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Diogenes the Cynic
04-06-2008, 01:33 PM
My kids are watching "Back at Barnyard" right now. I find it irritating to the point of distraction that the male cows have udders. Not only that but they don't have horns. I believe the show has also sometimes shown normal (udderless) bulls. For some reason the show appears to have created a third sex of "male" heifers with udders. Even my 8-year-old knows this is inane and has commented on it.

My question is why is this show doing this? Are they actually just that stupid that they think male cows have udders? Has no one, at any point in the production of either the movie or the TV show ever pointed this out to the animators? Have they ever been asked about this? It drives me nuts when my kids have the show on.

Spoke
04-06-2008, 01:36 PM
Not only that but they don't have horns.

Not all bulls have horns. Many (female) cows do. It is a common misconception that horns are a male trait.

But yeah, the udders on the bulls are an annoying error. Barnyard (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414853/) also featured that mistake. (Is Back at the Barnyard related? A spin-off or something?)

DrFidelius
04-06-2008, 01:38 PM
I have long since stopped being surprised at the stupidity of others, and committees can be far stupiders than their individual members.

Charger
04-06-2008, 01:45 PM
Maybe it's a censorship thing. If the bulls are not castrated, they should have giant scrotums there instead. Also, these would be difficult to animate during running scenes.

I'm sure there are several bovine programs, being broadcast on the secret TVs they have in barns, which give large mammaries to human males.

Diogenes the Cynic
04-06-2008, 01:47 PM
(Is Back at the Barnyard related? A spin-off or something?)
Yeah, it's a TV series on Nickelodeon based on the movie.

Skald the Rhymer
04-06-2008, 01:49 PM
My kids are watching "Back at Barnyard" right now. I find it irritating to the point of distraction that the male cows have udders. Not only that but they don't have horns. I believe the show has also sometimes shown normal (udderless) bulls. For some reason the show appears to have created a third sex of "male" heifers with udders. Even my 8-year-old knows this is inane and has commented on it.

My question is why is this show doing this? Are they actually just that stupid that they think male cows have udders? Has no one, at any point in the production of either the movie or the TV show ever pointed this out to the animators? Have they ever been asked about this? It drives me nuts when my kids have the show on.


I'm going with incredible stupidity myself.

vison
04-06-2008, 01:53 PM
So it's udders and not scrotums? How weird.

And, as has been pointed out, horns are not gender specific in cattle although a bull's horns are generally going to be longer and thicker than a cow's. Some breeds have them, some are born hornless (polled). Many horned cattle are dehorned by the farmer.

astorian
04-06-2008, 04:27 PM
Because udders are just inherently funny looking?

panache45
04-06-2008, 05:14 PM
It's acknowledgement of the bovine transgendered. These were bulls who felt trapped in a cow's body, or vice-versa. The ones you saw were probably halfway through their gender reassignment.

Elendil's Heir
04-06-2008, 05:19 PM
"Don't you oppress me! Moooooooo!"

Darryl Lict
04-06-2008, 05:25 PM
Maybe it's a censorship thing. If the bulls are not castrated, they should have giant scrotums there instead. Also, these would be difficult to animate during running scenes.
I would think think that the modeling of two suspended spheres would be relatively straightforward.

Wile E
04-06-2008, 06:30 PM
Not all bulls have horns. Many (female) cows do. It is a common misconception that horns are a male trait.

But yeah, the udders on the bulls are an annoying error. Barnyard (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414853/) also featured that mistake. (Is Back at the Barnyard related? A spin-off or something?)

That movie really annoyed me. Fortunately we saw it on DVD so I didn't offend other theater goers with my constant exclamations that male cattle do not have udders.

VernWinterbottom
04-06-2008, 06:33 PM
My seven-and-a-half-year-old daughter says it's because, "it's just a show and it doesn't really matter."

Skald the Rhymer
04-06-2008, 06:37 PM
By the way--shouldn't it be "male bovines" or "male cattle"? Cows are by definition female, no?

