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Open Season
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Directed By
Roger Allers, Jill Culton, Anthony Stacchi

Written By:
Nat Mauldin, Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman, Ron J. Friedman

Cast:
Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Debra Messing, Gary Sinise, Billy Connolly, Jon Favreau, Patrick Warburton, Jane Krakowski, Gordon Tootoosis, Georgia Engel

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Open Season (2006)
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Movie Review by Javi
February 20th, 2007

I think we're in the middle of open season

This movie scares me. Why you ask? It may just be (for me at least) the nail in the coffin of imaginative animation of the new CG wave. I'll be honest, "Cars" was great but it was Doc Hollywood with Hot Wheels come to life. Other animations that have come out lately I can't even begin to recollect of due to the homogenized feel of all of them are starting to have (with the possible exception of Hoodwinked!).

The story is simple. A rescued cub grows to live comfortably with his rescuer, a park ranger, until one day a scrawny mule deer destroys his idyllic existence by getting him "released" back into the wild. Problem is our bear knows nothing of the wild and wants nothing more than to return to his home, the park ranger's garage. Through his trek he meets all sorts of cute woodland creatures whom he then unintentionally drags with him to the valley of the mountain which are the active hunting grounds...and it's Open Season.

It's enough of a story sure. Is it particularly original. Not really. Is it entertaining. Moderately so, especially to the wee ones. Is it a view of things to come from animated fare? Unfortunately, probably so.

It's like all movies in general. So much is average. This is what's going on here. There has been such a surge in computer animated movies (because the make money!) that it doesn't seem like the studios are really putting THAT much effort into the story or the characters.

It doesn't have to be this way. Animation can be fun for all ages and still give a great story with excellent characters in the way that Hoodwinked, The Incredibles and the original Toy Story did. Hell, it doesn't even HAVE to be fun for all ages. No one ever said animation has to mean cartoon.

Entertainment Value - 1 Star: I watched it and honestly it bored me less than some other movies I saw during the same weekend.

Storytelling - 0 Stars: I've seen this before...many times.

Characters and Dialogue - 1/2 Star: Characters were cute and all but talk about cookie-cutter.

Production - 1/2: It was good animation...they had the money and time for it. It suffered from originality but then again, the whole ordeal did.

Directing and Editing - 1/2 Star: Well, the benefit of sticking to something tried and true is you can't really mess it up in direction and editing.

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