|Alpha and Omega: The Big Fureeze|
November 8 2016 (US, Worldwide) October 27 (UK, Australia)
Alpha and Omega: The Big Fureeze (also simply known as Alpha and Omega 7) is a 2016 American computer-animated action/adventure film, being distributed by Lionsgate Films. It is the seventh film in the Alpha and Omega franchise. The film was released in the UK on October 27, 2016 and in the U.S on November 8. It received positive reviews, where fans agreed that it was a huge improvement over Dino Digs.
As Christmas eve gets closer and closer to Jasper Park once again, Kate and Humphrey go on a hunting trip to look for food to store for the harsh winter. The film opens with the pups - Stinky, Claudette and Runt - hunting a squirrel. As Runt corners the squirrel up a tree, he notices that a raging blizzard is approaching the area, and realizes this is why Kate and Humphrey haven't returned yet. Worried, the three pups go to ask their grandparents, Winston and Eve, to form a search party and search for the two missing wolves. However, Winston and Eve refuse due to the weather conditions being too dangerous for anyone, especially the pups. Sometime later, Marcel and Paddy arrive at the den, following their failed migration plan, and agree to help the pups on the rescue mission. Meanwhile, Kate and Humphrey find a cave to hide in during the storm, and Kate grows worried for the pups. Humphrey cheers her up by reminiscing the times when Humphrey taught Runt on how to be a kind and sociable Omega, and Kate taught Stinky and Claudette how to hunt. Humphrey then pulls out berries for them to eat, but a shocked Kate realizes that only bears store berries in cave, revealing they've been hiding inside the cave owned by three grizzlies. The bears arrive to their cave, making Kate and Humphrey to go and hide. Back to the den, the pups decide to take the rescue mission upon themselves and leave the cave while everyone else is asleep. As they go looking for their parents, they meet up with Agnes and Brent, the latter of whom was covered in snow while sleep-walking. They both agree to help the pups on the rescue mission. Meanwhile, Kate and Humphrey try to sneak out of the cave, but one of the bears (who sleep-walks like Brent) stops them from getting out. As the pups and the critters slide down a hill, King has spotted them and is out for revenge, due to his rogue pack being destroyed following the events in the second movie. With Hench being his only back-up, King charges for the pups, preparing to kill them. Stinky senses them coming closer and they all try to get away across the frozen pond. However, Brent falls through the ice and almost drowns. As the others try to get Brent out of the water, Claudette distracts Hench while King goes after Runt. After a struggle, the pups manage to save Brent and escape. Back at the bears' den, Kate and Humphrey manage to get past two of the bears, but Humphrey gets snuggled by the third one. He escapes and the two of them run out of the cave. However, the grizzlies wake up shortly after, noticing Kate and Humphrey's tracks. Thinking they were stealing their berries, the bears go after them. Meanwhile, King and Hench are still after the pups, only to be joined by the twins, Lyle and Link, who betrayed their pack and went rogue, due to the lack of food. Back in the den, Marcel and Paddy wake up to find the pups are gone. They inform Winston and Eve about this and go out to save the pups. Stinky senses King and Hench again, this time joined by Lyle and Link, and they all hide in the same cave the two wolves hid. Kate and Humphrey finally come across the caribou they've been looking for, only to be cornered by the grizzlies. The pups enter the bears' cave where Kate and Humphrey were hiding and manage to scare the rogues away, by making it look like the bears are in there. While this is going on, Kate and Humphrey try to fight the bears, but the two of them get separated by the blizzard. They're reunited shortly after, and Kate distracts the bears while Humphrey goes to find a log on which they can logboard down the mountain. The pups arrive and notice their parents logboarding down the mountain with the three bears close behind. Claudette, Agnes and Runt distract the rogue while Brent and Stinky find a log to do the same thing their parents do. Kate and Humphrey logboard safely down the mountain and escape the grizzlies, while the pups and the critters deal with the rogues. They fly over a passing train, escaping King and reuniting with Kate and Humphrey. As the animals make their way across the valley, Marcel and Paddy arrive. However, Runt's distracted and starts playing in the snow, only to be spotted by King and the rogues who chase after him. Marcel and Paddy knock them, but King continues to chase after Runt. Just as Runt is about to get killed, Kate and Humphrey violently tackle King to the ground. Defeated and all alone, King runs away.
The wolves, Marcel and Paddy, and Brent and Agnes make it back home safe and sound just in time for Christmas eve. Winston and Eve arrive at the den, with plenty of food to store for the winter. The film ends with the animals getting ready for the holidays.
- Ben Diskin as Humphrey/Bear #1
- Kate Higgins as Kate/Stinky
- Debi Derryberry as Runt
- Lindsay Torrance as Claudette
- Blackie Rose as King
- Shaun Gerardo as Hench
- Solomon Gartner as Lyle and Link
- Maxwell Bentley as Winston
- Cindy Robinson as Eve
- Richard Gordon as Brent/Squirrel/Bear #2/Bear #3
- Mela Lee as Agnes
- Chris Smith as Paddy/Marcel
The movie was announced on April 8, 2015, when Lionsgate announced a collaboration with Splash Entertainment to make 3 more sequels after Family Vacation (which at the time, was originally meant to be the final entry in the franchise). It was originally set to be the sixth installment, but for some unclear reason, Lionsgate decided to release Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs before it, making The Big Fureeze the seventh entry. Tom Kane returns as the writer, and Tim Maltby returns as the director.
Alpha and Omega: The Big Fureeze was released on November 8, 2016. The official trailer of the movie was released on August 29. The film was released in the UK on October 27, over a week before the American/worldwide release.
Alpha and Omega: The Big Fureeze received generally positive reviews. Fans praised the action scenes, most of its humor, the scenes with Kate and Humphrey, heartwarming moments and for being darker than the other sequels. It was also praised for being a huge improvement over Dino Digs. However, it was also criticized for the animation quality and the script, which some fans thought it didn't quite live up to the hype of the movie.
Since it was released on August 29, the trailer of The Big Freeze has garnered generally positive reactions from fans, with many praising it for being "very promising". It was also praised for the animation quality being slightly better than in the sneak peek.
- Alpha and Omega The Big Fureeze is the seventh film in the franchise.
- The Big Fureeze title may be a pun on the title of the 2001 animated film The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze, another sequel of a long-running franchise.
- This is the most hyped chapter out of the 3 new sequels that are being made by Splash Entertainment.
- Following the release and notorious failure of Norm of the North (which was Splash Entertainment's first theatrical feature), the release date for The Big Fureeze was officially pushed back.
- Lionsgate and Splash Entertainment officially confirmed that The Big Fureeze is the seventh movie in the franchise, with Dino Digs coming out first.
- The Big Fureeze is the second sequel in the franchise to get a sneak-peek long before the movie's release (the first being the fourth movie).
- On August 29, 2016, it was announced that The Big Fureeze will be the first sequel in the franchise to get 2 deleted scenes in the DVD extras.
- This is the first sequel in the franchise to bring back co-creator Steve Moore to co-write the script with Tom Kane.
Alpha and Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom was released on DVD and Digital HD on MAy 9, 2017.