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HOME ON THE RANGE

BY TOM MEEK

Songs by Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) underscore this prairie romp from Disney. Roseanne Barr voices Maggie, the boisterous (and beefy) new bovine in the paddocks of Patch of Heaven Farm. In true Roseanne form, Maggie informs the audience early on that her ample udders are "real" and, to the dismay of Mrs. Caloway (Judi Dench), the mannerly matron cow, teaches a trio of piglets to burp in chorus. Bigger problems arise when the farm is marked for foreclosure. Maggie and Mrs. Caloway, united by the new-agey sensibilities of younger cow Grace (Meg Tilly), take matters into their own hooves and devise a plan to capture a notorious cattle rustler and use the reward money to save the farm. But collaring Slim (Randy Quaid) proves to be more difficult than expected, as he possesses the nifty ability to hypnotize cattle by yodeling. Written and directed by Will Finn and John Sanford, the film is peppered with enough offbeat references to maintain adult interest. (76 minutes)


Issue Date: April 2 - 8, 2004
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