Barnyard (2006, USA/GER) C-90m. *** D: Steve Oedekerk. Starring (the voices of) Kevin James, Courteney Cox, Sam Elliott, Danny Glover, Wanda Sykes, Andie McDowell, David Koechner, Steve Oedekerk. Entertaining animated feature about irresponsible party cow James, who is forced to take his foster father's role as protector of their barnyard, when a band of coyotes take his life. Not exactly BAMBI (1942), but funny and enjoyable, slightly anarchic, though not as much as SHREK (2001). Written by the director.

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