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2006

Open Season is a 2006 American computer-animated adventure comedy movie directed by Roger Allers and Jill Culton. The movie features an all-star cast that includes Ashton Kutcher, Martin Lawrence, Debra Messing, Gary Sinise, Billy Connolly, Jon Favreau, Jane Krakowski, and Patrick Warburton. The storyline follows the escapades of Boog the bear and Elliot the deer who join forces to take on the hunters during the open hunting season in their woods.

Boog (voiced by Martin Lawrence) is a grizzly bear who has never lived in the wild. He is a domesticated bear who has been brought up with luxurious living and a talent for performing stage shows. His life drastically changes when he meets Elliot (voiced by Ashton Kutcher), a manic deer who has a vendetta against humans. Elliot convinces Boog to help him escape from hunters, and after a series of comedic events, they find themselves lost in the forest. Boog is initially hesitant about the idea of living in the wild, but Elliot teaches him survival skills and shows him the joy of freedom and adventure.

The duo’s quiet existence comes to a screeching halt as the animals discover that the hunters have returned to the forest for the open season. The animals are all afraid of the hunters except for Elliot, who is determined to stop them once and for all. Elliot’s plans don’t go as he imagined, and with the help of Boog, they take on the gun-toting hunters, determined to protect their home and families. Along the way, the unlikely friends meet other forest creatures and boisterous hunters as they navigate their way through the forest towards the hunter’s camp.

As the misadventures continue, there are several hilarious scenes, like the duo’s attempt at fishing, where they end up with some unexpected snacks. They also cause chaos in a logging company as they try to save their friends from being cut down. But the group’s ultimate mission is to hijack the hunter’s truck full of guns and ammo to save their woods from getting destroyed.

The movie's plot is simple, but it is executed flawlessly with engaging animation and strong voice acting. The characters are well developed, with Boog's transition from a domesticated bear to a free-living grizzly being the highlight. Elliot’s spastic energy and determination offer moments of humor, while the other animals offer excellent support characters such as Mr. Weenie, a dachshund who has escaped from his home to live in the wild, and Giselle, a wild deer love interest for Elliot.

The animation is also impressive, featuring a realistic depiction of the forest, with crisp animation details of leaves, trees, water, and other elements. The hunting sequences, though exciting, are tastefully done without being too violent, and there’s an overarching message of compassion that’s driven home throughout the movie.

In conclusion, Open Season is an enjoyable and entertaining movie that has something for both children and adults. The storyline is straightforward, the animation is captivating, and the voice acting is top-notch. The movie is an outright comedy with no message preaching, but it does deliver a valuable commemoration of the importance of natural habitats and the bond between all wildlife. It's a perfect family movie for a lazy weekend or a relaxed evening, and it's definitely worth adding to your must-watch list.

Open Season is a Animation, Kids & Family, Adventure, Comedy movie released in 2006. It has a runtime of 86 minutes. Critics and viewers have rated it moderate reviews, with an IMDb score of 6.1. It also holds a MetaScore of 49.

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6.1/10
49/100
Director
Jill Culton,Roger Allers
Stars
Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Gary Sinise, Debra Messing, Billy Connolly, Jon Favreau, Georgia Engel, Jane Krakowski, Gordon Tootoosis, Patrick Warburton
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