Home on the Range

2004

Home on the Range

Critics Consensus

Though Home on the Range is likeable and may keep young children diverted, it's one of Disney's more middling titles, with garish visuals and a dull plot.

53%

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Total Count: 128

29%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 32,225
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Set in a fanciful version of the untamed West, a musical comedy about what takes place when a group of underdog animal charters face dangerous odds and band together to achieve a common goal. A greedy yodeling outlaw named Alameda Slim schemes to take possession of the "Patch of Heaven" dairy farm from its kindly owner Pearl. Unwilling to stand by and see their idyllic way of life threatened, three determined cows, a karate-kicking stallion named Buck, and a colorful corral of critters join forces to save the farm in a wild quest, full of high-spirited adventure. Braving bad men and the rugged western landscape, this unlikely assortment of animals risk their hides and match wits with a mysterious bounty hunter named Rico in a high stakes race to capture Slim and collect the reward money.

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Critic Reviews for Home on the Range

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (60)

Audience Reviews for Home on the Range

  • Aug 10, 2012
    Disney Movie #15: Home on the Range Although it's funny and solid entertainment for small children, it's cliched plot and dull characters makes this film a bore for most. Although the voice acting is done decently, the characters and their personality does not cut it. Home on the Range may be a fun filled ride for kids, but it won't measure up to films such as The Great Mouse Detective, nevermind the absoloute classics.
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Funny, but has no appeal at all to adults. It was cute for kids, but in the end this movie will be forgotten.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2011
    Even after adjusting expectations accordingly based on word of mouth and the sheer fact I haven't gotten around to seeing Home on the Range, this Disney effort is...middling isn't the right word. Uninspired. Dull. Lifeless. Trying WAY too hard. You can see various pieces which might have worked in a better script, but nothing gels the way it should. The expected adventures for the cows never transpire while the characters are actually character types instead of "people" we care about. No one on the screen is at all memorable, the songs without punch and the running time barely hits 70 minutes when the end credits are removed. Home on the Range needs to go back to the design stage to flesh out the plot, add more dynamics with the characters and to retool. As it is, there's nothing to recommend. At least The Black Cauldron was a noble failure.
    Jason V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2011
    7th of the Competition Era When compared to previous studio outings, "Home on the Range" really lacks in terms of animation. The character designs are not the worst, but they have a flat look to them that only gets worse because the cg around them makes them look even more flat. The film's cg does not mesh well and with the amount used it's fairly noticeable that Disney already wanted to leave traditional animation behind. The film does provide some nice coloring, and the movement isn't to bad but it's minor successes are badly over shadowed. This film provides animation that could best be described as quite possibly the best Disney straight to video animation, only it was theatrical. This film provides a score that isn't too bad, and will make one feel like they're watching a Western for kids. The songs are decent as well and won't annoy anyone, but it isn't anything special and won't stay in mind long. Roseanne Barr plays a cow named Maggie, she has some fun moments that are humorous and works well enough as a protagonist for the audience to care for her. Judi Dench and Jennifer Tilly voice the two cows (Mrs. Calloway and Grace respectively) that come along with Maggie on her quest to save their farm, they work pretty well and never annoy or agitate the audience. Racing against the heroines to capture the bad guy is Buck, a stallion voiced by Cuba Gooding Jr. who is pretty funny, but comes off as a talkative version of other silent horses in animated films that were meant to be humorous. Randy Quaid performs well as the film's antagonist Alameda Slim, who acts like a stereotypical evil cowboy, which was of course the intention. The rest of the cast does a pretty good job and will not tire the older audience out. It's plot is not the most original but it doesn't matter much considering this is meant to be a parody on Western films. The heroines must save their farm because the owner is about to lose it, so they go after an outlaw to get the money and the protagonist Maggie wants revenge because of a previous encounter with him. On the whole it has a lot of laughs... if you're a fan of Westerns, if not one might feel bored throughout it. It's not perfect even for Western fans though considering that some of it's jokes are really more for the young then for the adults, and those are pretty annoying. "Home on the Range" is a strange film, while enjoyable for the fans of Westerns it can get tedious for them at times, but it is serviceable enough to pass the time with a child without being too annoying or tiresome. Up Next: The sky is falling, it's crushed Hand Drawn animation, this era, and worse yet decency.
    DOCTOR P Super Reviewer

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