Monday, October 24, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: Home On The Range (2004)

Alameda Slim, a wanted cattle rustler, uses an alias to buy up properties all over western Nebraska, and his next target is the Patch of Heaven dairy farm, where the widow owner cares more for her 'family' of yard animals's welfare then for profit, so she just hasn't got the cash to keep in business. The other animals, mainly carefree youngsters, being unable, three cows of very different temperament and manners rise to the desperate occasion and set out to do battle for their dream home, teaming up unnaturally with each-other, the sheriff's megalomaniac horse and any other animal who can possibly help, even a crazy lucky rabbit and an invincible buffalo, hoping to beat the crook to the Patch's auction, or anything it takes... [imdb]
So this is a hard one... Home On The Range is far from incredible, anything but groundbreaking, and isn't memorable in the slightest... but it's fun and enjoyable.  A really cute little movie, Home On The Range is about some cows who set out to save their farm.  That's about it, plain and simple.  But sometimes plain and simple is a good thing.

Originally meant to be a ghost story western with human characters, the movie went through quite a few major changes before finally settling on cows.  I actually think their original idea would have been neat to see, but I still like the final product.  They made some fun characters and got some great vocal talent...

I really can't put my finger exactly on it why this one seems so bland and flat-lined, as far as the "classic" sense goes... Perhaps it's the lack of detail in the artwork, or the fact that the story isn't anything spectacular, or maybe it's just that it's a bit too simple.  Whatever it is, this is probably the least-known of the whole set.

Rosanne pretty much carries the movie, followed very closely by Meg Tilly who voices an air-headed tone-deaf cow very well.

I honestly don't have anything really against the movie, in fact I like it... but I'd be lying if I said it gains anything more than a shrug and a "Yeah, it was cute." from me.

Not really much to it, but I'd still recommend seeing it at least once.