Back at the Barnyard
|Back at the Barnyard|
The show logo with the post-2009 Nick logo.
|Format||CGI animated series|
|Created by||Steve Oedekerk|
|Directed by||Todd Grimes
|Voices of||Chris Hardwick
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Steve Oedekerk
|Producer(s)||Maragret M. Dean
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Omation Animation Studio
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
|Original run||September 29, 2007– November 12, 2011|
Back at the Barnyard is a Nickelodeon CGI animated show that is a spin-off from the 2006 film, Barnyard. The debut series premiered on September 29, 2007 on Nickelodeon. The show is produced by Omation Animation Studio, in association with Nickelodeon Animation Studios. The show mainly features pop culture references and parodies for the entertainment of the show. In February 2008, Nickelodeon renewed the show for a second season consisting of 24 episodes. On January 22, 2010, Nickelodeon ordered 16 more episodes extending it to a third season. In March 2011, the show was in hiatus, due to the more recent Omation show "Planet Sheen" pausing production of "Back at the Barnyard" episodes. The hiatus stopped in August 2011 when they announced the remaining episodes would air starting on September 12, 2011. The final episode of the show aired on November 12, 2011, and was entitled "Aliens!". This is Steve Oedekerk's second animated series for Nickelodeon, as he was one of the executive producers of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
The plot generally revolves around Otis (a male cow with udders) and his barnyard friends. Otis wants to horse around, but has to be responsible and protect the inhabitants of the Barnyard. He and his friends Pip the mouse, Abby the cow, Pig, Freddy the ferret, Peck the rooster, Duke the sheepdog, and Bessy the cow have many crazy adventures, while at the same time help Otis protect the farm. The setting is unknown but it is heavily implied to be in the fictional Arizona town of Oedeville. 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 spin off, Oedeville (which Steve Oedekerk most likely named after himself) is 20 miles from the actual city of Phoenix. There is still debate of whether this should be the official location because there are many scenes in the show where the nature background does not 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). Otis and his friends have to overtake many obstacles like preventing Mrs. Beady from proving that animals can talk and distracting the farmer, so that they can throw a party. In many episodes, Otis gets himself in a sticky situation where his friends have to come to the rescue, resulting in him learning a lesson. Sometimes, the animals dress up like people when out in public, which nobody notices except Mrs. Beady.
Otis (voiced by Chris Hardwick) is a male holstein cow who is the leader of the barnyard. Although male, he is called a "cow" in the show, Otis would not be in reality, as he has a pink udder, and would in fact be a bull or steer. This descrepency is not explained in the series. In the episode "Cowman and Ratboy", Otis becomes a superhero named Cowman. He also appears as Cowman in the special 1-hour episode "Cowman, the Uddered Avenger". Otis is also a huge party animal and enjoys anything with action or stunts and enjoys watching sports bloopers. He has a big crush on Abby. Some of his other aliases are "Professor Exposition", politician "Ned Bovine", newsman "Gil O'Malley", golfer Heifer Woods (punning off the famous golf star Tiger Woods) along with many other human disguises, and in the show's Christmas special, we learn he went to high school with two of Santa Claus' reindeer, Donner and Blitzen. He also plays a lot of pranks on Nora Beady (their next door neighbor, who claims to hear them talking and having their wild parties). Otis makes a cameo in the pilot episode of Planet Sheen. His catchphrases can include "sweet cud" or "Milk me." In the film, Otis has a somewhat rebellious big-man on campus nature with his father Ben and deliberately ignores him when he tells him to grow up and be more responsible instead of goofing off since he will become the leader of the Barnyard someday when Ben passes away. After Ben gets murdered by Dag that night, Otis becomes extremely depressed and not as outgoing, devastated by his father's death. Later, Otis is finally elected the new leader of the Barnyard, despite him blaming himself for Ben's death and constantly dwelling on it as he strongly feels that he should've been there for him instead of partying with his friends in the Night Barn. Towards the end of the film, Otis avenges his father by bravely defeating Dag in the Junkyard while protecting and rescuing the captured hens and Maddy. Even though he defeated Dag he did get bitten in the leg like his father. Upon arriving back home that night, Otis eventually becomes a loving husband to Daisy and a father to his newborn baby son Ben (whom he and Daisy had named after his late father). Slowly, Otis starts to mature as a more responsible leader, husband, and father. In the film, Otis cannot produce milk, but in the series, he can lactate efficiently from his udder.
Pip (voiced by Jeff Garcia) is a great, gray, barn mouse who speaks with a slight Mexican accent and often rides around on his best friend Otis' shoulder. He is known for his crush on Bessy, the sassy and sarcastic cow best friend of Abby, but she always rejects him. Pip's superhero ego is Ratboy, the sidekick of Cowman. Pip is not usually involved with the gang's crazy schemes as much as Freddy, Peck, Pig, etc. are, but still, he usually comes along for the ride. Pip's human disguise makes people question him, to which another animal says 'He's the world's smallest man!'.
