Rosanne Barr is a cow. Yeah, I'd call that ideal casting too, but let's keep moving. She gets sold to another farm called Patch of Heaven because her old place became bankrupt. She is greeted by two other cows named Mrs. Calloway (Judi Dench) and Grace (Jennifer Tilly) and the rest of the colorful characters only yo find her new home is being foreclosed. Maggie (Barr's character) first gets an idea to enter some of the farm animals in a county fair but needs to chat with the sheriff's horse Buck (Cuba Gooding Jr.) to give them more time. But a change of plans happens when Maggie hears that the reward money for the capture of a cattle rustler named Alameda Slim (Randy Quaid), who steals cows by hypnotizing them with his yodeling, is enough to save their farm. They of course catch Slim and save the farm.
Now let me make this clear: I know that I can't expect every film out there to be a masterpiece. I understand that animation isn't the easiest thing to do. And I know that even when Disney does comedies they do have potential if done right. But with every film I watch, I expect to see some effort. I didn't get that when I saw Home on the Range. Instead, I got what felt like a phoned-in and kind of annoying kiddie film. I didn't laugh that much. I didn't feel for of most of the characters (I found most of them kind of annoying, actually...), and nothing really caught my attention. So yeah, I didn't really care for it.
|I'll give you a hint: she's the blonde!|
But the worst part of it is that this is was originally planned to be the final hand drawn Disney film. The idea that the studio that gave us Fantasia, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and so on, the studio that created feature animation, would close out on something like this... is rather disappointing. And a lot of good animators where laid off after this was released because the Disney executives thought that only computer-animated films where getting all the attention, thus they think that's the only way an animated film is so good (which is a bullshit theory, by the way!). But we know better. It doesn't matter how a film is animated. What matters is that the film has a wonderful, timeless story with engaging characters. That's why all of the best of Disney films and most Pixar films are so endearing, even to this day. This has little to none of that. Thank goodness for the Princess and the Frog years later...