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YMMV: Alpha and Omega
  • Awesome Music: The Moonlight Howl scenes (mainly because they sound like Award Bait Songs) are an example, the heartfelt one between Kate and Humphrey in particular.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Reba and Janice's sudden appearance during the confrontation between the packs, shouting "STOP THE INSANITY! GO ORGANIC! STOP THE INSANITY! GO ORGANIC!"
  • Broken Base: This film has a lot of fans in addition to the Hatedom, many among the furries but also a large number of wolf fans.
    • A Howl-iday Adventure is this among the fanbase, as it's either seen as a good followup with a decent plot, or a case of Sequelitis with worse animation. The sequels that follow are also a case of this.
  • Captain Ersatz: Marcel looks and sounds suspiciously like Boris.
  • Cliché Storm: Entire movie in a nutshell: Male falls in love with female. Male realizes he can't be with female because their love is forbidden due to them being different. Male and female get captured, wake up in a new location, and have to find their way home. Then throw in a bunch of kiddie humor during their adventure. Male and female finally arrive home, but the female dies. Oh wait, she didn't actually die. Male and female, despite their differences, fall in love, and live Happily Ever After. The end. AND there's a direct-to-video sequel where they have 3 children.
  • Critic Proof: The film has a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 36 out of 100 on MetaCritic and a 48% on IMDb. Yet, as exemplified by the lengthy entries here, it still has quite a thriving fanbase.
  • Cult Classic: When it was first released, it was hugely hated by critics and animation fans alike for poor animation, unoriginal plot, and lame jokes. Jump ahead a couple years, and it has quite a fanbase.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: There are a few, as the characters are often considered a (if not the) redeeming aspect of the film.
    • Lilly gets a lot of love due to her cuteness, among other reasons.
    • Garth also gets some love for his character development, as well as the amusing bird-dropping howl gag.
      • It's also not uncommon to see Lilly/Garth as the preferred couple over Kate/Humphrey (see They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot). Indeed, a frequent concern about the sequels is that the two of them might disappear completely, given the series' shifted focus on Kate and Humphrey's family. (Which has led to the proposal that they too should have cubs to gain some focus.)
    • Eve is also liked because her threats are hilarious, yet frightening at the same time.
    • Salty, that one tall, skinny wolf friend of Humphrey's who looks kinda like Scrat and talks like a surfer, is also a fan favorite.
    • Princess of Howl-iday Adventure has become a favorite due to her role as an Anti-Villain (compared to her typically villainous father) who bonds with Runt.
  • Fan Dumb: Fans can be extremely defensive in their response towards those who dislike the film.
  • Fridge Horror: The question of where Garth's mother is becomes a bit unsettling if you consider Tony's temperament.
    • While on the subject, exactly what kind of treatment Nars put his team under is hinted at, but never made fully clear. All we know is that he's somewhat abusive towards Fleet and that his fellow teammate Magril whispers to Fleet all the time because she's utterly terrified of Nars.
  • Fridge Logic: Kate and Humphrey seem fairly familiar with human inventions and can read English signs despite their packs being relatively secluded from humans. Given that the setting is a national park though, it could explain some familiarity with humans.
  • Hate Dumb: For every fan of the movie, there is a virulent hater who thinks said fan is either an immature little kid, a furry, or a wolfaboo blind to the fact that the film sucks. Fanning the flames further was the fact Pixar cancelled Newt to avoid potential dueling with this and Rio.
  • Memetic Mutation: Basically any threat Eve says becomes one for the fans.
  • Narm: While Nars has some fairly intense moments in The Great Wolf Games, namely when he threatens his son Fleet, his overall threatening presence is undercut by a voice that sounds like he's got a giant spit wad in his mouth.
  • Narm Charm: Other moments in the series have this sort of charm, such as when Humphrey and Kate embrace while spinning in the air...only to then flip out. The corniness is just too much to not like.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Eve is a disturbing character given her casually-shared death threats, like telling Kate to go for Garth's throat if he gets out of line in a sweet, motherly tone. Not to mention how she spends most of the first movie looking this close to snapping. And she does nearly murder Humphrey on the spot when she thinks he and Kate actually repopulated. When she's told that he actually helped Kate instead, Eve stops strangling the poor guy and comments about how he's "such a nice boy" as if nothing happened. She's also this in-verse, as even Winston and Tony know better than to cross her.
    • En route to Jasper Park, Kate has a nightmare of the wolf packs fighting. This includes a scene of her father being attacked as she watches helplessly, unable to stop it or save anyone.
    • Although it's filled with awkward moments, the scene where the bears corner Kate and Humphrey atop a log jutting out of a mountainside is still pretty creepy. Especially when you see just how high up they are (as they are on a mountain) and that the bears mean business.
