Cows, pigs, and roosters all seem unproblematic and innocent—but are these traits consistent with their animated versions? Back at the Barnyard is and American computer animated TV series from a 2006 film, Barnyard. Here are the Back at the Barnyard characters in real life.
1. HOLSTEIN BULL
First on our list of the Back at the Barnyard characters in real life is Otis. Cows deserve all the praise in the world for doing a great job in helping us keep our bones and teeth healthy by providing us milk. However, Otis does not enjoy this job of supplying humans with milk at all. This is understandable because Otis is a Holstein bull, and people shouldn’t be milking these animals in the first place. Why? Simply because it is physically impossible for bulls to produce milk. Nevertheless, the farmer in the show insists on milking Otis. Well, this is a children’s show, so anything is possible.
Holsteins can be identified by their distinct pattern of black and white—as you can see from Otis. Sometimes, we can observe patterns of red and white too. Moving on, these types of cows are calm and friendly. On the other hand, Holstein bulls are more aggressive, which is a little accurate to Otis. Nevertheless, Otis looks like a Holstein. So, the cartoon version can be considered spot on.
2. MEXICAN DEER MOUSE
Giant characters have at least one tiny best friend. Pip, a mouse who talks with hints of a Mexican accent, is close to Otis—literally. This gray mouse loves to be carried around by Otis. He can be seen casually riding on Otis’ shoulder—talk about friendship goals.
Pip’s real-life version is the Mexican Deer Mouse. This type of mice, like Pip, have small bodies and big, round ears. Their fur is short and can be greyish to reddish-brown. These nocturnal creatures are very skilled despite their size. They can climb trees effortlessly and construct their own nests using anything from small branches to dried leaves.
3. MARIETTA FORTUNE
You may be wondering, with all the animals freely talking and acting like humans in the open, surely someone thought this was a little out of the ordinary, right? Mrs. Beady has seen Otis and his friends walk and speak. She has told people about this, but they obviously did not believe her—thus why people insist that she has lost her mind.
Marietta Fortune from the 1990 movie Wild at Heart is a real and true crazy character. Played by Diane Ladd, Marietta is a mother who despises her daughter’s boyfriend. She goes to extra lengths to get the couple to separate. While Nora is not a real crazy person, their physical features and expressions look very alike.
The barn can be chaotic sometimes, and Miles has the vital role of keeping the peace within all the animals. The saying that wisdom comes with age is true with this character. Miles is the oldest animal in the barn—which makes him, according to the previously stated quotation, the wisest. And because of his endless wisdom, Otis frequently runs to him for advice.
But is he a horse? Or is he a donkey? To make things clear, he is both. Miles is a Mule, which is a hybrid offspring of a mare and a jack. In other words, Miles is a child of a female horse and a male donkey. In comparing the real-life to the animated version, the slim limbs, long ears, horse-like hooves, and hairy tail are entirely accurate. In terms of behavior, both versions are strong physically and mentally, which makes them capable of surviving harsh conditions.
5. JAMES BEST
Like most people who have pets, Farmer Buyer treats the barn animals like family. But this overflowing love for them blinds him because he gets fooled by Otis and friends easily. Information about this character is unfortunately limited; all we know is that he is a short man who often wears cute overalls and a farmer’s hat. James Best is mostly known for his role in the series entitled The Dukes of Hazzard. He played the part of the corrupt sheriff named Rosco P. Coltrane. When you look at them both side by side, you can really see the similarities. What do you think?
It would not be called a barn if there were no roosters. The rooster in Otis’ barn is named Peck, also the teacher at the barnyard school. In one episode, he can be spotted teaching yoga. This character, like the previous animals on our list, is intelligent and friendly. Some can say that his behavior is gentler compared to the other characters.
The question is, are real roosters like Peck? The simple answer is yes. Surprisingly, roosters are smart and emotional animals. Studies have proven that roosters can “demonstrate thinking skills on par with mammals and primates.” Some experiments have concluded that chickens can tell or identify other chickens apart. The amazing thing is, they can also change behavior depending on who is around them. Also, people have proven that roosters can be trained. And although they can be aggressive sometimes, these animals can tend to be lovable.
As you can tell, this character is the only one who was named after his species. Pig is another good friend of Otis. He loves to eat, play in the mud, and spend time with his pet skunk called Skunky. Like the other characters, Pig is very skilled and talented.
Although real pigs do not know how to speak or cook, they are intelligent and social animals. A review published in the International Journal of Comparative Psychology back in 2015 states that pigs are “cognitively complex.” This is a trait common among other clever animals like dogs. And among others, pigs can surprisingly perceive time, remember specific objects, and recall the knowledge they have gained to navigate their environment. Just like the animated version, pigs can also be playful. How cool is that?
An animated animal show will not be complete without a dog. Duke is the farmer’s pet who wishes to be like Otis: a barnyard leader. He even attempted to become a leader at one point but obviously, he failed.
Duke is an Old English Sheepdog. And these dogs, like Duke, are large and active animals with very shaggy coats. They are known for helping farmers drive sheep and cattle to the market. Old English Sheepdogs are not meant to be confined in houses; they need to stay outdoors. Loyal, friendly, and intelligent, these dogs are perfect for families! Do you think the show portrayed this breed accurately?
Last on our list of the Back at the Barnyard characters in real life is the setting of this Nickelodeon series is at a fictional town called Oedeville—named after the creator, Steve Oedekerk. While it is, in fact, a fictional place, it looks identical to Arizona. In fact, the view of the Grand Canyon was spotted in a few episodes. Despite the sightings, a lot of people believe that Oedeville can be located somewhere else. But, assuming that its real-life version is Arizona, let us spot the similarities.
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