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Back at the Barnyard, sometimes abbreviated BatB, is a Nickelodeon computer-animated TV series, based on the 2006 film Barnyard. The series premiered on September 29, 2007 and is produced by Omation, the animation division of O Entertainment, in association with Nicktoons Studios.

The series mainly features pop culture references and parodies for entertainment purposes. In March 2008, Nickelodeon renewed the show for a second season consisting of 20 episodes, a double-length film (Cowman: The Uddered Avenger) and two holiday specials (Halloween and Christmas), and a third season was announced for 16 episodes in January 2010.

This is Steve Oedekerk's second animated series for Nickelodeon, as he was one of the executive producers (but not the creator, as that credit went to John A. Davis) for The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

Synopsis

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Otis partying with his best friends

The synopsis generally revolves around Otis, a male holstien dairy cow, and his barnyard friends. Otis, who inherited the responsibility of running the Barnyard since his adoptive father Ben was killed in the film, wants to goof around, but has to be responsible and protect the inhabitants of the farm. He and his best friends Pip, Freddy, Peck, Pig, Abby, Bessy, and Duke have many crazy adventures, while at the same time, help Otis protect the farm. Abby was added to the series as Otis' new love interest, replacing Daisy from the film.

Otis and his friends have to overtake many obstacles, like Mrs. Beady trying to prove that animals can talk, making produce to sell for the farm and goals like to distract the Farmer so they can party and have their plans everyday.

Location

The setting is unknown, but it is heavily implied to be in the fictional Arizona town of Oedeville (of which series creator Steve Oedekerk named after himself). While the setting strongly resembles Arizona (the Grand Canyon has been depicted in some episodes, i.e. "Cowman and Ratboy"), some have questioned whether or not it is in Arizona or a made-up setting. According to the original film and an episode of the series, Oedeville is 20 miles from the actual city of Phoenix. However, there is still debate of whether this should be the official location because there are many scenes in the series where the nature background doesn't look at all like Arizona — it is green and hilly, whereas Arizona is more of a desert-like area which is dry, arid, and sandy.

Voice cast

English

Regular cast

Much of the original cast from the film returned to voice their characters in the series, except where noted. In the series, Chris Hardwick replaces Kevin James as the voice of Otis and Leigh-Allyn Baker replaces Andie MacDowell as Etta. Others, such as Abby, were especially created for the series.

Minor characters

Guest stars

Japanese cast

In the Japanese version, many famous seiyu (voice actors) provide the characters' voices, all of whom returned from the movie to do the same voices for the TV series. For example, Rica Matsumoto, who is Bessy's Japanese voice, is better known as Satoshi (Ash) from the Pokemon meta series.

History

Beginning origin (2004-2007)

Around summer 2004, Steve Oedekerk began pre-production of creating a new film that stars barnyard animals. Later, in fall 2005, Oedekerk has ended production of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius after working with Butch Hartman with the last two Jimmy Timmy movies, which production officially closed November 2006. Through April and August 2006, commercial shorts and teasers begin to be released. Nickelodeon then released Oedekerk's film Barnyard in August 2006. After the film's successful reception, Nickelodeon has given the green light for his new CGI spin-off television series Back at the Barnyard, which was based on the film. In March 2007, Nickelodeon released promotional commercials for the new series during the 2007 Kids' Choice Awards.

Popularity (2007-present)

Back at the Barnyard premiered on Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play. After its premiere, the new series was rated a big hit, and remained a popular Nicktoon into 2008. In fact, Back at the Barnyard characters Otis and Pip made appearances with Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), and Lil' JJ (Just Jordan) at the 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. During the return on Super-Stuffed Nicktoons Weekend, a brand new Back at the Barnyard film Cowman: The Uddered Avenger, which aired on November 29, 2008.

In March 2008, Nickelodeon gave the series another season, which debuted October 24, 2008. On August 29, 2009, Back at the Barnyard was presented a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Special Class Animated Program". Nick gave the series a third season in January of 2010, with that season premiering June 19 of that year. The show earned a second Daytime Emmy in 2010, sharing the Outstanding Writing in an Animated Series with Disney's Phineas and Ferb.

Episodes

Main article: List of Back at the Barnyard episodes
SeasonEpisodesFirst AirdateLast Airdate
Season 1 26 September 29, 2007 February 24, 2009
Season 2 26 February 25, 2009 November 12, 2011
Season 3 16 June 19, 2010 TBA

Theme song

The theme song to Back at the Barnyard, which is 60 seconds long, is written and performed by Michael Fitzpatrick and Mickey Petralia, and plays at the beginning of every episode.

Lyrics

(The first part is lifted from the opening sequence of the film.)

FARMER: I'm just heading to the fields, Duke. I'll be back.

(The Farmer drives off)

SHEEP: Clear!

(At this point, clips are shown from some of the episodes and the movie.)

From the haystacks, up to the hilltops, We go on dancin', to help us do the milking through the night....

OTIS: Ow. Ow. Okay, ow. OW!

Do-si-do your partner now, gonna party 'til the mornin' light, Do-si-do and don't cha know that's just the way we animals roll.

SNOTTY BOY: Ha-ha!
(He slams the barn door shut)

DVDs

  • Volume 1: When No One's Looking

Release date: August 5, 2008 (8 episodes) 96 min.

    • The Good, the Bad, and the Snotty
    • Escape From the Barnyard
    • Cowman and Ratboy
    • Cow's Best Friend
    • Chez Pig
    • The Right Cow
    • Saving Mrs. Beady
    • The Farmer Takes a Woman
  • Cowman: The Uddered Avenger

Release date: January 20, 2009 (1 TV Movie and 4 episodes) 97 min.

    • Cowman The Uddered Avenger
    • Hypno A-Go-Go
    • Fowl Play
    • The Barnyard Games
    • War Of The Pranks
  • Volume 2: Lights Camera Moo

Release date: April 13, 2010 (8 episodes) 96 min.

    • Lights, Camera, Moo
    • Animal Farmers
    • Raging Cow
    • The Big Barnyard Broadcast
    • Dead Cow Walking
    • The Great Sheep Escape
    • Cow's Night Out
    • Otis Season
  • Volume 3: Big Top Barnyard

Release date: TBA, 2010 (10 episodes) 120 min.

    • Big Top Barnyard
    • Pigmallion
    • A Barn's Day Night
    • Meet The Ferrets
    • A Tale Of Two Snottys
    • Snotty's Pet
    • Hole Sweet Hole
    • Otis Mom
    • Club Otis
    • The Chronicles Of Barnia

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