Opening in theaters on September 17 is the Lionsgate animated film Alpha and Omega. Justin Long and Hayden Panettiere voice two wolves who have to travel together to get back to their pack. Sounds traditional for a kids’ movie, but I like the twist that she’s popular, an alpha wolf, while he’s a loser/slacker type. It sounds like a mashup of a high-school comedy with a cartoon wilderness adventure.
Also, the cast is great; included are Christina Ricci, Danny Glover, Vicki Lewis, and the late Dennis Hopper (in his last role). You can see the trailer at apple.com. I’m not crazy about the 3-D (and the surcharge that comes with it) or the way they’ve somehow given the female wolf girly hair, but the scenery is impressive, and I like the way she takes the lead. There are more video clips available at the film’s website.