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Encyclopedia > Barnyard (film)
Barnyard
Directed by Steve Oedekerk
Produced by Steve Oedekerk
Written by Steve Oedekerk
Starring Kevin James
Jeff Garcia
Tino Insana
Courteney Cox Arquette
Cam Clarke
Rob Paulsen
Sam Elliott
Danny Glover
Andie MacDowell
Wanda Sykes
Dom Irrera
Maria Bamford
Steve Oedekerk
Distributed by Flag of the United States Paramount Pictures
Flag of Switzerland Universal Pictures
Running time Approx. 83 minutes
Language English
Budget $51 million
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Barnyard is a computer-animated film, produced by Nickelodeon Movies and distributed by Paramount Pictures, that was released on August 4, 2006 (October 20, 2006 in the United Kingdom). The film was directed by Steve Oedekerk (Kung Pow and many thumb movies), who was also the principal scriptwriter, and stars the voices of Kevin James, Courteney Cox Arquette, Sam Elliott, Danny Glover, Andie MacDowell and Wanda Sykes. The film was rated PG by the MPAA for some mild peril and rude humor. Most of the production was carried out in San Clemente, California. It is distributed in Switzerland, Spain, and Netherlands by Universal Pictures. The Barnyard is a 1923 film featuring Oliver Hardy. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (552x860, 528 KB) Poster for Barnyard (2006 film), taken from the official websites download page [1] (and specifically [2]), where it is made publicly available (for free), in only this resolution. ... 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Clarke (born November 6, 1957 in Burbank, California) is an American voice actor, made famous for his many starring roles in popular video games and animated television and film. ... Robert Fredrick Paulsen, III (born March 11, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan) (sometimes credited as Rob Paulson or Vocal Magic) is an American voice actor best known as the voice behind Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko Warner from Animaniacs and Pinky from Pinky and the Brain. ... Samuel Pack Elliott (born August 9, 1944) is an American film and television actor. ... Danny Lebern Glover[1] (born July 22, 1946) is an American actor, film director, and political activist. ... Andie MacDowell (born Rosalie Anderson MacDowell on April 21, 1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is an American screen actress. ... Wanda Sykes (born March 7, 1964), also known as Wanda Sykes-Hall or Adriana Bedoya, is an American stand-up comedian and actress. ... 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A spin-off TV series, Back at the Barnyard, premiered September 29th, 2007.[1] This makes it the second Nicktoon to be spun-off from a movie, the first being Jimmy Neutron. Back at the Barnyard is a new Nickelodeon show that is a spin-off of the 2006 film Barnyard. ...

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Plot

While some characters in the film are humans, most are anthropomorphic animals which in the presence of humans pretend to be ordinary animals. In particular, when no humans are around they walk on two legs, and talk; much like Toy Story. An anthropomorphic character; a cat ascribed human characteristics. ... Toy Story is an Academy-award-winning CGI animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 22, 1995, and Australia on December 7, 1995, as well as in the United Kingdom on 22 March...


The film opens with Otis (Kevin James), a "male cow" (see below), climbing on a surfboard with a block of ice underneath it on a hill with four of his friends: Peck (Rob Paulsen), the rooster who can't crow; Pip (Jeff Garcia) the mouse, Otis's best friend; Pig (Tino Insana), the perpetually hungry pig; and Freddy (Cam Clarke), a ferret constantly battling the desire to eat Peck or the other chickens. Otis and friends fly down the mountain and eventually crash into a chicken farm. They land in the barn for a meeting being held by his adoptive father and barnyard leader, Ben the cow (Sam Elliott). Though obviously irritated by Otis's late arrival, Ben continues the meeting. Robert Fredrick Paulsen, III (born March 11, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan) (sometimes credited as Rob Paulson or Vocal Magic) is an American voice actor best known as the voice behind Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko Warner from Animaniacs and Pinky from Pinky and the Brain. ... Jeff Garcia is a voice actor and comedian from La Puente, California, known for portraying Sheen Estevez in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. ... Cameron A. Clarke (born November 6, 1957 in Burbank, California) is an American voice actor, made famous for his many starring roles in popular video games and animated television and film. ...


