Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Faux holiday-themed sequel is weak and forgettable.
  • G
  • 2013
  • 45 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

This movie isn't intended for educational purposes.

Positive Messages

The messages of the movie are that home is where your family is, and status (alpha versus omega) doesn't matter, but love and respect do.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Stinky, Claudette, and Runt are loyal siblings. Stinky and Claudette want to help their parents find and rescue their brother. Humphrey and Kate and their families are protective parents who are willing to put themselves in danger to save their offspring.

Violence & Scariness

The young wolves are chased by bears and rogue wolves. Runt, the youngest of Kate and Humphrey's litter, is held captive. Wolves threaten and chase each other. No character deaths, but there are some potentially frightening scenes.

Sexy Stuff

Innuendo-filled couple of jokes about Kate being the alpha and Humphrey having to beg and Garth and Lilly preferring "very tall grass" as their private habitat.

Language

Some scatological humor and expressions such as "take a whiz" and "how the heck," as well as alpha wolves who make fun of omegas and of Humphrey for letting his mate "wear the alpha."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Two adult male wolves go to the forest to eat "fermented berries."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure is a direct-to-DVD sequel to the 2010 animated wolf adventure Alpha and Omega. Although the movie is holiday-themed, the characters are wolves, so the holiday influence is limited to references to a holiday family meal and a shot of a business' Christmas tree. There are a couple of mildly perilous sequences involving predators (bear) or rivals (rogue wolves) chasing young and adult wolves, but there are no serious character injuries or deaths. The humor veers into the suggestive a couple of times, but only parents will get those jokes. Language includes "what the heck," "take a whiz," and some omega shaming. The DVD targets a slightly younger audience than the original.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRarityfan October 20, 2018

Like a fake Christmas tree

Not so much Holiday here. Innoncent puppy fun and some violence and over the head for younger kids innunendos. For consumerism the many Alpha and Omega sequels... Continue reading
Parent Written byPedro H. September 8, 2016

Genuine holiday themed sequel is spectacular are unforgettable

This was a good Christmas movie and not only that but this is one of those Christmas movies you can watch anytime of the year
Right
The film had good ideas and... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bysweetangelkitten May 6, 2017

Garbage

This movie is complete trash... It's very boring and the pups are super annoying. Has nothing to do with Christmas and the characters have been bastardized... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 24, 2014

What's the story?

ALPHA AND OMEGA 2: A HOWL-IDAY ADVENTURE is the holiday-themed sequel to 2010's Alpha and Omega. Alpha she-wolf Kate (Kate Higgins) and her omega mate Humphrey (Ben Diskin) are now happily married with three little wolves of their own: Stinky, Claudette, and Runt. On the eve of their first holiday together, the kids get spotted by rogue wolves who are part of an all-alpha pack. The wolves manage to keep little Runt captive, while Stinky and Claudette return home to tell their parents the bad news. With the help of their relatives and friends, the entire gang bands together to rescue Runt.

Is it any good?

Even judging by direct-to-DVD standards, A Howl-iday Adventure is subpar in every aspect. Between the weak plot (why bother depicting these wolves celebrating the holidays anyway?), the terrible computer-generated animation, the generic-sounding score, and the lack of any real connection to the supposed holiday theme, there's little to recommend it. The whole movie seems more like a middle-school animation project than a professional production. That's not to say that some kids won't find it enjoyable, because they will (some kids like pretty much anything animated), but parents will find it difficult to watch. If your kids are dying to watch an Alpha and Omega sequel, skip the second and go straight to the third.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether it's necessary for animated movies to put out these straight-to-DVD sequels. What's the appeal of these? Are they the same quality as the original theatrical films?

  • This is supposed to be a holiday special, but is there really any meaningful connection to the holidays? How do you feel about animals that supposedly celebrate holidays?

  • How does the sequel compare to the original? Can you tell that none of the actors returned to voice a main character?

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