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When the farmer's back is turned, the animals party down inBarnyard. A young cow named Otis (voiced by Kevin James,The King of Queens) loves to have fun at the farm's wild late-night hoe-downs, despite the disapproval of his father, Ben (Sam Elliott,Thank You for Smoking). When Ben dies defending the barnyard from marauding coyotes, Otis is chosen as the new leader--but responsibility sits uneasily on Otis' head and he fears he may not be able to protect his friends from the coyotes.Barnyard's design of the cows seems inspired by Gary Larson'sThe Far Sidecomics; though the style is simple, the characters are surprisingly expressive. From moment to moment, the movie is reasonably entertaining. The actors--including Courteney Cox, Danny Glover, and David Koechner (Anchorman) as a very menacing coyote--do solid voice work and there are plenty of amusing gags. But asBarnyardgallops towards its end, the combination of cliches (the story is a clumsy reworking ofThe Lion King), odd choices (the male cows have udders), and lackluster dialogue makes the movie sag.--Bret Fetzer
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CastDanny Glover, Sam Elliott, Kevin James, Wanda Sykes, Courteney Cox
DirectorSteve Oedekerk
Screen WriterSteve Oedekerk
DVD Release Date:  December 12, 2006
Runtime:  90 minutes
Studio:  Paramount
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review by . April 25, 2013
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Decent Enough For Kids, Adults May Not Get Past The Goofiness
If you could go back to 2006, you’d find yourself smack dab in the middle of the talking animal computer generated feature film era.  Blue Sky was riding high on the Ice Age films, DreamWorks had Madagascar & Over the Hedge, Sony had Open Season and even Disney wanted in with The Wild.  Nickelodeon/ Paramount Pictures wanted in on the action and that leads us to Barnyard- The Original Party Animals.       I suppose the only way to begin this review is …
review by . February 09, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
The first thing you need to know about BARNYARD all the cows in the movie have udders, including the males. That's right, even the bulls have udders (except for the bull that rides the man-riding machine--he's the only male cow who even looks like a bull). Director Steve Oedekerk has said that he wanted all the cows, even the males, to have udders because he thought it was incredibly funny. The idea is kind of humorous, but after a moment the juvenile joke loses its humor and the gag seems incredibly …
review by . February 08, 2007
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, …
review by . December 14, 2006
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Apart from borrowing liberally from the basic premise of the Lion King (an orphaned cow goes from party animal to protector, that even includes a pivotal scene when the father paints the child's destiny in the stars), this film attempts to be about fathers and sons, but the filmmakers appear to have been uneasy with a literal depiction of male bovines (i.e. bulls). So they compromised by making even the males into cows (they even called themselves cows), complete with udders and absent other distinguishing …
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