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Encyclopedia > Barnyard (movie)
Barnyard
Directed by Steve Oedekerk
Produced by Steve Oedekerk
Written by Steve Oedekerk
Starring Kevin James
Courteney Cox
Sam Elliott
Danny Glover
Andie MacDowell
Wanda Sykes
Distributed by Flag of 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, who was also the principal scriptwriter, and stars the voices of Kevin James, Courteney Cox, 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. 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. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Kevin James (born Kevin George Knipfing on April 26, 1965 in Mineola, New York) is an American comedian and Emmy-nominated actor. ... Courteney Bass Cox Arquette (born Courteney Bass Cox on June 15, 1964) is an American actress and former fashion model, best known for her role as Monica Geller in the long-running television series Friends. ... Sam Elliott (born Samuel Pack Elliott on August 9, 1944 in Sacramento, California) is an American film and television actor, usually recognised by his tall, thin, rough-hewn physique, a thick handlebar moustache and a gruff speaking voice. ... Daniel Lebern Glover (b. ... Rosalie Anderson Andie MacDowell (born April 21, 1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... Wanda Sykes (born March 7, 1964), also known as Wanda Sykes-Hall or Adriana Bedoya, is an American stand-up comedian and actress. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Switzerland. ... This article is about the major American media conglomerate. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Computer animation is the art of creating moving images via the use of computers. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... For the early 20th century movie theater, see Nickelodeon movie theater. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Kevin James (born Kevin George Knipfing on April 26, 1965 in Mineola, New York) is an American comedian and Emmy-nominated actor. ... Courteney Bass Cox Arquette (born Courteney Bass Cox on June 15, 1964) is an American actress and former fashion model, best known for her role as Monica Geller in the long-running television series Friends. ... Sam Elliott (born Samuel Pack Elliott on August 9, 1944 in Sacramento, California) is an American film and television actor, usually recognised by his tall, thin, rough-hewn physique, a thick handlebar moustache and a gruff speaking voice. ... Daniel Lebern Glover (b. ... Rosalie Anderson Andie MacDowell (born April 21, 1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... Wanda Sykes (born March 7, 1964), also known as Wanda Sykes-Hall or Adriana Bedoya, is an American stand-up comedian and actress. ... Motion Picture Association of America film rating system is a system used in the United States and its territories to rate a movie based on its suitability for certain audiences. ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), originally called the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association of America, is a non-profit trade association based in the United States which was formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ... Location of San Clemente within Orange County, California. ... This article is about the major American media conglomerate. ...

Contents

Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

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. An anthropomorphic character; a cat ascribed human characteristics. ...


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. Kevin James (born Kevin George Knipfing on April 26, 1965 in Mineola, New York) is an American comedian and Emmy-nominated actor. ... 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. Cam 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. ... Sam Elliott (born Samuel Pack Elliott on August 9, 1944 in Sacramento, California) is an American film and television actor, usually recognised by his tall, thin, rough-hewn physique, a thick handlebar moustache and a gruff speaking voice. ...


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 (born August 24, 1962 in Tipton, Missouri) is a popular film and television character actor, known most notably for his role as Champ Kind in the Will Ferrell film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and for his work on Saturday Night Live. ... Rosalie Anderson Andie MacDowell (born April 21, 1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is an American actress and former fashion model. ...


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.

Spoilers end here.

Box office

  • Grossed $16 million its opening weekend.
  • It made $73 million in its domestic theatrical release.
  • it has made $108 million in its worlwide theatrical release.

Reviews

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."[1]. Rotten Tomatoes (http://www. ... Michael Medved Michael Medved (born October 3, 1948) is an American nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host, film critic and author. ...


"Male cow" joke

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. While the director said he did this for fun, some 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. ... Look up bull in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Example EU engergy label According to an EU Directive most white goods and light bulb packaging must have an EU Energy Label clearly displayed when offered for sale or rent. ... 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. ...


