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Starring: Kevin James, Courtney Cox, Sam Elliot, Danny Glover, Wanda Sykes, Andie MacDowell, David Koechner
Director: Steve Oedekerk
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006




- Commentary by Steve Oedekerk, Paul Marshal and the Barnyard Crew
- Mud Music Video
- Boogying in the Barn
- Utter Talent
- Voices of Barnyard
- An Animator's Life
- Method Acting with Kevin James
- Deleted Scenes
- Barnyard Bop All-new Music Video
- Nick On-Air Campaign
- Theatrical Trailer




Languages: Thai/English/Korean
Subtitles: English/Mandarin/Thai/Korean/
Commentary Subtitles: English/Korean
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 29 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




Move over, all pretenders...here are the original party animals- the animated gang of Barnyard! This laugh-filled adventure stars Otis, a carefree cow who spends his days singing, dancing and playing tricks on humans...much to the dismay of his father, Ben. Wild, wacky and "udderly" hilarious, here's a herd of animated pranksters that'll keep you laughing out loud!


If there is one thing I learnt after watching this animated flick, it is this: There is actually a difference between being a vegan and a vegetarian! Pardon my ignorance, but this is definitely the most educational fact (I won’t spoil the fun by providing the answer for other ignorant readers like me) that enlightened me.

The rest of the movie, sadly, is quite standard fare.

There are the uninspiring pop reference jokes; there are the obligatory inspirational messages of being a responsible adult; there are the caricatured sidekicks that annoy more than they amuse.

Even the story is a derivative one. It tells of a party animal (literally!) who plays too much and works too little. Despite being lectured by his father, this cow doesn’t learn his lesson until an unfortunate tragedy struck one day. He has to then gather himself and save the barnyard animals from a group of evil coyotes.

While some animation studios can turn an unoriginal story into an interesting movie, Nickelodeon Pictures obviously failed. And having cows with disturbingly distracting udders don’t help.

To be fair, the 89-minute movie does have occasional funny bits (The Motorola moment is truly hilarious – it could work as one of those in-theatre ads asking rude audiences to switch off their mobile phones). But these rare moments are far too little for today’s impatient viewers.

Kevin James, Courtney Cox, Sam Elliot and Danny Glover are some of the voices behind the animals, and they do a decent job of bringing these animated creatures to life.

At the end of the day, it may be the little ones who will walk home with the messages the movie set out to convey. But if these little ones have watched the dozens of better-produced motivating animated features out there, why would this one go down well with them?

Being able to tell the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian won’t be enough.


This Code 3 DVD is loaded with extras, which outshine the otherwise mediocre movie. That’s a good thing, because kids will have fun exploring these features, forgetting how unfunny the movie is. In times like this, we give credit where it’s due.

Commentary by Steve Oedekerk, Paul Marshal, and the Barnyard Crew – The feature length commentary by the filmmakers is a very engaging listen, and we are impressed how their energy level was high throughout the entire 89 minutes. Sure, these folks are singing praises about themselves, but they sure sound like they take pride in whatever they do. Love the infectious laughter.

”Barnyard Bop” All New Music Video – The two-minute clip is a very creative song performed by a female bird (an attractive one at that!) with some innovative percussive beats of the animals’ hooves.

“Mud” Music Video – The three-minute song performed by pop band North Mississippi Allstars is accompanied by some of the best scenes in the movie. A teeny-boppy song that will go down well with kids.

Boogying in the Barn – The five-minute feature talks about the several kinds of music used in the movie, highlighting the guys from North Mississippi Allstars and why they adopted the style of music-writing.

Utter Talent “Voices of the Barnyard” – The 10-minute feature showcases the voices behind the animals. It cracked us up listening to how Andie Macdowell enjoyed playing a mother hen. The usual praising of the movie happens here.

An Animator’s Life – A 12-minute clip brings us through the process of how the animated movie was put together, starting from the script to the rough 2D storyboarding to the final product. Quite an eye-opener, if you are a kid, that is.

Method Acting with Kevin James – The actor self amuses as he talks to a cow (at the same time amusing us too!) in this short two-minute clip.

Deleted Scenes – This section features seven deleted scenes which are rightfully cut from the final movie - They aren’t that funny anyway.

Theatrical Trailer – The two-minute trailer is a creative work showcasing how imaginative promo producers can be.

Nick On-Air Campaign – Another section showcasing creativity and originality with seven short television ads. If only the movie was as funny as this.


The visual transfer is impressive and showcases the fine details in this CGI movie. There are language options of Thai and Korean if you are interested in hearing the animals talk in a language other than English.



Review by John Li


Other titles from HVN Berjaya:

. Flushed Away

. Children Of Men

. World Trade Centre

. Accepted

. Nacho Libre

. Stay Alive

. Miami Vice

. United 93

. You, Me and Dupree

. M:I:3

. Over The Hedge

. The Break-Up

. Curious George

. American Dreamz

. Bring It On All Or Nothing

. Aeon Flux

. Inside Man

. Elizabethtown

. Spongebob Squarepants Movie

. Four Brothers

. War Of The Worlds

. Munich

. Two for the Money

. King Kong

. American Pie: Band Camp

. Surviving Christmas

. Perfect Man, The

. Madagascar


This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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