Leah Rozen, Jason Lynch, and Charlotte Triggs
August 14, 2006 12:00 PM

Voices by Kevin James, Courteney Cox Arquette, Danny Glover, Wanda Sykes, Sam Elliott

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Having been raised in close proximity to dairy farms, I always thought cows were female. Hence my surprise when Otis (James), the young bovine hero of this loud, run-of-the-farm comedy, is identified as a cow. So are his father and a trio of rowdy pals. When Dad is killed by malevolent coyotes, Otis must decide whether to remain a party animal or succeed Pop as the barnyard’s protector. Mostly, the story serves as thin filler in between hip tunes blasting on the soundtrack, as if priming young viewers for their impending MTV years.

Upon checking a dictionary, I see an alternative definition lists “cow” as applying to either sex. But male cows here all sport prominent udders. I’m udderly confused and guessing many kids will feel the same. (PG)

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