Alpha and Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom (simply known as Alpha and Omega 8) is a 2017 American computer-animated adventure comedy film, produced by Splash Entertainment, written by Tom Kane, directed by Tim Maltby and distributed by Lionsgate Films. It's the eighth in the Alpha and Omega franchise and was released on May 9, 2017 in the US and May 29, 2017 in the UK, and even if it was deemed as better than Dino Digs, the film was critically panned from the majority of the fanbase.
The film starts when the pups, Stinky, Claudette and Runt were playing Animal Kingdom with their friends, Brent, Agnes and Fleet to prepare for the Queen Bear's arrival. Then the royal messengers of the Bear King told them and all the other Animals that The Queen Bear and Princess Canue were coming, Strom confirmed the Queen Bear that everything was ok in the Eastern Forest and said there were no rogue wolves.
The Queen Bear appeared to them and a few Animals introduced themselves,the pups and their friends also introduced themselves, right when she was introducing Princess Canue, from out of nowhere, a group of rogue wolves charged at them. The pups said they wanted to help her, the Queen Bear said then to help her daughter, then Magpie, Head of Protocol told the royal messengers to alert the King that they have been attacked. At the Bear Kingdom, The King Bear told them to ask for Winston and tell him what happened. Meanwhile, a couple of rogue wolves chased Stinky, Claudette, Runt, their Friends and Princess Canue, but they managed to finish both of them.
Meanwhile, the Royal Messengers came to Winston and told him that The Queen Bear was attacked by rogue wolves, Winston howled, Kate and Humphrey heard the howling and came to him, Kate and Humphrey were angry because the pups were supposed to be scouting, but went all the way to The Eastern Forest, where the rogue wolves were, the pups told their friends that they bettet go to their homes, because they were in trouble, Winston and Eve welcomed Princess Canue, Humphrey was going to ground the pups, but changed his mind, when Princess Canue said they saved her life and were kind and selfless. They decided to help her. Meanwhile, The Queen Bear figured out Strom and Claw were a part of the aimbushand they were traitors, she realized she must return to the king as soon as possible, then the rogue wolves found her again and attacked her, she got surrounded. Luckily, Kate and Humphrey arrived just in time and driven off the rogue wolves with their pack and helped her get back. Meanwhile Strom and Claw came back and said it wasn't safe and overrun with rogues, Louis, The King Bear's chief Advisor, realized Strom and Claw were traitors and princess canue even felt it, but then, Strom and Claw pushed The King Bear and Louis over the waterfall, the pups helped princess canue get back home. The rogue wolves arrived at the Bear Kingdom. Humphrey disguised as a Trojan wolf, Strom told him he needed a nice melody that doesn't hurt. Humphrey agrees, and in his words he was pinning the rogues and the traitors against each other. They started fighting. The Queen Bear arrived and the war broke out between the rogue wolves versus the western pack and the Bear Army. The Western pack and the Bear Army were winning. Meanwhile, Louis and The King Bear came back up and battled with the king rogue, Strom and Claw and threw them over the waterfall, The Rogue Wolves were Defeated and captured.
They all arrived back, The King Bear, The Queen Bear and Princess Canue regained their Kingdom again. The King annointed Beast, Marge, Donna and the pups for their courage and kindness. Then the Film ends with everyone celebrating along with their friends.
- Ben Diskin as Humphrey
- Kate Higgins as Kate / Stinky
- Lindsay Torrance as Claudette
- Debi Derryberry as Runt
- G.K. Bowes as Princess Canue / Magpie
- Erin Fitzgerald as Queen Bear
- Maxwell John Eric as Winston
- Cindy Robinson as Eve / Marge
- Richard Gordon as Brent / Fleet / Vernon
- Mela Lee as Agnes
- Chris Smith as Paddy / Marcel / King Bear / Louis / Claw
- Michelle Souza as Donna / Rogue Wolf
- Joshua Tomar as Strom / King Rogue / Evin
- Xander Mobus as Beast
- Andrew Tight as Additional Voices
Tim Maltby confirmed in a 2016 interview that he was "toying with the idea" of making a short film detailing how the pups actually aren't wolves at all, but are full grown corgi dogs that Humphrey stole as puppies after he and Kate found out that she was sterile, raising the puppies to believe they're wolves and never noticing that they never get any bigger. He said he found the concept amusing based on fans' reactions on the sequels taking place over the span of nearly two years and the pups always staying the exact same size. He mentioned the possibility of including beloved fan favorites, Garth and Lilly in the idea with grown pups of their own greeting their miniature cousins and finding their over confidence and egotistic reactions baffling and amusing despite their puny sizes. Tom Kane, however, has denied it, claiming that "it would never fit with the overall tone and lore of the franchise". As yet, no further development has been seen or mentioned on this idea.
Alpha and Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom was released on DVD and Digital HD on May 9, 2017 in the United States.
Alpha and Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom was panned from the majority of the Alpha and Omega fans, though it was still deemed better than Dino Digs. Although some could definitely make the claim that Dino Digs was in fact the superior movie both visually and plot-wise.