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The 45th entry in the Disney Animated Canon.

Chronologically the last traditionally animated feature of the Disney Animated Canon released until 2009's The Princess and the Frog. Technically, Brother Bear was the last hand-drawn feature they produced, but this was the last one released.

In Ye Olde Wild West, three cows named Maggie, Mrs. Calloway, and Grace live on a small, cozy farm named Patch of Heaven with other animals. When the farm is threatened with foreclosure, our heroines must act to save their home. They plan to achieve this by capturing a big-name cattle rustler named Alameda Slim for his bounty, which is the exact amount they need.

The cows are voiced by Roseanne Barr (Maggie), Judi Dench (Mrs. Calloway), and Jennifer Tilly (Grace). Other notable voices include Cuba Gooding Jr.., Randy Quaid and Steve Buscemi.

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  • The Ace: Rico the Bounty Hunter, whom Buck idolizes and many people recognize as one of the greats.
    • Broken Ace: Rico's eventually revealed to be a mercenary who's been working for Alameda Slim the entire time, covering up the Big Bad's tracks so he doesn't get caught—when Buck discovers this (the hard way), he's absolutely heartbroken.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Slim keeps referring Mr. Wesley as "Mr. Weasley."
  • All There in the Manual: The horse that Rico replaces Buck with is named Patrick, after his voice actor, Patrick Warburton.
  • An Aesop: Home is where the heart is.
  • Anti-Villain: As Slim's buffalo steed, Junior is a villain In Name Only—he's really only just doing his job and is shown to be very polite (such as complimenting Mrs. Calloway's hat in a rather flirtatious manner). In the end, he ends up coming to Pearl's farm, where his strength can be appreciated in honest labour.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: It's a Disney film, this is inevitable.
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  • Art Evolution: this was the last Disney film to use the CAPS digital ink-and-paint system in use since 1989. The Princess and the Frog used the more modern Toon Boom system.
  • Art Shift: Only for the DVD features, such as the short "A Dairy Tale". All the characters are Super-Deformed and look like kids even though they still have their same voice actors.
  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Sheriff Sam Brown isn't exactly a competent sheriff. He spends most of his time lounging on his office porch. He is rather good friends with Pearl though and is genuinely remorseful about the farm's impending foreclosure. When the cows expose Slim at the climax, Sheriff Sam promptly arrests the fiend.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At the beginning of Slim’s Villain Song, one of the Willie Brothers tosses Slim an object that looks like a rifle and it seems that he will shoot a charging Maggie. It’s really his guitar, which he uses to hypnotize Maggie, Mrs. Calloway, and the herd of steers.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not mess with Mrs Calloway's hat.
    • Do not refer to Slim's yodeling as "singing".
    Slim: ... My singing? Songbirds sing. Saloon gals sing. Little bitty snot-nosed children sing. I yodel! And yodeling IS AN ART!
    • Don't suggest to Pearl, the owner of Patch of Heaven, that she should sell any of her animals, either.
  • Blinding Bangs: All three of the Willie Brothers with one Peek-a-Bangs moment during the fight scene near the train tracks. This also applies to their horses.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Mrs. Calloway is mostly black; Maggie is a very reddish brown; Grace's color is a very light brown. Comparing these cows to humans, they'd respectively be a brunette, a redhead and a blonde (Grace is even troped as a Dumb Blonde, see Character page...).
  • Break the Haughty: A very sad example for Buck when it is revealed that his idol, Rico, is actually a mercenary who has been working for Slim all along. Seriously, as much of an obnoxious jerk he was to the cows, it's hard not to feel sorry for him.
    Buck: [heartbroken] No, it can't be!
  • Bright Is Not Good: Slim, whose psychedelic hypnosis offers a strong contrast to the usual dark themed Disney antagonist.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Slim.
    They call me mean, boys; depraved and nasty too. And they ain't seen, boys, the cruelest thing I do!
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The rabbit seen at the very beginning later helps out the cows by showing them where Alameda Slim's hideout is.
  • The Chew Toy: The one-legged rabbit Lucky Jack, as hilariously demonstrated in the opening scene. Well, he did lose his lucky rabbit's foot...
  • Clark Kenting: A rare villain example. Alameda Slim does this to buy up the lands he just rustled. Lampshaded when his nephews are easily duped by it (even when they watch him putting on the disguise). At the end of the scene, one of the nephews puts the disguise on, and the others react the exact same way.
  • Compelling Voice: Alameda Slim, when he yodels. It only works on cows, which is perfect for a cattle rustler.
  • Conspicuous CG: Quite a few scenes.
  • Cool Horse: Buck. He's also the fourth Disney Animated Canon horse to talk.
  • Dance Party Ending
  • The Dragon: Rico turns out to be this to Slim.
  • Disney Death: Junior presumably falls down a mine shaft, but shows up later, trying to chase down the cows and Lucky Jack.
  • Everything's Better with Cows
  • Feather Fingers: Downplayed. None are evident, and the cows almost never actually rear up on their back legs to use their hooves like hands. But their tail-tufts are apparently prehensile, to the point where Maggie can do sleight of hand with hers.
  • Freudian Excuse: Slim's is that he wants revenge on all the ranch owners for not appreciating his own ranch.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • A lot with Maggie.
