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Lively Disney cartoon last of its kind from the Mouse House,
This review is from: Home on the Range (DVD)
Home on the Range" sees the closure of the traditional animation unit at Disney after a successful 44 film legacy that began with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". It's a sad fact of life that CGI has become the dominate form for animation. It's a pity as I could easily see the two co-existing. A very funny comedy, "Home on the Range" tells the story of three cows, a karate kicking horse named Buck and others from the farm who try and prevent the foreclosure of their home the Patch of Heaven diary farm. An evil and greedy outlaw named Alameda Slim (Randy Quaid) wants the land for himself. He uses his unique hypnotic yodeling to lure the cattle away from the farm in hopes of shipping them off to less green pastures. Featuring songs performed by The Beu Sisters, k. d. lang, Bonnie Riatt and Tim McGraw, "Home on the Range" is a marvelous and funny cartoon that the whole family can enjoy. The breezy direction by Will Finn and John Sanford (who also wrote the script) along with a witty script make this last traditional animated feature a Disney classic from the get go.
A beautifully rendered transfer free of analog or digital blemishes, the 1.66:1 aspect ratio means that this film will look great on both traditional TV sets and widescreen models as well. The bright colors and smooth animation come to life in a carefully wrought DVD. The sound doesn't have any hint of compression errors and comes across with tremendous presence and a nice spread in the surround speakers.
Disney corrals a whole bunch of features for the DVD. We get a very funny animated short "A Diary Tale: The Three Little Pigs" which also played with the movie in theaters. There's also four deleted scenes with introductions by the director/writers. While some of the deleted scenes aren't quite finished, they're quite charming. The directors provide their reasoning behind cutting these scenes. There's a great little music video "Anytime You Need a Friend" incorporating some of the elements from the feature. We also get a 16 minute documentary on the making of the film which provides lots of neat tidbits that even kids will enjoy. Finally we have three games/activities for the kids. The "Yodel Memory Game" and "Yodel Maker DVD-ROM" will provide distraction for a couple of hours. While their not up to the more advanced DVD-ROM games we've seen introduced on movies for tweens and teens, their fun enough where most kids will enjoy them. We also get "The Joke Corral" which features jokes that were deleted from the feature film for one reason or another. A funny and entertaining commentary track from the directors will keep animation buffs entertained. There are moments here that will be over most kids heads though.
If this is, indeed, the last traditional animation feature we see from Disney (the company's Australian unit will continue to produce direct-to-video and TV fare in the traditional hand drawn style), then it's a great farewell that matches some of the best Disney has produced over the years. It may not quite have the appeal of "Aladdin" or "The Lion King" but its atmosphere of Looney Tunes humor crossed with the more traditional witty Disney humor makes it a worthwhile movie to watch with the kids. The extras might make this worth purchasing for most parents as well. The DVD-ROM features will provide a bit of entertainment independent of the feature film and the short cartoon and music video are also fun. Although this didn't do all that well at the box office (it only pulled in roughly $50 million to the $110 million budget), don't let that prevent you from viewing or purchasing this DVD. Unlike some other Disney features that failed to succeed, this one certainly deserved to do so.
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Initial post: Oct 29, 2013 2:38:05 AM PDT
Kristjan Birnir Ivansson says:
I haven't found any info that the short A Diary Tale: The Three Little Pigs" was ever shown in theaters? could you provide me with further info if you have them
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