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Home on the Range (2004)

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

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Will Finn, John Sanford
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
G.W. Bailey ... Rusty, the Dog (voice)
Roseanne Barr ... Maggie (voice)
Bobby Block Bobby Block ... Piggy (voice)
Steve Buscemi ... Wesley (voice)
Carole Cook ... Pearl Gesner (voice)
Charlie Dell ... Ollie, the Pig (voice)
Judi Dench ... Mrs. Caloway (voice)
Charles Dennis ... Rico (voice)
Marshall Efron ... Larry, the Duck (voice)
Joe Flaherty ... Jeb, the Goat (voice)
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Buck (voice)
Charles Haid ... Lucky Jack (voice)
Estelle Harris ... Audrey, the Chicken (voice)
Lance LeGault ... Junior, the Buffalo (voice)
Sam Levine ... 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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Plot Keywords:

farm | rustler | dairy farm | cattle | cow | See All (103) »

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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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Official Sites:

Disney

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

2 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweating Bullets See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,880,771, 4 April 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,030,461

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,951,461
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Aspect Ratio:

1.77 : 1
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Trivia

Jamie Foxx were considered for the role of Buck. See more »

Goofs

In one scene a boy is blowing bubble gum. The film is set in the American old west. Bubble gum wasn't commercially sold until 1928. See more »

Quotes

Buck: So long, sucker! He must be taking stupid lessons from that buffalo.
[Junior the buffalo snorts down Buck's neck]
Buck: Uh-oh.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Disneycember: Home on the Range (2012) 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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Lazy and lacklustre film
10 March 2008 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Having only just moved to her new home, Maggie the cow is shocked to learn that it is to be shut down and auctioned off – more than likely meaning the chop for all the animals. With cows Mrs Caloway and Grace in tow, she sets out to try and save the farm by claiming the reward for bringing in an infamous cattle rustler. Ignoring the sheer improbability of this, they set off only to find that several other parties (animals and humans) have similar ideas.

I came to this film as one of many animated films on during the Christmas period and given the genre perhaps had reasons for looking forward to the usual star cast, kiddie friendly laughs, subversive adult humour and solid plot with a moral at the base of it. Sadly though this genre is no longer one that can be judged based on your Shrek's, Toy Story's and so on but now needs to be approached with caution given how many weak copies there now are out there. It is a shame to have to point the finger at a Disney product for this crime but I couldn't shake the feeling that the planning for this film involved watching the good Pixar films and saying "let's make one of those but without the effort or cost".

And so the film was born and it appears the effort and cost has been removed, perhaps making a more profitable film due to lower overheads and a "look kids it's another animated film" marketing strategy that writes itself, but what it doesn't produce is a good film which is what Home on the Range stands as testimony to. The story is a very simple adventure that doesn't really have much to it beyond the basic description above and I was surprised by how plodding most of it was. The laughs are few and far between and the delivery generally seemed to lack energy. The animation is pretty basic looking and seems to have been made by a rather lacklustre committee, which is ironic when you think about what the significance the film holds within the legacy of Disney.

The voice cast has names but it feels more like actors being "the voice of" rather than playing characters. As a result they tend to just play on their voice rather than develop characters. Roseanne is Roseanne but with weak material (meaning she is just loud and not funny). Dench takes her money and I doubt very much if this film will ever be mentioned when discussing her body of work, and nor should it be. Tilly at least plays up her part and has quite a "fun" voice. Quaid, Gooding Jnr and Warburton are so-so even if small turns from Buscemi and Weaver are quite fun.

Overall then a pretty lacklustre product across the board that seems to be content to just take the success that simply being in a genre that we had gotten used to being good. It might amuse young children with its big bright shapes and loud noises but older children and certainly adults will find little to entertain.


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