Abby (voiced by Leigh Allyn Baker) is a southern, pretty, blonde, blue-eyed cow who resides in the barnyard and was created in order to replace Daisy, Otis's former love interest in the film, who failed to make any appearances in the series at all. Abby possesses a number of rowdy, tomboyish qualities (such as a love of sports) and has held multiple past occupations, including one as a trapeze artist, which she has since given up for whatever reason. She holds a mutual infatuation for Otis, who refuses to admit his feelings in return for her albeit at many points throughout the program, signs of him holding a fondness for her that are inevitable have appeared (such as when Otis's miniature clone, in which all of Otis's personality traits are duplicated, fell in love with a small clone of Abby). It was revealed in one episode that Abby actually dyes her hair blonde, though her natural hair color has never been revealed, and she is close friends with Bessy, who was Daisy's best friend in the movie (though all traits of there being such a character have been erased from the series). Her superhero name is Cowgirl.
Pig (voiced by Tino Insana) is filthy, bright, fat and is the only character in the show to be named after his own species living in a mudhole. He is very gluttonous and would eat anything, and he does so uncontrollably. In several episodes, Pig has various segments on the show that often interrupt the episode at its most important parts, with a few memorable segments are "Viewer Mail", "Ask Dr. Pig", a makeover segment and "Hollywood: Fact or Fiction?", which serves as filler time when an episode story is slightly shorter than its air time. Pig has a strong, but quite strange, love for unicorns, and he wished for one in the Christmas special, and is also the animal on the barnyard to dress up and disguise as humans the most times. He has a pet skunk named Skunky, and in one episode he is shown to have a beautiful singing voice. In another episode, after Pig sat on Pip's hand, it left a mark, and the animals believe that he is related to the pet pigs of Prince Fripplehoot, telling by a birthmark shaped like a crown on his backside and is therefore royal, but the stuck-up pigs turned him down. His superhero name is "Mr. Hamtastic." Pig makes a cameo in the pilot episode of Planet Sheen.
Freddy (voiced by Cam Clarke) is a very funny, but dim-witted, ferret and is best friends with Peck, a weak rooster whom he's often tempted to eat; he used to be a carnivore, but then he's become a vegetarian to assimilate to the barnyard. However, in multiple times in the series, Freddy has shown gestures of or attempted to eat Peck, but every time when he tries, his attempt is thwarted, either intentionally or unintentionally. He is illiterate, and suffers from paranoid delusions and has multiple personality disorders. It is notable how Freddy is the only character to almost be banished from the barnyard twice for crimes he never committed. Also, he's a character who's been struck by lightning multiple times throughout the series, but once and only once, he temporarily became a genius after being struck. Freddy's superhero name is Paranoid Man.
Peck (voiced by Rob Paulsen), is an intelligent, but weak rooster who is best friends with Freddy and appears to be unaware of Freddy’s recurring urges to eat him. He is considered to be extremely accident prone, especially with flying meteorites. Peck seems to share a slight rivalry with Root, a larger, braver rooster on the barnyard, such as in "Pecky Suave", where we learn that Peck (as the titular alter ego) is shown to have a crush on a beautiful hen named Hanna. Due to Peck’s accident-proneness and Freddy’s insanity, Peck and Freddy are the show's resident comic relief. Peck's superhero name is "The Green Rooster."
Duke (voiced by Dom Irrera) is a sheepdog who is in charge of the Farmer's flock of intelligent sheep. Duke is clearly no match for the intellect possessed by the sheep he herds. Duke loves being a leader and being in charge of things, though no other animal wants him to be the leader because he is too irresponsible. This was first shown in the movie after Ben, the barnyard leader, was killed and Duke wanted to take his position as leader, but no other animal except his fellow dogs and a cat, wanted him to take the place of Ben and wanted Otis instead. In the series, Duke fancies himself as the barnyard's unofficial safety inspector and makes the barnyard watch a boring safety film once every year. Duke only enjoys dog activities, such as playing ball, so he doesn't hang around with Otis and his friends much, and as a result, sometimes feels lonely and left out.
Bessy (voiced by Wanda Sykes) is a sassy brown cow who lives on the barnyard, and is best with sarcastic comments toward the others. In the movie, she was Daisy's best friend, but after Daisy was replaced by the more tomboyish Abby, she now serves as her best friend. Bessy is smarter than the other animals in the barnyard and doesn't like their antics. Even though Bessy is known to be the object of Pip's affections, she scornfully fails to return the same feelings. In one episode, Bessy reveals that she lost her little son at a county fair, and mistakenly believes that her son's Otis; but then it was revealed that this is not true as Otis lost his mom on a different date.
