Open Season
Film information

Directed by

Jill Culton
Roger Allers

Produced by

Michelle Murdocca
Amy Jupiter
Steve Moore
John B. Carls

Written by


Music by

Ramin Djawadi


Sony Pictures Animation
Reel FX Creative Studios

Distributed by

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment




$85 million

Gross Revenue

$197.3 million

Open Season is a 2006 computer-animated film and the first film in the Open Season franchise, produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film follows Boog, a domesticated grizzly bear with no survival skills as his perfect world turned upside down when he meets Elliot, a scrawny fast-talking mule deer. They join forces to unite the woodland animals and take the forest back into nature's control.


In the tranquil town of Timberline, 900-pound (407 kg) grizzly bear Boog enjoys a captive, but happy, existence and spends his day as the star attraction of the town's nature show with nights living the life of luxury in the garage of park ranger Beth, who raised him since he was a cub. One day, the hunter Shaw drives into town with a one-antlered deer named Elliot strapped to the hood of his truck. Boog frees Elliot at the last minute and against his better judgment before Shaw can go after him. That night, Elliot follows Boog home and finds him sleeping in the garage and starts to throw rabbits at the window. He tells him to be "free" from his garage and introduces Boog to a world of sweet temptations outside of the garage that he has not known. When Boog becomes intoxicated with sugar sweets, events quickly spiral out of control as the two ransack the town's grocery store. Elliot escapes before Boog is caught by Beth's friend Sheriff Gordy. At the nature show, Elliot who is being chased by Shaw, sees Boog who attacks him, making the whole audience in the show panic before Boog finally threatens to kill Elliot. Shaw tries to shoot Boog, but Beth sedates them with a tranquilizer gun before he could, thanks to Gordy. Shaw flees before he can arrest him for shooting a gun in the town. The two are released into the Timberline National Forest, only three days before open season starts, but they are set over the falls, where they will be safe.

Since he lacks any outdoor skills, Boog takes Elliot as his hapless guide to get him back home to Timberline to reunite with Beth. But in the woods, they quickly learn that it is every animal for itself. The two run into their share of the forest animals including skunks Rosie and Maria, mallard ducks Serge and Deni, panic-stricken rabbits, the Scottish-accented squirrel, McSquizzy and his rogue gang, Reilly and his beaver construction worker team, a porcupine named Buddy who is in search of a friend and the herd of deer led by Ian and Giselle (whom Elliot is in love with) With each adverse encounter, Boog learns a little about self-reliance and Elliot gains self-respect and they start to become friends. Day by day, Elliot tries to lead Boog out of the forest, but it becomes evident that he has no clue where they are going. After winding up at Reilly's dam, Boog and Elliot are confronted by Shaw; Boog loses Dinkleman as the current makes the doll flout out of Boog's paw. They ended up in a waterfall with the flood washes everyone in the forest before the water recedes. Boog then sees a teddy bear shape in the mud and thinks it is Dinklemen, but it turns out it is just a rabbit covered in mud.

At first everyone blames Boog who accuses Elliot of lying to him about leading him home. Elliot admits he thought that if Boog spent time with him, he would befriend him. Boog leaves to unwittingly find Shaw's log cabin. Shaw returns and talks to his gun "Loraine" and says he would take back what is his, discovers him (like Goldilocks and the Three Bears), and pursues him to the city road where Boog happens upon the glowing lights of Timberline. Instead of deserting his companions, Boog helps the other animals defend themselves using supplies taken from Bob and Bobbie's (two "scientists" looking for Bigfoot) RV while their pet dachshund Mr. Weenie joins the wilds. The next day, Boog leads a rampage against the hunters, sending them running after McSquizzy blows up their trucks with a propane tank named "Mr. Happy". Shaw returns for a final battle and shoots Elliot in the process, which enrages Boog to tie up Shaw with his own gun. Boog rushes over to Elliot's body but soon finds that Elliot survived the shot, only losing his second antler in the fight. Beth returns to take Boog back home where he will be safe, but instead, he stays with his friends and all animals live in the forest.

During the credits, Shaw is seen tarred, feathered and tied on the top of Bobbie and Bob's RV, who believe him to be Bigfoot.


  • Martin Lawrence as Boog, a 900-pound, smooth-talking grizzly bear.
  • Ashton Kutcher as Elliot, a hyperactive mule deer.
  • Gary Sinise as Shaw, the nastiest hunter in Timberline and Beth's arch-rival.
  • Debra Messing as Beth, a park ranger who raised Boog since he was a cub.
  • Billy Connolly as McSquizzy, a grumpy, old Scottish-accented Eastern gray squirrel.
  • Jon Favreau as Reilly, a North American beaver
  • Patrick Warburton as Ian, a mule deer stag who is Elliot's former arch-rival.
  • Jane Krakowski as Giselle, a beautiful mule deer doe who is Elliot's love interest.
  • Gordon Tootoosis as Gordy, Timberline's sheriff and Beth's friend.
  • Georgia Engel as Bobbie, a fat lady who's Bob's wife and Mr. Weenie's owner.
  • Cody Cameron as Mr. Weenie, a domesticated, German-accented dachshund who is Bob and Bobbie's pet.
  • Danny Mann as Serge, a French-accented, psychotic mallard duck.
  • Matthew W. Taylor as Deni, a mute mallard duck who is Serge's brother and sidekick.
  • Buddy, a blue North American porcupine who is in search of a friend.
  • Nika Futterman as Rosie, a hot-tempered striped skunk.
  • Michelle Murdocca as Maria, a striped skunk who is Rosie's identical sister.
  • Fergal Reilly as O'Toole, a North American beaver and one of Reilly's men.




Open Season 2Edit

Main article: Open Season 2
  • Open Season 2 was released on September 24, 2008.

Open Season 3Edit

Main article: Open Season 3
  • Open Season 3 was released on October 21, 2010.

Open Season: Scared SillyEdit

Main article: Open Season: Scared Silly
  • Open Season: Scared Silly was released on March 8, 2016.

Other mediaEdit

Main article: Open Season: The Video Game

A video game based on the film was released on multiple platforms.


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