Open Season

Open Season

Jill Culton (2006)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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 clichés and some weakly stereotypical supporting characters, though it picks up with gusto for a final imaginative animal/hunter showdown.


A mischievous deer tempts Boog, a domesticated grizzly bear with no survival skills, to try life on the wild side. However, with the hunting season in full swing, all the fearful woodland creatures urge Boog to unleash his inner ferocity and drive the gunmen out of the forest. Animated comedy, featuring the voices of Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Gary Sinise and Billy Connolly.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Jill Culton
Director Anthony Stacchi
Director Roger Allers
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Oct 2006
Comedy Drama Children's