I have to question the decision to dedicate this animated adventure about a couple of young wolves (voiced by Justin Long and Hayden Panettiere) from opposite sides of the pack to the late Dennis Hopper. I can fully appreciate the desire to honor his last performance, but everything about his work here — and the movie as a whole, if truth be told — just feels wrong.
Hopper leads a regional wolfpack who are hunting on the west side of the turf, which under the jurisdiction of Danny Glover’s Winston. Winston’s daughter Kate (Panettiere) is an Alpha-in-training, while Humphrey (Long) is a fun-loving Omega, who is not suitable mating material for Kate.
Cute, right? Too cute to an infinite degree is more like it, but without a single spark of wit. Every vocal performance sounds like a flat reading from the Internet Yellow Pages posted to Twitter.
Alpha and Omega longs to be Romeo & Juliet for the kiddies, but maybe you just can’t dumb it down and clean it up that much. Just like you shouldn’t try to make Hopper into a cuddly Poppa Wolf. I want to remember his sharp bite. Grade: D
Opens Sept. 17. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.