After the meeting, Ben lectures Otis on the younger cow's irresponsibility-- the cell phone call during the meeting and Otis's laid-back nature in general. The elder cow tells his son to grow up, saying that he will never be happy if he spends all his time goofing off. When Otis begins to gripe about his night watch shift, Ben tells him that, "A strong man stands up for himself. A stronger man stands up for others."


After a day spent goofing around with friends and meeting Bessy and Daisy, two new female cows, Otis talks Ben out of his guard shift in order to attend a party in the barn. Later that night, a pack of coyotes led by Dag (David Koechner) sneak into the barnyard and raid the chicken coop. Ben fights them off, but collapses after the altercation. Etta the chicken (Andie MacDowell) rushes to the barn house party and tells Otis about Ben. Otis rushes out of the barn and finds Ben, wounded, lying on the ground. He looks at Otis, as if to say something, but then passes away. David Koechner (pronounced //) (born August 24, 1962) is an American character actor (film, television and stage), comedian and musician. ...


After Ben's death, Otis is elected to be the new farm leader. However, he still lacks maturity in his new position resulting in being caught in a daytime party by the farmer. Otis also leads the rebellious Jersey cows in stealing the neighbor's car to get revenge on a cow-tipping boy. An example of advanced cow tipping Cow tipping is the supposed rural activity of sneaking up on an upright sleeping cow and pushing it over for amusement. ...


While patrolling for coyotes, Otis confronts the pack, but is easily defeated. Dag and his gang return the next day, kidnapping a bunch of chickens in broad daylight while Otis is preoccupied about leaving the farm. To make up for his mistake, Otis sets off to confront the coyotes again. He is defeated again, but his friends eventually show up and help him to send the pack fleeing. After the battle, Otis and company return to the farm where Daisy the cow gives birth to a calf she names Ben.


Cast

Actor Animal Name Status Cause of Death Buried at birth to
Kevin James Male cow Otis active
S. Scott Bullock Male cow Eddy active
Courteney Cox Arquette Female cow Daisy active Ben
Sam Elliott Male cow Ben Deceased Wounded by Dag the farm
Danny Glover Male donkey Miles active
Andie MacDowell Hen chicken Etta active
Wanda Sykes Female cow Bessy
Jeff Garcia Male mouse Pip active
Rob Paulsen Rooster, male gopher, and pizza delivery boy Peck/Gopher/Pizza Guy active
Cam Clarke Male ferret Freddy active
Tino Insana Male pig Pig active
Dom Irrera Male sheepdog Duke active
David Koechner Male coyote Dag unknown
Madeline Lovejoy Female chick Maddy active
Maurice LaMarche Male cow Igg active
John DiMaggio Male cow Budd active
Maria Bamford Human Mrs. Beady active
Fred Tatasciore Human Unnamed Farmer active
Steve Oedekerk Human boy/Human male adult/Various animals Eugene Beady (aka Snotty Boy)/Mr. Beady/Additional animals active
Nathaniel Martin Stroman Rooster Root active
Paul Butcher Rooster Elvis- Singing Chicken active

