YMMV: Barnyard

  • Complete Monster: Dag, the leader of the pack of coyotes. Unlike the other coyotes who kill for food, Dag seems to get more out of killing than he probably should. This is shown when he shows a group of chickens his chain which has severed chicken legs on it. When faced with Otis's father Ben, he murders him and then shames Otis by telling him that his father would've survived had he been there for him. He then makes a compromise with Otis that states that he and his pack of coyotes would only get a couple of animals every night, but if Otis didn't comply, Dag and his coyotes would personally slaughter everything in the farm that he held dear. He then tries to spitefully eat the young chick Maddy just because she referred to him as a "meaner."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: I Won't Back Down by Tom Petty. Made even better by the fact that it's sung by Sam Elliot.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: "HOOOOOOO!"
    • "THAT'S CALLED BOY TIPPING! HA HA HA!!"
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Dag
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Dag, even amongst people who don't like the film.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Has anybody already mentioned the bulls with udders? This, along with the infertility problems, might be simply explained as side effects of steroid medication (to make them grow faster) of the animals by the farmer.
    • When Otis hops over the rock he tripped on before his talk with Ben he says "See? I learned!". This ties in with a theme of the film. Some lessons are harder to learn than others. And if you refuse to learn one lesson it's just going to be harder on you.
    • Ben says that Otis will never be happy if he just spends his time goofing off. Otis is only completely happy after the death of his father when he accepts responsibility of being farm leader. Even more Fridge Brilliance sets in during the very final scene. Otis looks up at the sky to see the stars dance after he's assumed responsibility of leader and father just like Ben did when he was young.
  • Fridge Logic/What an Idiot: Sure, Otis' friends pulls a pretty cool Big Damn Heroes moment right before he's killed by the coyotes, but why didn't he bring them all with him to begin with?
    • In his defense, Otis insisted it was too dangerous and he didn't wanna risk anyone else getting hurt by Dag.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Otis' father's fate is all thanks to Dag.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The "boy tipping" scene, as hilarious as it is, is also pretty frightening.
  • Tear Jerker: Ben's death. Otis runs out to help his dad and sees he's about to die. You can tell he's absolutely horrified, flabbergasted, and heartbroken at the same time. Ben tries to find something to say, his expression goes back and forth from stern to soft, until he just... slips away in his son's arms. Otis looks like he's about to break down. Which is probably what he does after hugging his father close to him.
    • Then there's the aftermath. The whole farm holds a funeral for Ben. Otis is off by himself mourning on his father's watching spot. As he looks at a stream he remembers fishing with his father. It's absolutely heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.
      • Watch this scene again. Now think back on the happiest moment you shared with a parent/parent figure in the context of this scene. Admit it. You cried your eyes out.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "A strong man stands up for himself. A stronger man stands up for others."