Source: Catholic News Service
Clumsy if colorful computer-animated tale set on a farm where, unbeknownst to the farmer, the animals can walk and talk like people, and centers on a callow young cow (voiced by Kevin James), who must grow up quickly, reluctantly assuming leadership to stand up to a marauding gang of coyotes after his father (Sam Elliott) is killed defending the barnyard from the predatory pack. Directed by Steve Oedekerk, the film's admirable, if heavy-handed, message about embracing responsibility and putting the common good ahead of one's own self-interest is undermined by a mediocre script padded with raucous, redundant mayhem and silly sight gags at the expense of story and character. Mildly crude humor, some menace and peril that may be upsetting to very young children, heedless theft and several mature story elements. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
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