|Boog is living the perfect life. In the tranquil town of Timberline, the genial grizzly bear enjoys all manner of creature comforts, courtesy of his surrogate mother, Beth, the kindhearted forest ranger who rescued him as a cub. Boog relishes the perks of fame as the star of Beth’s nature shows in the town’s amphitheatre. Elliot is a scrawny, fast-talking mule deer who arrives in town unconscious, missing an antler and strapped to the hood of a truck belonging to fanatical hunter Shaw. When Elliot awakes, he begs Boog to untie him. Boog finds Elliot’s rapid fire pleas hard to ignore, and he releases the hapless mule deer. Elliot tracks Boog down to his home and lures him out for a crazy night on the town. The bender which results in both of them being relocated to the forest. Boog awakens in the wilderness, to find himself far from the comforts of home. Like a fish out of water 'the wild' is alien territory for him. And it's about to get worse because it's the start of Open Season. The hunters are moving in to the forrest.|
"Though hardly the first animated film to tackle the plight of domesticated animals returning to the wild, Open Season is
a witty, warmly crafted chestnut that reps a promising feature debut from Sony's upstart toon division."
Justin Chang VARIETY
"The stylized character design is witty and pleasing; these creatures not only look but move funny."
John Beifuss COMMERCIAL APPEAL MEMPHIS
"A fun rollicking movie that'll have you rolling in your seats."
Ross Anthony HOLLYWOOD REPORT CARD
"One of the biggest surprises in this first full-length film from Sony Pictures Animation is how funny Ashton Kutcher is as Elliot."
Nancy Churnin DALLAS MORNING NEWS
"A fun story thanks to animals going 'wild' in a convenience store, cagey squirrels, and the wacky things you can do with rabbits. If it's open season on laughs, this movie bags almost the limit."
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone THEMOVIECHICKS.COM
"...a computer-animated tale best suited for the pre-teen demographic, yet there are enough genuine, high-energy laughs to
amuse viewers of just about any age."
Todd Jorgenson DENTON RECORD CHRONICLE
"A story that balances gentle messages with enough goofy anarchy to please any kid."
Elizabeth Weitzman NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
"The animation is pleasing and Billy Connolly gives a hilarious turn as a loud-mouthed, bossy squirrel, who has never heard the notion that size intimidates. The humour flows naturally with the story, and Gary Sinese's paranoid hunter is a hoot as he plays his rifle barrel like a guitar. There are plenty of surprises and witty innovations in this delightful family film that is the best of the season."
Louise Keller URBAN CINEFILE
"..Open Season could hardly be better, generating real interest and audience sympathy. And the storyline carries built-in intrigue."
Kim Williamson BOXOFFICE MAGAZINE
"Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher may seem like an odd-sounding comedy team, but in some weird way, they click as voice-actors and cartoon buddies in "Open Season," the first feature from Sony Pictures Animation. Though "Open Season" is no "Shrek" or "Ice Age," it gets laughs too. It's capable of giving at least the kid part of the audience a good hunter-trashing, bunny-bashing time."
Michael Wilmington CHICAGO TRIBUNE