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Written by Hisham Qaddoumi   
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 01:22

Open Season 2A Personal View

When was the last time you watched a movie and laughed it up from the first to the last moment? For me this was very recent when I watched Open Season 2. Unlike the first movie this one is having more characters and more focus on secondary characters, this gave this movie have more dimensions to it.

I was amazed when I knew that the crew is almost totally different from the first movie, you cannot realize this by listening to the main characters that exist in both movies, like Boog and Elliot. But when you watch the documentary you will realize that they are totally different actors. The good thing is, you will never feel a stranger though.

The Story

Elliot is getting married, believe it or not. Do not worry; it will not be a classical “I Do” happy wedding party. Elliot is having second thoughts when he realizes that the marriage would take him forever “and ever”. He knew the marriage will be forever but “no one mentioned anything about and ever before”. Things seem to get better for him when he see his friend “Mr. Weenie”, a funny ex-pet with a hilarious German accent, getting kidnapped the moment he is on the altar and about to say the most frightening word: “I Do”. He finds that the perfect escape from this trouble as he claims not to marry before he rescues his friend.

The fun starts here when he leaves with a bizarre “rescue” group, he misses things up as usual and got deserted by the group. Determined to find Mr. Weenie and rescue him “alone”, he gets into more troubles and winds up in a pet’s beauty contest where Mr. Weenie was with his kidnappers who are actually his previous owners, and the rescue group as well. Things get worse when he got kidnapped by a group of high society pets who disguise the wild animals and faces a tough trial.

The Complex

The most complicated point in this story is when Elliot breaks his ----- and starts to think: is marriage that worth to sacrifice his entire life and freedom? The same question any one starts to ask when h is about to do the biggest step in his life “marriage”. The other complex is basically with Mr. Weenie who likes the wild life but also misses his owners who loved him much and done a lot for him, will he sacrifice this love for the wild life?

These two complexes happen together when Mr. Weenie gets kidnapped by his ex-owners because he could not resist following and eating the cookies they out in trail to lead him back to them, the same moment Elliot is about to say “I do” in his wedding party.

The Ending

The ending, as any family cartoon movie, ends fine but in this movie it also “funny”.  Though I do not want to spoil it for you, but I believe that most of you knew the ending already from the story summary, and I can say that you are right. It is so expected and more. But that is not why you will watch this movie for. Even if you knew the exact ending you will still have fun and laugh a lot, this movie is not about the ending, it is about all the fun that comes from the beginning to the end, you will watch many times and still you will laugh every time.

The Making

The making of this movie is not about the story, or the visual effects or the brilliant 3D modeling. All these are standard and normal in this movie, but the real making is about the brilliant fun and the casting of this movie. The cast is really hilarious and amazingly funny.  Joel  McHale as Elliot, Mike Epps as Boog, Jane Karkoaski as Giselle and noticeably funny Cody Cameron as Mr. Weenie who’s brilliant German accent added a lot of fun to the movie. I think the movie makers got really lucky to have such a cast for this production.


Movie Info

Director: Matthew O'Callaghan, Todd Wilderman (co-director)
Writer: David I. Stern (written by)
Release Date: 27 January 2009 (USA)
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family
Rating: Rated PG for mild rude humor.
Parents Guide:Add content advisory for parents
Runtime: 76 min
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | SDDS
Company: Sony Pictures Animation
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DVD Info

Actors: Joel McHale, Mike Epps, Steve Schirripa, Sean Mullen (II), Crispin Glover
Directors: Matthew O'Callaghan, Todd Wilderman
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Sony Pictures
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
Run Time: 76 minutes
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