Barnyard

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Overview

A cow learns to walk like a man, both literally and figuratively, in this computer-animated comedy written and directed by Steve Oedekerk, the creator of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Ben voice of Sam Elliott is a cow who for years has been the leader and sober voice of reason among the animals at a farm where the critters are a bit unusual -- they can walk on two legs, talk, swim, and act like humans, though they have the good sense to avoid doing these things while humans are around. Ben has long dreamed that his ...
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Overview

A cow learns to walk like a man, both literally and figuratively, in this computer-animated comedy written and directed by Steve Oedekerk, the creator of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Ben voice of Sam Elliott is a cow who for years has been the leader and sober voice of reason among the animals at a farm where the critters are a bit unusual -- they can walk on two legs, talk, swim, and act like humans, though they have the good sense to avoid doing these things while humans are around. Ben has long dreamed that his son Otis voice of Kevin James would someday take over his duties on the farm, but Otis is a carefree and irresponsible type who would rather party with his friends and hang out with his girlfriend, Daisy voice of Courteney Cox. Ben and his friend Miles voice of Danny Glover, a wise and patient mule, wonder if Otis will ever make anything of himself, while Dasiy's best friend, Bessy voice of Wanda Sykes, is convinced she can do better. However, one night Otis decides to do something about an obnoxious kid who enjoys tipping his fellow cows, and for the first time in his life he gets a taste of leadership -- and he likes it. Barnyard also features the voice talents of Andie MacDowell, Maria Bamford, and Maurice LaMarche.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Barnyard? This is easily the rowdiest of the 2006 computer-animated features starring anthropomorphic animals, but its animals-gone-wild hijinks threaten to overwhelm the film’s positive messages. Otis voiced by Kevin James is a slacker bull who acts like a real party animal. His father, Ben Sam Elliott, patiently tries to instill in him a sense of leadership and responsibility. "A strong man stands up for himself," he tells Otis, "a stronger man stands up for others." But Otis is more the every-animal-for-himself type, until his father is killed while protecting the farm against attacking coyotes a tense and sad scene. Ben’s death leaves Otis in charge, and the film becomes a tale of redemption in the Lion King mode. Written and directed by Steve Oedekerk Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Barnyard has a fun Far Side sensibility with its animals: They act like animals in the presence of humans, but then carouse like humans when no one's watching. In one extended sequence, Otis and friends turn the tables on a bratty kid who engages in cow-tipping. The film does contain some barnyard humor, but it also sports some more sophisticated visual gags, such as a "mechanical man" ride, and a dart board with Colonel Sanders' face. Parental advisory: The bulls unaccountably sport udders. Oedekerk has assured interviewers that this was intentional and done for a laugh.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2006
  • UPC: 097361186122
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,287

