Home on the Range

Home on the Range

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Director: Will Finn, John Sanford

Cast: Will Finn, John Sanford, Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench

     
 

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This fun-filled animated comedy from Walt Disney Pictures has been released on DVD in an edition that adds plenty of goodies. Home on the Range has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, with tracksSee more details below

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This fun-filled animated comedy from Walt Disney Pictures has been released on DVD in an edition that adds plenty of goodies. Home on the Range has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, with tracks in both English and French, as well as optional English subtitles. The transfer is THX-approved, and tests for fine-tuning audio and video output are included. Headlining the bonus material is a commentary track featuring writers and directors Will Finn and John Sanford and producer Alice Dewey. Also included are five deleted scenes, a music video from the Beu Sisters, a short documentary on the making of the film, a look at the movie's production art, an additional short subject starring the Three Little Pigs, a game and activity section, an extensive collection of farm-friendly jokes, and trailers for other Disney titles.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The Disney animated feature Home on the Range comes as something of a relief in the wake of such visually impressive epics as Atlantis: The Lost Continent, Treasure Planet, and Brother Bear. As with the surprise hit The Emperor' s New Groove, this wild western comedy seeks only to entertain, and Disney has corralled some grade-A talent to achieve that goal, most notably Oscar winner Alan Menken, the composer behind The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. Among the performers on the soundtrack are k. d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Tim McGraw, and Randy Quaid as outlaw Alameda Slim, whose rollicking cattle-rustling hoedown, "Yodle-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo," is a catchy comic highlight. The story concerns three cows who band together to capture Slim and collect the reward that will save their dairy farm, the aptly named Little Patch of Heaven. Their leader, Mrs. Calloway (Dame Judi Dench), is a very proper bovine, while Maggie (Roseanne) is a brassy, wisecracking show cow and Grace (Jennifer Tilly) is a new-age ditz. Cuba Gooding Jr. brings all his high spirits (and a touch of James Brown) to Buck, a "hotshot" horse who yearns to be a bounty-hunting hero. Home on the Range may not exactly be blue-ribbon material, but with its lovable, spin-off-worthy characters and old-fashioned brand of traditional cel-drawn animation, this will be a little patch of heaven in your video collection.
All Movie Guide
This is the way Disney's hand-drawn animation department ends -- not with a bang, but a whimper. Like a veteran ballplayer continuing to suit up after the onset of arthritis, Home on the Range stumbles in at just over 70 minutes, a pale shadow of the giants that revived the studio's clout in the 1990s. It may feature a handful of plucky cows, but the film was far short of a cash cow, returning only $50 million domestically on its reported $110 million budget. It's not that Home on the Range is bad, so much as colossally unimportant. It's easy to see why Disney rarely strays from fairy tales or other stories in the public domain, because this saga of three cows protecting the farm from Old West archetypes and other varmints is small and flavorless. Save a few angular landscapes and sharply designed characters, the animators seem to have given up on being inventive, knowing that their jobs would not survive this project. Home on the Range does have a wickedly metaphorical undercurrent, as the plot involves the closure of numerous farms and ranches -- the end of the old way of doing things. But Home on the Range would only entertain the youngest tykes even if it had been CG. Seeing as how the film is aimed at such an infantile demographic, it's all the more strange that they slapped a PG rating on what amounts to a totally inoffensive piece of insignificance. Happy trails, Disney, until we meet again -- if we ever do.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
UPC:
0786936243505
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:16:00
Sales rank:
13,857

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new animated short "A Dairy Tale: The Three Little Pigs"; Four deleted scenes with filmmaker intros; Games & activities: Yodel Memory Game, Yodel Maker DVD-ROM, The Joke Corral (deleted jokes); Music video: "Anytime You Need a Friend" performed by the Beu Sisters; "Trailblazers: The Making of Home on the Range"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roseanne Barr Maggie
Judi Dench Mrs. Calloway
Jennifer Tilly Grace
Cuba Gooding Buck the Horse
Randy Quaid Alameda Slim
Steve Buscemi Wesley
Carole Cook Pearl
Richard Riehle Sheriff Sam Brown
Charles Dennis Rico
G.W. Bailey Rusty
Charles Haid Lucky Jack
Estelle Harris Audrey
Joe Flaherty Jeb
Charlie Dell Ollie
Patrick Warburton Patrick
Gov. Ann Richards Annie
Sam Levine Phil Willie,Bill Willie,Gil Willie
Sarah Jessica Parker Pearl
David Burnham Willy
Ja'net DuBois Voice Only
Gregory Jbara Voice Only
Jason Graae Voice Only
Mark Walton Barry the Longhorn,Bob the Longhorn

Technical Credits
Will Finn Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
John Sanford Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Matthew Jon Beck Casting
Tim Chau Set Decoration/Design
David Cutler Art Director,Production Designer
Alice Dewey Goldstone Producer
Mary Hidalgo Casting
Mark Kennedy Original Story
Michael LaBash Original Story
Robert Lence Original Story
Sam Levine Original Story
Alan Mencken Score Composer,Songwriter
Alan Menken Score Composer
H. Lee Peterson Editor
Glenn Slater Songwriter
David J. Steinberg Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "Home on the Range" [2:29]
2. "A Little Patch of Heaven" [3:03]
3. Meet Maggie [2:50]
4. Foreclosure [2:56]
5. Save the Farm [2:30]
6. Grace Notes [1:08]
7. Buck's Dream [1:56]
8. City Slickers [2:51]
9. Bounty Hunting [4:20]
10. Ranch Auction [1:25]
11. Bum Steers [1:39]
12. "Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo" [2:47]
13. Partner or No Partner [4:03]
14. Every Last Acre Counts [2:51]
15. Up for Bid [2:08]
16. Flash Flood [3:20]
17. "Will the Sun Ever Shine Again?" [2:12]
18. Lucky Jack - Desert Sage [3:31]
19. "Home on the Range" Reprise [:30]
20. Wesley Arrives [1:09]
21. Cows Only [1:59]
22. A Simple Plan [3:25]
23. Get Slim! [2:43]
24. Buck's Turn [4:54]
25. To the Rescue [:52]
26. The Showdown [4:23]
27. Home, Sweet Home [1:38]
28. "Wherever the Trail May Lead" (End Credits) [3:29]
29. "Anytime You Need a Friend" [2:50]

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