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Open Season (2006)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  29 September 2006 (USA)
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Boog, a domesticated 900lb. Grizzly bear finds himself stranded in the woods 3 days before Open Season. Forced to rely on Elliot, a fast-talking mule deer, the two form an unlikely friendship and must quickly rally other forest animals if they are to form a rag-tag army against the hunters.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boog (voice)
Elliot (voice)
Shaw (voice)
Beth (voice)
McSquizzy (voice)
Bobbie (voice)
Reilly (voice)
Giselle (voice)
Gordy (voice)
Ian (voice)
Cody Cameron ...
Mr. Weenie (voice)
Rosie (voice)
Danny Mann ...
Serge (voice)
Hunter (voice)
Michelle Murdocca ...
Maria (voice)


A happily domesticated grizzly bear named Boog, has his perfect world turned upside down after he meets Elliot, a scrawny, fast-talking one-horned wild mule deer. They both end up stranded together in the woods during hunting season and it's up to the duo to rally all the other forest animals and turn the tables on the hunters. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude humor, mild action and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,624,548 (USA) (29 September 2006)


$1,007,483 (Australia) (1 December 2006)

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(8 channels)| | (IMAX version)|


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1.85 : 1
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Sony Pictures Animation's first theatrical feature. See more »


At the beginning of the movie Beth loads a large blue cooler and a smaller red one into the back of her jeep. They are nowhere to be seen when Boog jumps into the back a few minutes later. See more »


Gordy: You know, the longer you wait, the harder it's gonna to be for him to adapt.
Beth: Oh, I'm sure he'll... that is, I think he'll...
Gordy: And the harder it's gonna be for you to leave him.
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Crazy Credits

Near the beginning of the end credits, there is a scene where Shaw appears looking like Bigfoot (in reality, he was tarred and feathered in leaves) and is captured by Bob and Bobbie. See more »


References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »


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Knock-off of every CGI animated movie previously released.
12 October 2006 | by (Richardson, TX) – See all my reviews

I'd have to agree with the critics on this one. When you release so many CGI movies with talking animals, there is a point at which mediocrity becomes common place. Open Season is no exception.

It seems to me that a lot of these movies released this past year revolve around this basic formula. 1) A plot involving talking animals. 2) Hire celebrities to do the voice acting (need at least one comedian). 3) Have a main character and an annoying obnoxious sidekick. 4) Have some simple plot in which the main characters are on a journey and have to reach from point A to point B.

When watching Open Season, I couldn't help but notice the parallels to Shrek. Boog (the bear) = Shrek, and Elliot (the deer) = Donkey. Need voice actors? Easy, let's hire two comedians (Mike Myers & Eddie Murphy vs Martin Lawrence & Ashton Kutcher). Plot? Well, let's just make them stranded somewhere and they have to reach from point A to point B. In this case, from the forest to Boog's old home. Of course, I could make the same case with Finding Nemo (comedians Albert Brooks & Ellen DeGeneres, main character and sidekick, travel from point A to point B plot).

Now don't get me wrong, I love Shrek and Finding Nemo. The problem is that when you have two great movies like these released previously, you can't help but notice how much Open Season recycles from previous movies. Open Season lacks any emotional charm or comedic originality. Another problem I had is that a lot of the jokes are based on clichés and stereotypes (Scottish squirrels? Male deers = high school jocks? Ducks = French resistance? Female skunks = black women?).

If there's any redeeming value in this film, it would be the fact that I watched it in IMAX 3D. It looks amazing. Wearing the 3D glasses, I could see each individual patch of fur on Boog's back and the characters literally came out from the screen.

Is this movie good for the kids? Yes. It had some laughs in it and it does bring about a moral message about the preservation of wildlife. It's a good way to kill and hour and a half. But don't expect to see anything new or original in this film.

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