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Barnyard

  • Animation
  • Family
  • 2006
  • Steve Oedekerk
  • 85 mins
  • PG

Summary

Animated comedy featuring the voices of Kevin James and Courteney Cox. While party loving cow Otis is out enjoying himself at a late-night barn dance, his father Ben is killed trying to protect the hen-house from an attack by coyotes. Reluctantly elected the farm's new leader, Otis begins to face up to his responsibilities, helped by pregnant cow Daisy.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This CGI cartoon seems like a cross between The Lion King and the skewed world of Gary Larson's Far Side cartoons, where animals stand up and talk whenever humans aren't looking. Kevin James voices fun-loving male cow Otis (yes, a male cow!), who must face up to his manly responsibility when his father (Sam Elliott, who does a mean Johnny Cash impression at one point) is killed by coyotes. Writer/director Steve Oedekerk, better known for his live-action films Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, brings a strong cinematic sensibility to the proceedings, and Barnyard brims with often laugh-out-loud sight gags and one-liners. Younger children may be a little disturbed by the violence and the movie's dark undertones, while the more literal-minded will just feel confused by the film's muddled biology: all the cows, male and female alike, have udders.

Credits

Cast

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OtisKevin James
DaisyCourteney Cox
BenSam Elliott
MilesDanny Glover
BessyWanda Sykes
EttaAndie MacDowell
PipJeff Garcia
PigTino Insana
Mrs BeadyMaria Bamford

Crew

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DirectorSteve Oedekerk

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2006-10-20
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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