    "Yeah, they're real. Quit staring."
    • This line is the reason why the film got a PG rating.
    • Just from the Villain Song, it's clear that the bad guy's minions are... very interested in his butt. Pulling out the waistband of his pants, slapping it, pulling up his underwear... Note that he's their uncle.
    • When the cows enter a saloon and wreak havoc, one of the saloon gals is revealed to be a Drag Queen.
    • The beginning of the Cattle Drive Scene.
    "Maybe we can help EACH OTHER?" *wink*
    "So, ah, how does that work... exactly? Do ya get ta ride him on odd days or even?"
    • "I have two words for you guys! Cold! Shower!"
  • Heel–Face Turn: Subverted as he wasn't really evil himself but rather a selfish jerkass who only was unknowingly working for the Big Bad, but once Buck realizes that the guy he idolizes and had been working with is a bad guy, he helps the cows escape after they are captured.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Grace. This is what protects her from being hypnotized by Slim's Mind-Control Music.
  • Humiliation Conga: This happens to Alameda Slim, especially at the climax.
    Alameda Slim: (upon his defeat by barn animals) You think you've won?! It's ain't over till the fat man sings!
  • Immune to Mind Control: Grace, due to being tone-deaf, is the only cow who is not affected by Slim's Mind-Control Music, and manages to snap her friends out so they can stop him.
  • Informed Location: Patch of Heaven is said to be a dairy farm. Before Maggie came along, it had exactly two cows.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Steve Buscemi as Mr. Wesley. One might say the same about Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Tilly as actual cows.
    • Randy Quaid as Alameda Slim; almost no difference.
    • One can definitely see Cuba Gooding Jr. as a horse.
    • Then there's former Governor Ann Richards as Annie, the owner of the saloon.
  • Interspecies Romance: Junior the Buffalo and Mrs. Calloway, at the end.
  • Ironic Name: The Big Bad is named Alameda Slim who is really fat.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Buck is initially annoying and selfish towards the cows, but close to the end, he joins their team and helps them escape.
    • Also Mrs. Calloway, with her hotheadedness but still huge heart.
    • And Jeb the grumpy goat, as proven in the climax. When Slim pulls out a pistol at the three bovines, Jeb is the first one to call for attack and he and the piggies launch several tin cans at Slim, knocking his pistol away.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Buck is a big fan of Rico, and was excited at the prospect of being his horse for the bounty hunt on Slim when first chosen.
  • Laughably Evil: Slim is commonly compared to Captain Hook in this regard by fans.
  • Lucky Rabbit's Foot: Lucky Jack is a jackrabbit with a peg-leg and incredibly bad luck, implying that someone took one of his feet, and with it all his good luck.
  • The Music Meister/Mind-Control Music: Slim's hypnotic yodeling makes the cows dance along to his Villain Song/Disney Acid Sequence "Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo."
  • Parental Bonus: Right in the first scene, when Maggie is introduced, the camera centers on her udders while she says to the viewer
    Maggie: Yeah, they're real. Quit staring.
  • Power Trio: Of the three cows, Maggie is Ego, Mrs. Calloway is Superego, and Grace is Id.
  • Real Is Brown: At least compared with most Disney cartoons. It takes place somewhere "west of Nebraska", so most of the scenery is made up of rocks, dirt, and sand.
  • Reality Ensues: Pearl's farm is idyllic, charming, homey — and extremely hard just to keep afloat. Pearl mentions that she's weathered blizzards and tornadoes and is constantly getting notices from the bank. This is compounded by the fact that she refuses to sell off any of her animals, whom she considers family.
  • Right Behind Me: After fooling Rico's horse into running away, Buck remarks that he "must be takin' stupid lessons" from Slim's buffalo, Junior. Guess where we pan to after that statement...
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Somewhat subverted; Maggie can completely understand Calloway's sarcasm, but when the former gets the idea of bringing Slim in to save the farm, she is too eager about her idea to take Calloway's sarcastic remark seriously.
    Maggie: I got it! Why don't we go nab that Alameda Slim and use the reward money to save the farm?
    Mrs. Calloway: Oh, that is a sensible idea.
    Maggie: I knew you'd love it!
    Mrs. Calloway: Don't they have sarcasm where you come from?
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: A near-literal example: when Slim is outed, he is not about to accept defeat and tries to yodel again to get the upper hand, but Grace kicks a cowbell into his mouth, silencing him for good.
  • Stock Scream: Junior the bison lets out a Goofy holler after the cows accidentally push him down the mine shaft.
    Grace: Sorry!
  • Stout Strength: Alameda Slim puts all three cows in a one-armed headlock, then quickly pins them to the ground.
  • Theme Naming: The Willie bros are named Bill (blue hat and blue bandanna), Phil (red hat and red bandanna) and Gil (green hat and green bandanna).
  • Title Drop: The very first spoken words of the movie, actually. Maggie opens with the movie's title "Home on the range..." to then explain she's between homes right now.
  • Villain Song: "Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo".
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Maggie's beloved home, the Dixon Ranch, was raided by Slim, leaving her the only remaining cow. She's sold to Patch of Heaven at the beginning of the film, along with all the issues one might expect to arise from this.
    • This also applies to Lucky Jack, who, as he says, once lived in Echo Mine along with many other jackrabbits for generations, until Slim arrived and kicked 'em out.


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