Open Season 3

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Open Season 3
Open Season 3 promotional poster.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Cody Cameron
Produced by Kirk Bodyfelt
Written by David I. Stern
Based on Characters by
Steve Moore
Starring Matthew J. Munn
Matthew W. Taylor
Melissa Sturm
Dana Snyder
Karley Scott Collins
Ciara Bravo
Harrison Fahn
André Sogliuzzo
Music by Jeff Cardoni
Edited by Nancy Frazen
Arthur D. Noda
Jimmy Sandoval
Production
company
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • October 21, 2010 (2010-10-21) (Russia)
  • January 25, 2011 (2011-01-25) (United States)
Running time 75 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $7,399,925[1]

Open Season 3 is a 2010 American computer-animated comedy film. It is the third and final installment in the Open Season film series, following Open Season (2006) and Open Season 2 (2008). The film was directed by Cody Cameron and produced by Sony Pictures Animation and Reel FX Creative Studios. It theatrically premiered in Russia on October 21, 2010 and was released as a direct-to-video in the United States on January 25, 2011.[2]

Many of the previous actors reprised their roles, with the exception of Mike Epps, Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski, Billy Connolly, and Jon Favreau. They are joined by new characters that are voiced by Matthew J. Munn, Melissa Sturm, Dana Snyder, Karley Scott Collins, Ciara Bravo, Harrison Fahn, and Cody Cameron.

Plot[edit]

One spring morning, Boog plans an annual guys trip to spend time with his male best friends. Unfortunately, Elliot has distanced himself from Boog since he had started a family with Giselle. They are now the parents of three children: Gisela, Giselita, and Elvis (with Boog now being the adoptive uncle). Boog is disappointed since everyone else wants to spend time with their families, which makes him go on the guys trip by himself with Dinkleman; however, this soon leads him to a Russian traveling circus called the Maslova Family Circus.

While in the circus, Boog meets Doug, a lazy, scruffy grizzly bear who is tired of performing in the circus on the sidelines. He craves recognition as a full-fledged king of the forest, the ruler of wildlife. Thinking up a plan, Doug lies to his best friend Alistair that he won't forget his help and convinces Boog to switch his life in the forest for Doug's place at the circus. Boog accepts the offer, but the whole thing turns out a scam because all Doug really wanted to do was escape.

Meanwhile, Boog falls madly in love with Ursa (who thinks that he is Doug), a female grizzly bear who was born in Russia and can effortlessly walk on a tightrope, juggle, and dance (which Boog finds to be "bearvana"), but has no luck convincing her that he isn't Doug. When the couple begin working together, they obtain much more as a harmonious duet than it might seem at first glance. Meanwhile, Doug arrives at the forest and disguises himself as Boog by pushing his scruffy fur back with mud. However, Gisela and Giselita get suspicious when they notice "Boog" treating the wilds like slaves, so they report to Serge and Deni and request they find Giselle for help and they do so. Afterwards, when Boog's best friends find out about Boog's disappearance when Doug's cover is accidentally exposed, they (as well as Mr. Weenie, a reformed Fifi, Roberto, and the other pets) put aside their differences and hatch a rescue mission to save Boog.

That night, the wilds arrive at the Maslova Family Circus. They want Boog to return home, but he doesn't want to leave Ursa. Suddenly, a reformed Doug arrives, apologizes to Boog for tricking him, and reunites with Alistair. While Doug performs the circus acts for the audience, Elliot tells Boog he can stay at the circus if he wants to. Boog doesn't want to leave Elliot or Ursa, so he convinces Ursa to go live in the forest with them.

The next morning, Ursa enjoys life in the forest and becomes Boog's girlfriend. Finally, Boog, Elliot, and their male friends go on the guys trip and sing part of Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again." In a post-credits scene, Doug and Alistair are enjoying their tour around the world.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was animated at Reel FX Creative Studios,[3] which also did animation for Open Season 2.

Release[edit]

Like Open Season 2, the film was released theatrically in different countries:[1]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and UMD Video in the United States on January 25, 2011.[2]

Reception[edit]

DVD Verdict reviewed the film: "This tiresomely predictable tale exemplifies everything that's wrong about straight-to-DVD animated sequels to big-budget mainstream films: the plot is utterly predictable and rehashes a lot of beats from the original effort, the major voice actors have been replaced by poor substitutes and the quality of the animation has dropped dramatically (most of the visuals are on the level of a video game or one of those cheap CGI Saturday morning TV shows)".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "OPEN SEASON 3". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Calonge, Juan (November 15, 2010). "Open Season 3 Blu-ray Announced". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ "OS3 DVD Release". Reel FX. February 24, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Douglas, Clark (March 11, 2011). "Review - Open Season 3". DVD Verdict. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 

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