What is in my opinion the best talking animal movie ever, the farm animals and ones from outside such as the coyotes, walk on two legs and talk whenever their vegan farmer isn't around. And a movie like that should be all goofy and fun with no real conflict, right? Well, Otis the Cow, stepson of the leader cow Ben, lives life exactly like that, with no cares or worries in the world. To me, every time a kid reaches a new age, whether that's old enough to be a babysitter or to start high school, the tension can come out of nowhere and it will seem to set you up for hell and you don't know a thing on how to function properly. This is only one of the two lessons that plays in this movie without going all responsibility and no more fun. When Otis must take this new responsibility, it seems like there's an end approaching that he'll be too scared to take.
Some people have criticized this movie for being similar to The Lion King and having incorrect biology about cows and their udders. Well, first off, I think this is miles better than The Lion King in just about every level and personally, I think kids who don't understand biology (which is who this movie is aimed at) will be okay with it. I was one of those people when I saw this movie, so there was no problem. There's also a lot of songs in this movie, but none of which are sung "during" the plot. It's true, there's a singing horse, pig, and several others, including a dancing fur ball, but it's all either during a party or noone in particular is singing during a humorous moment. And did I mention that the songs are superb? Each of these songs are country, and this movie is what got me into the genre. It really makes farming seem fun; something I don't think any film has ever done for me.
It is also so fast-paced, I don't even know where to begin. From sliding in the field on an ice cube to being chased by the police, parodizing teenagers, and fights against the sharp-toothed enemies (this movie is perhaps a little bit more violent than most animated films) to even the brief but dramatic chase scene versus Otis and David Koechner's character, viewers will probably feel super energized. The emotional moments in this film will probably catch you off guard. There are a few similarities in this to a movie I mentioned before as well, but here it has more gravity because it's the truth rather than a lie. During the last twenty minutes, I felt that the movie did exactly what it needed to do to make us feel happy to have seen it. I'm trying very hard not to spoil it for you, it's just what Terabithia and Stand by Me didn't have. The level of comedy is just right as well, though sometimes but only sometimes could I argue with Steve Oedekerk's idea of having the humour being a repetition of one joke said a few times. But at least it's not constant.
I could go on about how much I love this movie, but I think I'll leave it at that, and the fact that Otis is such a loveable character. Barnyard juggles relaxation, calamity, action and humour smooth enough to create an almost perfect film. It's too bad they made a TV series rather than a sequel, that was messed up.