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Life is at its best for the happy animals at “Patch of Heaven”, a farm way out west owned by a kindly lady, Pearl. In the unofficial role as barnyard boss is Mrs. Caloway, a British cow. Grace is the younger cow. The farm’s other inhabitants include pigs, chicks and ducks. This idyllic life is shaken by two major events. A sassy show cow named Maggie comes to live on the farm. Shortly afterwards, Sheriff Brown arrives to tell Pearl that “Patch of Heaven” is set to go on the auction block in three days unless she comes up with a payment of $750. Maggie thinks that the animals could win some Blue Ribbon prize money at the upcoming county fair. In town, Maggie, Mrs. Caloway and Grace learn about a $750 reward being offered for a notorious cattle rustler named Alameda Slim. They decide to pursue the desperado themselves and collect the reward money in order to save the farm. Slim escapes and heads for the “Patch of Heaven” auction. It is the last parcel of land he needs to complete his real estate kingdom.

Original Title HOME ON THE RANGE
Category Out of competition
Section Premiere
Tipology Animation, Feature Film
Duration 75'
Production Year 2004
Nationality USA
Directed by Will Finn, John Sanford
Screenplay Will Finn, John Sanford
Script Will Finn, John Sanford, Michael LaBash, Sam Levine, Mark Kennedy, Robert Lence
Editor H. Lee Peterson
Production Design David Cutler
Sound Tim Chau
Music Alan Menken, Glenn Slater
Original Voices Roseanne Barr (Maggie)
Judi Dench (Mrs. Caloway)
Jennifer Tilly (Grace)
Cuba Gooding Jr. (Buck)
Randy Quaid (Alameda Slim)
Steve Buscemi (Wesley)
Italian Voices Cinzia Leone: Maggie)
Valeria Valeri (Mrs. Calloway)
Marina Massironi (Grace)
Massimiliano Alto (Buck)
Saverio Indrio (Alameda Slim)
Daniele Formica (Wesley)
Produced by Alice Dewey Goldstone

home on the range regWill Finn, John Sanford

Will Finn was born in Geneva, New York, Finn studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in the 70s. There he met animation legend Eric Larson, who mentored him when he joined Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1979 as an animation trainee on THE FOX AND THE HOUND. Following that role, he left to serve as an animator and story artist for THE SECRET OF NIMH and for SPACE ACE AND DRAGON’S LAIR with the Don Bluth Production. He returned to Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1986 as an animator on OLIVER & COMPANY, THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE RESCUES DOWN UNDER and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, where he was awarded his first character lead role with the clock, Cogsworth. His next character was the parrot, Lago, in ALADDIN. Finn then turned his attention to story and joined the story department of POCAHONTAS. His success as a story artist led to his next role as head of the story department for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. He makes his feature film directing debut on HOME ON THE RANGE.
John Sanford was born in Denver, after graduating in 1986, he attended the Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design. He went on to study animation at CalArts (The California Institute of the Arts) from 1990-93. Sanford’s student film caught the attention of Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale (the directors of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), who hired him as a story trainee at Walt Disney Feature Animation. Within a year, he was promoted to story artist on THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. This was followed by a stint on MULAN, and a promotion to head of story on ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE. He worked on the story team for LILO & STITCH, before directing his first film HOME ON THE RANGE.


Directors’ statement

“Our goal with this film was to make it a lot of fun for ourselves and for the audience. When we came on board, we had a free hand. We knew we wanted to make un upside-down western where the cows are the heroes instead of the cowboys”.
John Sanford

“The good news was we could make it our own, in any shape or form we wanted. The bad news was we had to move the project along quickly. It was like jumping on a moving train”.
Will Finn

Walt Disney Pictures


World sales
Buena Vista International


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