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Columbia Pictures Presents Sony Pictures Animation's first full-length feature film, the animated action-adventure comedy Open Season, in which Boog (Martin Lawrence), a grizzly bear with no survival skills, has his perfect world turned upside-down when he meets Elliot (Ashton Kutcher), a scrawny, fast-talking wild mule deer. When Elliot convinces Boog to desert his idyllic existence living in a garage decked out with all the comforts of home, and try the "wild" life, things quickly spiral out of control. With open season upon them, and the hunters arriving in force, Elliot must help Boog get in touch with his inner grizzly to unite the woodland creatures and take the forest back!

Open Season is based on the humor of cartoonist Steve Moore (“In the Bleachers”) who, along with John Carls, serves as executive producer. The film is directed by Roger Allers (director of The Lion King) and Jill Culton (Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story 2) and co-directed by Anthony Stacchi (Antz). The producer is Michelle Murdocca (Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2). Legendary singersongwriter Paul Westerberg is creating original songs and, with Ramin Djawadi, score. The CG animation is by Sony Pictures Imageworks.

The cherry has been popped on computer animation and now we're awash in CGI movies featuring talking toys, raccoons, and ogres. Open Season is yet another entry in the talking animal genre, but the fact that it's created by a cartoonist might be enough to set it apart from its competitors.

The cartoonist in question is Steve Moore, creator of the sports strip "In the Bleachers". Can comic strip humor translate into big screen funny? Open Season will try it out.

Along for the ride is the now almost obligatory big-name voice cast. I'm not sure if Ashton Kutcher, Martin Lawrence, and Debra Messing really belong doing voices, but counter-balance their suckiness with the presence of the great Billy Connolly as a character named McSquizzy. Earlier this year Connolly showed up in a horrible Garfield sequel and stole the movie right out from under its fat, orangish star. Maybe he'll do it again here in animated form.

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