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Barnyard (2006)



Critic Consensus: Unimaginative and unfunny, this tale of barnyard mischief borders on 'udder' creepiness and adds little to this summer's repertoire of animated films.

Movie Info

A cow learns to walk like a man, both literally and figuratively, in this computer-animated comedy written and directed by Steve Oedekerk, the creator of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Ben (voice of Sam Elliott) is a cow who for years has been the leader and sober voice of reason among the animals at a farm where the critters are a bit unusual -- they can walk on two legs, talk, swim, and act like humans, though they have the good sense to avoid doing these things while humans are around. Ben has long dreamed that his son Otis (voice of Kevin James) would someday take over his duties on the farm, but Otis is a carefree and irresponsible type who would rather party with his friends and hang out with his girlfriend, Daisy (voice of Courteney Cox). Ben and his friend Miles (voice of Danny Glover), a wise and patient mule, wonder if Otis will ever make anything of himself, while Dasiy's best friend, Bessy (voice of Wanda Sykes), is convinced she can do better. However, one night Otis decides to do something about an obnoxious kid who enjoys tipping his fellow cows, and for the first time in his life he gets a taste of leadership -- and he likes it. Barnyard also features the voice talents of Andie MacDowell, Maria Bamford, and Maurice LaMarche. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for some mild peril and rude humor)
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Oedekerk
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 12, 2006
Box Office: $72.6M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Jeff Garcia
as Pip the Mouse
Cam Clarke
as Freddy
John DiMaggio
as Bud/Officer O'Hanlon
Nathaniel Stroman
as Root the Rooster
Steve Oedekerk
as Snotty Boy/Mr. Beady...
Maria Bamford
as Mrs. Beady
Laraine Newman
as Snotty Boy's Friend ...
Katie Leigh
as Snotty Boy's Friend ...
Jill Talley
as Snotty Boy's Mother
Joni Allen
as Singer
Leigh French
as Additional Barnyard ...
William Clavert
as Additional Barnyard ...
Julianne Buescher
as Additional Barnyard ...
Audrey Wasilewski
as Additional Barnyard ...
Philip Proctor
as Additional Barnyard ...
Archie Hahn III
as Additional Barnyard ...
Chad Einbinder
as Additional Barnyard ...
Keith Anthony Lubow-...
as Additional Barnyard ...
Claudette Wells
as Additional Barnyard ...
Lynne Marie Stewart
as Additional Barnyard ...
Christine Mellor
as Additional Barnyard ...
Justin Moran Shenkar...
as Additional Barnyard ...
Jacqueline Piņol
as Additional Barnyard ...
Nika Futterman
as Additional Barnyard ...
Julianne Buescher
as Additional Barnyard ...
Claudette Wells
as Additional Barnyard ...
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Critic Reviews for Barnyard

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (31)

The laughs subside near the end as the requisite moral kicks in, but this is still that rare kids' movie I'd recommend to parents and nonparents alike.

Full Review… | May 18, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Loud, raucous and dispiritingly unfunny.

Full Review… | October 19, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It shouldn't be surprising that writer-director Steve Oedekerk, the man responsible for Kung Pow! Enter The Fist and the second Ace Ventura movie, considers single-celled organisms as he shoots for the lowest common denominator.

Full Review… | August 12, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Don't the filmmakers know there are children watching -- and listening?

August 12, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A shockingly crass grab for holiday pocket money that's both infantile and endlessly patronising.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

A re-hash of tired cliches and CGI effects.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Barnyard

This was a fun idea and a very good movie. me and my daughter laughed the whole way through. Now of course the biggest problem with the movie is the fact that Otis a male COW. . yeah ..

John Manard

Super Reviewer

This was really depressing actually. It only focused on death and loss and no fun moments were in this movie. It had fun characters but when it came to story this made me either scared or depressed.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


the film had a great plot great drama, and the actors were all perfect in this film

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Barnyard Quotes

Mrs. Beady: There is a cow outside.
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)
Mrs. Beady: Don't think I can't call again, Gary!
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)
Eddy the Cow: We're gonna die!
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)
Eddy the Cow: Mommy! MOO-mmy! [Cries]
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)

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