Back at the Barnyard
is a show from Nickelodeon
. It started on October 8, 2007, and ended in June 2010. Based off the 2006 movie Barnyard
which features the same characters though the series seems to ignore the events of the movie (and replaces one of them) for its own continuity. Created and animated by the same people as Jimmy Neutron
apparently didn't think the show was doing good enough for their standards, so they dropped it
to Nicktoons Network
during its run, where the remainder of the episodes were broadcast. While the show was
getting good reviews, it never really became that popular, most likely because people would have associated it with what they saw in The Movie
, which did not exactly receive the greatest reviews. However, it's safe to say that this show gave it its best.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: One of the three French Canadian crows wears a red hat, another one of the three crows wears a blue neckerchief, Bessie wears a cow tag on her left ear, and Abbie wears earrings and a purple bow in her braided hair.
- All-CGI Cartoon
- Alternate Continuity: More or less.
- Animal Gender Bender: The "male cow" with an udder, of course.
- Art Evolution: Freddy becomes less "hairy" in the series.
- Blatant Lies: "We are not talking animals." "There's no such things as talking animals."
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Otis and Abby.
- Bifauxnen: Otis is rumored to be this.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: They interacted with their narrator in an episode.
- Buffy Speak: Otis.
- Butt Sticker: In episode "The Good, the Bad, and the Snotty" after all the animals rolled out of the barn all glued together. Bessy complains about Peck being glued to her butt.
- The Cassandra: Mrs. Beady.
- Catapult Nightmare: Played with at the end of "Dream Birthday."
- Catch Phrase: "Milk me."
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Daisy, despite Otis helping her to raise her son, Ben.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Freddy is this Up to Eleven.
- The Chew Toy: Peck
- Chronic Villainy: Mrs. Beady.
- Deadpan Snarker: Bessy and Mr. Beady.
- Pip once referred to himself as a snarky sidekick. Not all that justified, though.
- Does Not Understand Sarcasm: Mrs. Beady
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The male cows having udders and being able to produce milk.
- The way Freddy admits to his parents that Peck - whom he just saved from becoming their meal - is his best friend, and his parents' reaction from this, obviously parallels word for word someone admitting to his parents that he's homosexual and introducing his partner to them.
- What makes that one even funnier is the fact that Freddy's voice actor is gay.
- Enemy Mine: Otis and Mrs. Beady in "Cowman: The Uddered Avenger".
- Episode Title Card
- Everybody Laughs Ending: Invoked by Bessie towards the end of the episode, 'War of the Pranks': "Let's all have a nice end-of-the-show laugh!"
- Expy: Abby looks surprisingly like Daisy from the source movie. She replaces both Daisy and her son.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Whenever Pip tries to hit on Bessy.
- Fat Idiot: Snotty Boy fits this trope to a "T".
- Pig is a less negative version.
- Flanderization: Otis and Bessy are probably the most noticeable examples of this.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Ben.
- Furry Female Mane: Abbie the cow has blonde humanlike head hair and Bessie the other cow has shades of this trope. Otis the "male cow" has no humanlike head hair of any sort.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Milk me."
- "I need privacy when I make #3!"
- The parody of Girls Gone Wild commercials on their own.
- In "The Haunting" the rabbit spirit comes out of Pig's anus when expelled/exorcised...yeah.
- "As they say in British-land, BITE ME!~" Seriously, they got away with this.
- In the Donk E. Cheese episode, Otis mentions Eugene taking the Z-Box on a "naughty honeymoon."
- Gretzky Has the Ball: There are so many things wrong with the football game they play, someone who has never seen a single football game in their life could find at least 3 things wrong with it.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Otis managed to hypnotize himself in "Hypno-A-Go-Go"
- Horror Hunger: Freddy.
- Housewife: Mrs. Beady.
- Hugh Mann: Many of the animals assume the surname "Nota[animal name]" when going out in public.
- Idiot Hero: Otis, in contrast to his film counterpart.
- Insult Misfire: Otis does this often.
- Keet: Freddy the ferret, pretty much.
- Kent Brockman News: Hilly Buford.
- Kids Are Cruel: Eugene and his friends.
- Lampshade Hanging
- Latex Perfection: The jewel robbers in "Chain Gang" disguise themselves this way wearing full-head rubber farm animal masks that happen to resemble Otis, Chicken, Freddy and Peck (and thus cause said main characters to be falsely arrested), though at the end the impostors are unmasked by Otis to reveal four old ladies.
- Lighter and Softer: The movie got pretty dark at points. This...doesn't.
- Limited Social Circle
- Mad Scientist: Professor Mertin Fargleman.
- Maniac Monkeys: Bingo.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: "Hello, animals of the farm. And Bessy."
- My Name Is Not Durwood: Baxter keeps calling the gang different names.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Jessica Allspice (Jessica Alba).
- Also, a Geraldo Rivera lookalike appears in "The Big Barnyard Broadcast".
- Oblivious to Love: Otis doesn't seem to be aware that Abby likes him. Or won't admit that he likes her too.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: In "Hypno-A-Go-Go", when showing a montage of Otis trying to kill the farmer.
- The Other Darrin: Otis - Kevin James (movie) and Chris Hardwick (series).
- Paper-Thin Disguise
- Rule of Drama: Overlaps with Rule of Funny, and is acknowledged in-universe.
- Rule of Funny: The whole show seems to revolve around this trope.
- Screwed by the Network
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Winky the rabbit.
- Secret Ingredient: At the end of "Chez Pig", all of the barnyard animals ask Pig for the secret ingredient of his grandma's Truffle Pies, Pig finally gives in but when he reveals the secret ingredient, a duck shows up and quacks, completely drowning out what Pig said. However, the other animals are heard exclaiming in disgust, implying that the secret ingredient was actually disgusting.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend
- Sit On The Camera: in the episode "The Tale of Two Snottys" where Otis climbs up a ladder and lands on Snotty Boy.
- Smelly Skunk: Pig's pet Skunky.
- Something We Forgot: One episode closed with Duke getting carted off to the pound in the same kennel that Freddy tricked him into earlier in the episode.
- Somewhere A Mammalogist Is Crying: MALE. COWS. DON'T. HAVE. UDDERS.
- And they're called bulls.
- In one episode, Otis actually had to dress up like a bull and had to try and hide his utter.
- Space Jews: The French Canadian crows.
- Suck E. Cheese's: "Donk E. Cheeses."
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Abby for Daisy.
- Take That: To the animals, there is no worse form of torture than to be strapped to a table and forced to watch something about kids in high school making a musical.
- Talking Animal
- Those Two Guys: The Pizza Twins.
- 24 Hour Party People: Subverted, since it's a farm they show the same animals.
- Two Girls to a Team: Abby and Bessie.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic: Played himself in an episode where Bessy is his personal shopper. Apparently, he's a horse.
- Unreliable Narrator: The Narrator sometimes likes to go into his own little world.
Narrator: Don't worry! He's fine and will soon star in my amazing go kart episode!
Pip: I think we need a new narrator.
Narrator: Too late, the end!
- Verbal Tic: Snotty calls everyone "stupid", "stinky", etc., even when there's no reason to.
- Walk Into Camera Obstruction:
- "The Tale of Two Snottys" where Otis climbs up a ladder and lands on Snotty Boy
- "Pigmalion": at the very end where Pig jumps into to mud. Then the screen fades to black.
- "Robo Peck": very end,
Joey: Smashy, Smashy, Smashy!
- "Club Otis": Freddy's nose fills the screen
Peck: "Head trauma!"
Pip: "That's it come on in."