Bear Footin'
Open Season
Review by Ross Anthony

Despite the look of the posters (which didn't attract me at all), this is a fun rollicking movie that'll have you rolling in your seats.

Straight away the film captivates with striking colors in sharp beautiful 3D Imax. It's big and it moves well -- not just the pace, but the virtual camera through each scene. The characters are likeable and the film has something every good picture needs -- a really good bad guy. And who else to fit the bill in a film about animals, than a true blue, pick-up drivin', rifle totin', all American country hunter. His movements and facial expressions are animated to caricature perfection.

Besides all the silly romping and ribbing going on, the film sports two "created especially for 3D" scenes that burst with sugar -- they feel like an amusement park ride: 1) The busting up the convenient store scene and 2) The breaking the dam sequence -- both a whole lot of fun.

The only imperfection: At the end of the day, this is a buddy film and the writers never really sell the buddy relationship.

“You can’t fly a ‘V’ formation with only two ducks!” (Funny line from the film)

“In the Bleachers” cartoonist Steve Moore sketched out the story idea for “Open Season.” He says, “I got the idea … from stories I’d read about these wild animals that would become somewhat domesticated by living in the outskirts of mountain resort towns like Ketchum, Idaho or Mammoth in California… I always wondered what happened once they were dropped off in the wild, having lived on leftovers most of their lives – how did they survive in the woods?”

If you like this sort of thing check out Madagascar.

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  • Open Season. Copyright © 2006.
  • Starring Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Debra Messing, Gary Sinise, Billy Connolly, Jon Favreau.
  • Directed by Jill Culton, Roger Allers, Anthony Stacchi.
  • Screenplay Steve Bencich & Ron J. Friedman and Nat Mauldin.
  • Produced by Michelle Murdocca at Columbia Pictures/SonyPicsAnimation.

Grade (for 3D Imax Version).....A- (3/4)


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