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by Georgette Tan
Genre: Animation / Adventure / Comedy
Director: Roger Allers and Jill Culton
Voice Cast: Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Jon Favreau, Gary Sinise, Jane Krakowski, Debra Messing, Billy Connolly.
There must be something about the reluctant buddy movie that is appealing enough for animation studios to go ahead with another story that looks like a Shrek knockoff - big and slightly dumb biped, one scrawny and very annoying four-hooved animal, and a big adventure that will turn bickering travel mates into bosom buddies.
In the small hunting town of Timberline, Boog (Martin Lawrence) the grizzly bear lives a comfortable life with park ranger friend Beth (Debra Messing). He sleeps in her garage, gets fed and earns his keep helping her put on shows for kids.
When Boog frees a captured wild deer named Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) from the hood of paranoid idiot hunter Shaw's (Gary Sinise) truck, Elliot attempts to return the favour by breaking into Beth's garage and "freeing" a baffled Boog.
Things got out of control and Beth was forced to relocate Boog and Elliot deep in the forest just before open season begins. Desperate not to lose Boog, Elliot promises to bring him back to Timberline.
Along the way, Boog encounters wildlife and the true wilderness for the first time, which draws a few laughs, especially when characters like McSquizzy (Billy Connolly) the squirrel and his squirrel army dominates the screen.
At the same time, Shaw isn't letting them off easy. He comes after them, open season or not, and this led to the one exciting highlight of the movie - the water chase scene. Unfortunately, this sweeps a great number of animals right into hunting territory and it is up to Boog to devise a way to protect themselves against the hunters.
There must be something wrong with animation studios because they try to outdo each other by putting out computer-generated movies about animals trying to find where they belong. I've lost count of those that came out this year alone. And you know what? I can't tell them apart anymore, let alone pick out one that is outstanding.
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