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Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games

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Mildly amusing sports-themed sequel is fun for young kids.
Parents recommend
  • Review Date: March 25, 2014
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 45 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Although this movie is meant to entertain, kids will learn the importance of being a good sport and working as a team.

Positive messages

The movie promotes the idea that girls can be as successful at sports as boys and that you should never discriminate against a possible teammate. It also encourages fair play and good sportsmanship.

Positive role models

Humphrey might be an omega "dad" wolf, but he's also really good at inspiring the kids to work together, train hard, and have fun as they participate in the Wolf Games. The young wolves want to win, but they also help one another during the competition.

Violence & scariness

Unsportsmanlike behavior encouraged by a grown wolf/coach leads to the young wolves getting tripped and falling during the games.

Sexy stuff

Mild flirting among the "juvenile" wolves. Humphrey makes a joke that Claudette isn't allowed to date until she's "a grandma."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

There are no product placements in the movie itself, but the movie has two predecessors on DVD as well as associated toys and a video game (for the original movie).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games is the second direct-to-DVD sequel to the original Alpha and Omega adventure. The movie is fine for younger kids; there are positive messages about fair play, good sportsmanship, and gender discrimination in sports. Families who liked the original movie may enjoy seeing Kate and Humphrey's offspring learn to navigate their own alpha and omega friendships.

What's the story?

Humphrey and Kate's three young wolves introduced in Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure are now "juveniles" or young adults, and they find out that various area packs are competing in an Olympics-style inter-pack competition, the Great Wolf Games. At first they're told they can't compete, but, after convincing Humphrey to be their coach and enlisting a bear and a porcupine to join their team, Stinky, Claudette, and Runt are ready to race. Claudette discovers that years ago her mom was the star of her winning team and hopes to prove a worthy successor, but the rival team's bitter coach will stop at nothing to see his son's team beat Kate's offspring.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This movie is a considerable step up from the forgettable holiday special, but it still suffers from the lack of polish that many direct-to-DVD features share. The production values are fairly poor, to the point that a mud pool looks laughably awful in one scene, and there are times when the mouth movements don't quite match the dialog. For those who aren't bothered by the animation level, at least the plot is more thought-out than the previous sequel's and involves positive themes about fair play, discrimination, girls in sports, and teamwork.

Families can talk about...

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

  • What is the movie's message about discrimination and sports? Why is Claudette being good at the race so upsetting to Coach Nars?

  • How does this movie compare to the other ones in the series? Do you think there are still more stories to tell about these characters?

Movie details

DVD release date:March 25, 2014
Cast:Ben Diskin, Kate Higgins, Lindsay Torrance
Director:Richard Rich
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Brothers and sisters, Wild animals
Run time:45 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent Written byEvensmaxTV April 10, 2014
LEARNING

Alpha and Omega 3

Alpha and Omega 3 it is a grate movie for the kids in there family to watch.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old February 27, 2015

A bit boring but preschoolers should love it

The great wolf games is very boring to me but I think a 3 year old would love it.Oh I forgot to mention there is brief bear chase scene which might scare very young kids.
Teen, 14 years old Written byWOLF13 October 22, 2014

AMAZING RECOMEND TO ANYONE

HAS A GREAT STORYLINE HAS GREAT QUALITY PICTURE AND EVERYONE WILL LOVE IT
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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