YMMV / Barnyard

  • Complete Monster: Dag is the sadistic leader of a pack of coyotes. Unlike the other coyotes who kill for food, he seems to enjoy killing his victims more than eating them. 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 stated that he and his pack of coyotes could get a couple of animals every night, and if Otis didn't comply, Dag and his coyotes would personally slaughter everything in the farm that Otis held dear, including possibly the farmer. This deal was just a trick to keep Otis busy while he and his pack kidnap the hens as well as the chick Maddy. He then tries to spitefully eat the latter just because she called him a "meaner." Murderous and needlessly cruel, Dag is seemingly out of place in an otherwise lighthearted film.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics generally overlooked the movie, considering it as just one more animation about animals, and considered its plot unoriginal. Audiences had a very different opinion and even though the movie didn´t make a big impact on the public at large, many remember it fondly and consider it as being an underrated movie with some very touching scenes and a very efficient and frightening antagonist.
  • 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!"
    • "MANABUNGA!"
    • "DUDE, I GOT AN ARM!"
    • Just the whole party at the barn. Special mention must go to the "Mechanical Man for Ride".
    • The Beady's too, from Mrs. Beady's paranoia to her husbands irritated deadpan deliveries.
    Mrs. Beady: Randall! There is a cow outside!
    Randall Beady (in complete annoyance): There's a cow farm. You're gonna find cows outside!
    And later on:
    Randall: Your mind's gone, woman! Where'd it go? I don't know! It's gone!
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Dag. Many view him as a sympathetic antagonist who is only trying to feed his pack. Notably, while he does seem to resent the fact that him and his pack are starving (angrily telling the chick Maddy that "meaners" like him have to eat too), this doesn´t excuse the fact that he clearly kills for his own pleasure and loves to make his victims feel powerless before him.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Dag, even amongst people who don't like the film. He is typically considered the best character in the entire movie, and some go as far as to say that he is the ONLY reason to watch the movie.
    • Freddie the ferret too in both the movie and Back at the Barnyard.
    • Biggie Cheese, a morbidly obese rat who performs "Mr. Bombastic" early on in the film, as it's just plain absurd and hilarious to even think a rat would get so comically obese.
  • 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.
    • And come to think of it, why isn´t the farmer doing something about the coyote pack that is constantly threatening his livestock?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Monica, Courtney Cox's most famous role, was often mocked for her morbid obesity in her younger years. Here, she literally plays a cow - and a heavily pregnant one at that.
  • 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.
    • Any scene involving Dag and his pack. Not only are their appearances very unsettling (they look more like skeletal monsters rather than coyotes), they are quite deranged on their actions. Dag himself is the worst, as he clearly enjoys tormenting his prey and seems to take sadistic delight when mocking his foes. And then there is his snarling, feral laugh...
    • Their first scene (which shows them sneaking into the farm and slowly creeping towards the chicken coop) is particularly unnerving, and wouldn´t feel out of place in an horror movie.
  • 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.
    • Plus, the fact that Ben died while protecting Etta the hen and the other farm chickens from Dag and his pack. He gave up his own life to save the lives of his fellow animals, and during the whole fight, he doesn´t show any concern for himself, even as the coyotes gang up on him and begin to bite and scratch at him mercilessly. His only focus is on the safety of the hens. This only makes it even more painful when, at his funeral, Etta is the one who places flowers on Ben´s grave, all while looking absolutely heartbroken. You can´t help but think if she doesn´t feel GUILTY for what happened.
    • Also, after Otis is defeated by Dag and his pack on a futile attempt to avenge his father, he becomes ashamed of himself by not being brave enough to stand up to them like his father did, and the next day, he plans to leave the farm, considering himself as an useless leader and a coward. The scene where he tells Daisy this and how frustrated he feels about how he can´t protect the farm animals is quite painful to watch.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "A strong man stands up for himself. A stronger man stands up for others."
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The movie actually went into some very dark themes, such as Otis losing his father and the farm being terrorized by Dag, who resembles more a sadistic Serial Killer rather than a predatory animal.