Open Season: Scared Silly

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Funny animated sequel has cartoon jeopardy, potty humor.
  • PG
  • 2016
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

Suggests that confronting fears is a way to get through them. Promotes friendship, loyalty, and teamwork. "Friends don't abandon friends." "Words can hurt." Good triumphs over evil.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The silly heroes (with many rattle-brained ideas) exhibit some admirable traits: determination, support for others, and sometimes bravery. Only one female hero; she is always the voice of reason. Villains are greedy animal hunters with a devious plan. Ethnic diversity among the human characters.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon hijinks throughout -- all funny, all the time, with spooky music, shrieking wolf sounds, shadowy silhouettes, a cackling villain, and a goofy-looking gaggle of "monsters" (various forms of the "Wailing Wampus Werewolf"). There are falls from cliffs, crash-landings, chases, shotgun blasts, hand-to-hand combat (man versus bear), bee attacks, and a careening mine car zipping through a glowing lava field.

Sexy Stuff

A bear dresses up as a female with small pumpkins attached as "breasts."

Language

Potty humor abounds: "pee," "tinkle," "wet yourself," "butt," "tushie," and lots of "poo" jokes, including a lengthy scene in which the heroes track a werewolf via poo -- "precious doo-doo"; "poo is a window to the soul"; "Oh no, I ate a friend's poo!" Also includes some insults: "moron," "imbecile," "idiot."

Consumerism

The fourth movie in this series. Some associated toys and products are marketed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Open Season: Scared Silly is the fourth movie from Sony Animation about a one-antlered mule deer and a grizzly bear who are BFFs. Joining the fun with Elliot and Boog are comic buddies and enemies who provide adventure in the picturesque town of Timberline. The franchise, noted for its plentiful, funny potty jokes -- much ado about "pee," "poo," butts, "tushies" -- and cartoon action -- in this case, a hunt for a legendary werewolf -- maintains fast-paced comedy, quirky characters, and slapstick jeopardy. Shotgun fire from a cackling villain, falls over a cliff, a mine cart careening over a raging lava plain, and some comically grotesque versions of a werewolf will scare only very young kids who aren't ready to deal with make-believe danger. Aiming for all-out fun with a few messages -- "face your fear," "words can hurt," "friends are always there for each other" -- grown-ups may enjoy the witty humor as much as the kids with whom they're sharing this offbeat trip through the forest.

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Parent Written byClara32356 March 25, 2016

Spoiler Alert, but funny review!

A dog pooping an egg, a bear dressed up as a girl werewolf, and a stag dancing to a pop song is not a regular occurrence in our lifetimes. But in Open Season, i... Continue reading
Parent of a 11 year old Written byAllie M September 16, 2016

Worst. Movie. Ever.

The only thing enjoyable about watching this was about halfway through when our kids finally just broke down and admitted the movie was terrible. (Kids ages 8,... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Elliot (a mule deer voiced by William Townsend) and Boog (Donny Lucas as a grizzly bear) have another satisfyingly ridiculous adventure in OPEN SEASON: SCARED SILLY. On a dark and stormy night around a campfire, Elliott scares everyone with a tale of a terrifying local legend: the "Wailing Wampus Werewolf." Before you know it, the monster is spotted nearby ... or is he? Elliot, a self-proclaimed werewolf whisperer, is ready and eager to take the legend on. Boog is too frightened to care; all he wants to do is build a panic room and hide. Mr. Weenie joins the hunt, desperate to find his missing owners. And when Shaw (Trevor Devall), the villainous hunter of the earlier Open Season adventures, gets wind of the search, he sees a golden opportunity to have the town sheriff make hunting legal again. And so it is that the intrepid werewolf stalkers are themselves stalked by Shaw with his beloved shotgun "Lorraine" and two gun-toting accomplices. Mistaken identities, a poo-tracking scheme, and one operatic solo keep the action rolling merrily along. 

Is it any good?

Talented voice actors, along with a clever story and script, make this very funny film a cut above most direct-to-DVD fare for kids and families. The characters are rich with quirks and idiosyncrasies. Even the villains sparkle with originality -- the two Canadians selling their native "poutine" (French fries with gravy and cheese curds) are stellar. Most kids love potty humor, and this movie excels at delivering it. The scares and monsters are ridiculous to the max. Only the youngest among them, those who aren't comfortable with cartoon action, may find this movie too intense. Other than that, there are enough laughs and silly skirmishes to entertain even the most discerning kids and grown-ups. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the action in this movie. What techniques do the filmmakers use to make this movie funny rather than scary? Think specifically about the way they present the various versions of the "Wailing Wampus Werewolf."

  • Find out what "anthropomorphic" means. Why do writers and filmmakers use this approach to tell stories that kids will take to heart? Name some of your favorite anthropomorphized characters.

  • Have fun creating your own animal character who behaves like a human. Which animal would you choose to represent you?

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