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Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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So-so sequel has mild cartoon action, some potty humor.
  • NR
  • 2016
  • 47 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Introduces a T. rex and a raptor.

Positive Messages

Promotes respect for wild animals and their natural surroundings throughout the story.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Three sibling wolf pups are energetic, mischievous, resourceful, and concerned for others. While they test the boundaries of their parents' rules, they are always aware of their responsibility. Parent wolves are solid: dependable, brave, loving, and willing to listen to their pups. Comic villains are greedy humans.

Violence & Scariness

Mild cartoon action: A T. rex chases and roars at other animals; he throws a man and crushes a car, stomps on cave homes. Human construction workers carry shotguns and threaten the wolf pups, who scare them off and then run from them. An asteroid hits the earth in a flashback to prehistoric times.

Sexy Stuff
Language

A sprinkling of potty humor: "turd," "kicked butts," "pee." A bird farts and poops.

Consumerism

The sixth movie in the Alpha and Omega franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs is the sixth entry in the Alpha and Omega franchise, a 47-minute tale that finds the three adorable wolf pups, Stinky, Claudette, and Runt, befriending a 65-million-year-old gentle dinosaur. Once again, the overarching concept is care and respect for Earth and its creatures, and the enemies of the wildlife population are humans bent on exploiting the planet for monetary gain. Several scenes contain moderate suspense and scares but nothing that kids who are already comfortable with cartoon violence should have problems with. A comically fierce T. rex chases animals and wreaks havoc in the forest. A pack of rogue wolves briefly menaces the pups. And, with great fire and wind, an asteroid hits the earth in a flashback to prehistoric times. Kids will laugh at the sprinkling of toilet humor ("turd," "butt," "pee") and farts. Fine for fans of the engaging Alpha and Omega family, but not quite up to the standards of earlier offerings.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Aunt Written byPedro H. September 8, 2016

Cool dinosaur movie

This was a good movie but there were some parts that need improvement but it was a good movie At least it wasn't foodfight
Parent Written byAndréa M. August 30, 2016

Pretty awful

Some facts but mostly fantasy . Not a good story either.
Kid, 12 years old May 31, 2017

What is the point of this?

This movie has a confusing and boring story line, with terrible graphics. One of the characters says "What the" and guns are shown in the film, but lu... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bysweetangelkitten May 6, 2017

Terrible

The story was really dumb... I am all for fantasy, but this is just ridiculous. It has little to no educational value and is not entertaining at all. I loved th... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ALPHA AND OMEGA: DINO DIGS, wolf dad Humphrey (Ben Diskin), mom Kate (Kate Higgins), and their brood have been relocated to "Wolfburbia," a prefab cave complex with all the trappings of what in human terms would be called "a planned community." It's safe and secure, and it's said about its recycled design "Unnatural is the new natural." Unbeknownst to the loving family and their new neighbors, 65 million years earlier, an asteroid buried the earth's dinosaur population in sacred ground nearby. A T. rex and a young raptor have managed to survive deep beneath the surface. When greedy developers and human construction workers (the wolves' familiar old trapper enemies) further disturb the area, prehistoric raptor Amy climbs into the present. Her accidental meeting and friendship with the three wolf pups finds the quartet in a quest to stop the diggers before the T. rex is uncovered and before the rest of the natural world is threatened.

Is it any good?

Endearing characters are back, and there are plenty of kid-friendly laughs, but this adventure is not as clever or well-plotted as previous entries in the franchise. A Las Vegas-style musical production number with geysers and lights is briefly entertaining, but relying on it to move the story doesn't really work. The Alpha and Omega movies have never been lauded for the quality of the animation but for the spirit of the characters and simply stated reminders that wildlife and the planet deserve our respect. These features are intact. And, on a positive note, there's none of the sexual innuendo and much less of the potty humor from earlier entries. Fine for kids, but not special enough to recommend.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages in all the Alpha and Omega movies. What are the filmmakers saying about the planet and the creatures that inhabit it? How do Humphrey, Kate, and the pups stand in for all wildlife?

  • Given the usually frightening role that wolves have played in so many stories, how does this series present a different view of the animal? Do some research and find out about the true behavior of wolves. Why is it important for kids and adults to understand that wolves are not a natural enemy of humankind? 

  • What is the meaning of the movie's statement "Never disturb nature or nature will disturb you"? Identify some specific incidents in which this has proven to be true (i.e., being careless at a campfire).

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