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.
When an eviction notice shows up at the gates of the Patch of Heaven dairy farm, three cows, Maggie, Grace and Mrs Caloway, take it upon themselves to prevent their home from being taken away. To do so, they set out on a quest, along with the Sheriff's horse, to collect the ransom on outlaw Alameda Slim, a wanted cattle rustler.
- Maggie is a weak protagonist.
- Alameda Slim is a dull antagonist who comes across as more laughable than evil.
- Kitsch voice acting with overused hillbilly accents.
- The jokes are very weak and unfunny.
- Pitifully standard story that gets boring pretty quickly.
- Forgettable songs and extremely irritating music.
- The film talks down to its audience.
- The yodel song where Slim hypnotizes cows is a reference to drugs.
- Dark comedy aspects in a PG-rated Disney movie, such as a fly staring at Maggie's udders/butt, Steers harassing the protagonists and a bandit carrying a knife to deal with enemies.
- Buck is extremely a arrogant and unlikeable.
- The characters are annoying and unlikable.
- 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.
- As GQ#2 says, Alan Menken's score is decent.
- Lucky Jack is a likable and funny character.
- The plot twist of Rico actually being a minion of Alameda Slim is played out perfectly and helps Buck to realize the errors of his ways and aid the cows at the end.
Home on the Range received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and audiences, with criticism its songs, humor, character and story, although voice acting, Alan Menken's score, and action scenes are praised. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 53% of critics gave positive reviews based on 128 reviews, with an average rating of 5.72/10. The site's general consensus is: "Though Home on the Range is likeable and may keep young children diverted, it's one of Disney's more middling titles, with garish visuals and a dull plot.". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 50 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "mixed or average" reviews.
- 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.
- While the film has earned mixed-to-negative reviews from critics at the time of its release (according to a 54% rating the film has earned on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.4 rating on IMDB makes an worst Disney animated canon review), it was (and still is to this very day) despised by the vast majority of the Disney animation press and fan base, being considered both one of the worst animated films of all-time, not just by Disney fans but from various movie critics as well, and is often debated against Chicken Little and/or GMW as the worst film of the Disney canon; though it should be noted The Black Cauldron has become the less hated out of all three movies due to it having the largest fan base along with Chicken Little (which has a-bit less hated out of all three movies but though Rotten Tomatoes got 37%.)
- Originally Alameda Slim and his trio of henchmen were going to be ghost rustlers after being killed in a stampede. The one legged rabbit whose leg Slim stole was going to be a protagonist.
- The deleted scenes on the DVD revealed an alternate opening with three singing/narrating fly creatures, an alternate meeting with Lucky Jack, a coyote chase scene, and a different goal by Slim to use his hypnotized cows to storm the White House and be president. The producers realized all these scenes worked well on their own, but not in the context of the overall film, so they cut them all out.
- The main character was supposed to be a human boy at first, then a male calf, then Maggie, Mrs. Calloway, and Grace.