Open Season (movie series)

animated film series and media franchise

The series of Open Season movies from Sony Pictures Animation includes four films: Open Season (2006), Open Season 2 (2008), Open Season 3 (2010), Open Season: Scared Silly (2015), as well as a short movie called Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run (2006). A video game based on the first movie was released on many platforms.[source?]

Open Season movie series
Directed byJill Culton
Roger Allers
Anthony Stacchi (Co-director) (1)
Matthew O'Callaghan
Todd Wilderman (Co-director) (2)
Cody Cameron (3)
David Feiss (4)
Written bySteve Bencich
Ron J. Friedman (1)
David I. Stern (2 & 3)
Carlos Kotkin (4)
Produced byMichelle Murdocca
Amy Jupiter
Steve Moore
John B. Carls (1)
Kirk Bodyfelt
Matthew O'Callaghan
Michelle Murdocca (exec.)
Andrea Miloro (exec.) (2)
Kirk Bodyfelt (3)
John Bush (4)
StarringMartin Lawrence
Ashton Kutcher
Debra Messing
Gary Sinise
Jon Favreau
Edited byKen Solomon
Pamela Ziegenhagen-Shefland (1)
Steven Liu
Patrick J. Voetberg
Jimmy Sandoval (2)
Nancy Frazen
Arthur D. Noda
Jimmy Sandoval (3)
Maurissa Horwitz
Music byPaul Westerberg (1)
Ramin Djawadi (1 & 2)
Jeff Cardoni (3)
Rupert Gregson-Williams
Dominic Lewis (4)
Distributed byColumbia Pictures (1-4)
Release dates
1: September 29, 2006
2: May 24, 2008
3: June 27, 2010
4: September 21, 2015
Running time
322 minutes
CountryUnited States

Movie series


Open Season (2006)


A 900-pound grizzly bear named Boog living in the town of Timberline (Martin Lawrence) meets Elliot (Ashton Kutcher), a one-horned mule deer. They end up stranded together in the woods during hunting season and they have to beat the hunters with the help of all the other animals. In the end, Boog decides to stay in the forest and says goodbye to his owner Ranger Beth (Debra Messing).

Open Season 2 (2008)


Elliot (Joel McHale) falls in love with Giselle (Jane Krakowski). However, his friend Mr. Weenie (Cody Cameron) is kidnapped by a group of pampered pets determined to return him to his owners. Elliot (who leads the way), Boog (Mike Epps) (who also leads the way), Giselle, McSquizzy (Billy Connolly), Buddy (Maddie Taylor), and Serge (Danny Mann) and Deni (Maddie Taylor) go on a long journey to rescue Weenie. However, the pets, lead by a poodle named Fifi (Crispin Glover), insist on fighting for Weenie. In the end, Mr. Weenie decides to go back to his owners and leave the wild.

Open Season 3 (2010)


Boog (Matthew J. Munn) thinks that Elliot (Maddie Taylor) has not been as close a friend since he started a family with kids of his own. In search for real friends, Boog stumbles upon a circus in Russia where he meets a talented female bear named Ursa (Melissa Sturm) (whom he falls madly in love with) and a clever bear who looks like him, named Doug (Matthew J. Munn). Boog switches places with Doug while so Doug can escape. When Elliot, Mr. Weenie, and the pets and other wild animals realize Boog is missing, they all get together and set up a plan to get Boog back. In the end, Ursa decides to live with Boog and his friends.

Open Season: Scared Silly (2015)


When an unknown creature gets mistaken for a werewolf, former hunter Shaw (Trevor Devall) reopens open season. With the animals of Timberline National Forest being at risk, Boog (Donny Lucas), Elliot (Will Townsend), and Mr. Weenie (Will Townsend) set out to uncover the mystery of the werewolf, and get open season closed.

Short film


Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run (2007)


A short movie, Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run, was released in 2007 and is featured on the Open Season DVD and Blu-ray.

TV Series


Open Season: Call of Nature (2023-present)




Box office performance

Film Release date Revenue Rank (Domestic) Budget Ref.
United States Outside United States Worldwide
Open Season September 29, 2006 $85,105,259 $112,203,768 $197,309,027 #742 $85,000,000 [1]
Open Season 2 September 24, 2008 Direct-to-video release $8,716,950 $8,716,950 Direct-to-video release [2]
Open Season 3 October 21, 2010 $7,399,925 $7,399,925 [3]
Open Season: Scared Silly December 18, 2015 $1,756,154 $1,756,154 $5,500,000 [4][5]
Total $85,105,259 $130,174,418 $215,279,677 $90,500,000

Critical reception

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Yahoo! Movies
Overall Top critics
Open Season 48% (100 reviews)[6] 54% (52 reviews)[6] 49% (18 reviews)[7] C (11 reviews)[8]
Open Season 2
Open Season 3
Open Season: Scared Silly

Cast and characters

Characters Main films Short films
Open Season Open Season 2 Open Season 3 Open Season: Scared Silly Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run
2006 2008 2010 2015 2007
Boog Martin Lawrence Mike Epps Matthew J. Munn Donny Lucas Martin Lawrence
Elliot Ashton Kutcher Joel McHale Maddie Taylor Will Townsend Ashton Kutcher
Giselle Jane Krakowski Melissa Sturm
Mr. Weenie Cody Cameron Will Townsend
McSquizzy Billy Connolly André Sogliuzzo Lee Tockar
Serge Danny Mann Peter Kelamis
Deni Maddie Taylor
Buddy Lee Tockar
Ian Patrick Warburton Maddie Taylor Brian Drummond
Rosie Nika Futterman Shannon Chan-Kent
Maria Michelle Murdocca
Reilly Jon Favreau Maddie Taylor
Bobbie Georgia Engel Kathleen Barr Georgia Engel
Bob Character is mute Character is mute
Beth Debra Messing Silent role
Shaw Gary Sinise Trevor Devall
Sheriff Gordy Gordon Tootoosis Lorne Cardinal Gordon Tootoosis
Fifi   Crispin Glover  
Roberto   Steve Schirripa  
Stanley   Fred Stoller  
Roger   Sean Mullen  
Nate   Frank Welker (uncredited; cameo) Cody Cameron  
Rufus   Diedrich Bader  
Charlene   Olivia Hack  
Fox Jaw   Jacquie Barnbrook  
Doug   Matthew J. Munn  
Ursa Major   Melissa Sturm  
Alistair   Dana Snyder  
Gisela   Karley Scott Collins  
Giselita   Ciara Bravo  
Elvis   Harrison Fahn  
Ed   Garry Chalk  
Edna   Kathleen Barr  
Wailing Wampus Werewolf   Trevor Devall  


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  3. "Open Season 3 (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  4. "Open Season: Scared Silly". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
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