Johnny L.A.
04-06-2008, 06:52 PM
Maybe it's the hormones the farmers are giving them.

Unintentionally Blank
04-06-2008, 06:52 PM
My seven-and-a-half-year-old daughter says it's because, "it's just a show and it doesn't really matter."

You don't think this makes us...well...fanbois? I mean, it's one thing if you're debating the pass code on Kirk's safe in episode 115, that's standard geek fare. It's quite another to go on and on, emotionally, about Bovine Udder dysmorphic syndrome in a spin-off cartoon from a minor movie.

vison
04-06-2008, 06:53 PM
By the way--shouldn't it be "male bovines" or "male cattle"? Cows are by definition female, no?

Is this one of the rare occasions where the female of a species is the "norm"? The female is cow or heifer. A male cow/cattle/kine/bovine is called a bull, anyway. Unless he is a castrated bull, then he is a steer.

Like "goose" - the female goose is a goose, the male is a gander. Barnyard critters, maybe that's why. But let's see: goat is not gender specific, a female goat is a doe or nanny, the male a buck or billy; the female duck is a hen and the male is a drake; the female horse is a mare or filly, the male a stallion or colt unless he's castrated, then he's a gelding ; the dog - the female dog is a bitch, the male dog is a dog; the cat - the female cat is a queen, the male is a tom. Sheep - the female is a ewe, the male a ram, unless he's been castrated in which case he's a wether. Chicken or fowl - the female is a hen, the male a cock or rooster, unless he's castrated in which case he's a capon. But if someone says "chicken", they usually mean female, don't they?

I was about to proclaim some universal rule and have proven myself wrong so that's that. :smack:

Nametag
04-06-2008, 06:53 PM
According to several sources, one of which cites Nick magazine (October, 2006), the director of "Barnyard" thought that bulls and steers with udders would be funny. The inconsistency with which udders appear is said to have resulted from a mid-production change in plans, but there's no cite for this.

Skald the Rhymer
04-06-2008, 07:01 PM
Is this one of the rare occasions where the female of a species is the "norm"? The female is cow or heifer. A male cow/cattle/kine/bovine is called a bull, anyway. Unless he is a castrated bull, then he is a steer.


Grimly, Merriam-Webster's agrees with you. As I cannot let this illogic stand, I am hereby renouncing my renouncing of my ambitions for world conquest. Third on my agenda after the conquest will be making referring to "male cows" punishable by death.

Now if you'll excuse me I have an army of undead cyborg winged venomous flame-spitting howler monkeys to raise.

GuanoLad
04-06-2008, 07:23 PM
Wasn't Barnyard just a big "Far Side" rip-off?

vison
04-06-2008, 07:26 PM
Grimly, Merriam-Webster's agrees with you. As I cannot let this illogic stand, I am hereby renouncing my renouncing of my ambitions for world conquest. Third on my agenda after the conquest will be making referring to "male cows" punishable by death.

Now if you'll excuse me I have an army of undead cyborg winged venomous flame-spitting howler monkeys to raise.

:eek:

Now I don't know what to do. :confused: My mind is awhirl with a combination of terror, amusement, admiration, and curiosity: what are the first two items on your agenda?

jayjay
04-06-2008, 07:34 PM
Grimly, Merriam-Webster's agrees with you. As I cannot let this illogic stand, I am hereby renouncing my renouncing of my ambitions for world conquest. Third on my agenda after the conquest will be making referring to "male cows" punishable by death.

Now if you'll excuse me I have an army of undead cyborg winged venomous flame-spitting howler monkeys to raise.

Did you know that in the olden days, they used to refer to a bulls as a "gentleman cow" or "male cow" because the word "bull" was considered vulgar?

[A]t one time, even bull was banned as too vulgar for refined ears. In place of it the early purists used cow-creature, male-cow and even gentleman-cow.

Kamino Neko
04-06-2008, 07:36 PM
That movie really annoyed me. Fortunately we saw it on DVD so I didn't offend other theater goers with my constant exclamations that male cattle do not have udders.

What about your kids and spouse?