Cast

Actor Animal Name
Kevin James Male cow Otis
Courteney Cox Female cow Daisy
Sam Elliott Male cow Ben
Danny Glover Male donkey Miles
Andie MacDowell Hen chicken Etta
Wanda Sykes Female cow Bessy
Jeff Garcia Male mouse Pip
Rob Paulsen Rooster, male gopher, and pizza delivery boy Peck/Gopher/Pizza Guy
Cam Clarke Male ferret Freddy
Tino Insana Male pig Pig
Dom Irrera Male sheepdog Duke
David Koechner Male coyote Dagger
Madeline Lovejoy Female chick Maddy
S. Scott Bullock Male cow Eddie
Maurice LaMarche Male cow Igg
John DiMaggio Male cow Budd
Maria Bamford Human Mrs. Beady
Steve Oedekerk Human boy/Human male adult/Various animals Son of the Beadys/Mr. Beady/Additional animals
Earthquake Rooster Root
Paul Butcher Rooster Elvis- Singing Chicken

Kevin James (born Kevin George Knipfing on April 26, 1965 in Mineola, New York) is an American comedian and Emmy-nominated actor. ... COW is an acronym for a number of things: Can of worms The COW programming language, an esoteric programming language. ... Courteney Bass Cox Arquette (born Courteney Bass Cox on June 15, 1964) is an American actress and former fashion model, best known for her role as Monica Geller in the long-running television series Friends. ... Sam Elliott (born Samuel Pack Elliott on August 9, 1944 in Sacramento, California) is an American film and television actor, usually recognised by his tall, thin, rough-hewn physique, a thick handlebar moustache and a gruff speaking voice. ... Daniel Lebern Glover (b. ... Binomial name Equus asinus Linnaeus, 1758 For other uses, see Donkey (disambiguation). ... Rosalie Anderson Andie MacDowell (born April 21, 1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... Look up hen in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 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. ... Feral mouse A mouse (plural mice) is a rodent that belongs to one of numerous species of small mammals. ... 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. ... A rooster or cock is a male chicken, the female being a hen. ... Gopher may mean: Gopher (animal), including: True gopher, i. ... Cameron A. Cam 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. ... Trinomial name Mustela putorius furo (Linnaeus, 1758) In general use, a ferret is a domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo). ... This article is about the pig genus. ... 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 (born August 24, 1962 in Tipton, Missouri) is a popular film and television character actor, known most notably for his role as Champ Kind in the Will Ferrell film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and for his work on Saturday Night Live. ... Binomial name Canis latrans Say, 1823 Coyote range The coyote (Canis latrans, meaning barking dog) also prairie wolf [2]) is a member of the Canidae (dog) family and a close relative of the domestic dog. ... A baby chicken Look up chick in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... S. Scott Bullock is a voice actor. ... 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, and a native of North Plainfield, New Jersey, known primarily for playing the robot Bender in the 20th Century Fox animated series Futurama. ... Maria Bamford (born September 3, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian. ... Trinomial name Homo sapiens sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Humans, or human beings, are bipedal primates belonging to the mammalian species Homo sapiens (Latin: wise man or knowing man) under the family Hominidae (the great apes). ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Earthquake is a stand-up comedian. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...

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 of lighting, as well as complex scenes with over 200 characters. SUN redirects here. ... A render farm 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. ... Rendering has several different usages: Rendering (computer graphics) is the process of producing the pixels of an image from a higher-level description of its components. ... Lighting refers to either artificial light sources such as lamps or to natural illumination of interiors from daylight. ...


The switch from a Dell/Microsoft Windows render farm to a Sun/Linux render farm occurred in the midway of 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. ... Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft. ... Linux (IPA pronunciation: ) is a Unix-like computer operating system family. ...


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 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 a US company specializing in video and audio production technology; specifically, digital non-linear media editing (NLE) systems, management and distribution services. ... Softimage|XSI is a high-end three-dimensional (3D) graphics application developed by Softimage, Co. ... 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. ...


Trivia

  • A Barnyard TV series will premiere in Fall 2007. [5]
  • 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.
  • 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 film's tagline is "What happens in the barn stays in the barn", a parody of the line from The Godfather, "What happens in the family stays in the family" and the Las Vegas, Nevada tagline "What Happens in Vegas stays in Vegas".
  • The dartboard in the barn is a picture of Colonel Sanders.
  • One of the chicks in the film pays homage to the Mr. Hyde-esque transformation of Tweety Bird.
  • Ben plays a cover of Tom Petty's hit song "I Won't Back Down." Short instrumentals are played throughout the film. "Slow Ride" from Foghat is played as the animals ride on a motorcycle at night.
  • The cellphone Otis has during the meeting in the barnyard, receiving a call from the gophers is a Motorola V3X.
  • The rules set down by Ben are reminiscent of those set down in George Orwell's classic tale of barnyard rebellion, Animal Farm.
  • Energy drink Red Bull is mentioned in the film.
  • The vehicle that Otis and the Jersey cows steal has a logo on the horn similar to that of MG.
  • The fat kid's room has a Superman lamp.
  • The plot is similar to the plot of the children's book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and its sequels.

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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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