Lionsgate’s latest installment in its popular Alpha & Omega franchise was released to DVD/Digital HD combo pack late last month. The family friendly flick, Alpha & Omega:The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave comes just in time for Halloween. It was released exclusively via Wal-Mart stores nationwide. It follows the release earlier this year of Alpha & Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games and last year’s Alpha & Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure, the franchise’s other holiday-themed story. This latest adventure from the people at Lionsgate is a good addition to any family’s Halloween/Fall party this year. The primary reason for this is the movie’s script. It interweaves two different story lines for one whole that audiences of all ages will enjoy. Another reason that this new direct-to-DVD feature works is its relatively short run time. And rounding out the whole presentation is the movie’s animation style. Each factor by itself plays its own important role to the overall presentation. Altogether, the factors noted here make Alpha & Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave a movie that any family will enjoy not only at their Halloween party but at any time of the year.
The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave is not the first holiday feature that has been spawned from Lionsgate’s popular Alpha & Omega franchise. It is the first from the franchise centered on Halloween albeit indirectly. That’s one small part of what makes the movie’s script work as well as it does and will be discussed at a later point. The script behind The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave is the central point of the movie’s enjoyment and success. The script actually presents not one but two separate stories. The first of the pair—the central story—centers on the legend of a cave that is thought to be haunted. Young Runt (voiced for the second time by voice actor Dee Dee Greene) decides to find out for himself whether or not that legend is true. The truth behind the legend reveals a surprising story within itself. That story will be left for those that have yet to see this movie so as to not ruin it for said audiences. Getting to the movie’s secondary story line, this story line focuses on Runt’s own attempt to establish his place in his pack as he tries to solve the legend of the saw tooth cave. It’s a story to which any viewer can relate really. He wants to prove that he’s not just a little kid. Every young child eventually reaches that point in his or her life at which he or she starts to exhibit that desire not so much for independence but to establish himself or herself and find his or her own place in the world. That is sort of what’s going on here in this story line. Kane managed to weave together both story lines seamlessly. The end result is a story that audiences of all ages will enjoy whether during their Halloween parties or any other time of year.
Tom Kane’s well-written script is central to the enjoyment and success of Alpha & Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave. The movie’s relatively short run-time is just as important as the script. The movie’s run time is listed at forty-five minutes. But the end credits roll just past the forty-one minute mark. So the reality of the movie is that it really is not that long. That’s especially the case when it is compared to most family films out there today. Most children’s films today run anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. That even applies to most holiday-themed family movies whether from major name studios or lesser-known studios. Even when aimed at older children, such run times push the envelope in terms of keeping said audiences’ attention. It makes this movie’s run time that much more important to the overall presentation. Add in those two expertly crafted story lines, and audiences get in this movie a movie that is even more enjoyable in the long run.
The writing that went into Alpha & Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave and its run time are of equal importance to the movie’s enjoyment. When taking into consideration just these two factors, this latest installment in Lionsgate’s Alpha & Omega franchise proves to be a movie that holds its own. It holds its own both in comparison to other family holiday-themed movies and in comparison to the other films within this franchise. While both factors prove to be of equal importance in the movie’s enjoyment, there is one more factor to consider that makes the movie work. That last remaining factor is the movie’s “animation.” In an era when so many “animated” movies look like one another thanks to cookie cutter computer graphics, this movie can only really be compared to the likes of Dreamworks’ Over The Hedge franchise. The comparisons are slight at best. Though, those familiar with those movies will be able to catch the similarities even as minimal as they prove to be. That means that this movie, much like the others in the Alpha & Omega series maintains its identity from other computer generated flicks. And it does so with ease. It is the final touch on a movie that while it may not be as well-known as other family friendly holiday films is still enjoyable enough in its own right.
Alpha & Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave may not be as well-known as other family friendly holiday films. Despite this, it still is enjoyable in its own right. Writer Tom Kane has crafted a script that weaves multiple story lines together with ease. Neither storyline steps on the other at any point throughout the story, thus preventing the story from bogging itself down. The movie’s run time—and by connection its pacing—make the story even more enjoyable for audiences of all ages. The movie’s relatively original animation style rounds out the whole presentation, making it a movie well worth adding to any family’s Halloween party this year and any year. It is available now exclusively in Wal-Mart stores nationwide. More information on this and other releases from Lionsgate is available online at:
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