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Barnyard: The Original Party Animals

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals

Director:Steve Oedekerk
Cast:Kevin James, Courteney Cox, Sam Elliott, Danny Glover, Miles the Mule, Wanda Sykes, Andie MacDowell
Release Date:2006
Genre:Comedy, Family, Animation

By Joe MacLeod | Posted 8/9/2006

The feel-good, xenophobic, transgendered-cattle family flick of the year, seriously, more than a little confusing here, what with the animated anatomy on the male bovines, who are all sporting magnificent jiggly udder four-packs, but maybe since it's a family animated feature, and they only had the rubbery teats protruding from the femme beefs, it would be indecent? Whatever, everybody loves nipples, and it's summertime and the viewing is stupid and silly and slapstick and redneck, as Ben the cow (Sam Elliott of the "Beef: It's Whut's Fer Dinner" series of commercials and The Big Lebowski) is defending the perimeter of the titular property against coyotes and wishing his young charge Otis (Kevin James) would stop goofing around the salt lick with his party-animal pals and get serious. Well, sure, the cow pie hits the fan, and we got a suitable plot to carry us through the rest of this oddball funny-animal entertainment. Also, think hard when bringing your littlest little critters to this picture show because these days when the MPAA tells you a movie is "Rated PG for some mild peril and rude humor," the "mild peril" in this instance is a somewhat unsubtle scene featuring an animal being set upon by a large pack of scary canines and definitely nightmare material for the kiddies while the adults are worrying about the security of Our Nation's borders.

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