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Open Season: Scared Silly
It may not be as bad as Open Season 3, but at least that was still a decent conclusion to the franchise. This, however, is nothing more than a needless cash crab.
Genre: Animation
Directed By: David Feiss
Produced By: John Bush
Written By: Carlos Kotkin
Based On: Characters by
Steve Moore
John B. Carls
Jill Culton
Anthony Stacchi
Starring: Donny Lucas
Will Townsend
Melissa Sturm
Trevor Devall
Garry Chalk
Kathleen Barr
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Runtime: 84 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $5.5 million
Box Office: $1.8 million
Franchise: Open Season
Prequel: Open Season
Open Season 3 (release date)
Sequel: Open Season 2 (chronologically)

Open Season: Scared Silly is a 2015 American-Canadian computer-animated comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation, with animation provided by Rainmaker Entertainment. Being the fourth installment in the Open Season franchise, it also serves as a direct sequel to the first film, ignoring the events of the previous two installments.


A few months before the events of the second film, Elliot tells a campfire story about the legend of the Wailing Whumpus Werewolf that is said to live in the Timberline National Forest one night. Boog is terrified by the story and decides to "chicken out" of their annual camping trip until he knows that the werewolf is gone. Determined to help Boog overcome his fears, Elliot, Mr. Weenie, and the other woodland animals band together to scare the fear out of Boog and uncover the mystery of the Wailing Whumpus Werewolf.

Former hunter Shaw, now a tour guide, returns to Timberline to get revenge on Boog and Elliot for defeating him and witnesses an unseen creature in the forest (which turns out to be Ian, a deer who is Elliot’s rival, in a disguise). Shaw begs Gordy to reopen hunting season and he reluctantly does so. Despite being told to only hunt down the werewolf, Shaw becomes determined to not only catch it, but also hunt down Boog and Elliot. To carry out his plan, Shaw recruits his old friends Ed and Edna, the owners of Poutine Palace, a restaurant serving poutine. Meanwhile, a heartbroken Elliot catches the werewolf by himself after Boog angrily breaks up with him. As Boog walks through the forest, Elliot’s girlfriend Giselle catches up to him and tries to convince him that Elliot was trying to help him overcome his fear and that Elliot is headed toward Dead Bear Gulch, but fails.

Meanwhile, a starving Mr. Weenie starts to believe that he is the werewolf. At Dead Bear Gulch, Elliot and Mr. Weenie are both caught by the werewolf, who is actually Shaw in a costume; fortunately, Boog and his friends leap to the rescue. Shaw is eventually overpowered and defeated, permanently shutting down open season. Gordy meets up with Boog, having recognized the bear's handiwork in defeating Shaw, and rewards him with a few treats. The animals then discover that the werewolf is real, but Elliot befriends him by dancing with him as he joins their campout. The next morning, Bobbie and Bob happily return to their RV with Mr. Weenie, and Bobbie tells Mr. Weenie that today is his birthday. The werewolf asks Boog to wear the female werewolf costume one more time, but Boog angrily refuses.

Bad Qualities

  1. The film is completely unnecessary, as the third one already felt like a decent ending to the franchise, even if this is a midquel to the first and the third movie wasn't that good.
  2. The film relies way too much on toilet humor, gross-out and butt jokes.
    • There's even a scene where Elliot eats McSquizzy's poop, which is coprophagia and is even considered an act of coprophilia. Later on, we see Shaw doing the same thing!
    • Speaking of Elliot's poop-eating scenes, they get carried away with expanding his stupidity to the point when he gets excruciating for the viewers.
  3. Speaking of the humor, it's very disconnected from the original movies even if they were meant to be average crap jokes (the ducks and Mr. Weenie laying eggs out of fear).
  4. Elliot is at his absolute worst in this film, as he continuously puts Boog in constant danger and is endlessly being treated like a Butt-Monkey around his sheer stupidity just so Boog doesn't have to be scared of the werewolf that was told in his "scary story", to then manipulating everyone into his fake stories and some characters from the franchise expand their folly with inconsistency when looking for this mythical character. This Elliot became a shallow representation of his former self; Elliot was a gullible, funny and bumbling but supportive, somewhat smart and pleasant Deer in the first 3 movies, this was another case of Flanderization.
  5. Speaking of the werewolf, the name "Wailing Wumpus Werewolf" (try saying that one 10 times fast) is laughably stupid, you can hardly be scared of it.
  6. On that topic, the werewolf isn't really an intimidating character when you look at him and his realistic interaction after Elliot's story (So his name and appearance goes against his scary intentions cause he rather seems like a goofy and calm character as contradictory) which adds even more filler.
  7. This film seems more like an answer to the question "what do the Open Season characters do when they have nothing else to do?" In other words, it seems filler.
  8. Almost none of the voice actors from the previous films reprise their roles in this midquel and only has voice actors from Canada, the only exception being Melissa Sturm and Michelle Murdocca, who reprise their roles as Giselle and Maria, respectively.
  9. The ending is just another generic "Everybody dance!" ending.
  10. Speaking of Canadian people, the new human models are horrifyingly ugly (which can offend actual Canadians considering the trope of racial stereotypes). Somehow, the humans are way more ugly than this wolf Sony tried to present as spooky. In fact, Ed and Edna look like Aardman Rejects, and their names are ripped off from Jays' parents Ed and Edna from LEGO Ninjago.
  11. The concept of Mr. Weenie's subplot (him thinking he could be turning into a werewolf himself after a misunderstanding) sounds like an interesting story, but unfortunately, nothing much is done with it aside from a couple of jokes and a random song number.
  12. Some plot holes: In the 2 other sequels of Open Season, the humans don't seem to hear what the animals are saying, but in this one, they seem to understand them, like Shaw.
    • It doesn't make any sense when Boog, Elliot and the gang wanted to go camping in the woods, when they’re already outside in the middle of the forest.
    • Continuity errors: Just like the third movie, how did Boog now has Dinkleman if he gave him to Beth at the end of the first movie?
      • How did Mr. Weenie stayed with Bobbie and Bob in their caravan when he's in the forest at the end of the first film?
  13. Annoying modern day references such as selfies, internet lingo, and as expected twerking.

Good Qualities

  1. Boog, Giselle, Mr. Weenie, and the remaining others are likeable and tolerable characters.
  2. The action scenes are pretty entertaining.
  3. Good voice acting, even if the cast from the previous films were replaced by the Canadian voice actors.
  4. It has a stronger connection to the first two films.
  5. Some jokes are actually decent.
  6. The animation is a good step up from the first three films (Which is impressive considering that this is a Direct to DVD midquel).
  7. Shaw and Gordy from the first film are finally back in this film.
  8. The new humans Ed and Edna mentioned on WIS#11 that interact with Shaw are harmlessly pleasant by voice and personality. Their interaction can be smile-worthy and kind of interesting to watch, especially for the fact that Shaw had never had any actual connections or friendships with any hunter from the entire franchise; in the first movie, they're just hunter stereotypes.
  9. It has a nice message about how you shouldn't abandoned your friends (even if they are sometimes annoying).



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