Just another furry tale
Alpha and Omega
Direction: Anthony Bell, Ben Gluck
Voices: Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere
This animated romantic adventure — a co-production assembled using local talents in Mumbai —sets out to assert that it can give giants like Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks a run for their money in the overcrowded 3D cartoon market. Alas, in vain.
Pitched at under-8 viewers, the unimaginatively-directed story revolves around a pair of young wolves of contrasting temperaments.
She (dubbed by Panettiere) is an agile hunter and the pride of her parents. He (Long), on the other hand, is a slacker who shuns any sort of responsibility. Howling with the opposite pack is strictly verboten. Predictably, the lupine duo discovers true love, eventually even preventing their families from tearing each other to shreds.
Besides the sluggish script, the tempo is cripplingly slow and the characters are sketchy. As for the soundtrack, it’s a punishment on the ears.
Admittedly, the antics of a golf-playing goose (Larry Miller) and his factotum caddy-duck (Eric Price) generate a few titters. In the supporting voice roles as patriarchs of the rival packs, the late Dennis Hopper (to whom the film is dedicated) and Danny Glover are expressive enough. Alpha and Omega is at best, mildly diverting.