Home on the Range
Home on the Range is a 2004 American animated western comedy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 45th Disney animated feature film, it was the last 2D animated Disney film released until The Princess and the Frog in 2009. Named after the popular country song of the same name, Home on the Range features the voices of Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench, Jennifer Tilly, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Randy Quaid, and Steve Buscemi.
The film is set in the Old West, and centers on a mismatched trio of dairy cows — brash, adventurous Maggie; prim, proper Mrs. Caloway; and ditzy, happy-go-lucky Grace. The three cows must capture an infamous cattle rustler named Alameda Slim for his bounty in order to save their idyllic farm from foreclosure. Aiding them in their quest is Lucky Jack, a feisty, peg-legged rabbit, but a selfish horse named Buck, eagerly working in the service of Rico, a famous bounty hunter, seeks the glory for himself.
- Annoying and unlikable characters like the protagonist Maggie and the villain Alameda Slim.
- Kitsch voice acting with overused hillbilly accents.
- The jokes are very weak.
- Pitifully standard story that gets boring pretty quickly.
- Forgettable songs.
- The film talks down to its audience.
- The Jodl song, where Slim hypnotizes cows is a reference to drugs.
- Buck's name sounds very close to another word that's not good for kids to hear, when we replace the B with an F.
- Decent animation.
- Even if the songs are forgettable, there are at least two good ones, Little Patch of Heaven and Will the Sun Ever Shine Again?.
- Passable actresses and actors like Jennifer Tilly as Grace, Steve Buscemi as Wesley, Judi Dench as Mrs. Caloway, and a few others.
- Even if the jokes are weak, there are at least some funny moments here and there.
- The action scenes are enjoyable and exciting.
- This was originally going to be the last 2D animated film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios (known at the time as Walt Disney Feature Animation), but Walt Disney Animation Studios later released another 2D animated film, The Princess and the Frog, in 2009, five years after Home on the Range. The last 2D animated film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios ended up being Winnie the Pooh in 2011.