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Open Season

A movie directed by Anthony Stacchi, Jill Culton, and Roger Allers

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A Pedestrian Effort

  • Jul 12, 2010

 It was a Saturday night, there was about 30 inches of snow outside, it was cold, and I was bored. So, searching for something to do, I discovered two of my roommates about to start watching the animated adventure Open Season. I had nothing to lose, so I joined them. Unfortunately, viewing the movie ultimately only confirmed my reasons for avoiding seeing films of a similar nature in the past.
            For the last several years, the market has been severely oversaturated with CGI films. Now that the technology is developed enough to make production relatively cheap, and following in the wake of the blockbuster success of the early pioneers in the field such as Toy Story or Shrek, the studios have thrust upon us a heavy dose of family fun. They’ve begun churning out film after film with the same recycled materials, a talking animal here, a fresh twist on a fairy-tale there, tossed in a couple famous voice actors, and they’ve got a film that’ll sell tickets, in families of four at a time. I’m sure it’s cost-effective, but it has certainly diluted the quality of the movies. They’ve lost the charm and wit that made the initial trailblazers so popular in the first place.
            All throughout the movie, I couldn’t help but continually notice just how stolen every device in the narrative was. First I saw Donkey longing for Shrek’s approval, then I saw Pacha and Kuzco from The Emporer’s New Groove learning to work together to struggle through their trials, then the relationships of Open Season’s two protagonists, a bear named Boog and Elliot the buck, simply devolved into the generic mold of any buddy movie ever made. The studio has just plugged two new faces into the equation, crossed their fingers, and hoped for another franchise.
            The film did have some funny moments, especially from the bully Ian the buck, played by the eternally employable voice of Patrick Warburton, but there’s nothing overly memorable about anything in it; it has little staying power. I hardly cared a whim about any of the characters and every plot “twist” was visible from a mile a way. As well, the anthropomorphizing of the animals reached a ludicrous level. Naturally, it’s all in the attempt for a laugh and to give everyone something to relate to, but it became ridiculous. They played into more stereotypes than I may be able to recount. There was the sassy Mexican skunk chicas, the French WWII aviator ducks, the zany German Dachshund, the Oriental fish, the affable gentle giant African-American bear, the feisty Scotch squirrels led by their own version of William Wallace, the construction worker beavers, etc. etc. All they really ended up doing is to further perpetuate established classifications.
            In the end, viewing this movie has just sort of saddened the state of the animated movie market for me; putting a face on long feared transpirations. The days of the 90’s golden era of Disney’s cartoon musical masterpieces are over (unless The Princess and the Frog gets a little more attention), replaced by a careless mishmash of mindless computer generated drivel. Unless the animated movie is labeled Pixar, who really does seem to care about quality, from now on I think I’ll pass it by.    

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July 13, 2010
great review! I agree whoelheartedly. This had its moments but definitely it needed more to really compete with the likes of the best of American CGI movies. Thanks!
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review by . August 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
he lived downstairs from a flatlulent dwarf   who was constantly having to pee   one day the elf could take no more´╗┐   and he went and banged on the rude dwarfs door   and what do you know they suddenly both were married.....      Well, if that doesn't turn you off or make you more curious, then you really didn't read it.  This is a funny line that is in the movie...well, really, line isn't right, but rather a funny song …
Quick Tip by . May 31, 2010
Great fun for the whole family
review by . December 08, 2008
This movie is loads of fun. We purchased this movie and watched it with our kids. We were all laughing the whole time. This is one of the best kid's movies of all time. I laughed so long that my face was sore. Kids and adults both can appreciate this movie. If your kids haven't seen it yet I am sure they would love it for Christmas.
review by . November 01, 2008
Another kiddy cartoon   About animals gone wild   But this time it's a grizzly bear   To entertain your child     Beth found Boog when he was young   And raised him as her own   He spends his days in her garage   Now that he's fully grown     One day he meets a stubborn deer   Who's like "Donkey" from Shrek   He's tied across a truck bonnet   Until Boog saves his neck …
review by . February 13, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
`Open Season' does more than provide some oddball critters from "the wild". With some spirited mischief and a fun-filled adventure, the film should be in sight for every family. We are introduced to Boog (Martin Lawrence), a huge grizzly bear, whose domestication makes him spoiled for handouts. Besides being a well-fed pet, his forest ranger owner, Beth (Debra Messing) keeps him young and harmless with her tender loving care. His world changes when he meets another misfit animal, Elliot (Ashton …
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Director: Anthony Stacchi
Genre: Family
Release Date: September 29, 2006
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
Runtime: 1hr 26min
Studio: Sony Pictures
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