At this rural barnyard, all the animals hold several secrets of what they do when the farmer isn't around. They talk, stand on two legs, and watch baseball games on the T.V. from a window with pop drinking hats. And with a conflict similar to The Lion King, a cow named Otis, is told he must become more responsible with being in charge of the barnyard when his stepfather Ben retires. Otis appreciates how much hard work Ben does for him and the barn, but is just not sure if he's ready, so party is still on, even though it's now coyote season and they can be a little ruthless.
This may sound like a movie filled with toilet humour, but it's not. It's a story about the struggles of change. When Otis has to take over, he's scared of the coyotes. What do they do if the farmer catches them standing up? And what should Otis decide to do if a bunch of obnoxious kids bully and make fun of their species? Should they do a little prank even if that will expose them? There are two new females that move into the barn who apparently came after a tragic end to their home.
The animation is good yet doesn't try too hard to be top notch, even though I felt like it could've. For example, Otis doesn't have any fur, but I think he looks better as the protagonist that way. The extras aren't really noticeable in this film, but the main characters are well developed and kind of loveable. Rob Paulsen plays a voice in this film, who has starred as the voice in numerous cartoons and he is also one of the best voice actors in my opinion. In conclusion, this is an animated movie that isn't trying so hard to be an Oscar contender, it's a movie so unpretentious that I don't see how you could just downright hate this film.