Barnyard: The Original Party Animals

 
A re-hash of tired cliches and CGI effects.
  • Review Date: December 11, 2006
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Farm animals steal, drink, party, joy-ride, get chased by cops, make fun of humans, and act irresponsibly. The human boys aren't much better.

Violence & scariness

Mean coyotes lurk nearby, threatening the animals and killing Otis' dad. Also, cow-tipping and boy-tipping.

Sexy stuff

Otis has designs on a pregnant cow. Also, the bulls are creepily shaped like linebackers, and they prance around with their udders (say what?) hanging out.

Language

"Oh milk me!" and other words construed as profanities.

Consumerism

Pizza, cell phones, beer, cereal, household items.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Milk is portrayed as alcohol (cows are "drinking" in the car and outside the farmer's window). The farmer is shown drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the "kids" in Barnyard: The Original Party Animals (i.e. Otis and his pals) aren't exactly role models. They gamble, steal, drink (milk, but it's portrayed as alcohol), joy-ride, and say words meant as profanities ("Oh, milk me!"). And when some mischievous boys go out "cow-tipping" at night (sneaking into pastures and tipping cows over while they're sleeping), Otis and his buddies take revenge by sneaking into the boy's room, tipping him out of bed, then laughing at him. Crude scenes involve farting, burping, and defecating. Also, the bulls in this movie are drawn with udders, a genetic impossibility unless you're in a Salvador Dali painting. Spoiler alert: There are some tense moments when Otis' father dies at the hands of murderous coyotes after his son ignores the elder cow's wisdom and goes off to party. A burial is held.

What's the story?

The animals in the barnyard take a Vegas approach to life, i.e. what happens in the barnyard, stays in the barnyard...or...does it? When the lights go out in the farmer's house, that's the animals' cue to party down. The barn transforms into a nightclub, complete with gambling, a bar, music, dancing, and mechanical \"man-ride\". Enjoying every minute of fun is carefree bull Otis (Kevin James). But Otis' dad, Ben (Sam Elliott), and an old mule, Miles (Danny Glover), think he needs to be more discreet about the fact that animals are smarter than humans. Ben goes over the rules once again (all of which Otis breaks): 1) No swimming in the pool; 2) No watching TV through the farmhouse window; and 3) Standing on two legs is only permitted when humans are nowhere in sight. When Ben suddenly goes the way of all loving parents in family movies (he dies!), Otis finds himself in charge of the barnyard. Will he grow up and be a leader? Or will he use his newfound power for more tricks and cowfoolery?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Compared to other CGI movies, the animation seems flat and the humor dated. Most of the jokes about humans' ill-conceived notions of the animal world seem lifted from Toy Story. And the "father dies leaving the kid in charge" storyline is straight out of The Lion King. Although this movie has a few funny moments (you can see them in the trailers), a little originality would have gone a long way.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Otis and his pals should have acted. Were they right to go out partying when their elders told them not to? How soon can kids start taking responsibility for their actions? Why is it important for kids to listen to their parents? And would this movie have had a different outcome if Otis had acted responsibly right from the beginning?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 4, 2006
DVD release date:December 12, 2006
Cast:Andie MacDowell, Courteney Cox, Danny Glover, Kevin James, Sam Elliott
Director:Steve Oedekerk
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Horses and farm animals
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild peril and rude humor.

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Written byAnonymous September 7, 2014
age 5+
 

So-so barnyard comedy is silly and uneven. Young kids only.

My rating:PG for rude humor and mild action
Kid, 12 years old May 22, 2011
age 7+
 

An overall good movie for tweens!

Yes, it is a good movie in my opinion. It is very funny and entertaining. I rate this title iffy for ages 7-9. The reason for this is because: First of all, a character dies of a coyote attack, which is really sad. It made me cry when I first watched it. At the end Otis fights the coyotes and gets injured along the way. A farmer is shown drinking and has a drunk face. Otis is in love with another cow which is pregnant. At the end the baby comes out. Obviously no sensitive parts are shown. Even though she is an animal, but still. A character gets worried that the baby might get stuck while coming out. There is also a mouse who likes another cow. Strange right? Anyway, this movie is best reserved for tweens and maybe even some teens.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old August 2, 2009
age 7+
 
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Adult Written bynduns July 9, 2015
age 8+
 

I can't believe I used to like this

First of all, this movie's cheap animations and the logical fallacies of the cow designs are the least of its problems. Oh no, this movie is obnoxious. Most of the characters are annoying and a lot of the humor feels like it tries too hard at times. There are only a few things that still hold up for me. First of all, Wild Mike is a pretty awesome character if only due to the fact that he doesn't talk and isn't a defined creature. Secondly, when this movie actually gets serious, it works. The scene where Ben Sings 'Won't Back Down' and dies is easily my favorite part of this film. It has great atmosphere that just sends chills down my spine and the fight itself is really well-done. And the final showdown, okay, not as impressive but still good. I just wish more of the movie could have been like that as those are the only good moments of this film. Still, this is better than the show, which pretty much doomed itself by removing the only likable characters from the cast.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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