I can’t really say much about the quality of the Open Season films, but they were always insanely entertaining. The original film was by far the best in the series, with a genuinely good storyline that had lots of heart and humor. The sequel was much less exotic in that regard, featuring a more stale story with the addition of some phenomenal characters that instantly became fan favorites. The comedy and humor that made this series so immensely popular was completely wiped out in the third installment, which I can say is nothing short of a disaster.
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The Movie Review
Everything about Open Season 3 that I didn’t like can be summed up in a single paragraph. Let’s try it out. Open Season 3 is a genuine mess, save for two characters: Roger, who I’ve always liked and who is fairly entertaining here, and Fifi, who is only fun here because of Crispin Glover’s voice acting. The majority of the animation is poor, the character designs are blocky, and the backgrounds are dead, moreover, the animation could use some more fluidity. The music is bland overall, but there are some jovial moments. The dialogue is frequently unfunny, the jokes are not original or witty, and the writing is subpar. With the exception of Fifi and Roger, the characters are no longer endearing and adorable, and the plot is shallow, predictable, and in my opinion, rushed as well.
That could simply be the entire review of Open Season 3, but I’m not a tyrant, so I will explain why I think those things are that way throughout this review. Let’s start with the characters, the first thing you notice about them is the fact that they are genuinely hostile towards each other in this film. Boog has found a new home with the traveling circus, meanwhile, the rest of the furry friends are trying to save him for some reason even though he’s chosen that life. Their motivations aren’t clear, but what is clear is the fact that THIS is a repeat of Open Season 2 full and complete.
The second thing is the humor. The films used to be rife with slapstick, but this time around they overfocus on the dialogues and try to make you laugh with the lines. However, that’s basically impossible because the dialogue is simply not funny at all. They even managed to make Roger unfunny at times, which is truly a loss for this franchise I must say. Moreover, you have Boog, who has not been a fun character since Open Season 2 taking the lead here as the protagonist, so there’s bound to be boredom ahead.
The animation is somehow still the same as Open Season 2, despite the fact that the technology advanced over time. This is a straight-to-DVD film to be fair, so I didn’t expect much, but this was a bit too less even by that margin. The worst part about this film was the fact that there was simply no fluidity to the animation, the characters felt completely blocky as if they were still polygons moving from place to place.
The voice acting is great though, I can’t complain in that regard. However, it’s not used well at all here, with the dialogue overall being much less endearing. Do not even get me started on the soundtrack though, somehow a film about a traveling Russian circus is extremely lacking in the music department. That’s just a weird and almost ungodly flaw. That is the one thing you NEED to get right when making a film about a traveling circus, the music needs to be on par with the word ‘ENTERTAINMENT’.
Open Season 3 lacks everything that made the first two films so entertaining. There’s little to no slapstick, there’s no funny dialogue, and there’s a severe lack of good old-fashioned comedy that makes these films what they are. On top of that, you have an egregiously bad plot that ruins the characters and takes over what little character development you had going. In essence, this was the worst Open Season film to date, and one of the few times a children’s film will not even come close to entertaining kids.
- Roger and Fifi are here, so that’s a good thing!
- The story is worse in every way, all the characters are boring and bland
- There’s little to no semblance of character development
- The music is simply horrid
- The animation is somehow on par with an underproduced 2008 film