Open Season (franchise)

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Open Season
Creator Sony Pictures Animation
Films and television
Short films
Video games

The Open Season franchise from Sony Pictures Animation consists of three films: Open Season (2006), Open Season 2 (2009), and Open Season 3 (2011), along with a short film Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run (2007). A fourth film, titled Open Season: Scared Silly, is set to be released on home media in 2016.[1]


Open Season (2006)[edit]

In the tranquil town of Timberline, a 900-pound grizzly bear named Boog has his perfect world turned upside down after he meets Elliot, a one-antlered mule deer. After Elliot messes up Boog's nature show, they end up tranquilized by Boog's owner Ranger Beth and then her friend Sheriff Gordy tells her to release them into the Timberline National Forest before open season for only 3 days. But when hunting season comes, it's up to Boog and Elliot to rally all the other forest animals and turn the tables on the hunters. In the end, Boog decides to stay in the forest and says goodbye to Beth (who came back to take Boog home).

Open Season 2 (2009)[edit]

Main article: Open Season 2

One fine spring morning, Elliot gets all prepared for his big wedding with Giselle. But little do they know, Bob and Bobbie have left a trail of doggy treats in the forest for Mr. Weenie to follow, which he does and he ends up getting taken back to his original home by his owners. Elliot sees this, tells the story to Boog and the others, and they all make a mission to go save their friend before he gets turned back into a pet. In the end, Mr. Weenie decides to remain a pet again and go live with Bob and Bobbie and the other domestics.

Open Season 3 (2011)[edit]

Main article: Open Season 3

Boog wakes up early in his cave one spring morning and gets ready for the new guys' trip to start spending more time with his male friends. Unfortunately, they all decline because of family obligations; this makes Boog feel bad and take Dinkleman with him on the trip himself, only to discover that it's not a guys' trip with only one guy. He then stumbles upon a poster of the Russian Maslova Family Circus, where he meets a devious lookalike named Doug, his llama friend Alistair, and a skilled girl bear named Ursa (whom he falls madly in love with). When Doug tricks Boog into letting him switch places with him, Elliot and the wilds find out about this and set out to rescue their beloved bear friend (especially as the circus is going back to Russia sooner or later), with Elliot being the leader once again. In the end, Ursa decides to live with Boog and his friends since he doesn't want to leave her or Elliot.

Open Season: Scared Silly (2016)[edit]

A fourth film in the series, titled Open Season: Scared Silly, will be released to home video on March 8, 2016.[1] When an unknown creature gets mistaken for a werewolf, former hunter Shaw reopens open season. With the animals of Timberline National Forest being at risk, Boog, Elliot, and Mr. Weenie set out to uncover the mystery of the werewolf, and get open season closed.[1] It is being directed by David Feiss and animated by Rainmaker Entertainment.[1] The film will feature the voices of Donny Lucas (Boog), Will Townsend (Elliot & Mr. Weenie), Trevor Devall (Shaw), Kathleen Barr (Edna & Bobbi), Garry Chalk (Ed), and Melissa Sturm (Giselle).[1]

Short film[edit]

Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run (2007)[edit]

A short film titled Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run is featured on the Open Season DVD and Blu-ray.[2]


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Revenue Rank (Domestic) Budget Reference
United States Outside United States Worldwide
Open Season September 29, 2006 $85,105,259 $112,203,768 $197,309,027 #742 $85,000,000 [3]
Open Season 2 January 27, 2009 Direct-to-video release $8,716,950 $8,716,950 Direct-to-video release N/A [4]
Open Season 3 January 25, 2011 Direct-to-video release $7,399,925 $7,399,925 Direct-to-video release N/A [5]
Open Season: Scared Silly March 8, 2016 Direct-to-video release N/A N/A Direct-to-video release N/A N/A
Total $85105259 $128320643 $213425902 N/A $85,000,000 N/A

Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Open Season 48% (100 reviews)[6] 49% (18 reviews)[7]
Open Season 2 N/A N/A
Open Season 3 N/A N/A
Open Season: Scared Silly N/A N/A

Cast and crew[edit]


Characters Main films Short films
Open Season Open Season 2 Open Season 3 Open Season: Scared Silly Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run
Boog Martin Lawrence Mike Epps Matthew J. Munn Donny Lucas Martin Lawrence
Elliot Ashton Kutcher Joel McHale Matthew W. Taylor Will Townsend Ashton Kutcher
Giselle Jane Krakowski Melissa Sturm  
Mr. Weenie Cody Cameron Will Townsend Cody Cameron
McSquizzy Billy Connolly André Sogliuzzo TBA  
Serge Danny Mann TBA  
Deni Matthew W. Taylor TBA  
Buddy Matthew W. Taylor TBA  
Ian Patrick Warburton Matthew W. Taylor TBA  
Rosie and Maria Nika Futterman (Rosie)
Michelle Murdocca (Maria)
Reilly Jon Favreau Matthew W. Taylor TBA  
Bobbie Georgia Engel TBA Georgia Engel
Beth Debra Messing  
Shaw Gary Sinise   Trevor Devall  
Gordy Gordon Tootoosis   Gordon Tootoosis
Fifi   Crispin Glover  
Roberto   Steve Schirripa  
Stanley   Fred Stoller  
Roger   Sean Mullen  
Rufus   Diedrich Bader  
Charlene   Olivia Hack  
Nate   Frank Welker (uncredited cameo) Cody Cameron  
Doug   Matthew J. Munn  
Ursa   Melissa Sturm  
Alistair   Dana Snyder  
Gisela   Karley Scott Collins  
Giselita   Ciara Bravo  
Elvis   Harrison Fahn  
  • Note: A dark gray cell indicates the character does not appear in the film.


Film Director Producer Writer Composer Editor
Open Season Jill Culton
Roger Allers
co-directed by:
Anthony Stacchi
Michelle Murdocca
Amy Jupiter
Steve Moore
John B. Carls
Steve Bencich
Ron J. Friedman
Steve Moore
Ramin Djawadi Ken Solomon
Pam Ziegenhagen
Open Season 2 Matthew O'Callaghan
co-directed by:
Todd Wilderman
Kirk Bodyfelt
Matthew O'Callaghan
David I. Stern Steven Liu
Jimmy Sandoval
Open Season 3 Cody Cameron Kirk Bodyfelt Jeff Cardoni Nancy Frazen
Arthur D. Noda
Jimmy Sandoval
Open Season: Scared Silly David Feiss John Bush Rupert Gregson-Williams
Dominic Lewis
Maurissa Horwitz

Video game[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Sony Pictures Animation (October 29, 2015). "Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Open Season with All-New Mystery Adventure for the Whole Family, OPEN SEASON: SCARED SILLY" (Press release). PR Newswire. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ Ball, Ryan (January 30, 2007). "Open Season Unloads on DVD". Animation Magazine. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Open Season (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Open Season 2 (2008)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Open Season 3 (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Open Season". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Open Season". Metacritic. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ Adams, David (September 18, 2006). "Open Season Game Opens at Retail". IGN. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ Seff, Micah (November 17, 2006). "Four Ubisoft Titles Ready for Launch". IGN. Retrieved October 30, 2015.