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At Theaters: 8/4/2006 On Video: 12/12/2006
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 30 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 469973
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Otis is a carefree party cow who enjoys singing, dancing and playing tricks on humans. Unlike his father Ben, the respected patriarch of the farm, and Miles, the wise old mule, Otis is unconcerned about keeping the animals' humanlike talents a secret. But when suddenly put in the position of responsibility, the "udderly" irresponsible cow finds the courage to be a leader.
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Animated Comedy - This is an animated film aimed toward a kid audience. There are some sophisticated and crude gags, but on the whole this is one for the kids. There are some intense moments of animal attack, however, that may be strong for the very young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Kevin James (Voice of Otis)
Courteney Cox (Voice of Daisy)
Sam Elliott (Voice of Ben)
Danny Glover (Voice of Miles)
Wanda Sykes (Voice of Bessy)
Andie MacDowell (Voice of Etta)
Jeff Garcia (Voice of Pip)
Dir/Prod/Wri: Steve Oedekerk BRUCE ALMIGHTY, ACE VENTURA, PATCH ADAMS
Producer: Paul Marshal KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST
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About The Film
About The Characters
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: None.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief partial rear nudity.
VIOLENCE: Coyotes attack and fight with animals.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Fights and chases.
COMEDY: Sily wisecracks, slapstick, and sight gags.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average You won't be upset or disappointed -- in a major way -- by going to see this cheerful movie, it just won't make you walk away feeling you've just witnessed anything unique or terribly special. And while the computer-generated animation is fine, it too doesn't give us anything we haven't seen before.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average There's some serious gender-bending going on in Nickelodeon's latest animated venture. Barnyard just might be the Transamerica of computer-generated family films. It's a sweet and mildly funny movie that will entertain young audiences, but one aspect is utterly mystifying: The two main characters, father and son bovine creatures, have large, distracting udders.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 82 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
27
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M/F)
7
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
4
About 50/50
100%
30+Adults (M)
16
High
94%
30+Adults (F)
25
Fairly High
96%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 82 moviegoers:"Barn Yard" is unlikely to be a major hit like "Shrek," but it's an average to above average movie for adults and certainly enjoyed by children and young teens. The lack of any real low opinions from adults allows me to recommend "Barn Yard" as a great movie for the entire family. Everyone should enjoy it, at least to some degree.


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Down on the farm, the farmer thinks he's in charge, keeping all the animals safe and sound. But when the farmer is out of sight, the lookout sheep shouts "Clear!” and all of the barnyard animals spring up on two legs, walk, talk, watch TV, and orchestrate outrageous practical jokes.

For Otis the cow, that last one is the most important. He and his best friends – Pip the mouse, Freddy the ferret, Peck the rooster, and Pig the pig – are world-class pranksters and always in the mood for a laugh. Otis is in a state of arrested development and quite happy that way.

Otis's dad, Ben, is the cow who makes sure the farm is running on all cylinders. Each morning, Ben leads a meeting to take care of farm business and to issue warnings about their common enemy, the coyotes. (It's a position that Ben takes seriously: "As long as I'm still kickin',” he says, "no animal will be harmed inside that fence!”) Ben wants Otis to grow up and take responsibility.

Much to Ben's chagrin, Otis's main project comes to life every evening. As soon as the Farmer hits lights out, the barn is transformed into Party Central. On this night, there's even a pretty new cow, Daisy – Otis hams it up for her, and she can't help but be attracted to his fun-loving personality.

That world is not for Ben. He's outside, guarding the fence and protecting the farm from the coyotes. When Otis explains to Ben that being on watch isn't "his thing.” Ben responds: "Otis, a strong man stands up for himself, a stronger man stands up for others.”

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.

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