Home on the Range
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: +2 1/2

In this musical animation, three brave bovines take on Alameda Slim, the sneakiest cattle rustler (voiced by Randy Quaid) in the Wild West. A Jersey cow named Maggie (Roseanne Barr) awakens one morning to discover the rest of her herd has been stolen. This forces her owner to quit the ranching business and leave Maggie with a kind, granny lady. She treats Maggie and the rest of her animals as friends and calls her farm Slice of Heaven. After a poor harvest year, she cant make her property payment and receives notice that her farm will be auctioned in three days if she does not pay. Granny refuses to sell any of her livestock, so the animals are sure to lose their home. To save the farm, the cows Maggie, Mrs. Calloway (Judi Dench) and Grace (Jennifer Tilly) try to capture the rustler for reward money. They discover the outlaws hideout, but he soon abducts them. The rustler has more than he can handle when Buck the horse (Cuba Gooding Jr.) comes to the rescue.

The three cows realize that they succeed and persevere during difficult circumstances when they give up their personal interests to serve one another. They learn to accept others, putting up with bad singing, burping and irritation, and they grow to tolerate and work alongside those who are different. The animals enjoy wholesome fun like juggling fruit, playing with cans and racing around the farm. Parents need to be aware of abundant cartoon violence. The creatures punch, kick, push and hit each other. The animals are also sassy and do a lot of insulting and name calling, which is rude but not crude. Overall the animals are positive and express genuine concern toward each other. With a warning about the animated violence and mild, rude humor, Preview recommends this one as an enjoyable film for the entire family.

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher
Distributor: Walt Disney

Crude Language: Few (2) times mild (animated cow refers to her utters 1); strong (can of whoop-ass 1)
Obscene Language: Several (5) times mild (manure 5)
Profanity: Once mild (holy hay)
Violence: Many, but all cartoon violence mild (shoving and struggling, punching, kicking, hitting with a pan, pushing creature off of cliff, explosions, rabbit on fire, man bites mans leg); moderate (man shoots at horse, man wildly swings red hot fire brand at boys)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Near Nudity: Once mild (animated boys pull up animated mans underwear)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few (2) times mild (innuendo: animated bulls suggest they get together with animated cows, animated bulls told to take a cold shower)
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Appropriate use of Lord in a song, burps 45+, cows treated like people by owner, good guy turns bad, animals save the day when humans fail, animated cows insult and speak disrespectfully to one other
Running Time: 76 minutes
Intended Audience: Children

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