Home on the Range (2004)

Home On The Range

For a while it looked like Home on the Range would be the last traditionally animated movie Disney would ever release. And if that had been true it would have been a truly inglorious demise.

Home on the Range, originally envisioned as an ambitious supernatural western called Sweating Bullets (it went into production shortly after Hercules), soon mutated into a dinky musical comedy featuring three female cows (Rosanne Barr, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Tilly) who attempt to stop a cattle rustler (played, in his waning days of sanity, by Randy Quaid). It is, no joke, a huge waste of time – humorless, slack, and featuring unimaginative character designs and backgrounds. The only highlight (and a relatively dim one at that) is the villain’s big musical number, “Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo,” which at least sees them channeling some early Disney weirdness. Thankfully there would be more traditionally animated movies released by Disney, so even its place in the historic Disney canon has been diluted.