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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Movie Review # 12 Open Season 2

Release: 2009
Mattew O'Callaghan (The Great Mouse Detective, Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas)
Todd Wilderman (Stuart Little, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone)                         
Writer: David I. Stern (Open Season 3, Geppetto)
Mike Epps (The Hangover, Next Friday, Resident Evil: Extinction)
Joel McHale (Spider-Man 2, Community)
Jane Krakowski (Ice Age, 30 Rock, Alfie)
Billy Connolly (The Boondock Saints, Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events)
Chrispin Glover (Back to the Future, Alice in Wonderland, Dead Man)

Rotten Tomatoes: 42% Fresh Audience
IMDB: 5.5/10
Netflix: 3.6/5 Stars

My Review:
I love animated movies. Maybe it is that I never really let go of my inner child or I just want to be a kid again. Either which way animated movies have a special place in my heart. So does Open Season 2 hold up to the Original or does it fall flat on its face and get put out with cat litter?

Truthfully I did not expect much at all of this movie. With a majority of the vocal talent that was in first one MIA. So at first listen Joel McHale and Mike Epps are doing their best impressions of Ashton Kutcher and Martin Lawrence. Which for me was very off putting so I decided to just block it out and focus on the story and you know what. This could have been a hit if they actually wrote it for the big screen and brought back everyone.

It was just that funny. Yes there where a few poop, vomit and fart jokes. But when you are dealing with animals that is sorta of a given. It is just part of nature and they where subtle and not overly done as they are in a lot of other films. Which is nice. So back to the story Elliott is be wed to Giselle and as the ceremony is proceeding Mr. Weenie follows a trail of doggy treats and is captured. The rest of the story is the wild animals trying to get back their friend Mr. Weenie and the escapades that transpire there after.

Including the villain a cute little poodle named Fife voiced by Chrispin Glover who played the father of Marty McFly in the original Back to the Future but not the sequels. This little ball of fluff is a great villain as he puts fear into everyone about wild animals and his back story on why he hates them. Is all about misunderstanding of what really happened. So let's just say he is a wound up poodle who has issues with the way he looks and if he looks bad his life is over.

All of these story elements and decent writing bring out a very good straight to dvd release. One that I can honestly say most children will enjoy. Some hard nose adults will not. But who cares about them honestly. They can go watch their dramas and ignore children movies like this. But sadly though those people are missing out on what made being a child so great. Which is the disbelief of reality and the love of fun and that is what this movie is about which is being one with family and friends.

My Rating 3.25/5 Stars

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