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Home on the Range

A movie directed by John Sanford and Will Finn

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It's Good, But Nowhere Near Disney's Best

  • Nov 23, 2004
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It took me quite awhile to watch "Home On The Range." I bought it for my daughter not long after it came out, and she has watched it a few times, but I never got around to viewing it. For some reason, it just lacked the appeal of other Disney fare. Well, last night my daughter and I sat down to look at this flick together. About thirty minutes into it, my daughter was called off to go to bed. I was also tired, but I was too caught up in this little Disney movie, so I stayed up late.

I really want to love "Home On The Range" because it has so much going for it. It has some great voices in it thanks to the lovely Jennifer Tilly, Dame Judi Dench, Randy Quaid, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. It had wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and performed by k.d. lang and Bonnie Raitt. There was a neat little storyline and some wild West adventure. The animation was refreshingly "biting"(if that's an accurate term).I really liked those parts of this film.

However, the parts I wasn't so impressed with are what keep me from giving this movie more than three stars. For all of the great voices in this film, the one voice that shrieked and grated me into insanity was that of Roseanne Barr. Her voice(and attitude, I might add)was annoying. She almost ruined this film with her name alone. The second thing that bugged me about this movie was that Menken's lovely songs were hampered by the voice of cowboy-wannabe, Tim McGraw. Why doesn't he just let his wife look pretty and cut some more pop albums? The guy has the emotion of a flounder in his voice.

If you can look beyond those two glaring atrocities in this film, you'll probably enjoy it. It feels more like a direct-to-video/DVD flick than a "major motion picture," but since it is storied to be the last hand-drawn animated feature from Walt's company, it will just have to suffice.

Recommended to families with young children and those who really, really, REALLY love western adventure/comedy.

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review by . October 11, 2004
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"Home on The Range" is, to be blunt, kind of a disaster. The story about a bunch of cow's who try to catch an outlaw for reward money to save their home is an unoriginal idea, but you can even take an unoriginal idea and still have a good movie...provided you found a way to make it fun. "Aladdin" and "Hercules" were not terribly original movies, but the execution for both of them were excellent, which is why those movies are still loved by many people of all age's years after they were finished. …
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A spiky animation style and cowboy yodelling giveHome on the Rangesome charisma. A trio of cows--Maggie (voiced by Roseanne,She-Devil), Mrs. Calloway (Judi Dench,Iris), and Grace (Jennifer Tilly,Bound)--hit the high prairie to track down a cattle rustler named Alameda Slim (Randy Quaid,Kingpin) in hopes that the reward money will save their farm. With the aid of Buck, a horse with heroic ambitions (Cuba Gooding Jr.,Jerry Maguire), the bovine avengers track the villain to his lair and save the day, to the accompaniment of tunes warbled by k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, and Tim McGraw. These songs--composed by Alan Menken (who wrote the music forThe Little MermaidandBeauty and the Beast)--are the movie's strongest element; the characters are largely trumped up to fit a number of weak jokes that reference current pop culture, thus rupturing the movie's Old West world. Still, it looks nifty.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Will Finn, John Sanford
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
Runtime: 76 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Video
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