Kevin James (born April 26, 1965) is an American comedian and Emmy-nominated actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of lead character Doug Heffernan on the television sitcom The King of Queens. ... COW is an acronym for a number of things: Can of worms The COW programming language, an esoteric programming language. ... S. Scott Bullock (born January 31, 1972) is an American voice actor. ... Courteney Bass Cox Arquette (born Cox on June 15, 1964) is an American actress and former fashion model, best known for her role as Monica Geller in the hugely popular television sitcom Friends. ... Samuel Pack Elliott (born August 9, 1944) is an American film and television actor. ... Danny Lebern Glover[1] (born July 22, 1946) is an American actor, film director, and political activist. ... Binomial name Linnaeus, 1758 For other uses, see Donkey (disambiguation). ... Andie MacDowell (born Rosalie Anderson MacDowell on April 21, 1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is an American screen actress. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Wanda Sykes (born March 7, 1964), also known as Wanda Sykes-Hall or Adriana Bedoya, is an American stand-up comedian and actress. ... Jeff Garcia is a voice actor and comedian from La Puente, California, known for portraying Sheen Estevez in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. ... This article is about the animal. ... Robert Fredrick Paulsen, III (born March 11, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan) (sometimes credited as Rob Paulson or Vocal Magic) is an American voice actor best known as the voice behind Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko Warner from Animaniacs and Pinky from Pinky and the Brain. ... For other uses, see Rooster (disambiguation). ... A gopher is a small burrowing rodent. ... Cameron A. Clarke (born November 6, 1957 in Burbank, California) is an American voice actor, made famous for his many starring roles in popular video games and animated television and film. ... This article is about the mammal. ... For other uses, see Pig (disambiguation). ... Dom Irrera, originally from Philadelphia, is a stand-up comedian. ... A Sheep dog is a type of domestic dog whose original purpose was to herd or guard sheep. ... David Koechner (pronounced //) (born August 24, 1962) is an American character actor (film, television and stage), comedian and musician. ... For other uses, see Coyote (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. ... John William DiMaggio (born September 4, 1968) is an American voice actor. ... Maria Bamford (born September 3, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian. ... This article is about modern humans. ... Fred Tatasciore (last name pronounced Tata-shore) is a voice actor and animator. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Paul Matthew Hawke Butcher[1] (born February 14, 1994) is an American actor. ...

Production

Technical info

Complex scenes in Barnyard were rendered using 64-bit computers from Sun Microsystems, based on a 620-computer render farm, including Sun Fire x64 servers. [2] It was Nickelodeon's most technically challenging animated film, which included vast landscapes with realistic rendering and lighting, as well as complex scenes with over 200 characters. Sun Microsystems, Inc. ... A render farm (also termed a render wall)[1] is a computer cluster to render computer generated imagery (CGI), typically for film and television visual effects. ... The Sun Fire series is a range of UNIX server computers produced by Sun Microsystems from 2001 onwards, superseding the Sun Enterprise series. ... x64 is Microsoft Corporations marketing designation for the Advanced Micro Devices AMD64 and Intel EM64T 64-bit Instruction Set Extensions to the x86 architecture, which were substantially similar as of 2004. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Not to be confused with lightning. ...


The switch from a Dell/Microsoft Windows render farm to a Sun/Linux render farm occurred midway in the production [3], when the schedules began to slip and the management recognized that the horsepower based on 32-bit hardware was insufficient so that the release date had to be rescheduled to autumn. With Sun's solution, the release was shifted back to summertime. This article is about the corporation Dell, Inc. ... “Windows” redirects here. ... This article is about operating systems that use the Linux kernel. ...


Over 180 characters were rigged for animation [4] with rigs being capable of two and four leg stances and walk cycles, squash and stretch, procedural secondary animation of flesh and hair, and motion capture from Omation's 22-camera Vicon mocap stage. In animation, a walk cycle is a sequence of frames representing a (usually human) walk movement. ... Squash and stretch is a common animation technique that is basically what the name suggests: the squashing and stretching of a character walking to add motion to it (step by step), or the squash and stretch of machinery working. ... Procedural, as an adjective, refers to the concept of procedure. ... Secondary Animation or Secondary motion is the motion derived from primary motion, much like a ripple or jiggle of different parts of the body when a person walks. ... Motion capture, or mocap, is a technique of digitally recording the movements of real things — usually humans — it originally developed as an analysis tool in biomechanics research, but has grown increasingly important as a source of motion data for computer animation. ... O Entertainment is an American animated cartoon studio, founded in 1996 by Steve Oedekerk, and was best-known for creating Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and other films and television series, using computer-animated techniques. ... Motion capture, or mocap, is a technique of digitally recording the movements of real things — usually humans — it originally developed as an analysis tool in biomechanics research, but has grown increasingly important as a source of motion data for computer animation. ...


The key software applications running on Sun servers, for rendering purposes, included Avid Technology's Softimage XSI animation software, Mental Ray rendering software, and Eyeon's Digital Fusion digital compositing software. Avid Technology, Inc NASDAQ: AVID is an American company specializing in video and audio production technology; specifically, digital non-linear media editing (NLE) systems, management and distribution services. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Animation software is software that is used either for computer animation or to assist animators with the considerable work needed to create more traditional pieces of animation. ... mental ray is a production quality rendering application developed by mental images (Berlin, Germany). ... Digital compositing is the process of digitally assembling multiple images to make a final image, typically for print, motion pictures or screen display. ...


