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Open Season
Voices by Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Gary Sinise
Debra Messing, Billy Connolly, Georgia Engel
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2007
86 minutes

Open Season is a fun animated comedy from Sony Pictures and the first from Sony Pictures Animation. Kids will probably enjoy the DVD more than adults but then again that's the idea. Open Season is your basic animal world buddy movie done with computer animation. It's fun, relaxing entertainment and sometimes that's all you want. It is also the kind of DVD kids will want to play over and over again and sometimes that is also what you want.

Open Season is the story of Boog, a somewhat domesticated bear (voiced by Martin Lawrence) who ends up stranded in the forest after getting into some trouble thanks to Elliott the mule deer (voiced by Ashton Kutcher of That 70's Show and Demi Moore fame). He tries to make his way back home before its open season for the hunters. Gary Sinise plays Shaw, the hunter of all hunters, who somehow ends up believing there is a conspiracy theory amongst the animals to take over the world.

There are a lot of really good moments in Open Season and the comedy is pretty good so this should entertain the kids all the way through. Parents, i.e. adults will most enjoy the scene where Boog finally finds a throne and the animal's counterattack on the first day of hunting season.

This counterattack is certainly the best moment in Open Season. It is very original, inventive, and there are a lot of really funny moments in here. I wished more of that inventiveness had shown in the rest of Open Season as this would have allowed it to rise above the fray of computer animated movies.

Open Season is not a classic cartoon but it is a fun experience. Extras on the Open Season DVD include deleted scenes, filmmaker commentary (the usual stuff), a behind the scenes feature, a rather neat feature where you can hear what the characters sound like in different languages (Spanish, French and Japanese) and voices, and a Wheel of Fortune animated game. It also includes Boog's and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run, an animated short that kinds of goes nowhere



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