Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure is a 2013 3D American computer-animated action comedy film. It is the sequel to Alpha and Omega and is the second installment in the franchise. Originally planned for a wide theatrical release following the success of the first film, it was released on DVD instead on October 8, 2013 nationwide and worldwide by Lionsgate, and received mixed reviews. Lionsgate re-released the film in October 7, 2014.
The entire voice cast from the previous film didn't reprise their roles. However, like the original film, Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure proved to be a wide success upon its release despite its mixed reaction, and also gained a cult following. The film was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Straight-to-DVD Sequel.
Kate and Humphrey are eager to spend the upcoming winter with their three pups, Stinky Claudette and Runt, as it will be the first that they've spent together as a family.
While out travelling with his siblings, Runt, the only Omega offspring of Kate and Humphrey, climbs a tree and spots 3 rogue wolves in the area. After 2 of the rogue wolves save Stinky and Claudette from a grizzly, Runt suddenly disappears. Stinky and Claudette then inform Kate and Humphrey, including their relatives as they were about to have a family dinner, about Runt's disappearance. The family hurries to find Runt, and Kate sees that the rogue wolves have captured Runt and are heading to Banff National Park, home to the rogue wolf pack and south of Jasper. After being warned by Tony and Winston about how dangerous the rogues are, Kate and Humphrey still go on to find their lost pup, much to their disappointment. Meanwhile at Banff, Runt is taken to the rogues’ leader, King. He is then made as a bait, as King expects the western pack to come for Runt. Princess, King’s daughter, is appointed to care for Runt and to keep the bait alive. As night falls, a storm approaches, prompting Kate and Humphrey to stop the search and wait for the storm to subside the next day. Meanwhile at the den, Stinky and Claudette sneak out to help their parents search for Runt while everyone is asleep.
The next day, Kate and Humphrey meet Marcel and Paddy. After following what their parents did before to cross the river, Stinky and Claudette find them and go with their parents to help in the search. On the way, they meet a lost grizzly cub who was separated from his mother. At first, Humphrey refuses because of his experience with a bear cub before. He then decides to let the bear go with them. A mile away from Banff, Kate and Humphrey leave Paddy to guard the children while they and Marcel retrieve Runt. Despite this, the children manage to convince Paddy to go. While on Banff, their family also arrives and Humphrey is made to distract the rogues by acting as a gigantic "special-class alpha" named Lockjaw while Kate retrieves Runt. Winston and Tony pose as a large grizzly with Tony on Winstons back. After finding out that it is but a trick, King orders the Alpha rogues to kill them. Winston then orders Kate and Humphrey to take the cubs to the north side in the human roads and they will rendezvous there. Fortunately, the bear cub's family arrives and helps them defeat the rogues after the cub explained how the wolves helped him. As the snow covers the lands, Humphrey and his family are lost. Runt climbs a tree and sees the human roads about ten miles away at the foot of the mountain. They then logboard their way down.
Upon reaching the same gas station and seeing Max, the same hunter they encountered before, Humphrey hesitates. Humphrey tells Kate to bite his paw hoping he is dreaming, but realizes he's not. They go in anyway and the man sees them. Once seeing Kate and Humphrey have pups (and him having a family of his own), Max decides to be nice this time. So, he gives them free food and leaves the door open, much to their surprise. The film ends with Kate and Humphrey deciding to settle there for the winter as they all go to sleep under the Christmas tree.
- Meryl Leigh as Princess
- Liza West as Runt
- Ben Diskin as Humphrey
- Kate Higgins as Kate / Stinky / Lilly
- Lindsay Torrance as Claudette
- Blackie Rose as Garth / King
- Maxwell Je as Winston
- Tracy Pfau as Eve
- Bill Lader as Tony / Rogue #2
- Hugh Tyrrell as Salty
- Chris Smith as Marcel / Paddy / Rogue #3
- Shaun Gerardo as Rogue #1
- Willa Fogelson as Brad
- Harrper Fogelson as Porcupine
Production for the film began a week before the release of the first film when Steve Moore wrote a script draft for the film. The film was originally set for a theatrical release, but due to many problems, it was changed to have a straight-to-DVD release. Ben Gluck, who co-directed the first film with Anthony Bell, was originally set to solo direct the sequel. But there was another production scandal, and Gluck turned down as director. For that, he has an uncredited role in the film. The film was officially announced in July 31, 2013 that it would have a straight-to-DVD release in October 8, 2013 in North America. Richard Rich took over as director and the film stars a cast of mostly unknown voice actors.
Alpha and Omega 2 was released on October 8, 2013 on DVD (as a Walmart Exclusive), Blu-ray and Digital HD. Lionsgate is re-releasing the DVD on October 7, 2014 possibly making it a not Walmart Exclusive.
In the DVD and Blu-ray release of Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure, it has been announced that there will be a third and fourth film in the franchise due to the success of the second film.
Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games was released on March 25, 2014 with Richard Rich returning to direct. As of now, it's the only sequel to have Claudette as the main character. Despite Common Sense Media giving the film a mostly mixed-to-positive review (3 out of 5 stars), The Great Wolf Games received generally poor reviews from most fans and it's been declared to be the worst chapter of the franchise. Most criticisms were focused on the film's script and animation, but the biggest complaint was that most of the original characters were missing in the movie and Kate was only in it for the last 10 minutes.
Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave had its worldwide DVD premiere on October 7, 2014. This sequel is set during the Halloween season, where Runt explores the haunted Saw Tooth Cave and finds a blind female wolf who was driven from her pack for being different. Unlike The Great Wolf Games, this fourth movie was highly acclaimed by fans of the franchise, who call it the best sequel so far. Professional critics were also impressed with the movie, noting its action scenes, voice acting, character development, emotional depth and darker tone.
Alpha and Omega: Family Vacation first aired on TV in Mexico on March 28, 2015 and then was released worldwide on DVD in August 4. This fifth movie deals about Kate and Humphrey taking the pups to Alfred Creek Falls for a family vacation. But everything goes wrong when they find themselves in a cross-country chase after two wolf trappers spot them. Upon its release, Family Vacation received positive reviews from fans, noting the film's improved animation, action scenes, sense of humor, use of flashbacks, cast of characters and overall charm.
On April 8, Lionsgate and Crest Animations officially announced that they'll be teaming up with Splash Entertainment to make three more sequels after Family Vacation. The sixth movie - currently titled Alpha and Omega 6 The Big Fureeze- is expecting an early 2016 release.
Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure received mixed reviews from both critics and fans. The movie was praised for its voice acting, characters and ending climax, but was heavily criticized for its animation, too-short runtime and its ending scene, which most fans called "confusing". The movie currently holds a 49% rating in Rotten Tomatoes and a 47 out of 100 in Metacritic, indicating "generally mixed reviews". However, despite the mixed reaction, the movie became an unexpected success with fans and DVD sales, and developed a cult following.
Trailer and Clips
- For the United States, the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray as a Walmart Excusive. It is also available for Digital Download.
- Despite being a sequel, the film is sometimes thought to be a Christmas special. It also was released before Christmas, so some people could get confused.
Awards and Nominations
|Annie Awards||Best Straight-to-DVD Sequel||Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure||Template:Nom|
|Best Ending Climax||Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure||Template:Won|
|Kids Choice Awards||Best DVD Cover||Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure||Template:Won|
|As-Seen-By Awards||Best Leading Voice in a straight-to-DVD Sequel||Ben Diskin||Template:Nom|