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This film is very cute, it makes me laugh, and has a great message. Boog (Martin Lawrence), a grizzly bear, is unwillingly taken out of the comfort and warmth of his garage. He is far away from his owner Beth (Debra Messing) and is stuck in the forest with a very annoying mule, Elliot (Ashton Kutcher.) Boog is trying to find a way to get back to his garage and owner, but hunting season is just starting. Will he be able to make it back to the safety and comfort of his home in one piece? Well, you must tune in to see. I like this film because of the comedy, the background music and the plot is very easy to understand. I think the talent does a really great job with the voice-overs and fit the part well. I love animated films and think the animation in Open Season is really good. My favorite part is when Boog is trying to catch some fish because he is hungry. So when he goes to the river to do his fishing, the fish slap him right in the face. Boog is left standing there extremely humiliated. My favorite character is Elliot, because he has a free spirit, funny and he keeps me laughing. Here are few of the people that make this film possible and do a good job. The directors are Roger Allers, Jill Culton and Anthony Stacchi (co-director). Some additional voice-overs in this animated film are, Gary Sinise (Shaw), Billy Connolly (McSquizzy), and Georgia Engel (Bobbie). A message I found in this film is that you can't always depend on someone else to take care of you. One day they might not be there to protect you, so you have to look out for yourself. Boog is used to Beth taking care of him, but once he enters the forest he has no idea what to do. I recommend Open Season for ages 6 to 13; they will definitely get it a kick out of it. It's good film for the family to sit down and enjoy it too. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. It has a good message, the animation is great and it is an enjoyable film. Make sure you get a glimpse of the forest in Open Season. It's playing all month on HDNet Movies - KidScene. Brianna Hope Beaton, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

"Open Season" tells the story of a grizzly bear, Boog, who has been living as a house pet. When Boog has to leave his cozy home and make it in the forest with his new kooky friend Elliot, things get a bit wild. I love "Open Season" so much. Featuring the voices of Ashton Kutcher and Martin Lawrence, this animation is perfect for family night. I love the visuals in this film. The design of all of the forest creatures is very original and brought the film to life. I really enjoy the soundtrack of Open Season because it is very lively and fun. My favorite scene is when all of the animals team up to defeat the hunters. Its such a funny scene because they all have such funny random handmade weapons to fight the humans and it's fun to see all the characters working together. My favorite character is Elliot, voiced by the amazing Ashton Kutcher, because he is such a little misfit character. He only has one antler and is so scrawny. Ashton did a wonderful job voicing this wacky character who constantly brings about funny situations. I especially love Elliot in the scene when Boog tries the Woo Hoo bars. They go absolutely crazy and it's so funny. I recommend this film for ages 6 and up, because it's perfect for family movie night and can get a laugh out of all ages. I give "Open Season" 3.5 out of 5 stars, so be sure to check it out on HDNet Movies - kidScene throughout January 2013! Raven Devanney, age 15, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Originally released in 2006. Appearing throughout January 2013 on HDNet Movies - kidScene.
A happily domesticated grizzly bear named Boog, has his perfect world turned upside down after he meets Elliot, a scrawny, fast-talking one-horned wild mule deer. They both end up stranded together in the woods during hunting season and it's up to the duo to rally all the other forest animals and turn the tables on the hunters. Directed by Roger Allers. Starring Aston Kutcher, Martin Lawrence and Debra Messing. Rated PG.
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