Open Season 2 (2008)

Genre(s): Animation
Sony || PG - 76 minutes - $28.95 || January 27, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-01-27


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Matthew O'Callaghan
Writer(s): David I. Stern (written by)
Cast: Joel McHale, Mike Epps, Jane Krakowski, Crispin Glover


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Game Zone
  • Music Video


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I'll be honest - I don't remember a single thing about the first film. I rented it on DVD at some point and thinking back now couldn't remember a single characters name. Now, that's probably a good thing because most of the cast has been replaced with this Direct to Video release.

The film opens with Elliot (Joel McHale) showing off his incredibly big horns to all the other animals including his best friend Boog (Mike Epps) and newcomer dog Mr. Weenie. After a few good scenes of this, he gets them stuck in a tree and breaks them off (can they really break off that easily in the wild?). This is a bad thing for Elliot as he is getting ready to marry Giselle (Jane Krakowski), the love of his life. As he deliberates saying 'yes', Mr. Weenie (Cody Cameron) wanders off only to be 'kidnapped' by his former owner and the animal crew set off on an adventure to get him back.

We soon catch up to Mr. Weenie who is now reacquainted with his former owners, shows us a world of other more popular "domesticated" animals like dogs and cats. This is where we meet FiFi (Crispin Glover) who rules over all of them and wishes to get even with the "wild" animals for what they did to Mr. Weenie.

Even though this is a Direct to Video release its not all that bad - the replacement voice actors do a decent job with the material they are given while the newcomers bring their characters to life. The biggest change for most would be the absence of Ashton Kutcher as Elliot which is now voiced by Joel McHale. This is easily one of the best things Sony could have done - McHale seems to actually care about his role here and really brings the full personality of Elliot out.

As for the story... itís not that great. This film is strictly for the kids - there is no hidden adult innuendo like in Shrek or Madagascar unless you count the various ways one could think of regarding the word "Weenie". This one deserves a rental at best.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Open Season 2 on DVD comes with a slip cover.

Going Wild with the Cast (15 Minutes) - A typical making of with interviews from several members of the cast and crew. Nothing to exciting, typical fluff.

Deleted Scenes (7 Minutes) - A handful of deleted scenes that were cut from the already short film. Don't see any reason why these couldnít' be included in the film.

How to Draw (18 Minutes) - A featurette that both kids and adults can enjoy - learn how to draw!

The Game Zone - A collection of 5 games kids can enjoy with their remote control. Nothing really great here, but kids will love it.

Also included is a music video.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Open Season 2 is presented in 1.78:1. For a direct to BD/DVD film the film looks really sharp. Most of the characters in the film are incredibly vibrant and colorful making this a fantastic release on DVD. A direct comparison to the Blu-ray shows the DVD is only a bit softer - still looks really good!

Sony has included an English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. I was quite pleased with release - dialog was perfectly crisp and balanced while rears remained active. Itís a perfectly serviceable track for a DTV feature film.



.::OVERALL::.

Open Season 2 went direct to DVD for a reason - itís just not all that good and animation is not up to par of the first. Kids will love it but with only a handful of special features even they will get bored rather quickly.