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Home on the Range (2004)

Bust a Moo.

Directed by:

John Sanford

Will Finn

Rating: 4/10

Running Time: 76 minutes

US Certificate: PG UK Certificate: U

Country: United States

And with that, it was all over. Sixty-seven years after Walt Disney first dazzled cinema audiences the world over with ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’, the Mouse-Corp has brought its days of 2D animation clunking to an end with a 76-minute film about cows. Seriously, it’s enough to make you cry.

With CGI success stories like Finding Nemo and Shrek now ruling the animation roost, Disney chief Michael Eisner says old school cell toons are officially past it. After watching a lame production like ‘Home on the Range’, you might well find yourself agreeing with him. But no – don’t let them pull the wool over your eyes. Disney are wimping out. It’s not the style of animation that has caused all of their recent non-Pixar efforts to flop. It’s everything else. It’s the writing, it’s the stories, it’s the music. Those are the things that the Pixar movies get right and films like ‘Home on the Range’ have been getting horribly wrong. The sad thing is, instead of correcting those problems and bringing in some fresh talent to rectify matters, Disney are taking the coward’s way out and pulling the plug. Shame on Disney. Shame on Eisner. Shame on all of them.

Anyway, ranting aside, I suppose I should give a brief synopsis of what this uninspiring little cartoon is all about. Things kick-off at the Patch of Heaven dairy farm, where all is rosy for people and animals alike – that is until the bank start demanding 750 big ones or they’ll put the whole place up for auction. So the three pluckiest bovines (voiced by Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench and Jennifer Tilly) take it upon themselves to try and raise the cash by capturing wanted cattle-rustler Alameda Slim (Randy Quaid) and claiming the reward money.

The very youngest of kiddies should find it just about entertaining enough to hold their attention, but parents should prepare themselves for 76 minutes of checking their watches and staring at the walls. It’s actually quite depressing to think how rapidly Disney’s 2-D output has gone downhill since the likes of ‘Aladdin’, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. I mean, seriously – an adventure story where the heroes are COWS?? Unfortunately, that’s just nowhere near good enough. What a load of bull.

It's Got: Three little pigs and a billy-goat gruff.

It Needs: To cut out the yodelling and give us some proper, fun, tunes.

Summary

Disney’s once-great 2-D machine bows out with a whimper.

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3 Comments

  1. Bee
    Posted March 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    I have to dissagree with this review. I watched this movie first when I was 10 and absolutely loved it. My Mum who is in her thirties loved it aswell, and she definatly din’t sit there for an hour staring at her watch.
    As for the music, its set in the wild west, yeah people out there do yodel. And as for your comment about there being loads of yodelling. I didnt hear any in “(you aint) home on the range” or “little patch of heaven” or “will the sun ever shine again”. There are several songs in this movie and he only yodels in one of them which Alamedar repeats once or twice.
    As for the storyline, I think disney actually made this one quite creatively. What are you predjudice against cows or something, its ok when its about a bunch of cats tryin to find a way home, but hell with it when its cows. They aren’t allowed an adventure????
    I’ll be honest, it isnt as good as the lion king and the little mermaid. But it sure has more action. I mean all of the other movies are way over emotional and disney thought that it would be nice not to write a mushy love story for once.
    But i do deep down love this movie, its got what the film buisness needs. More western movies that don’t revolve around people shooting each other. ¬¬
    Anyway thats my comment anyway.

  2. Julia
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    I agree with this review. The only recent disney (not pixar) movie that did it right was the princess and the frog, but even THAT cant compaire to pixar movies like toy story.

  3. tom
    Posted July 11, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    I too have to say I was deeply disappointed that this movie seemed to get ZERO TLC from Disney and therefore from the public.THis is a beautifully made animated NEW CLASSIC and as good as anything Disney has done in the last 10-15 years. It’s a shame people (ie critics) already had the sites set on discrediting this movie before it even hit the theaters.I for one REALLY LIKE this movie!

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