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Home on the Range

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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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"
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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.
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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: 9/14/2004
  • UPC: 786936243505
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:16:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,782

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roseanne Barr Voice Only
Judi Dench Voice Only
Jennifer Tilly Voice Only
Cuba Gooding Jr. Voice Only
Randy Quaid Voice Only
Steve Buscemi Voice Only
Carole Cook Voice Only
Richard Riehle Voice Only
Charles Dennis Voice Only
G.W. Bailey Voice Only
Charles Haid Voice Only
Estelle Harris Voice Only
Joe Flaherty Voice Only
Charlie Dell Voice Only
Patrick Warburton Voice Only
Gov. Ann Richards Voice Only
Sam Levine Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Sarah Jessica Parker Voice Only
David Burnham Voice Only
Ja'net DuBois Voice Only
Gregory Jbara Voice Only
Jason Graae Voice Only
Mark Walton Voice Only, Voice Only
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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Mooooovie
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Introduction
         Heroes, Villains & Cows
         Slim for President
         Coyote Chase
         Meet Lucky Jack
         Play All
      Music Video: "Anytime You Need a Friend" by the Beu Sisters
      Games & Activities
         The Joke Corral
            Hear a Joke
               What Do You Call a Pig on a Hot Day?
               What Do You Get When You Cross a Cow With an Octopus?
               What Do You Call Pigs That Live in Harmony?
               What Do You Get When You Feed a Cow Dynamite?
               What Could Be Worse Than a Cattle Rustler?
               How Do Farmers Count Their Cows?
               What Do You Get if You Cross a Cow With a Jackhammer?
               What Did the Turkey Say at Thanksgiving?
               What Do You Get if a Chicken Lays an Egg on the Roof?
               Did You Hear the One About the Cows That Walked Into a Barn?
               How Did the Pig Save His Bacon?
               What Did the Cheddar Say to the Swiss?
               Why Did the Horse Jump Out of Bed?
               What Did the Baby Chick Call the Stingy Farmer?
               What Kind of Milk Do You Get From a Skinny Cow?
               Why Did the Chicken Jump in the Soup?
               Why Do Pigs Have Corkscrew Tails?
               Where Do Folks Get Half and Half?
            Herd of Jokes (Play All)
            Tell Your Own Joke
         Yodel Mania!
            Yodel Memory Game
            YodelMentary
            Yodel Maker
      Backstage Disney
         Audio Commentary
            Alice Dewey - Producer, Will Finn - Writer/Director, John Sanford - Writer/Director: On
            Alice Dewey - Producer, Will Finn - Writer/Director, John Sanford - Writer/Director: Off
         Trailblazers: The Making of Home on the Range
         Art Review
      Bonus Short: A Dairy Tale - The Three Little Pigs
      Register Your DVD
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English
         French
      Captions
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Captions: None
      THX
         Audio Tests
         Video Tests
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Aladdin Special Edition
      The Magical World of Winnie the Pooh
      Mulan Special Edition
      Pooh's Heffalump Movie
      Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
      Disney's Toontown Online
      Home on the Range Soundtrack
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Disney's best, but definitely worth your time

    While _Home on the Range_ isn't a sweeping epic like _Mulan_ or ground-breaking like _Beauty and the Beast_, it is a fun, fast-paced film that will hold the attention of children and parents alike. And who can't use some pure, fluffly entertainment along side the stuff to make you think? The story concerns three cows, Mrs. Caloway, Grace, and Maggie, who must find a way to save their home, Little Patch of Heaven, from the auction block. As luck would have it, the exact amount they need is the bounty on the most ruthless cattle rustle in the county, Alameda Slim (voice with great gusto and finesse by Randy Quaid). Going against bounty hunter Ricco and his borrowed hero-wannabe horse, Buck (Cuba Gooding Jr), our three heronies set out the get the bad guy. Plenty of action, beautifully rendered artwork (the scenic stuff is pure magic), and quirky characters (the three little pigs are especially fun -- and they get their own special treatment in a bonus short on the DVD!). A must have for any Disney library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    funny

    this is a really great movie. it's so funny and fun to watch. i think the whole entire families that watch it would love it.

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