? If they are longer films with better writing, then I welcome them [though my welcome is read as tolerance.].

- Juuchan17

Juuchan17's avatar
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...And the third "Alpha and Omega" movie was bad, but it's a better-written sequel than the previous one.

Sure, it's running on the post-Olympic train with this "Great Wolf Games" event, though it's still focused more on the main character couple's pups. There's a possible love interest for the girl pup, some background to a certain character added in that is worth noting and the antagonist is much better this time around too... but not even those good things can save the entirety of the film. The animation is not that improved from the last time, which still makes Movie One the one with the best animation.

Plus, it's still the same length as the first sequel! The last ten minutes of the movie is nothing more than a bonus feature about how the ORIGINAL movie was made. At least it shows character designs and rough sketches, which are nice, but it would have been cool to see more about the sequels... AND they do! It's just the same sneak peek from the last sequel with a scene or two from this sequel and the 3rd sequel.

Also, there's apparently a fourth sequel in the works with the working title of "Family Vacation". It's not meant to be out until next Spring, so I'm not all that excited about it [since the first sequel ended up as one, in a way].

Now to wait for this Halloween sequel... oh boy, I can't believe I am actually waiting for it.

- Juuchan17

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