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin James Voice Only
Courteney Cox Voice Only
Sam Elliott Voice Only
Danny Glover Voice Only
Wanda Sykes Voice Only
Andie MacDowell Voice Only
David Koechner Voice Only
Jeff Garcia Voice Only
Cam Clarke Voice Only
Rob Paulsen Voice Only, Voice Only
Tino Insana Voice Only
Dom Irrera Voice Only
Scott S. Bullock Voice Only
Maurice LaMarche Voice Only
Madeline Lovejoy Voice Only
Nathaniel Stroman Voice Only
Steve Oedekerk Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Maria Bamford Voice Only
John DiMaggio Voice Only
Fred Tatasciore Voice Only
Peter Stenstrom Voice Only
Jill Talley Voice Only
Laraine Newman Voice Only
Katie Leigh Voice Only, Voice Only
North Mississippi Allstars Voice Only
Anna Pistor Voice Only
Thomas Pistor Voice Only
Eliana Bendetson Voice Only
Paul Butcher Voice Only
Khamani Griffin Voice Only
Arlo Levin Voice Only
Liliana Mumy Voice Only
Cydney Neal Voice Only
Cate Ozawa Voice Only
Isaiah Tefilo Voice Only
Georgia Van Newkirk Voice Only
Joni Allen Voice Only
Leigh French Voice Only
William Clavert Voice Only
Julianne Buescher Voice Only
Nicholas Guest Voice Only
Audrey Wasilewski Voice Only
Philip Proctor Voice Only
Archie Hahn Voice Only
Chad Einbinder Voice Only
Keith Anthony Voice Only
Claudette Wells Voice Only
Lynne Stewart Voice Only
Christine Mellor Voice Only
Justin Moran Shenkarow Voice Only
Jacqueline Pinol Voice Only
Nika Futterman Voice Only
Eddie Frierson Voice Only
John Debney Conductor
Technical Credits
Steve Oedekerk Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Todd Ammons Animator
Malachi Bazan Animator
Mark Beam Associate Producer
Steve Bellin Animator
Odin Benitez Sound/Sound Designer
Joel Brinkerhoff Animator
James Burke Animator
Fred Cabral Animator
Paul D. Calder Editor
Paul D. Carter Editor
Raul Chavez Animator
Jeremy Collins Animator
Rick Collins Animator
Nicholisa Contis Associate Producer
Krishnamurti Costa Animator
Philip A. Cruden Production Designer
Glenn Curry Animator
Ryland Davies Animator
Jamie Dawkins Animator
John Debney Score Composer
John Edwards Animator
Andrew Egiziano Associate Producer
Bryce Erickson Animator
Michael Galbraith Animator
Bart Goldman Animator
Tim Granberg Animator
Hunter Grant Animator
Leonard Green Animator
John Griffith Animator
Ivo Grigull Animator
Tom Gurney Animator
Soo Yuan Han Animator
Kenneth Huling Animator
Michael Jonascu Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Judd Animator
Bruce Kuei Animator
Dax Lafleur Animator
Scott Lange Animator
Sarah Lapenna Animator
Eric Lashelle Animator
Paola Lecler Animator
Calvin Leduc Animator
Eric Lees Animator
Mark Levine Animator
Letia Lewis Animator
Christian Liliedahl Animator
Victoria Livingstone Animator
Daniel Loeb Animator
Louise Lord Animator
Mengyang Lu Animator
John Luciano Animator
Paul-Jozef "PJ" Macoy Animator
Melik Malkasian Animator
Paul Marshall Producer
Paul Marshal Producer
Neil Michka Animator
Sarah Noonan Casting
Aaron Parry Executive Producer
Hans Payer Animator
Julia Pistor Executive Producer
Derek Raymond Animator
Xavier Riffault Animator
Cory Rogers Animator
Larry 'Elliott' Rosenstein Animator
Abel Salazar Animator
Graham Silva Animator
Timothy Jason Smith Production Manager
Dane Stogner Animator
Teresa Swanson Animator
Melissa Thompson Animator
Torrevillas Animator
Jeanette Lin Tsui Animator
Garilandy 'Gorio' Vicuna Animator
Melanie Walchek Animator
Eric Walls Animator
Billy Weber Editor
Jason Zirpolo Animator
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Cow, Voyager: or the Grass Menagerie

    Though promoted as a childrens film, several disturbing subtexts are inserted plotwise.<BR/> The animals inhabit a farm owned by a "vegan" farmer. Yet the farmer raises all sorts of livestock. Why would he own chickens, cattle and the rest? The farmer is represented as incompetent, yet he has a spacious hen house. A cow meets his demise, and we see the grave. We do not see the cow commmitted to the earth. Was it? Of course not. The farmer profits from the beef as he does from the eggs the hens provide.<BR/> A disturbing Oedipal character, Otis, a bovine of hermaphroditic appearence, attends a riotous party while his Father figure, Ben, is killed by coyotes. Otis therefore "marries" the farm, usurping the ruminant he let die. The indeterminant gender of Otis is further clouded by the birthing scene, where a large bull, with massive horns, observes with the rest of the livestock. Is the bull the father? The child is deemed to be male, yet shows the same physical traits of androgynous Otis.<BR/> Yet the unnaturalness continues: A weasel is left to guard the henhouse. A test of his morality? Or a further subjugation of genetics by the Farmer? What of the poultry, eggspecting safety while they slumber?<BR/> The Farmer, caucasian, owns a tractor. Why then does the horse, voiced by Danny Glover, wear a yoke? Is this only to remind the audience of the horses enslavement? Why does the horse not remove its emblem of shame? The horse should have been portrayed by Mr. T, and been adorned with a yoke of gold.<BR/> Finally, the villains in this film are the only creatures that stay true to their nature. The coyotes do not drive, dance, or creep into the bedrooms of small boys. They are scrawny and ill fed, and eat to survive. The animals of the Barnyard are plump, and numbed by their luxurious life. They know nothing of survival: they live in a grass menagerie, like the makers of this dribble.<BR/> Recommended for the feeble of mind, children of low potential, and in-laws.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You just might be amuse by this

