A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
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
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.
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Fourth DVD entry in the Alpha and Omega franchise.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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