New on DVD: Open Season 2

If you are ever in need of a light-hearted laugh, look no further than you’re cartoon shelf.

Open Season 2 picks up after the animals rid the forest of the hunters. Having fallen in love with Giselle (Jane Krakowski), Elliot (Joel McHale) is on his way to the alter when Mr. Weenie (Cody Cameron) is kidnapped. The troop drops everything to rescue their k-9 friend who is held captive by a group of pampered pets determined to re-civilize Mr. Weenie. Elliot, Boog (Mike Epps), McSquizzy (Billy Connolly) and the rest of the woodland creatures set out on a rescue mission that takes them into the world of pets and up against a hostile toy poodle named Fifi (Crispin Glover).

Most of the animals resemble goofy versions of their real-life counterparts, which adds to the amusement. Even though the main voice actors (Ashton Kutcher and Martin Lawrence) did not return, their replacements are perfectly suited to the characters. However, the show is frequently stolen by Connolly’s Scottish squirrel and Cameron’s German dachshund. Glover’s poodle is also very funny.

The comedy is uncomplicated but consistent. And even though some of the jokes follow from the first instalment, the film is mostly a stand-alone narrative.

The DVD is packed with fun games, including a game of fetch with Mr. Weenie and a doggie dress-up activity. Viewers are also shown how to draw Boog, Elliot and Fifi by one of the artists. In addition, there are three deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes featurette with interviews with the voice cast. If that’s not enough, the complementary website contains three more games, downloads and printable activities.

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