None of these were truly bad films it is just the identical interchangeability had an exhausting effect. To its credit, Open Season is an amiable enough film. There is little to truly complain about. Alas, amid the vast number of very similar films surrounding it at the time, it slips into a quick forgettability. The stretched and stylised, as opposed to anthropologically correct, style of animation is very similar to the same years Barnyard. The characters and their arcs are all predictable. Boog is the familiar character of the domesticated animal that is released into the wild away from his domesticated life and eventually comes to find himself there a character that we have seen in films such as Lady and the Tramp (1955), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), Madagascar (2005), Flushed Away and The Wild. His relationship with the one-antlered deer Elliot and their journey together wherein the heros grudging tolerance of his initially annoying companion becomes friendship by the end, seems a little too closely modelled on the relationship between Shrek and the donkey in Shrek (2001). The jokes about the animals improvising from the junk and detritus of human civilisation are overly familiar from almost any of the abovementioned films. The villain of the show comes entirely by the numbers, although surprisingly the pompous deer that ridicule and make fun of Elliot are never subject to any comeuppance as they should in a film like this.
At least in its favour, Open Season never overdoes the incessant pop culture thing with smartass animals constantly making hip one-liners and culture quotes. There are some silly sequences where the filmmakers let loose with a penchant for slapstick the montage scenes with Boog and Elliot messing around in the mini-mart, and especially the big climactic set-piece with the animals going into action against the hunters the ducks acting as bombers while holding skunks, the use of pillaged camping equipment to fire arrows tipped with flaming marshmallows, using bras as catapults and so on.
There were two sequels with Open Season 2 (2008) and Open Season 3 (2010), which were released direct to dvd.
Open Season was the first animated film from Sony Pictures Animation, a division of the visual effects company Sony Pictures Imageworks, which in turn is owned by the production company Sony Pictures Entertainment. Sony Pictures Animation next went onto make Surfs Up (2007), Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Hotel Transylvania (2012), The Emoji Movie (2017) and Peter Rabbit (2018), as well as conduct a series of collaborations with Aardman Animations on Arthur Christmas (2011) and The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012).
Roger Allers had co-directed Open Season (2006) and went onto solo direct Kahlil Gibrans The Prophet (2014). Jill Culton has yet to direct another film.