Open Season

"Grim"

Open Season Review


There was a time, not too long ago, when there was one great computer-animated film per year, and that was it. Then, seemingly overnight, there were a dozen computer-animated films every year, and every single one of them had to do with an animal trying to find its home. This year is no exception; Over the Hedge, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and The Wild have already been released and there's still at least two more coming out before the end of the year and probably four others that escape my mind. Tacked onto this ever-growing list is Open Season, the latest from The Lion King director Roger Allers.

In a small rural town where camping and hunting are daily parts of life, Boog (Martin Lawrence) has a damn good life...99 for a grizzly bear, that is. He does a show with his friend, park ranger Beth (Debra Messing), and has a nice little bed and three meals a day in her basement. Then one day, Boog frees a deer named Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) from the hood of dumb-as-brick hunter Shaw's (Gary Sinise) truck. Elliot considers this an act of eternal friendship and begins to follow Boog around everywhere, eventually causing Boog to lose his show with Beth. Without a home or means of livelihood, Boog is sent back to the forest with Elliot. Here, Boog must find his inner bear (did I just type that?) and Elliot must find the courage to stand up to head buck Ian (Patrick Warburton). All of this happens while the pair are also trying to find their way back home and attempting to not get killed by Shaw.

Though the beginning of the movie gives off the lovable sheen of a Yogi the Bear cartoon, Open Season quickly gives up quirky lovability for a familiar "no place like home" sentiment and ever-present "be yourself" diatribes. There's nothing specifically more heartwarming or witty here than there was in, say, Monsters, Inc. (where co-director Jill Culton served as visual developer).

That being said, there also is nothing here that sticks out as particularly noxious. The movie has the patented values that one would want from a film like this and most of the characters are overblown enough to warrant heavy chuckles. The problem is that it doesn't offer any depth to make the characters memorable; Boog is no Buzz Lightyear and Elliot is certainly no Woody. However, holding out hope for another Toy Story or (please, Jesus) another The Incredibles might be a little out of sight given the mass production of these films. At this point, the most we can hope for now is an animated film that doesn't concern breaking out of a zoo of some sort.

DVD extras are copious, including deleted scenes, commentary track, featurettes galore, and games for the kids.

That's a whole lotta shootin' to do.



Open Season

Facts and Figures

Genre: Animation

Run time: 83 mins

In Theaters: Friday 29th September 2006

Box Office USA: $84.3M

Box Office Worldwide: $189.1M

Budget: $85M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures

Production compaines: Sony Pictures Animation

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 48%
Fresh: 48 Rotten: 52

IMDB: 6.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: , Jill Culton, Anthony Stacchi

Producer: Michelle Murdocca

Starring: as Boog (voice), as Elliot (voice), as Shaw (voice), as Beth (voice), as McSquizzy (voice), Georgia Engel as Bobbie (voice), as Reilly (voice), as Giselle (voice), as Gordy (voice), as Ian (voice), Cody Cameron as Mr. Weenie (voice), Nika Futterman as Rosie (voice), as Serge (voice), as Hunter (voice), Michelle Murdocca as Maria (voice), Fergal Reilly as O'Toole (voice), Jackie Harris as Amanda (Voice)

Also starring:


Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Inside Out Movie Review

Inside Out Movie Review

Those bright sparks at Pixar have done it again, taking a fiercely original approach to...

Southpaw Movie Review

Southpaw Movie Review

Slick direction and meaty performances may be enough for some viewers, but this boxing drama's...

Eden Movie Review

Eden Movie Review

Loose and impressionistic, this beautifully shot film traces the career of a DJ who pioneered...

The Gallows Movie Review

The Gallows Movie Review

Without a single moment of originality, this found-footage horror movie really deserves to be the...

Advertisement
Self/Less Movie Review

Self/Less Movie Review

An intriguing premise keeps the audience gripped for about 20 minutes before the movie runs...

Ant-Man Movie Review

Ant-Man Movie Review

The increasingly stale Marvel formula gets a blast of fresh air in this rollocking adventure...

Love & Mercy Movie Review

Love & Mercy Movie Review

An unusually inventive approach brings this story to life, as the filmmakers get into the...

Ted 2 Movie Review

Ted 2 Movie Review

Fans of the surprise 2012 hit Ted will find plenty to love in this sequel,...

Advertisement