Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining wolf sequel has peril and some scares.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 45 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

Respect differences; even physically challenged creatures have a right to acceptance and love. Wise wolf: "Fear is natural. You must confront it, or it will destroy you."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Parents are portrayed as wise, protective, courageous, and steadfast; they learn to accept the fact that their pups are growing up and sometimes need to strike out on their own. Omega wolf pups are reluctant to accept a secondary role to Alphas in the pack; they prove themselves capable and worthy. Members of the packs look out for one another.  

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon suspense and action: The spooky forest is highlighted in numerous scenes by dark images, eerie music, an active wolf-ghost, lightning, glowing eyes, and wind storms. Daria, a blind wolf, is threatened by other wolves with death, chased, and ultimately saved by her mother. Wolf pup falls into river, is nearly run over by a car, and is chased by wolf-ghost. Wolves engage in a brief, snarling fight. 

Sexy Stuff

Fourth DVD entry in the Alpha and Omega franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this 2014 entry in the Alpha and Omega franchise has some moments that might be too frightening for very little kids. Wolf pup Runt, the smallest of the Omega wolves, frequently enters a shadowy forest where he encounters lightning, a menacing windstorm, a wolf-ghost, and glowing eyes, all accompanied by spooky music. Cartoon action is played throughout with chases, rescues in the nick of time, and the most vulnerable wolves in danger. Messages about family, parenting, and protecting those less fortunate are solid. There's plenty of humor to go along with the jeopardy, and the film features many of the well-liked characters from the earlier stories. At 45 minutes in length, Alpha and Omega: The Legend of Saw Tooth Cave is best for primary school-age kids who clearly can tell the difference between real and cartoon violence.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byswink March 23, 2020

nonstop scary and otherwise boring. wish I'd skipped.

I chose this because it was short and looked fairly innocent. I wish I hadn't. It only redeemed itself in the last couple minutes. Otherwise it was just no... Continue reading
Parent Written byPedro H. September 8, 2016

Digital perfection

What a great movie it had the right amount of spooky the right amount of twist and a lot of good
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlue-Six July 22, 2020

Really boring

It’s really boring, confusing, and the graphics, especially for 2014, aren’t acceptable. 4th dvd entry
Teen, 17 years old Written byTimberHumphrey May 9, 2015

this is how you do a sequel!

now when it comes to sequels, they usually take what made the original movie good and completely destroy it. then comes alpha and omega 4 to remind us that even... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ALPHA AND OMEGA: THE LEGEND OF THE SAW TOOTH CAVE, Runt, the littlest Omega wolf of all, seems to be the most high-spirited, the most adventurous, and the most confident. In fact, his caring parents are worried that he won't recognize a truly perilous situation when he sees it. And they may be right. Runt insists that the legendary "shadowy forest" isn't really scary and that the myths about the Saw Tooth Cave aren't true. When he takes it upon himself to investigate and prove his point, he finds himself in a very frightening place -- but not in the way that everyone imagined. Instead of running into danger, Runt meets the fragile Daria, an outcast wolf who truly deserves his help. Runt enlists the assistance of his brother and sister, and, along with a surprising ghost and a vigilant porcupine, the three pups set out to make things right. 

Is it any good?

This entertaining fourth DVD in the series is almost entirely character-driven, both in the tale that's told and as the wholesome origin of the laughs that emerge. The original Alpha and Omega, a 3-D feature film released in 2010, relied on sly sexual innuendo for much of its humor; some found this objectionable for the target audience. The creators of the franchise have certainly gotten the message. Porcupines have never been so intriguing. The now-familiar wolf pack and the other critters in their world reflect the emotions and behaviors of all creatures. Kids will identify with Runt, Claudette, and Stinky and recognize the grown-ups who try hard to raise them well. Still, kids who are not yet able to grasp the concept of cartoon danger might find this film too dark or scary.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Kate and Humphrey as parents who were having a hard time allowing their pups to grow up. How did Runt and the others convince them that they could be trusted? 

  • Why do you think that Daria's original pack did not accept her? What were they afraid of? How are human families different?

  • What is an "alpha" wolf? Did you know that some experts think that there are actually no "alpha" or "omega" wolves? Find out about the different views of the hierarchy of a wolf pack.

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