'Open Season: Scared Silly' [Blu-Ray+DVD+Digital]
(William Townsend, Melissa Sturm, Trevor Devall, et al / 2-Disc Blu-Ray+DVD / PG / 2016 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: Boog and Elliot are back in an all-new fun-tastic adventure! When Elliot tells a campfire story of a monster in the woods, Boog – who has never been the bravest of bears – becomes very scared. His best friend Elliot comes up with a crazy plan to scare the fear out of Boog! With the help of Mr. Weenie, McSquizzy and all your favorite forest friends, they venture on a hilarious journey where the power of friendship helps Boog overcome his fears with lots of laughs and some surprises along the way!
Blu-Ray Verdict: Following on from the original - save for the star turn vocal actors, of course - where a happily domesticated grizzly bear named Boog, has his perfect world turned upside down after he meets Elliot, a scrawny, fast-talking one-horned wild mule deer, 'Open Season: Scared Silly' takes us on a new journey with our loveable friends.
Sure, this new straight-to-DVD movie is rather predictable kiddie fare with okay animation and some good throwaway moments here and there, but isn't that what you expected in the first place? Indeed, as a whole, there's nothing we haven't seen before, but mildly entertaining and not without its charms 'Scared Silly' is definitely watchable and fun for the kids.
My only gripe is that, even for kids, there's no real heart to all the cartoonish goings-on. The character work is lackadaisical and the bland songs should've been omitted, but that said, some of the sidekick critters are quite funny though! So, in conclusion, 'Open Season: Scared Silly' is okay to have your kids sit down and watch alongside you, is definitely funny enough to make it worthwhile, but don't get your expectations up to high. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Feature Commentary with Director David Feiss and Writer Carlos Kotkin
Super Speedy Recap
Director Profile: David Feiss
Own 'Open Season: Scared Silly' on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD on March 8th!