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Running Time:
1 hour, 40 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some rude humor, mild action and brief language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Even kids deserve an animated movie that's inventive and surprising. This isn't it.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: "Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run" - An all-new exclusive animated short ; "Surf's Up!" Exclusive Preview - an exclusive sneak peek with introduction to the characters and DVD-ROM link that unlocks never-before-seen content to SPA†s Summer 2007 theatrical release! ; "Wheel of Fortune" Forest Edition Game- version of the popular game show featuring Boog, Elliot and McSquizzy ; "Uh-Oh I Wanna Lose Control" Music Video of the Death Ray song from the soundtrack ; The Voices Inside the Stars - A behind-the-scenes montage of the vocal talent set to music ; Inside the Animals Studio - A funny audio commentary presented as if the characters were real actors discussing their experiences during the "shooting" of the movie ; "Behind the Trees" - A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie ; Filmmaker Commentary ; "Swept Away" - An interactive multi-angle activity ; Photo Gallery ; Storyboards ; Voice-a-Rama Activity - A fun activity in which the viewer can select from an array of different accents for the characters ; DVD Rom Link to More Fun Online.

Open Season
This is the story of a cute grizzly bear named Boog (voiced by Martin Lawrence). His owner Ranger Beth (voiced by Debra Messing) gets worried when Boog gets involved in busting up a convenience store with a wild, one-horned deer named Elliot (voiced by Ashton Kutcher). Beth realizes she'd better send her bear buddy back into the wioods, so she sends Boo and Elliot off into the wild right at the start of hunting season. But Boog and Elliot are woefully unprepared for life in the woods. They have run-ins with a feisty battling squirrel (Billy Connolly), an angry beaver (Jon Favreau) and especially a tenacious hunter (Gary Sinise) who's not going to wait until hunting season before he starts shooting.

Too much of the story is spent watching Boog and Elliot getting lost, and wandering around in circles. After awhile, the movie even starts repeating itself. Boo and Elliot lose their way, a bunch of gags ensue, they figure out where they are again, only to lose their way once more and repeat the same gags. Even the computer animation is not that good and that might be forgivable if the story was more interesting, but it's not.

There are a few entertaining sequences, like a clever scene in which Boo and Elliot encounter a herd of ill-tempered deer and there's a funny pit stop for a chat with a group of surly beavers, but even those interesting moments are wasted, since the film fails to build on them or have them pay off. Will "Open Season" make a lot of money? Probably! Will your kids enjoy it? Probably! Is it a good movie? Not by a longshot!

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