An overly familiar but nevertheless appealing animated flick, Open Season is best suited for the pre-teen demographic, going up. While the movie provides a passable tale that is mildly humorous and zany to keep things interesting enough, the gleeful violence to animals and humans seem to be too much for really strict parents.
You see animals going wild in a convenience store, a bad ass hunter mercilessly killing animals and making a collection out of them, animals throwing nuts to an urbanized grizzly bear, cagey squirrels harming others through their killer odor, poor rabbits repeatedly thrown at closed glass windows, and animals banding together in a war against the hunters Braveheart-style. You see abrasive chipmunks, cutely annoying beavers, traumatized ducks, bullying deers, a jackass mule deer, and a domesticated bear all in an animal and hunter bashing and trashing scatological comedy.
This Hollywood flick wraps mindless cartoon violence with some fart jokes and life lessons; but depending on the one watching it, the effect of this children’s animated movie may simply be fun and rollicking, or just too violent.
To come up with a story, the seems to point out the idea about the so-called animal instinct and the animalistic attitude that separate humans from animals. After Boog (Martin Lawrence) gets his first taste of a candy bar, he just can’t resist.
He and Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) get wasted on sugar, soda, junk food, and the rest of the stuff inside the local convenience store. Fun to watch… but as a children’s movie, this “funny type of violence” seems too mischievous and spunky that children might like to try for themselves.
The bad guys are such caricatures that there’s just never any doubt about its very predictable end. It settles with the funny bashing and trashing amidst the plight of a huggable grizzly bear lost in the wild.
Open Season may sound like a routine animated animals flick, but it is not a completely dull offer. This debut offering from Sony Pictures Animation still has some giddy energy tendering some pretty good laughs.
Overall, the concept of animals behaving like humans in animated movies, is already getting tiresome, especially if nothing new and exciting gets offered on the table. The story is a rehash of such animation clichés. Amidst, the series of silly slapstick scenes and overly familiar plot elements, it could have been a better movie if there’s something fresh brought to the story or the treatment.
While there is enthusiasm in some voice performances, the voice casting is quite generic. The whiplash gags and spot-on slapstick lines are considerably okay for some funny moments..
Though it’s not a complete disaster, Open Season is no classic. While it induces some slapstick fun, it is utterly forgettable.