Home on the Range is one of the last traditionally animated films Disney has ever produced. It didn’t get that good of reviews when it came out nor did it really make a splash at the box office. It is a musical western comedy and this is the reason why I think it didn’t do as well as it could have. Since Westerns aren’t as popular as they were up till the 1960s. The film also has a predominately female cast the three main leads are all female cows, Mrs. Caloway (Judi Dench), Grace (Jennifer Tilly) and Maggie (Roseanne). Spoilers are bound to follow so read with caution.
Maggie is a cow from the Dixon Ranch which had all the cows stolen numbering near 500 all stolen by Alameda Slim (Randy Quaid). So Mr. Dixon is forced to sell his ranch and he sell Maggie to another small farm Patch of Heaven. As it turns out Patch of Heaven is facing 750 dollars in bills that need to be payed in three days. As it turns out the prize for capturing Alameda Slim just happens to be $750 and Maggie has the big idea to go after Slim and get the reward money to save the farm. It’s a Disney film so we know how it’s going to end. There are several side characters who are great as well, Buck (Cuba Gooding Jr.), the sheriff’s horse who idolizes the big bounty hunter Rico (Charles Dennis).
The film itself is pretty funny and I enjoyed it. This isn’t as bad as everyone makes it out to be, sure it isn’t the best film Disney ever made but it’s definitely not the worst, they have made dozens of direct to video sequels and the first CG film by Disney Chicken Little is really pretty bad. It would be interesting to see Disney or some other big name studio released a good traditionally animated film like every other year or something that would be cool. Come into the film not expecting much and you will end up being happy about what you get out of the movie.