Open Season 3

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Open Season 3
Open Season 3 promotional poster.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byCody Cameron
Produced byKirk Bodyfelt
Written byDavid I. Stern
Based onCharacters by
Steve Moore
John B. Carls
StarringMatthew J. Munn
Matthew W. Taylor
Melissa Sturm
Karley Scott Collins
Ciara Bravo
Harrison Fahn
Dana Snyder
André Sogliuzzo
Music byJeff Cardoni
Edited byNancy Frazen
Arthur D. Noda
Distributed bySony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date
  • October 21, 2010 (2010-10-21) (Russia)
  • January 25, 2011 (2011-01-25) (United States)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$7.4 million[1]

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


One spring morning, Boog awakes after hibernation and 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 that 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, self-centered, mean, 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 the 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 from the circus.

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. She dares him to prove to her he isn't Doug by climbing up the high wire. Boog accepts and climbs up the wire, but to his surprise, Ursa reveals she knew he wasn't Doug the moment he rode the unicycle (which Doug couldn't do). When Boog and Ursa 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 disguise himself as Boog by pushing his scruffy fur back with mud.

However, Gisela and Giselita get suspicious when they notice Doug (disguised as 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. Gisela comes up with the plan to save Boog and the gang go to the circus to go to rescue him. 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 that's what he really wants. Boog, torn between his forest friends and Ursa, invites Ursa to come and live in the forest with them, which she accepts.

The next morning, Ursa enjoys life in the forest and ultimately becomes Boog's mate along with being the honorary aunt of Elliot and Giselle's kids. Finally, Boog and Elliot and their male friends go on their guys' trip and sing part of Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again." In the ending credits, Doug and Alistair reveal a slideshow of them enjoying their tour around the world.



The film was animated at Reel FX Creative Studios,[3] which also did animation for Open Season 2 along with Sony Pictures Imageworks. A teaser trailer for the sequel was released on January 5, 2010, on the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs DVD.


Like the second film and the fourth film, Open Season 3 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, by Columbia Pictures.[2]


DVD Verdict gave the film a negative review, saying: "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]


A sequel Open Season: Scared Silly premiered in theaters in Turkey on December 18, 2015, and was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States and Canada on March 8, 2016,[5][5] which draws closer to the original movie and disregards the events and characters from the second and third films.


  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". Retrieved November 15, 2010.
  3. ^ "OS3 DVD Release". Reel FX. February 24, 2011. Archived from the original on January 26, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  4. ^ Douglas, Clark (March 11, 2011). "Review - Open Season 3". DVD Verdict. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Sony Pictures Animation (June 10, 2015). "OPEN SEASON is Back with a Brand New Comedy Adventure!" (Press release). PR Newswire. Retrieved June 10, 2015.

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