Home on the Range is the 44th animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on April 2, 2004. The film is the forty-fifth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, and was named after the popular country song "Home on the Range". It was the last movie in the canon to be released on VHS.
A mismatched trio of dairy cows – brash, adventurous Maggie, prim, proper Mrs. Caloway and ditzy, happy-go-lucky Grace (voiced by Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench and Jennifer Tilly respectively) – must capture an infamous cattle rustler, for his bounty, in order to save their idyllic farm from foreclosure. (As Grace puts it, "Who better to catch a cattle thief...than a cow?") Aiding them in their quest is Lucky Jack, a feisty, peg-legged rabbit, but a selfish horse named Buck (Cuba Gooding Jr.), eagerly working in the service of Rico, a famous bounty hunter, seeks the glory for himself.
The film began pre-production after the release of Pocahontas in 1995. In August 2000, the film was announced as Sweating Bullets and scheduled for a fall 2003 release. The title was changed to Home on the Range in April, 2002.
This film was originally slated to have been released in November 2003, but story and production problems forced Disney to swap release dates with Brother Bear (originally slated for spring 2004) in December 2002. It was also expected to be given a G rating by the MPAA. However, sources inside Disney have indicated that a joke during the movie's opening sequence, one in which a cow's udder is subtly compared to surgically-enhanced breasts, resulted in the movie being slapped with a PG rating instead. The studio also broke from its own tradition of releasing major films at either Thanksgiving or summer vacation (to maximize the family audience), releasing it on April 2nd. There also was some speculation that Michael Eisner who had a made a controversial decision to end production of hand-drawn, 2-D animation chose this ill-timed release date to prove his contention that traditionally animated films were no longer viable.
|Judi Dench||Mrs. Caloway|
|Cuba Gooding Jr.||Buck|
|Randy Quaid||Alameda Slim|
|Charles Haid||Lucky Jack|
|Carole Cook||Pearl Gesner|
|Joe Flaherty||Jeb the Goat|
|Richard Riehle||Sam the sheriff|
|Lance LeGault||Junior the Buffalo|
|Estelle Harris||Audrey the Chicken|
|Sam J. Levine||Willie Brothers (speaking)|
|David Burnham||Phil (singing)|
|Jason Graae||Gil (singing)|
|Gregory Jbara||Bill (Singing)|
|Written and Directed by|| Will Finn|
|Produced by||Alice Dewey|
|Songs by|| Alan Menken|
|Original Score by||Alan Menken|
|Associate Producer||David J. Steinberg|
|Art Director||David Cutler|
|Film Editor||H. Lee Peterson|
|Artistic Supervisors|| Jean Christophe-Poulain (Layout supervisor)|
Christy Maltese (Background supervisor)
Marshall Toomey (Clean-up supervisor)
Marlon West (Effects supervisor)
|Supervising Animator|| Chris Buck (Maggie)|
Duncan Marjoribanks (Mrs Caloway)
Mark Henn (Gracie/Welsey/Rusty)
Michael Surrey (Buck)
Dale Baer (Alameda Slim)
Russ Edmonds (Rico/Willies/Horses)
Sandro Lucio Cleuzo (Sheriff/Jeb)
Bruce W. Smith and Mark Henn (Pearl)
James Lopez (Farm Animals)
Shawn Keller (Lucky Jack)
|Based on a Story by|
| Will Finn|
Joseph C. Mosier
Dennis M. Blakely
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