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Open Season (2006)

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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.


Steve Bencich (screenplay by), Ron J. Friedman (screenplay by) | 8 more credits »
1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Lawrence ... Boog (voice)
Ashton Kutcher ... Elliot (voice)
Gary Sinise ... Shaw (voice)
Debra Messing ... Beth (voice)
Billy Connolly ... McSquizzy (voice)
Georgia Engel ... Bobbie (voice)
Jon Favreau ... Reilly (voice)
Jane Krakowski ... Giselle (voice)
Gordon Tootoosis ... Gordy (voice)
Patrick Warburton ... Ian (voice)
Cody Cameron Cody Cameron ... Mr. Weenie (voice)
Nika Futterman ... Rosie (voice)
Danny Mann ... Serge (voice)
Jack McGee ... Hunter (voice)
Michelle Murdocca Michelle Murdocca ... Maria (voice)


A happily domesticated grizzly bear named Boog (Martin Lawrence), has his perfect world turned upside down after he meets Elliot (Ashton Kutcher), 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 of 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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Did You Know?


David Cowgill's sixth animated movie of 2006 after Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), The Wild (2006), Over the Hedge (2006), Cars (2006), and Barnyard (2006). See more »


When the dam bursts, Shaw's truck would not be able to surface much less continue to run. The engine would almost immediately cease to work after taking in water through the air filter. See more »


Boog: [stumbles into garage and sees Dinkleman staring from his bed] What are you looking at? I told you not to wait up!
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Crazy Credits

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very well executed movie, I enjoyed every minute of it.
21 February 2019 | by rsv-20605See all my reviews

In Open Season, a movie filled with fun and adventure, we see the bond between a local park ranger and her bear named Boog grow strong. But when Boog becomes a little too big to be living in the neighborhood, he has to be transported by helicopter into the scary wilderness. As he tries to adjust his lifestyle from being pampered to living on his own, he meets many animal friends, one being a deer named Elliot, who tries his best to teach Boog the ways of the wild. All in all, i felt that the movie had subpar animations but had great acting to portray the message of the protection of wildlife and exploring the outside world. One scene that really portrayed the message of protecting Wildlife was when the antagonist of the story, Shaw, an evil hunter who will do anything to rack up kills even if it means killing the most beloved animals, tries to kill a deer on the road by running it over in the middle of broad day light. The way Elliot the deer explains his fear or being hunted and the way it has affected him was said kind of made me realize that illegal hunting is actually something that goes on nowadays, maybe not specifically in Hawaii, but other states, whether it be in local forests or refuge parks like the one in the movie. it also made me realized that there are people like Shaw out there in this world that continue to hunt illegally with the intention of building up pride and this movie did a perfect job of portraying that.

Another aspect of the movie that really enhanced the notable scenes and portraying the exploration of the outside world came in the beginning of the film when Boog's owner, also a park ranger finally has no option but to give him up to the outside world. I feel like that scene directly related to me and many people i know because like Boog, we are all going to have to move out, get a job, and go to college in order to be independent for ourselves. Although it was subtly put in, I noticed how powerful that was to enhance the movie and the plot. As Boog wakes up in the scary wilderness where he is supposed to be, he struggles to find his way back home and finally realizes that he is permanently stuck there. Like Boog, i am going to have to adjust to a new lifestyle in college and in life generally. This movie highlights the importance of being free and allows viewers to realize the positives of being on your own because it doesn't always have to be scary like how everyone makes it seems. The final thing that is used in this movie to create notable scenes was the acting. Now because this was a movie of animations, acting is portrayed by the way that the voices matched the actions portrayed by the animators. One good example of this is in the scene where Boog, the 900 pound grizzly bear voiced by Martin Lawrence and Elliot the deer voiced by Ashton Kutcher team up to create an action packed scene where they band together convincing the other animals of the forest to fight against the hunters to try and alive being yet another trophy for them. With voice talent like a German accent wiener dog or a enthusiastic British accent for the little squirrel who controls most of the trees in the forest, the scene was very enjoyable to watch.

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Release Date:

29 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,624,548, 1 October 2006

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| DTS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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