Disney: Home on the Range

The 45th entry in the Disney Animated Canon.

Chronologically the last traditionally animated feature of the Disney Animated Canon released until 2009's The Princess and the Frog. Technically, Brother Bear was the last hand-drawn feature they produced, but this was the last one released.

In Ye Olde Wild West, three cows named Maggie, Mrs. Calloway, and Grace live on a small, cozy farm named Patch of Heaven with other animals. When the farm is threatened with foreclosure, our heroines must act to save their home. They plan to achieve this by capturing a big-name cattle rustler named Alameda Slim for his bounty, which is the exact amount they need.

The cows are voiced by Roseanne Barr (Maggie), Judi Dench (Mrs. Calloway), and Jennifer Tilly (Grace). Other notable voices include Cuba Gooding Jr., Randy Quaid and Steve Buscemi.

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Tropes

  • The Ace: Rico the Bounty Hunter, whom Buck idolizes and many people recognize as one of the greats.
    • Broken Ace: But he's really working with Slim, which Buck finds out the hard way.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Slim keeps referring Mr. Wesley as "Mr. Weasley".
  • An Aesop: Home is where the heart is.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: It's a Disney film.
  • Art Evolution: this was the last Disney film to use the CAPS digital ink-and-paint system in use since 1989. The Princess and the Frog used the more modern Toon Boom system.
  • Art Shift: Only for the DVD features, such as the short "A Dairy Tale". All the characters are Super-Deformed and look like kids even though they still have their same voice actors.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not mess with Mrs Calloway's hat.
    • Do not refer to Slim's yodeling as "singing".
    ... My singing? Songbirds SING. Saloon gals SING. Little bitty snot-nosed children sing, I yodel! And YODELING, is an ART!!!
    • Don't suggest to Pearl, the owner of Patch of Heaven, that she should sell any of her animals, either.
  • Blinding Bangs: All three of the Willie Brothers with one Peek-a-Bangs moment during the fight scene near the train tracks.
  • Break the Haughty: A very sad example for Buck when it is revealed that his idol, Rico has been working for Slim all along.
    Buck [heartbroken]: No, it can't be!
  • Bright Is Not Good: Slim, whose psychedelic hypnosis offers a strong contrast to the usual dark themed Disney antagonist.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Slim.
    They call me mean, boys; depraved and nasty too. And they ain't seen, boys, the cruelest thing I do!
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The rabbit seen at the very beginning later helps out the cows by showing them where Alameda Slim's hideout is.
  • The Chew Toy: The one-legged rabbit Lucky Jack, as hilariously demonstrated in the opening scene.
  • Clark Kenting: A rare villain example. Alameda Slim does this to buy up the lands he just rustled. Lampshaded when his nephews are easily duped by it.
  • Compelling Voice: Alameda Slim, when he yodels. It only works on cows, which is perfect for a cattle rustler.
  • Conspicuous CGI: Quite a few scenes.
  • Cool Horse: Buck. He's also the fourth Disney Animated Canon horse to talk.
  • Cut Song: "Heros and Villains (and Cows!)"
  • Dance Party Ending
  • The Dragon: Rico
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Occurs during the Villain Song (watch it here). Tame in comparison to past Disney examples, though.
  • Dumb Blonde: The Willie Brothers as male examples.
    • Blonde-haired cow Grace counts as well.
  • Everything's Better with Cows
  • Feather Fingers: None are evident, and the cows almost never actually rear up on their back legs to use their hooves like hands. But their tail-tufts are apparently prehensile, to the point where Maggie can do sleight of hand with hers.
  • Freudian Excuse: Slim's is that he wants revenge on all the ranch owners for not appreciating his own ranch.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • A lot with Maggie.
    "Yeah, they're real. Quit staring."
    • This line is the reason why the film got a PG rating.
    • Just from the Villain Song, it's clear that the bad guy's minions are... very interested in his butt. Pulling out the waistband of his pants, slapping it, pulling up his underwear...
    • When the cows enter a saloon and wreak havoc, one of the saloon gals is revealed to be a Drag Queen.
    • The beginning of the Cattle Drive Scene
    "Maybe we can help EACH OTHER?" *wink*
    "So ah, how does that work exactly? Do ya get ta ride him on odd days or even?"
    • "I have two words for you guys! Cold! Shower!"
  • Heel-Face Turn: Once Buck the horse realizes that the guy he idolizes and had been working with is a bad guy, he helps the cows escape after they were captured.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Grace.
  • Humiliation Conga: This happens to Alameda Slim, especially at the climax.
    Alameda Slim: (upon his defeat by barn animals): You think you've won?! It's ain't over till the fat man sings!
  • Informed Location: Patch of Heaven is said to be a dairy farm. Before Maggie came along, it had exactly two cows.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Steve Buscemi as Mr. Wesley. One might say the same about famously voluptuous Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Tilly as actual cows.
    • Randy Quaid as Alameda Slim; almost no difference.
    • One can definitely see Cuba Gooding Jr. as a horse.
  • Interspecies Romance: Junior the Buffalo and Mrs. Calloway, at the end.
  • Ironic Name: The Big Bad is named Alameda Slim who is really fat, though early designs of the character looked thinner before the animators decided to make him fat.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Buck is initially annoying and selfish towards the cows, but close to the end, he joins their team and helps them escape.
    • Also Mrs. Calloway, with her hotheadedness but still huge heart.
    • And Jeb the grumpy goat.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: Buck is a big fan of Rico, and was excited at the prospect of being his horse for the bounty hunt on Slim when first chosen.
  • Laughably Evil: Slim is commonly compared to Captain Hook in this regard by fans.
  • Lucky Rabbit's Foot: Lucky Jack is a jackrabbit with a peg-leg and incredibly bad luck, implying that someone took one of his feet, and with it all his good luck.
  • My Name Is Not Durwood: Alameda Slim insists on calling Wesley "Weasley".
  • Power Trio: Of the three cows, Maggie is Ego, Mrs. Calloway is Superego, and Grace is Id.
  • Real Is Brown: At least compared with most Disney cartoons.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The baby animals.
  • Right Behind Me: After fooling Rico's horse into running away, Buck remarks that he "must be takin' stupid lessons" from Slim's buffalo, Junior. Guess where we pan to after that statement...
  • The Rustler
  • Sarcasm-Blind: This scene:
    Maggie: I got it! Why don't we go nab that Alameda Slim and use the reward money to save the farm?
    Mrs. Calloway: Oh, that is a sensible idea.
    Maggie: I knew you'd love it!
    Mrs. Calloway: Don't they have sarcasm where you come from?
  • Shout-Out:
  • Stock Scream: Junior the bison lets out a Goofy holler after the cows accidentally push him down the mine shaft.
    Grace: Sorry...
  • Stout Strength: Alameda Slim puts all three cows in a one-armed headlock, then quickly pins them to the ground.
  • Theme Naming: The Willie bros are named Bill, (blue hat and blue bandanna), Phil (red hat and red bandanna) and Gil (green hat and green bandanna).
  • Villainous Glutton
  • Villain Song: "Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo".
  • Wilhelm Scream: Parodied with Goofy's yell.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Maggie's beloved home, the Dixon Ranch, was raided by Slim, leaving her the only remaining cow. She's sold to Patch of Heaven at the beginning of the film, along with all the issues one might expect to arise from this.
    • This also applies to Lucky Jack, who, as he says, once lived in Echo Mine along with many other jackrabbits for generations, until Slim arrived and kicked 'em out.