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Barnyard - The Original Party Animals

A movie directed by Steve Oedekerk

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[3.5]--You just might be amuse by this.

  • Feb 8, 2007
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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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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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Director: Steve Oedekerk
Screen Writer: Steve Oedekerk
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
Runtime: 90 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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