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Home on the Range

Home on the Range

Home on the Range succeeds purely on the voice talents of Roseanne Barr, Dame Judi Dench and Jennifer Tilly, who as animated cows play with such tongue-in-cheek delight upon their professional images that it’s difficult to separate the animated characters from the real persons.

When we first meet Maggie, who greets us with a view of her enormous udders and dryly states: “Yes they’re real. Now quit staring,” we can just hear Roseanne of the Roseanne TV series wisecracking in her notable monotone fashion.

But Maggie, Mrs. Calloway and Grace are heroines of a rather predictable story line, and they make it seem better than it actually is with their loose and seemingly off the cuff style of word play.

Larger-than-life heifer Maggie has been sold to Pearl’s Patch of Heaven dairy farm by her previous owner, the now defunct and bankrupt Dixon Ranch. It seems cattle and land rustler Alameda Slim (Randy Quaid) has been stealing steers all over the county by hypnotizing them with his yodeling then forcing landowners into default on their mortgages and selling the cows to slaughter. He then buys up the land at public auction, getting revenge upon the ranchers and cattle barons who once treated him badly.

Add to the mix a deluded, self-important horse named Buck (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a Clint Eastwood-like bounty hunter named Rico, belching pigs and a rabbit with a wooden leg and the chase is on to capture the evil Alameda Slim.

While the animation is nothing Disney will ever promote as their best work, the cast and music score save the film and actually deliver a nice escape from reality.

Home on the Range

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