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Despite bovine misinformation, "Barnyard" parties it up
Special to The Seattle Times
Cows are female, right? I mean, I just want to make sure before I say something stupid. Here, it says so right in my dictionary: "Cow: The mature female of cattle of the genus Bos. "
OK, now that we've cleared that up, let me specifically address all you 4-year-olds out there who are reading this and wondering if you want to spend your hard-earned money on "Barnyard."
The answer is yes, this is a darn cute movie and I think you'll find it funny. Just don't be fooled by its cows.
In the real world, there are no big-uddered boy-cow heroes named Otis. There is not a cow alive, like Otis, who could ever sound like Kevin James, a big man and a fine comic actor. Moreover, there isn't a cow in the universe, like "Barnyard's" Ben, with a voice like rugged Sam Elliott, manliest of all men.
Yet, as I'm sure you've learned by age 4, we forgive a lot in the world of animation. In "Barnyard," we have Otis the cow, adopted son of Ben the cow. Ben is the brave leader of a bunch of silly, barnyard animals who dance and party whenever there are no farmers around.
Otis is a goofball and frequent disappointment to serious Ben. But one day Ben doesn't survive a raid on the farm by nasty coyotes, and Otis has to take over a job he doesn't feel he's good enough to do. His friends, however — including Daisy the cow (Courteney Cox), Miles the donkey (Danny Glover) and Etta the hen (Andie MacDowell) — believe in him.
Writer-director Steve Oedekerk, one of the creators of "Jimmy Neutron," is behind this enjoyable movie, with its picture-book colors, raucous action and familiar rock songs. And, hey, I heard lots of adults laughing during the movie, too. So go ahead. Just remember what I told you about cows.
Tom Keogh: firstname.lastname@example.org
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