Western Animation: Open Season
's first animated film. Boog, a tame, 900-pound grizzly bear kept by Ranger Beth as part of the educational program, becomes too much for her to handle. Through a series of unfortunate events, Boog is released in the wild with no survival skills. Luckily he is accompanied by the deer who got him into the mess—a clumsy buck named Elliot. The two are pursued through the woodlands by a psychotic hunter, Shaw, who wants revenge on Boog and Elliot for wrecking his truck. While Boog just wants to get home, Elliot just wants to get Beth.
Notable for being the only feature film co-written by Mike Feiss, who created Cow and Chicken
. Received two Direct-to-Video sequels
that managed to make this light and soft movie even Lighter and Softer
Now has a character sheet
The films and its sequels contain examples of:
- Adorkable: Alistair the llama from the 3rd movie. So very much.
- The Atoner: Fifi becomes this in the threequel after trying to fry Boog, Elliot, and their friends with shock collars in the first sequel, and acts like a Zen dog throughout the film. However, it could also count as a Heel-Face Brainwashing, since it came as a result of being fixed. And being shocked by those collars may have helped too.
- All-CGI Cartoon
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The theme song of the Japanese version is called "Tookage" by Chemistry.
- The theme of the Latin American version is Tu Eres El Amor by Reyli (who also did the voice of Boog in that version).
- Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: In Open Season 2:
Giselle: This is not at all what I was thinking.
- Bros Before Does
- Babies Ever After: Elliot and Giselle marry at the end of the first sequel and by the second sequel, they now have three children: Gisela, Giselita, and Elvis.
- Balloon Belly: This happens to Elliot after accidentally inhaling a helium balloon.
- Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Mild case. Obviously justified with doe/stag, but did you also notice how different Boog and Ursa look, snout-wise? (Blame it on cuteness factor.)
- Brother Chuck: Some of the other dogs from the second film don't appear in the third one.
- Butt Monkey: The rabbits are used by the other animals as projectiles, towels, gas masks, etc.
- Boog also counts as one in the first movie.
- As well as the poodle Fifi, the main antagonist in the sequel.
- Camp Straight: Alistair the llama from the 3rd movie. Dear god, Alistair.
- Cats Are Superior: Averted with Roger.
- Completely Different Title: The Spanish-language dub is called Amigos Salvajes (Wild Friends).
- Continuity Nod: Boog mentions the climax of the first movie in Open Season 2. He also mentions Beth.
- In 3, Elliot recalls when he was tied in front of the truck in the first film.
- Dark Reprise / Ironic Echo: "If you go out in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise."
- Deer in the Headlights: We see a literal example in Shaw's flashback to when Eliot "ran in front of" his pickup truck.
- Did You Die?: While Fifi was telling his story:
Stanley: What happened? Did you live?
- Direct-to-Video: The sequels.
- The Ditz: Roger the cat.
- Disney Death: Elliot
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Boog and Elliot's party in the convenience store looks a lot like a drunken bender, complete with Boog coming home "drunk" on sugar, getting into a fight with his teddy bear, and vomiting on the window of the garage.
- Happens again in Open Season 3.
- Egomaniac Hunter: Shaw.
- Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels
- Fantastic Racism: Fifi had a deep hatred of wild animals in Open Season 2.
- Fartillery: The skunks
- Foreshadowing: Gordy dismisses Shaw claiming that the latter's been "living in the woods too long" Turns out Shaw has literally been living in the woods too long!
- Fly-at-the-Camera Ending: Ends with a rabbit thrown at the camera.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Roger the cat.
- Furry Confusion: During the battle against the hunters, Elliot rides Ian like a steed. They both find it more than a little awkward. McSquizzy the squirrel was also riding Mr. Weenie like a horse.
- Funny Animal: Elliot doesn't wear any clothes like most funny animals, but unlike his herd, he's always seen walking on his hind feet and demonstrates amazing dexterity with his front hooves like they were hands. In the third sequel, Elliot and Giselle's kids Gisela, Giselita, and Elvis also walk on their hind feet like their father.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Boog has these in the third movie. Elliot has others as well.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Played with in the beginning when Elliot and Boog have a fight behind a curtain. Boog splatters paint against the curtain, pull streamers from a box, and shouts/roars at Elliot. Naturally, the audience sees the shadows and assumes the worst.
- Gratuitous Japanese: The fish.
- Ironicly enough, what the fish shout when they attack Boog translates to "Now we know Japanese!"
- Helium Speech
- Heel-Face Turn: The dogs, after Fifi's Sanity Slippage. Though they never really hated wild animals in the first place until Fifi put it in their heads.
- Ho Yay: Boog and Elliot. Lampshaded by Ian and McSquizzy and the Furry Tail Clan.
- There's also some between Ian and Elliot later on.
Ian: (With Elliot sitting on his back) "This is awkward, isn't it?"
Elliot: "Yes. Yes, it is."
- Roberto and Fifi get this too.
- I Call Her "Vera": Shaw named his gun "Lorraine".
- I Choose to Stay: Boog deciding to stay in the woods.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Martin Lawrence as Boog and Debra Messing as Ranger Beth. To a lesser extent, Ashton Kutcher as Elliot, Billy Connolly as McSquizzy, and Gordon Tootoosis as Sheriff Gordy.
- Ironic Echo Cut: Doug tempts fate when the animals ganged up on him.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: Shaw's Dark Reprise of "Teddy Bear Picnic." See above.
- Jerk Jock: It's clear that Ian, Manliest of Mule Deer Stags, is supposed to be one of these. At the right angles, the fur on his head is even a mullet. While he clearly is a pretty tough guy and does deserve to be leading the herd, he is a serious jerk.
- Large Ham: Gary Sinise as Shaw at his best.
- Last Episode New Character: In Open Season 3.
- Living Doorstop: The rabbits and their many uses.
- Memento Macguffin: Dinkleman.
- Missed Him by That Much: The gang trying to find Boog in the circus. Fifi and Roger flew over him.
McSquizzy: You'd think we can't miss a 1200-pound fat bear.
- Noodle Incident: It's never made clear why Elliot was originally thrown out of the herd - although from his actions and personality it's not hard to believe there was a good reason.
- Playing Against Type: This is the first (and probably last) time that Gary Sinise passes from a dramatic role like Det. Mac Taylor into a Laughably Evil hunter like Shaw.
- Promotion to Parent: Gisela and Giselita, while their mother is away. Giselle even tells them to watch over their dad.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Buddy the porcupine, also the Ensemble Darkhorse.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: In the first movie, Ian is galloping gracefully with his herd across the river when the floodwater comes down. He turns to look at it mid-leap and screams like a girl just as it hits.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: The ducks have shades of this.
- Shout-Out: A few Braveheart references, courtesy of Billy Connolly and the squirrels.
- Boog watches Wheel of Fortune (also owned by Sony).
- While Elliot falls down a tree with a rabbit in his hand in the first sequel, he yells "MORTAL KOMBAT!"
- Silent Bob: Fittingly, Bob, one of Mr. Weenie's owners.
- Small Annoying Creature: Elliot
- Smelly Skunk: Stand your ground… unless it's a skunk *fwoosh*
- Spicy Latina: Rosie and Maria have urban Hispanic American accents.
- Sudden Musical Ending: The sequel ends like this.
- Those Two Girls: The skunks.
- Thundering Herd: The deer like to pull this off, and they do it very well.
- Twitchy Eye: Fifi appears to be twitching when a circus bear resembling Boog is shown on TV.
- Violent Glaswegian: Again, the squirrels.