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



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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, Rovi

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Cam Clarke
as Freddy
John DiMaggio
as Bud/Officer O'Hanlon
Nathaniel Stroman
as Root the Rooster
Steve Oedekerk
as Snotty Boy/Mr. Beady/Snotty Boy's Father
Maria Bamford
as Mrs. Beady
Laraine Newman
as Snotty Boy's Friend No. 1
Katie Leigh
as Snotty Boy's Friend No. 2
Jill Talley
as Snotty Boy's Mother
Joni Allen
as Singer
Leigh French
as Additional Barnyard Voice
William Clavert
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Julianne Buescher
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Nicholas Guest
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Audrey Wasilewski
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Phil Proctor
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Archie Hahn III
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Chad Einbinder
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Keith Anthony Lubow-Bellamy
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Claudette Wells
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Lynne Marie Stewart
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Christine Mellor
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Justin Moran Shenkarow
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Jacqueline Piñol
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Nika Futterman
as Additional Barnyard Voice
Eddie Frierson
as Additional Barnyard Voice
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Critic Reviews for Barnyard

All Critics (97) | 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.

May 18, 2010 | Full Review…

This could be the film that snaps everyone's patience with Hollywood animations which have a Dell computer chip where their heart should be.

Oct 21, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Loud, raucous and dispiritingly unfunny.

Oct 19, 2006 | Full Review…
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.

Aug 12, 2006 | Rating: D
AV Club
Top Critic

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

Aug 12, 2006

Could qualify as a case study in just how quickly and thoroughly computer-animated studio releases have declined to a state of inspiration-depleted, assembly-line anthropomorphism.

Aug 4, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Barnyard

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
Jim Careter

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

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Full of depth, emotion and hilarious jokes, barnyard is like a Disney film except for funnier and more moving. And better. Nice little side twists, and good animation as well.

Kyle Fowler
Kyle Fowler

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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
John Manard

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