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Running Time:
1 hour, 26 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some mild peril and rude humor

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An unimaginative but colorful and amusing computer-animated movie for kids.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: "Barnyard Bop" all-new animated music video; Mud music video; Boogying in the barn; Utter talent: voices of Barnyard; An animator's life; Method acting with Kevin James; 7 deleted scenes with optional commentary; Barnyard comic book creator; Commentary by Steve Oedekerk, Paul Marshal and the Barnyard crew; Exclusive games & more!

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals
In this computer generated 3-D animated film the animals behave like people whenever humans are out of sight. They talk, dance, sing, burp, blow bumblebees out of their noses, and cower in fear of wild coyotes. The cows spend most of their time on two legs, which shows off their wobbling udders which appear to be disturbingly tumescent (even the boy cows).

The leading boy cow is Otis (Kevin James "Hitch"), an immature teenage cow who is constantly being nagged by his dad Ben (Sam Elliott "Thank You for Smoking") to take more responsibility. But selfish Otis would rather spend his days partying in the barn with his adolescent buddies.

Taking a cue from Disney's animation formula ( especially "The Lion King"), the story is interrupted every 10 minutes or so by a series of forgettable musical numbers. There's also a bovine romance. It seems Otis is in love with a girl cow (Courtney Cox "Scream") whose farm recently washed away. Their affair goes according to every cliché you've ever seen.

After the recent excellent animated films "Cars" and "Monster House," which each featured relevant messages abetted by clever humor and impressive style, wehave been beseiged by the release of a bunch of noisy, hollow animated adventures like "The Wild," "Doogal" and "The Ant Bully." Children might be entertained, but parents are really shortchanged. This one's strictly for the kids. During my Barnyard screening, a boy who had giggled at every kick, drop, and tumble turned to his mom and asked with sincerity, "Why are you not laughing?" She didn't respond. The kid is Oedekerk's ideal audience member – old enough to chuckle and too young to know better.

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