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Home on the Range (2004)

To save their farm, the resident animals go bounty hunting for a notorious outlaw.

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Rusty, the Dog (voice)
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Maggie (voice)
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Piggy (voice)
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Wesley (voice)
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Pearl Gesner (voice)
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Ollie, the Pig (voice)
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Mrs. Caloway (voice)
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Rico (voice)
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Larry, the Duck (voice)
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Jeb, the Goat (voice)
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Buck (voice)
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Lucky Jack (voice)
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Junior, the Buffalo (voice)
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The Willie Brothers (voice) (as Sam J. Levine)
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Storyline

Alameda Slim, a wanted cattle rustler, uses an alias to buy up properties all over western Nebraska, and his next target is the Patch of Heaven dairy farm, where the widow owner cares more for her 'family' of yard animals than she does for profit. She just doesn't have the cash to keep in business or to prevent Slim from taking her farm. The animals, mainly carefree youngsters, are unable to help, however, three cows of very different temperaments rise to the desperate occasion and set out to do battle for their dream home. They team up with the sheriff's megalomaniac horse and any other animal who can possibly help, even a crazy lucky rabbit and an invincible buffalo. Written by TS

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farm | rustler | dairy farm | cattle | cow | See All (101) »

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"Beef Thief" See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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2 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sweating Bullets  »

Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,880,771 (USA) (4 April 2004)

Gross:

$50,030,461 (USA)
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Trivia

This film earned its "PG" rating due to one of Maggie's lines about her udders ("Yeah, they're real. Quit staring.") See more »

Goofs

With the Willy brother sitting in front of Slim's map, Little Patch of Heaven doesn't show up, ever, until Slim moves the character out of the way. The outline of Little Patch of Heaven should show up, for instance, while the camera is pointing straight at the boy's face, however, it's not there. See more »

Quotes

Maggie: I got it! Why don't we go nab that Alameda Slim and use the reward money to save the farm?
Mrs. Calloway: Oh, that *is* a sensible idea.
Maggie: I knew you'd love it!
Mrs. Calloway: Don't they have sarcasm where you come from?
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Crazy Credits

At the end, it fades in on the brown background used for the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Blockbuster Buster: Robots (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Patch Of Heaven
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Performed by k.d. lang
k.d. lang appears Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Ineffective, almost humourless, and not so well written Disney fare
7 January 2009 | by (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

It has been nearly five years since the release of this recent traditionally animated Disney flick, made in a CGI-dominated time, and I definitely didn't even hear about it at the time of its release. It clearly didn't turn out to be a box office smash, which is probably why I never heard about it (unlike "The Incredibles", the hugely successful CGI-animated feature released the same year), and I don't think I knew about it until I saw it mentioned in a book about animated films a couple years ago. After seeing "Home on the Range", I can definitely see why it tanked.

In the old west, Maggie, Mrs. Calloway, and Grace are three cows, all with very different traits, who live on a dairy farm in Nebraska called Patch of Heaven, owned by an elderly widow named Pearl Gesner. Pearl owes a lot of money, which she unfortunately can't pay, so it appears she will soon lose her farm, and it will be auctioned off! So, the three cows decide to set out to try and save their home. They must track down an outlaw, a cattle rustler named Alameda Slim, who uses a false identity to claim many properties in the state, and hypnotizes cows with his yodeling! On their adventure, they meet others on the same mission, to try and stop Alameda Slim, and due to the different traits of the three cows, they don't always get along, with conflict between Maggie and Mrs. Calloway, which obviously won't make it easier!

Others have already mentioned the lacklustre plot of this film, and I'm going to have to agree wholeheartedly. The plot pretty much completely failed to interest me, since it's very simple and forgettable, and the real lack of humour doesn't help. I only rarely found amusing moments, and kept a straight face for almost the entire thing. For example, there's some weak slapstick, which may appeal to kids, but probably not many others. I found that the funniest parts involved Alameda Slim's dimwitted nephews, parts such as them not being able to recognise their uncle after they've seen him put his simple disguise on, but they are very minor characters. Not only is the plot forgettable, so are the gags and most of the characters. Basically, the film was put together fairly simply, and probably could have been more focused. I found myself indifferent to pretty much everything about it, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

It looks like this film marked the end of a very long era, the era of traditionally animated theatrical Disney movies, which began in 1937 with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and went on with the company long after Walt Disney's death in 1966. Through those decades, so many classics were made in the franchise, so it's unfortunate that they couldn't finish with a much more noteworthy picture. Instead, they finished with a dull one, one which is probably much more appealing to kids than adults, unlike probably most of them, which can be fun for all ages. "Home on the Range" reminds me a lot of "Rock-A-Doodle", a 1991 animated film from Don Bluth, and not one of his more popular efforts. Both are lacklustre animated films with anthropomorphic animals, ones which are basically for the kids, and I've personally found to be very unmemorable.


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