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Sunday, April 21
The Indiana Daily Student

Feel-good times on the 'Range' meet Disney World

"Home on the Range" does exactly what it should. It entertains a younger generation of kids, who have had to share a majority of their recent movies with adults because of the subtly sophisticated humor in contemporary animated films. While "Range" has a few lines skewed to make adults laugh, it doesn't cross the line and leave kids asking mom and dad what was so funny.\nIn true Disney spirit and fashion, "Range" takes the viewer to a land they've never seen before, the old west. A Patch of Heaven is the farm in which many fun-loving animals sing and dance and crack jokes. Their owner, Pearl, is an elderly woman who has just been informed that her farm will be auctioned off if she does not come up with the $750 she owes the bank.\nSure enough, as if it weren't obvious, the animals work together to save the farm. Specifically, three cows, Maggie (Roseanne), Mrs. Calloway (Judi Dench) and Grace (Jennifer Tilly) set out to capture an evil thief of the old west, Alameda Slim (Randy Quaid). There is a bounty on Slim's head of, as anyone could guess, exactly $750, just the amount they need to save the farm.\nIt is quite an adventure for the three cows as they set out to save the farm and capture the bad guy. The characters they meet along the way are funny, cute and some are evil, but provide a few chuckles. \nThe animation in the film isn't anything spectacular, but that helps. It's a traditional Disney animated film like the one's most of us grew up with.\nAnd all traditional Disney films have one thing in common: songs. This may be the one area where "Range" is really lacking. Movies like "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid" left joyous songs in viewers' heads for days. "Range's" songs are catchy, but not memorable, even if sang by Bonnie Raitt and Tim McGraw. \nDoes the movie have a surprise ending? Of course not. All always ends well in animated Disney films, and the same goes for "Home on the Range." That's exactly how it should be.

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