Noreen "Nora" Beady (voiced by Maria Bamford), more commonly known as Mrs. Beady, is a woman who lives close by to the barnyard. She is aware about the animals and does various attempts to expose their antics to the world. But no one else believes her because everyone else thinks she's insane, and whenever she attempts to expose the talking animals, the animals always find a way to sabotage her plan.
Farmer Buyer (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) is the vegan owner of the barnyard for whom Otis cares deeply. Still, when the animals need some time alone to work on a private project (a movie they are trying to make, a theme park they are attempting to build, etc.), that does not stop them from trying to drive him away with a prank phone call.
|Season||Episodes||First Airdate||Last Airdate|
|Season 1||26||September 29, 2007||February 24, 2009|
|Season 2||26||February 25, 2009||November 12, 2011|
Principal Voice Actors
Much of the original cast from the movie reprised their roles. However, Kevin James, who had voiced Otis in the previous film, Andie MacDowell, who voiced Etta, and Megan Cavanagh, who voiced Hanna, did not return for the series. Others, such as Abby the cow, were created especially for the series.
- Leigh-Allyn Baker as Abby, Etta (replacing Andie MacDowell in the movie)
- Maria Bamford as Mrs. Nora Beady, Jessica Allspice
- Cam Clarke as Freddy
- Jeff Garcia as Pip
- Chris Hardwick as Otis, Boyle
- Tino Insana as Pig
- Dom Irrera as Duke
- Steve Oedekerk as Mr. Nathan Beady, Snotty Boy, Pizza Twin #2, Snotty Boy's Father
- Rob Paulsen as Peck, RoboPeck, Joey, Pizza Twin #1
- Wanda Sykes as Bessy
- Fred Tatasciore as Farmer Buyer, British Host
Recurring Voice Actors
- Dee Bradley Baker as Bigfoot, Ryan Earcrust
- Jeff Bennett as The Mayor
- S. Scott Bullock as Eddy the Jersey Cow
- John DiMaggio as Bud, Hilly Burford, Officer O'Hanlon
- Earthquake as Root
- Danny Glover as Miles the Mule
- Maile Flanagan as Macy the Lamb
- Maurice LaMarche as Igg the Jersey Cow, Max Fripplehoot, Crows
- Lloyd Sherr as Everett, Crows
- Jill Talley as Snotty Boy's Mother
- Audrey Wasilewski as Dr. Glove
- Megan Cavanaugh as Brunhilde
- Jim Cummings as Captain Tom, Chef Big Bones Mignon
- Mark DeCarlo as Bingo, Chubs Malone
- Grey DeLisle as Juanita, Bronco Betsey, Hanna (replacing Megan Cavanaugh from the movie), Veronica, Inga
- Nika Futterman as Stamps
- Gilbert Gottfried as Security System Voice
- Jennifer Hale as Freddy's Mother
- Tom Kane as Freddy's Father
- John Kassir as Winky
- Tom Kenny as Professor Mertin Fargleman
- Kari Wahlgren as Sheila
- Tress MacNeille as Great Aunt Gerite
- Kevin McDonald as Baxter
- Jim Meskimen as Horaldo
- Valerie Pappas as Ivana Sugardaddy
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Don Bling, Santa Claus
- Julia Sweeney as Veterinarian
- Patrick Warburton as Bill
- Billy West as Dr. Furtwangler
- T.J. Sullivan as Snotty Boy's Dad
- Thomas F. Wilson as Krouser Krebs
- "Weird Al" Yankovic as Himself
When No One's Looking
- Release date: August 5, 2008
- 8 episodes; 96 minutes
- 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 minutes
- Cowman the Uddered Avenger
- Hypno A-Go-Go
- Fowl Play
- The Barnyard Games
- War of the Pranks
Lights, Camera, Moo! (Australian release only)
- Release date: June 2, 2011
- 4 episodes and 2 bonus SpongeBob SquarePants episodes; 80 minutes
Club Otis (Australian release only)
- Release date: July 28, 2011
- 4 episodes and 2 bonus SpongeBob SquarePants episodes; 50 minutes
- Release date: November 7, 2011
- All season 1 episodes
- Release date: November 1, 2011
- All season 2 episodes
- Back at the Barnyard: Slop Bucket Games
- Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots (cameo only)
- Nicktoons MLB (cameo only)
- Official Site
- Press Release
- Mark Beam - Character Design / Associate Producer
- Back at the Barnyard at the Internet Movie Database
- Back At The Barnyard at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Back at the Barnyard at TV.com