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Barnyard (marketed as Barnyard: The Original Party Animals) is a 2006 computer-animated comedy film produced by O Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. The film is directed, produced, and written by Steve Oedekerk, the co-creator of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and its television series continuation The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius. The film stars the voices of Kevin James, Courteney Cox, Sam Elliott, Danny Glover, Wanda Sykes, Andie MacDowell, and David Koechner. It tells the story of Otis, a carefree Holstein cow who learns the value of responsibility when he becomes the leader of his farm home's community after his adoptive father's death from a coyote attack.


Otis is a mischievous, carefree Holstein cow who lives on a farm where, unbeknownst to humans, the animals are anthropomorphic. He prefers having fun with his best friends — Pip the mouse, Freddy the ferret, Peck the rooster, and Pig the pig — rather than following strict rules and accepting responsibility. This annoys his stern and uptight adoptive father Ben, the leader of the farm's community. After Otis interrupts a routine morning roll call and meeting with his usual antics, Ben warns Otis that he will never find true happiness unless he acts more responsibly and maturely. That same day, Otis meets a widowed pregnant cow named Daisy, who has moved to the farm with her friend Bessy.

That night, after the farmer goes to bed, the animals throw a wild party in the barn, but Ben guards the fence line. Otis is assigned a shift along with Ben, but Otis cleverly talks himself out of that work. Before he leaves, Ben tells him that the night he found him as a calf stumbling alone in a meadow, he saw the stars dance, which reminded him that his place was at the farm. Soon after, Ben fights a pack of evil coyotes who threaten to raid the farm's chicken coop until he is bitten on the leg by their leader Dag. The coyotes pile on Ben, who grabs Dag's leg and uses him to overpower his followers. He threatens to punch Dag but lets him go, scaring the coyotes away in defeat. Ben then falls to the ground, exhausted and fatally injured. Otis is alerted and runs outside to his father, who soon dies from his injuries. Early the next morning, the farmer buries Ben's body; and after he leaves, the other animals gather at Ben's grave marker except for Otis, who sits alone at his father's post.

The farm's community elects Otis as their new leader, who shirks his duties by leaving Freddy and Peck in charge of the coop. With the help of three trouble-making Jersey cows, he teaches a lesson to a mean-spirited youngster nicknamed "Snotty Boy" for his cow tipping, then eludes the police. Later that night, Otis shares a romantic moment with Daisy, who reveals that she and Bessy are the only surviving members of their herd after a flood. Otis comforts her but witnesses the coyotes chasing a rabbit, and he leaves to seek revenge on them. After engaging them to no avail, Dag recognizes Otis as Ben’s son, taunting him with how he let his father die by letting him face the coyote pack alone while he was having fun with his friends. Taking advantage of Otis' lack of strength, Dag proposes a deal: he and his pack will take some of the farm's animals at random times, and if Otis tries to intervene, the coyotes will openly kill them all. Realizing his chances for victory are slim, Otis ultimately decides to leave the farm.

The next morning, before leaving, Otis is informed that the coyotes have kidnapped the hens, including Maddy, a chick who looks up to him. Otis, who did not expect the coyotes to arrive until nightfall, sets out to the coyotes' junkyard den to confront them and gains the upper hand until Dag bites his leg. Pip, Pig, Freddy, Peck, Ben's old mule friend Miles, a colony of gophers who live near the farm, and the Jersey Cows arrive to help him. Dag tries to attack Otis from behind, but he is alerted when Peck, who has struggled with his crow throughout the film, successfully crows a warning. Otis thwarts Dag's attack and threatens to punch him like Ben did but instead warns him to never return to the farm before sending him flying out of the junkyard.

On their way home, Pip informs Otis that Daisy went into labor after he left. The animals then steal a biker gang's motorcycles from a diner and return to the barnyard in time to witness Daisy giving birth to a calf that she names "Li'l Ben". Otis takes full responsibility as the new leader of the farm community as he watches the stars take the form of himself, Daisy, and Li'l Ben dancing.

In a mid-credits scene, Mrs. Beady, a neighbor who correctly suspects that the animals are anthropomorphic, is getting ready for bed. She is frightened to find that Wild Mike, an animal of unknown species, is hiding in her hair while looking in her mirror.





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