Boog, Elliot and all their forest friends return with an all-new adventure that is their fastest and furriest yet – this time in a big top circus! When Boog’s buddies can’t make their annual guys-only getaway, he decides to take a trip by himself. Stumbling across a visiting circus, Boog switches places with a look-alike circus grizzly and takes over his part in the act. But when the circus decides to go back to Russia, it’s a race against time for Elliot, McSquizzy, Mr. Weenie and the gang to rescue Boog before it’s too late!
Open Season 3
is the third in a series of films about Boog the grizzly bear, Elliot the mule deer, and their unlikely friendship. Their relationship having been tested by everything from the opening of hunting season to the pressures of impending marriage and crazy kidnapping capers, this third film finds Boog unhappy that Elliot and his other guy friends are so preoccupied with their wives and children that they have no time left to spend with him. Boog's response is to leave them behind and change places with a bear named Doug who stars in a traveling circus. Under the big top, Boog meets Ursula, a female dancing bear that helps Boog begin to understand why all his friends are so interested in their female counterparts, as well as a spitting llama named Alistar who teaches him an important lesson about the value of true friendship. Meanwhile, Doug is thoroughly enjoying his newfound position of power as king of the forest while making all of Boog's forest friends miserable. The question is, will Doug and Boog ever agree to switch back to their respective lives, and even if they do, can the efforts of Mr. Weenie and his domesticated pet friends possibly extricate Boog from the circus before it returns to Russia? The animation in this direct-to-video production is less convincing than in the previous two films and the theme of unlikely friendship is beginning to stretch rather thin, but Open Season 3
is still an entertaining film for kids ages 3 and older that offers a nice message about the value of friendship. --Tami Horiuchi