    The kids enjoyed this and I guess that’s all that matters. To me this film at times feels like it was made by the Farrelly Brothers. It’s slapstick humor and it's wildly nutty behavior that makes it look like an R-rated comedy, makes it all the while more funny The story is sort of like a parody of Lion King. Farmers on a farm are keeping animals under their eye and well protected. And animals pretty much behave like, well, animals. But what happens when the farmers out. Well, the party begins, as these animals somehow behave more like humans, crazily partying around with the rest of the animals. And a carefree cow is held responsible for whatever goes on. He's in charge. And he needs to protect the farm from their enemies, the Coyotes. Otis the carefree cow, pretty much don't take it seriously. Ben, a cow who takes it very seriously is giving advice to Otis to grow up and all that. When Ben is no longer able to lead, Otis tries to keep order but the role of leader does not come as naturally for him. Without Ben to keep everyone in line, absolute mayhem breaks loose and it isn't long before the farmer begins to get to the bottom of the animals' secret--and the scheming coyotes begin to think that the farm could be theirs for the taking. Just don't take this film seriously, especially not the story. The problem with the film is that, we’ve seen it all before. They are either about animals, or insects, or well CARS. And this film has similarities with many animated films. The story is nothing new at all. And that is its drawback. And its approach is rather conventional with dumb looking characters that are half baked. But there are sweet moments that don't get too sentimental. Another weakness is it’s weaker than expected animation. It’s not fair to have such an average animation to a funny movie. If the film's animation was heighten to a better quality, it would've been better than it already was. However, I really liked the jokes, which seem to have been aimed at adults. But the animation was passable. The film has some really outrageously hilarious moments, giving you snort out loud laughs. The animals are more human-like than actual animals, and they love partying around, all night. They behave like those characters from Ace Ventura films or other Oedekerk films. In short, it’s simply a mindless comedy with a lot of great laughs. What happens in the Barnyard stays in the Barnyard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bisexual cows

    The movie in terms of story was good, but it is very difficult for a parent sitting next to a confused 4 year old who is constantly asking if Otis is a boy or a girl!. Surely animaters should consider the implications of their drawings on little children. Exactly how did they expect us to explain a bisexual cow to the kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very disappointing....

    I really felt like this movie should have been rated PG-13. I started watching this with my four year and found out rather quickly that it was inappropriate for young children and had very mature subject matter. It deals with death and is very scary for young children. We ended up turning it off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hated it.

    The udders on the male bovines were "udderly" ridiculous. It threw me off throughout the movie. My seven yr old picked up on it first, as we live in the country and she knows what's up! When I joined her, I understood her frustration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty funny movie!!!

    I actually had plans on seeing this movie in the theater and never got around to it. Pretty funny movie--the parts that were funny were VERY VERY funny. It wasn't non stop laughing but well worth the price of a rental. Don't get the udders on the bull cows though--wth was the deal with that???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good flick

    I loved this movie, I took four of my little cousins to see it and they enjoyed it as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bulls or Cows

    Movie was cute. I'm wondering why the bulls had udders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I took my 3 year old brother to see this at my local cinema. We both enjoyed it. And I'm gonna get it on DVD for him for Christmas when it comes out on December , 12th , 2006.

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