Open Season

  • PG
  • Jill Culton, Anthony Stacchi, Roger Allers (2006)
  • US
  • 82 min
Open Season
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This boisterous inaugural feature from Sony Pictures Animation won't give Pixar any sleepless nights, but it does have a simplistic appeal. Co-directed by The Lion King film-maker Roger Allers, it's a familiar, computer-generated eco-fable in which domesticated grizzly bear Boog (voiced by Martin Lawrence) sees his pampered existence as a mountain-town tourist attraction cut short when he befriends a mischievous deer (a fantastic Ashton Kutcher). In a hilarious set piece, the duo cause so much mess in a convenience store that Boog eventually ends up released back into the wilderness - three days before the hunting season. What follows is a predictable lesson about man's destruction of nature, boosted by quick-fire banter, brightly coloured visuals and plenty of scatological humour for children. The pace slackens in the second third, hampered by narrative clich├ęs and some weakly stereotypical supporting characters, though it picks up with gusto for a final imaginative animal/hunter showdown.

Plot Summary

Animated comedy adventure, featuring the voices of Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher. In a tranquil mountain town, domesticated grizzly bear Boog enjoys an idyllic life as the star of a wildlife show. But when he meets hyperactive deer Elliot, he gets into so much trouble that his keeper decides it's time to release him back into the wild. Problem is, hunting season is fast approaching and there's a tenacious hunter who's determined to bag both Boog and Elliot.

Cast and crew

Cast

Boog
Martin Lawrence
Elliot
Ashton Kutcher
Beth
Debra Messing
Shaw
Gary Sinise
McSquizzy
Billy Connolly
Reilly
Jon Favreau
Ian
Patrick Warburton
Giselle
Jane Krakowski
Bobbie
Georgia Engel
Gordy
Gordon Tootoosis

Crew

Director
Jill Culton
Director
Anthony Stacchi
Director
Roger Allers

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 13 Oct 2006
Certificate PG
Categories
Comedy
Childrens
Drama

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