Western Animation / Barnyard

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A 2006 Nickelodeon movie written and directed by Steve Oedekerk about Otis, a cow version of a Man Child, and a party animal who becomes frightened at the possibility of having to grow up and accept responsibility as the leader of the Barnyard. His father, Ben, gives him advice that he needs to be responsible, and that he'll never be happy if he spends his life goofing off. Otis blows him off, but unfortunately for him one night of irresponsibility leads to Ben dying at the hands of the evil coyote Dag and his pack. With Otis elected as the new leader, he must look out for all the other animals and struggle with accepting responsibility for others. Added to this is a new pregnant cow on the farm named Daisy, that Otis becomes quite fond of, and her friend Bessy.

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It was eventually adapted into an Animated Series called Back at the Barnyard.


Barnyard provides examples of:

  • All-CGI Cartoon: The style of the movie and later the animated series.
  • All Just a Dream: The animals pull this on the farmer after he catches them partying.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: Contrary to popular belief, "male cows" don't have udders. To be fair, bulls have nipples, but they don't have udders (and showing actual genitalia wouldn't fly.)
    • Director Steve Oedekerk admits he put udders on the bulls because he thought; "It'd be funny"
  • Ax-Crazy: Dag has too much fun in the hunt. And then there is the fact that he keeps the legs from the chickens he has killed before as decorations for his chain...
  • Arc Words/Meaningful Echo: "A strong man stands up for himself. A stronger man stands up for others."
  • Artistic License Biology: Coyotes do not travel in packs and are actually highly territorial, though it's implied that they joined him because they were impressed with his skills at hunting chickens.
    • Otis shouldn't be male.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: The end of the movie has Daisy giving birth, and Otis doesn't lose his protector zen about it.
  • Back Stab: Dag's way of killing seems to be sneaking around and biting his opponent in the back while they're occupied with his minions.
  • Badass Grandpa: Ben, who can kick coyote ass and play a Tom Petty song in the style of Johnny Cash's cover at the same time.
    • Miles also counts.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the finale all the farm animals do this to Otis.
  • Big Fun: Besides the cows, there's also Biggie Cheese, an incredibly obese rapping rat.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Despite having been mauled by coyotes, Ben is perfectly fine save for a little bit of blood around his mouth. He dies, of course.
  • Cassandra Truth: Mrs. Beady is the only one who realizes that cows hijacked her car and throw nightly parties. She reprises this role in the Back at the Barnyard.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: After a boy tries cowtipping some cows along with his friends, the cows respond with boytipping him.
  • Cool Old Guy: Ben and Miles.
  • Cow Tipping: After a boy tries cowtipping some cows along with his friends, the cows respond with boytipping him.
  • The Dog Bites Back: "THAT'S CALLED BOY TIPPING!! HA HA HA!!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mr. Beady is this, particularly to his wife:
    Mrs. Beady: Randall! There is a cow outside!
    Mr. Beady:This is a cow farm. You´re gonna find cows outside.
  • Down in the Dumps: The coyotes have a base in one.
  • Drop the Cow: Happens to a group of coyotes in the final battle.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Let's face it. Going out battling coyotes all while playing the Johnny Cash version of "I Won't Back Down" at the same time is an awesome way to die.
  • Dirty Coward: Dag won't get his hands dirty against targets that fight back, but as soon as they turn their back on him...
  • Famous Last Words: "Put the hen down, Dag."
  • Happily Adopted: Ben is not actually the birth father of Otis: he took the latter in when he was just a calf. Although they do have their fights (most of them concerning the Man Child nature of Otis), it´s clear that both of them love each other, and Otis is absolutely devastated when Ben dies.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Otis, after being beaten by the coyotes.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ben dies protecting the chickens.
  • Humiliation Conga: Dag gets a rather satisfying one. He never bothers the farm animals again.
  • Insult Backfire:
    Chick: You're a meaner!
    Dag: Oh yeah? Well, meaners gotta eat too!
  • Knight of Cerebus/Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Dag. The movie completely loses its comedic beats whenever he appears on screen.
  • Lazy Bum: Mr. Beady, who doesn´t appear to do much other than drink and watch television.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Alhough not shown much, Dag has some shades of this. It´s most notable when he taunts Otis, making him feeling terrible about not helping his father on the night he died, and afterwards proposing Otis a deal: he and his pack would only take a few animals each night, but if Otis tries again to stop them, they will slaughter every single one of them.
    • Also, when he says Otis that he will be seeing him around by the next nights. When he returns to the farm, it´s during the day, relying on Otis only counting on him return at night as he had always done.
  • Mook Chivalry: Averted. The coyotes dogpile Ben.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: As with many animated movies, the trailers focus on the comedy. No mention is made of Otis' Coming-of-Age Story, his drama with his father, nor the Knight of Cerebus Dag and his pack.
  • Parental Abandonment: Ben found Otis as a orphaned calf following him in the fields, so he decided to raise him.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Otis attempts one. It doesn't end well.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: One of the coyotes when Pip goes inside his ear.
  • Sole Survivor: Daisy and her friend are the sole survivors of a flash flood that apparently wiped out their previous herd.
  • Talking Animal: Arguably the main point until Ben dies.
  • Tastes Like Chicken: The resident ferret quotes this upon biting a coyote.
  • Those Wily Coyotes: Dag
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: For a movie about farm animals that like to party, the coyotes can be pretty terrifying.
  • Villain Ball: Rather than just quickly kill Otis while he has him pinned down, Dag decided to gloat instead, allowing Otis time to recover.
  • You Killed My Father: Otis's father Ben was killed by Dag while he was protecting the chickens.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Dag has absolutely no problems with eating Maddy, who is only a young chick.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Despite having Otis pinned down and wounded twice, Dag gloats and lets him recover for no discernible reason, even when it would guarantee his victory.
  • Zerg Rush: Seems to be Dag's chief way of dealing with obstacles. He bites them first to weaken them, then orders his entire pack to do this.

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