Reception

It grossed $16 million its opening weekend, and made $73 million in its domestic theatrical release. It has made $108 million in its worldwide theatrical release.


The film has a 24% rating at rottentomatoes.com, but has a number of advocates, including Michael Medved, who gave Barnyard four stars (out of four) calling it "hilarious, thrilling" and "flat out one of the year's best films."[5]. Rotten Tomatoes (http://www. ... Michael Medved (born October 3, 1948) is a Jewish-American, neoconservative radio talk show host, film critic, and author. ...


"Male cow"

In the real world a male bovine is called a bull or a steer and does not have an udder. However, in this film several characters are "male cows" with an udder. There is also a different character who is a bull, so the creators really must have thought cows and bulls are separate animals. While the director said he did this for fun, many commentators considered it an error, and/or found it irritating. Some reviewers jokingly referred to the film as a bovine Transamerica. This is, however, not the first time cattle have been portrayed in this way. In the United Kingdom, Boddington's Ale featured an animated "male cow" in some of its 1990s advertising, and recent computer animated adverts for Anchor butter portray two "male cows" as having udders. Also, the Dairylea adverts in the UK have male cows with udders. A more recent advert portrays that they really are male because they all have male voices. Tribes Bovini Boselaphini Strepsicerotini The biological subfamily Bovinae includes a diverse group of about 24 medium-sized to large ungulates, including domestic cattle, bison, the Water Buffalo, the Yak, and the four-horned and spiral-horned antelopes. ... For general information about the genus, including other species of cattle, see Bos. ... For general information about the genus, including other species of cattle, see Bos. ... A cow udder with 4 teats An udder is the mammary organ of cattle and some other mammals, including goats and sheep. ... Transamerica is a Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated 2005 comedy-drama produced by IFC Films and The Weinstein Company. ... Computer animation is the art of creating moving images via the use of computers. ... Anchor brand dairy products are sold by a subsidiary of the New Zealand Dairy Foods. ... Kraft Foods Inc. ...


Trivia

  • A Barnyard video game based on the movie came out in July 2006 produced by Blue Tongue.
  • The character of "Otis" was based on a sculpture by LA Artist Mark Beam.
  • Near the end of the film, in the coyote's den scene, the old bus that is in the junkyard apparently once held a "World Thumb Wars" Tour. The director of the film, Steve Oedekerk, probably put this in as a cameo to his short featurettes entitled Thumbs!.
  • The movie was originally going to be released on January 13, 2006 then October 6, 2006 then July 28, 2006, but was switched to August 4, 2006 with The Ant Bully moving to July 28, 2006.
  • The coyotes closely resemble the Loony Tunes character, Wile E. Coyote.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Barnyard is a videogame based on the animated movie of the same name. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Blue tongue disease (also called catarrhal fever) is a non-contagious, athropod-borne viral disease of sheep and less frequently of cattle, goats, buffaloes, deer and antelopes. ... A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the performing arts, such as plays, films, video games and television. ... Thumbs! is a collective term for the O Entertainment short films created with Thumbation technology, a process which combines live-action thumbs and CGI faces. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 209th day of the year (210th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Ant Bully is a computer-animated film produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzmans Playtone, John A. Davis and Keith Alcorns DNA Productions and directed by John A. Davis. ... is the 209th day of the year (210th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Coyote (disambiguation). ... Looney Tunes opening title Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers animated cartoon series that preceded the Merrie Melodies series, and is both WBs first animated theatrical series and the second longest continuous animated series in any medium. ... Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote The Road Runner cartoons are a series of Looney Tunes cartoons created by Chuck Jones for Warner Brothers. ...

External links

  • The film's official website
  • The film's official website at Nick.com
  • Summary on comingsoon.net
  • Production costs
  • Barnyard at the Internet Movie Database
  • Barnyard at Rotten Tomatoes
  • http://www.markbeam.com

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