Western Animation: Barnyard

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"
  • 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.
    • Otis shouldn't have an udder.
  • 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!!"
  • Down in the Dumps: The coyotes have a base in one.
  • Drop the Cow: Happens to a group of coyotes in the final battle.
  • Famous Last Words: "Put the hen down, Dag."
  • Heroic BSOD: 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the Dag's chief way of dealing with obstacles. He bites them first to weaken them, then orders his entire pack to do this.