Wednesday, March 11, 2009

3/6/09: Home on the Range (2004)

Disney once announced that this would be the last "traditionally animated" feature film to be released in theaters, as it was a major money loser, although they've since retracted this decision. Home on the Range is a Western about three cows (led by Roseanne Barr) who try to save their beleaguered owner's farm from being auctioned off. Naturally there are a horde of other farm animals, as well as some colorful humans, on display. Released four years after Disney's The Emperor's New Groove, this movie has very much the same "feel," including a lot of the same angles and curves in the characters. That was one of the main appeals to me, as I love Groove. Other high points include a several lively country songs by the likes of K.D. Lang, Bonnie Raitt and Tim McGraw, with music by the great Alan Menken. On the downside, the story leaves a bit to be desired (incredible, as at least six authors are listed), and although Roseanne does a good job voicing Maggie the cow, none of the other characters are standouts. Visually, though, Home on the Range is a real winner. I just wish the script had risen to the level of the terrific animation. Rating: 3/5.

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