Humphrey (voiced by Justin Long) can caper about with his friends all day. That's what the omegas, mutts of the pack, can do. But there's no point having a crush on Kate. Kate (voiced by Hayden Panettiere ) is an alpha dog. She's destined to hunt and to mate with the son of a rival pack Women Canada Goose Mystique Parka Brown Nz to bring peace to their valley. She knows it and accepts that duty from her dad (Danny Glover) and mom (Vicki Lewis).

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And the 3 D here is only striking during snowball fights and caribou stampedes.

Still, the message is benign and the humor harmless. Yes, the bar has been raised for animation's also rans, and it's a pretty good looking movie. If you go knowing you're not seeing Pixar's new version of the state of the art, if you tell your kids not to expect the last word in animated entertainment, "Alpha and Omega" won't disappoint. Much.

The Chris Denk/Steve Moore script has a classic odyssey structure but too few incidents to energize the journey. There are funny lines and situations. Want to insult a wolf? Call him a "coyote." But there aren't enough jokes, and characters aren't fleshed in enough to make them interesting. Too many animated films hire name actors (Christina Ricci among them, voicing Kate's omega sister) and expect their "performance" to perk up dull writing. It never does.

She only questions that obligation when she realizes her intended, Garth (Chris Carmack), has no howl. As in "Happy Feet," wolves lure mates by crooning wordless scat singing, really. Garth's tone deaf. And just as Kate's wondering what to do, game wardens tranquilize her and lumpy Humphrey and transport them to an Idaho park where they're to "repopulate" the place with wolves.

Will Eve and Humphrey make it back to Canada, maybe with the help of a golfing Canada goose (Larry Miller)? Will they get there in time to prevent war between dad's pack and the one led by Tony (Dennis Hopper, in his final performance)? Will Alpha and Omega cross that class barrier and find puppy love?

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Only Lewis, as Kate's sweet voiced but ferociously protective mom, lands consistent laughs.

It's about wolves living free in the wilds of a park in Canada. The pack is separated into alphas the leadership and hunting class, who only breed with their kind and the omegas, the goofy hangers on who don't really pull their weight in the pack.

But as with any movie, this kids' film is only as good as its writing the jokes, the cute bits, the heart. And that's where "Alpha and Omega" comes up short.

It's nothing short of amazing to think how far even animation's B pictures have come in just a few short years. Compare "Alpha and Omega," a new 3 D 'toon from Crest Animation (and Lionsgate) to "Hoodwinked" or "Fly Me to the Moon" cut rate pictures from just a couple of years ago. Visually, the newer film is light years ahead of those efforts. You've never seen 3 D dog drool this real.