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Open Season (2006)



Critic Consensus: Open Season is a cliched palette of tired jokes and CG animal shenanigans that have been seen multiple times this cinematic year.

Movie Info

A domesticated grizzly bear finds that there's more to life than being the star attraction of a mountain town nature show when a fast-talking mule deer offers him a crash course in woodland living in Sony Pictures Animation's first full-length animated feature. Raised by kindly park ranger Beth (Debra Messing) since he was a just a cub, 900-pound grizzly Boog (Martin Lawrence) is content to spend his days entertaining Timberline tourists and his nights nestled safely in Beth's luxurious garage. Boog's life is about to get much more complicated, however, when paranoid hunter Shaw (Gary Sinese) returns from a recent foray in the woods with a frightened, one-horn mule deer named Elliot strapped trophy-like to the hood of his truck. Though at first reluctant to answer Elliot's desperate cries for help, gentle giant Boog eventually frees the thankful creature, who in turn decides to teach his hulking friend what it truly means to be free. Subsequently tranquilized and relocated into the wilderness after momentarily reverting to his true animalistic nature, Boog is forced to team with seasoned forest-dweller Elliot in order to find their way out of the woods before hunting season starts and Shaw comes gunning for all creatures great and small. Things are different in the woods than they were back in the safe confines of park ranger Beth's garage, though, and in order to find their way back to Timberline, Boog and Elliot are going to have to rely on the kindness of their fellow creatures, a rowdy and unruly bunch that includes an army of Scottish squirrels led by rogue critter McSquizzy (Billy Connolly), and a productive beaver construction team whose foreman, Reilly (Jon Faverau), is more than willing to lend a helping tail. With hunting season now upon them and time running out as the hunters close in, the unlikely duo of bear and mule deer put their new life lessons to good use by turning the tables on the gun-toting gamesmen, and once again making the woods safe for the furry critters who call the forest home. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for some rude humor, mild action and brief language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman, Steven Bencich, Nat Mauldin, Jill Culton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 2007
Box Office: $84.3M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Billy Connolly
as McSquizzy
Cody Cameron
as Mr. Weenie
Jack McGee
as Hunter
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Critic Reviews for Open Season

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (31)

I have to say that the humour here (some of it Pythonesque) is mostly spot on and, at times, mischievously dark.

Full Review… | October 14, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's just okay.

Full Review… | October 2, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Animated animal buddy flick is crude but funny.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Animated children's movies should not glamorize criminal activity and war, but that's exactly what happens in "Open Season"...

Full Review… | April 25, 2009

Despite inconsistencies in audience and humor, there's enough to like about Open Season.

July 28, 2007

[A] beautifully animated and funny, if formulaic, odd-couple comedy.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Open Season


Decent family fare. Had some good moments but not my favorite.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


It's good if your bored. Open Season is funny at times but ultimately its far far too silly with a poor amount of witty humour apart from the teddy bear picnic song joke.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Fine animation, fine voices. I didn't mind!

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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