      • There's also that moment when you just know that the bear cub's mother is gonna show up after he starts crying. That the bear makes her presence known to Humphrey via Drool Hello just adds to it.
    • The confrontation between Winston, Tony, and the two packs is a bit disturbing in itself with all the growling and the rising tension. The wolves look far more menacing than before, and their teeth are much more prominent. It also signifies the moment when Tony intends to live up to his threat of war, and shows that Winston won't back down. Although, the creepiness of the scene is undercut by the Big Lipped Alligator Moment mentioned above.
    • Uncanny Valley especially comes into play with the smile Reba and Janice give the camera. It's almost The Unsmile.
    • From Howl-iday Adventure, Adult Fear comes into play when Runt is held captive by the Rogues. Despite being a rather Narmy Card-Carrying Villain, King is quite menacing when he tells Princess that they will kill Runt if his parents and pack don't come for him.
  • The Scrappy: Despite being major characters who give directions to the main characters so they could return home, Marcel and Paddy are not really that popular with the fandom. Go ahead and check out any fanbase on Deviantart or Youtube, you'll be surprised that those two have barely to any mention with the rest of the characters, a majority being wolf fans.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Sure the animation isn't best, and the plot has been done many times, but there are plenty of funny, heartwarming, and awesome moments to make up for it.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure has received better reviews than the first movie (such as the sequel's average of 7.0 rating on IMDb compared to the first movie's 5.0), as the plot and humor have improved. However, reviewers still noted its shorter length, lesser animation quality, and crammed holiday elements as issues.
  • Tear Jerker: Kate's Disney Death was this to the other wolves and some of the audience. Humphrey's reaction in particular: He begs her to wake up, then plaintively whispers "I love you."
  • They Just Didn't Care: There are some pretty noticeable animation issues in The Great Wolf Games, such as Kate briefly turning dark brown and the sky suddenly flickering to a dark blue color as Nars and Humphrey talk. Not to mention the awkward use of the "children cheering" stock sound effect.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Alpha and Omega concerns the conflicts between two wolf packs over a food shortage and the main antagonist is an Anti-Villain determined to ensure his pack's survival. The possibility of a wolf war and the questioning of traditions are fascinating concepts. This premise gets pushed into the background for a typical interclass love story with a typical "You should be with who you love" Aesop as the film's primary focus.
    • Some also feel Lilly and Garth's relationship was more interesting than Humphrey and Kate's and should have been fleshed out more, if not made the focus instead. Given how Lilly was The Woobie trying to help ease tensions between the two packs and Garth was gradually shown to be more than the Jerk Jock he initially appeared to be, there is some weight to this.
    • A Howl-iday Adventure had a pretty good plot concerning Runt's abduction by the Rogues, his bonding with Princess, and everyone's effort to find/save Runt. But it is undercut to a degree by the short running time, crammed-in (and unnecessary) holiday elements, and, depending on how you look at it, how the Rogues are ultimately defeated by bears rather than just the wolves themselves. All of which could have instead been spent further developing the plot.
    • The Great Wolf Games features Nars being bitter over Kate beating him in their own Wolf Games and trying to push his son to be the next champion. It would have been interesting to see Kate handle a competition against a rival who hates her guts while she's since moved on. However, Kate's barely even in the film and Humphrey takes the role of coach instead.
    • There were rumors that King would attempt to seek revenge and Princess would seek to redeem herself in The Great Wolf Games. Needless to say, neither plot occurred, much to the disappointment of quite a few fans.
  • Uncanny Valley: The wolves have somewhat human-looking facial features, which can be quit disturbing sometimes. The Anime Hair doesn't help either.
    • The cubs of the sequel Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure also have this issue, even just looking at the cover art, due to their human-like features and big eyes. Runt gets it the worst due to his smaller size with the big eyes.
  • The Woobie: Again, Lilly in the first movie. She's a Shrinking Violet who's not as skilled as her older sister, trying to keep some degree of peace between the two packs, and in love with a guy pack laws forbid her to be romantically involved with (especially after the two bonded after helping improve one another, noticeably getting Lilly to come out of her shell). This is perhaps best demonstrated in the scene where she's visibly depressed as she helps Kate get ready for the arranged marriage.
    • Humphrey is also this in the first movie for similar reasons, although to a lesser degree. Still, there's the moments like when he's about to confess to Kate that he loves her...only to see she's run off to stop the packs from warring.
    • There's also Runt in the second movie, given how he's disrespected by his siblings and then abducted by a villainous group of wolves to be used as bait in their scheme, with the constant threat of death.

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