Barnyard (also known as Barnyard: The Original Party Animals) is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film, distributed by Paramount Pictures, co-produced by Nickelodeon Movies, O Entertainment and Omation Animation Studio, directed by Steve Oedekerk (who was also one of the producers and the main writer) with music by John Debney and co-produced by Paul Marshal. It was released on August 4, 2006. The film stars the voices of Kevin James, Courteney Cox, Sam Elliott, Danny Glover, Wanda Sykes, Andie MacDowell and David Koechner. Most of the production was carried out in San Clemente, California. The film is the second Nickelodeon movie to spin-off into a TV series, the first being Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The film grossed $116.5 million worldwide against a $51 million production budget.
When the farmer's away, all the animals play, and sing, and dance. Eventually, though, someone has to step in and run things, a responsibility that ends up going to Otis, a carefree cow.
- Otis is an unlikable protagonist for most of the film.
- The character designs are ugly (especially that of Daisy the Cow).
- The humor goes way off in many ways.
- The idea of animals partying in their barns is very pointless.
- Otis, Ben, and the other Jersey cows are male, and yet they have big udders. Also, an actual bull makes an appearance in the movie and is treated as a separate species, which doesn't make sense.
- Otis and his friends act like stereotypical teenagers.
- Mostly terrible characters. Most of them become obnoxious and pointless.
- A great saying like "A strong man stands up for himself. A stronger man stands up for others." does not belong in this movie.
- As a "comedy/drama", it doesn't work with an unoriginal and weak plot.
- The scene where Otis and others scare a teenager is very pointless.
- Promotes wild partying, carjacking, speeding, evading the police and excess drinking.
- Adult jokes in a kids' movie, when Otis says: "Milk me!", it sounds like he's saying "F**k me!".
- Even if the movie has emotional moments, it is not very emotional.
- Otis and Daisy have a romantic sub-plot for most of the part, as we see Daisy in a few scenes.
- This film can take itself too far not only for a kids movie but even for a comedy. For example, Ben, Otis's father, dies on-screen.
- While the animation didn't age well, the animation is pretty good.
- Decent voice-acting. Wanda Sykes did a good job voicing Bessy.
- Dag manages to be an utterly terrifying villain.
- Great soundtrack. Sam Elliot's cover of "I Won't Back Down" is especially great.
- Some funny moments here and there like the scene where Otis and his friends try to find a way to hide the farmer and make an event that didn't happen to prevent to go to the farmhouse.
- The TV series it spawned gave us the Viewer Mail Time meme.