Monday, 10 November 2014

Barnyard Review


Release Date: 21st September 2006 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
O Entertainment

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 90 minutes

Budget: $51,000,000

Box Office Gross: $116,476,887 

Plot Summary
When the farmer's away, all 
the animals play ... and sing, 
and dance. Eventually, though, 
someone has to step in and 
run things, a responsibility 
that ends up going to Otis, 
a carefree cow.

Voice Cast
Kevin James - Otis
David Koechner - Dag
Jeff Garcia - Pip
Courtney Cox - Daisy
Wanda Sykes - Bessy
Sam Elliott - Ben
Danny Glover - Miles
Rob Paulsen - Peck/Pizza
Twin #1
Tino Insana - Pig
Cam Clarke - Freddy the
Dom Irrera - Duke
Andie MacDowell - Etta
Madeline Lovejoy - Maddy
S. Scott Bullock - Eddy
Maurice LaMarche - Igg
John DiMaggio - Bud/Officer
O' Hanlen
Maria Bamford - Mrs. Beady
Steve Oedekerk - Snotty Boy/
Mr. Beady/Pizza Twin #2
Fred Tatasciore - Farmer

Writer/Producer/Director -
Steve Oedekerk
Producers - Pam Marsden and 
Paul Marshal
Production Designer/Art
Director - Phillip A. Cruden 
Lead Animation Supervisor - 
David Andrews
Film Editors - Paul D. Calder
and Billy Weber
Music - John Debney

BARNYARD is an extremely weird kiddie-loose comedy. Created by the same makers that did JIMMY NEUTRON. I found BARNYARD to be a product of shame from the network and a disappointment for the film's creators. Throughout the movie on its 90 minute duration, a number of mediocre aspects really let this film down. The computer animation is so low-budget and makes you wonder why the creator wanted the male cows to have utters to be funny since it's not in their biology. The storytelling is un-original in the sense when some of its themes were cut or taken from Disney's THE LION KING (click here), for example, its overarching theme to grow up and be more responsible; the main character's (Otis) carefree lifestyle is similar to Simba's. For me, this film was an uninteresting comedy with a most unconvincing set of jokes (save for some of the ones like the part where the cows do "boy tipping").

I almost didn't recognise some of the film's characters but I now know that Kevin James, Danny Glover and Sam Elliott were three of the main voices on the film. I already knew Wanda Sykes was in the film, this was known to be her third voice role. How unfortunate that it could not have been a more successful animated comedy. 

I recommend you not watch this film, if you have a high expectation as it does not come close to the standards. It's mooore of a younger audience appeal and you must bury the movie under a haystack. I have not watched the TV show, after seeing this movie, I don't want to watch its episodes.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

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