Lionsgate has officially released the latest installment in its long-running Alpha & Omega series, Alpha & Omega: Dino Digs. The series’ sixth installment, it is another enjoyable addition to the family friendly animated franchise. The movie’s writing is the most important of its elements. This applies to the movie’s main story and to its underlying eco-friendly message. The work of the movie’s cast is just as important to note as its writing. Last but hardly last of note in this movie is its collective run time and pacing. Each element is important in its own right to the movie’s presentation. Altogether they make this movie another enjoyable installment in Lionsgate’s Alpha & Omega franchise and worth at least one watch.
The latest addition to Lionsgate’s Alpha & Omega franchise, Alpha & Omega Dino Digs is another enjoyable installment in the studio’s ongoing series of adventures from the wolfpack. Its ranking from the series best to worst is up to each given viewer. But it can be said in watching this forty-seven minute movie that it is worth at least one watch regardless of where viewers feel it fits into the franchise’s overall picture. The main reason for this is the movie’s writing, courtesy of Tom Kane. This applies both to the movie’s story and its underlying eco-friendly message. Kate and Humphrey’s pups –Stinky, Claudette, and Runt—are once again at the fore of the franchise in this story. This time the trio discovers a prehistoric pal named Amy (voiced by Erin Fitzgerald – Ed, Edd, and Eddy, Sabrina: The Animated Series, Bleach) who has magically come to life when the site of her burial is dug up by an unscrupulous Native American and his henchman. The group aims to turn sacred Native lands into a golf resort. It’s up to the pups to get Amy back to the site of her burial so that her spirit can be returned to its rightful place. It’s a pretty simplistic story. Kane even goes so far at one point to poke fun at himself for its seemingly contrived nature, beating the critics to the punch instead of allowing them to throw their verbal and written punches. It plays right into another element of the story’s writing that should be noted. The element in question is the story’s underlying eco-friendly message.
The story at the heart of Alpha & Omega: Dino Digs is a very simple piece to follow. It received quite a bit of criticism when the movie was accidentally streamed online in whole via Splash Entertainment’s website. But the reality is that far more outrageous and unbelievable stories have been turned out by much bigger studios throughout Hollywood’s history. To that extent, the story at the heart of this Alpha & Omega flick is actually worth at least one watch. It is just one important part of what makes the movie’s writing so important to its presentation in whole. The eco-friendly message that is embedded within the movie’s story is just as important to the movie’s presentation as the story itself. The message in question is presented as the sacred land in which Kate and Humphrey plan to settle is being plundered by the previously noted (and unnamed) businessman. His brother notes that what is happening should not be happening as nature will react in the same way that it is treated. This sentiment is echoed at random points throughout the movie. But luckily it isn’t inserted so much as to be considered preachy. Keeping that in mind, the eco-friendly message that essentially serves as the movie’s foundation proves to be just as important in the movie’s overall writing and presentation as its story. As important as both elements are collectively to the movie, the writing in whole is not the only important part of the movie’s presentation. The work of the movie’s cast is just as important to note in the movie’s presentation as its overall writing.
Tom Kane’s work behind Alpha & Omega: Dino Digs is unquestionably important to the movie’s presentation. The plot might seem somewhat outrageous on the surface. But in reality it is no more outrageous than the plot of so many other movies (both for kids and adults). The eco-friendly message that serves as the movie’s foundation strengthens the writing even more. That is because it doesn’t come across as being preachy (again unlike so many other movies). As important as the movie’s writing proves to be to its presentation it is just one part of the movie’s presentation that should be noted. The work of the movie’s cast is just as important to note as the movie’s writing. Once again, Kate and Humphrey’s pups Stinky, Claudette, and Runt are at the center of the story as with so many of the franchise’s recent installments. Those behind the pups are to b commended for their work, too. They are Kate Higgins, Hunter Swan, and Lindsay Torrance. Higgins is the voice of not only Stinky but also the pups’ mom Kate. Hunter Swan handles voice duties for Runt. And Lindsay Torrance brings voice to Claudette. The trio’s initial reaction in discovering Amy is one example of what makes their work notable. They do a good job of capturing the pups’ innocence in their curiosity. Their reaction to discovering Amy is just as fun for the whole family as is their initial reaction to the new “cave” home. Between these moments and others throughout the movie, it can be said of the trio’s work that it stands out in this otherwise standard offering from Lionsgate and Splash Entertainment. Chris Smith is notable in his own right as the voice of the pups’ godfathers Marcel and Paddy. Viewers will be entertained by the snooty, comical personality that Smith gives the pair. Even with Smith being a supporting actor he still adds his own touch to the movie as the pair’s voice. His work and that of his cast mates, when set against the work of the movie’s cast, to show even more why this movie is another Alpha & Omega story that the whole family will *ahem* dig. The cast’s work is still not the only element that makes this movie worth at least one watch. The story’s pacing is just as important to its presentation as its writing and the work of its voice cast.
The work of both writer Tom Kane and the voice cast behind Lionsgate’s latest Alpha & Omega installment are clearly important in their own way to the movie’s overall presentation. Collectively they are even more important to the movie’s presentation as they are alone. As important as they are to the movie’s presentation they are not the movie’s only important elements. The movie’s collective run time and pacing is just as important to note in its overall presentation as the work of its writers and cast. The movie clocks in at only forty-seven minutes. That is about average for each of this franchise’s installments. Thanks to the work, again, of the movie’s writer that time passes right by before audiences even realize it has ended. It never lags or moves too fast at any one point throughout the movie. Thanks to Kane’s concerted efforts, it keeps the action moving just enough from the movie’s opening setup to the pups’ first meeting with Amy all the way up to their bittersweet final farewell to the friendly female dino. Thanks to that balance of energy audiences will never feel left behind or lost to any extent. It is because of this that the story’s pacing is deserving of being noted as one of its positives. When it is set alongside the work of the movie’s cast and its writer, the movie proves to be a work that that the whole family will “dig.”
Alpha & Omega: Dino Digs has been received to quite the mixed reception by audiences and critics ever since its release in stores earlier this month. It is not a perfect production. That is clear through its computer-based animation. The problems posed by the animation in question are not enough to overpower the positives presented by the movie. Its eco-friendly story is simple enough for audiences of any age to follow. And in all honesty it is no more outrageous than the fare presented by the likes of Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks or Lionsgate’s other counterparts. What’s more the eco-friendly message that serves as the story’s foundation avoids becoming preachy at any point. The work of the movie’s cast adds its own interest to the movie. The story’s pacing never wavers from beginning to end. Each of its three acts maintains receives the same energy and attention. The end result is a story that will certainly keep audiences entertained and engaged if for that reason alone. The acting and writing add to that mix to make the movie a whole that audiences of all ages will “dig” with just on watch or more. Alpha & Omega: Dino Digs is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct via Lionsgate’s online store at http://www.lionsgateshop.com/search_results.asp?Search=dino%20digs. More information on this and other titles from Lionsgate is available online now at:
To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.