Film: Home on the Range

Opened: April 2, 2004

Directed by: Will Finn & John Sanford

Starring: Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench, Jennifer Tilly, Cuba Gooding Jr., Randy Quaid, Charles Dennis, Charles Haid, Carole Cook, Joe Flaherty, Steve Buscemi, Richard Riehle, Lance LeGault, G.W. Bailey, Dennis Weaver, Patrick Warburton, Estelle Harris, Sam J. Levine & Ann Richards

Though entertaining at times, Home on the Range is a largely forgettable film in the animated Disney canon. It’s also the last traditionally animated film the studio made until 2009’s The Princess and the Frog.

When their farm Patch of Heaven gets put up for auction, dairy cows Maggie (Roseanne Barr), Mrs. Caloway (Judi Dench) and Grace (Jennifer Tilly) go on an adventure to save it. They become bounty hunters looking for Alameda Slim (Randy Quaid) whose $750 reward will provide the money to buy back the farm.

This wild west story is cute, but the animation is very cartoon-like compared to the beauty of Disney’s earlier films like The Lion King. The story also lacks in depth and leaves most of the humor up to one-liners compared to Lilo & Stitch two years prior.

Final say: Not a show horse. ★★☆☆☆

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