Skald the Rhymer
04-06-2008, 07:38 PM
:eek:

Now I don't know what to do. :confused: My mind is awhirl with a combination of terror, amusement, admiration, and curiosity: what are the first two items on your agenda?

Yeah, like I'd tell you guys that. Dio's the OP, and he's on the side of good; he'd totally narc me out to Batman.

Did you know that in the olden days, they used to refer to a bulls as a "gentleman cow" or "male cow" because the word "bull" was considered vulgar?

I have already ADMITTED to being wrong. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a lair to rebuild.

Revtim
04-06-2008, 07:55 PM
I'm no expert in cattle biology, but I also was under the impression that cows also don't talk.

Pixilated
04-06-2008, 08:17 PM
Now the real question should be -

If a male had female parts, would he actually leave his room???? =)

The Hamster King
04-06-2008, 08:19 PM
Maybe it's a censorship thing. If the bulls are not castrated, they should have giant scrotums there instead. Also, these would be difficult to animate during running scenes.Oh it's not THAT difficult. Pom Poko (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110008/) features anthropomorphic raccoons with very prominent scrotums. At one point they even use their nut-sacks as cudgels to beat the crap out of some police in riot gear. I'm sure Barnyard could have done something similar.

Wile E
04-06-2008, 09:47 PM
What about your kids and spouse?

No kids and my S.O. has no room to complain about my talking during movies. I almost had to reenact Sweeney Todd on him the other night.


Grimly, Merriam-Webster's agrees with you. As I cannot let this illogic stand, I am hereby renouncing my renouncing of my ambitions for world conquest. Third on my agenda after the conquest will be making referring to "male cows" punishable by death.

Now if you'll excuse me I have an army of undead cyborg winged venomous flame-spitting howler monkeys to raise.

Well, I am glad I said "male cattle".

Little Nemo
04-06-2008, 10:38 PM
My question is why is this show doing this? Are they actually just that stupid that they think male cows have udders? Has no one, at any point in the production of either the movie or the TV show ever pointed this out to the animators? Have they ever been asked about this? It drives me nuts when my kids have the show on.I'm still anoyed about the four-legged ants in A Bug's Life.

Ruffian
04-06-2008, 11:12 PM
According to the IMDB:

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Yes, the male cattle have udders; it's a joke.

And:

The "male" bovines having udders was explained in the October 2006 issue of Nickelodeon's official magazine, "Nick Magazine". In the letters page, one reader asked about the anatomically-incorrect cows(bovine) and whether or not it was intentional or not, and the magazine explained that the movie's director "thought it would be funny for the male cows(bulls) to have udders".

Linky. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414853/trivia)

So they did it on purpose to be funny. Yeah, it's hysterical. :rolleyes:

I found it distractingly stupid, personally. Good thing it was just on Showtime and I could change the channel to something less annoying, like Rock of Love or something.

Tapioca Dextrin
04-06-2008, 11:53 PM
My seven-and-a-half-year-old daughter says it's because, "it's just a show and it doesn't really matter."

Unless someone comes up with a better answer, this one wins the thread.

vison
04-07-2008, 12:29 AM
Did you know that in the olden days, they used to refer to a bulls as a "gentleman cow" or "male cow" because the word "bull" was considered vulgar?

Hm. I grew up in the olden days and I don't remember that. :dubious:

Actually, in the USA that might have been true in the Victorian Era - it was in the USA that the word "cock" was abandoned in favour of "rooster", and where, one reads, that the ultrarefined put little lace stockings on piano legs, and the breast of a cooked fowl became "white meat". Young ladies were advised not to sit on a chair that a gentleman had recently sat upon, for fear the chair might still be warm from his . . um . . . bottom.

In England the male chicken is still called a cock, likewise the male pheasant and who knows what other bird, and Queen Victoria was not very Victorian, herself.

And those sophisticated and supposedly unblushing French call a brassiere a "soutien gorge" or "throat supporter" so poo on them, too. (Always wanted to bring the soutien gorge into a discussion but never could until this very moment.) While a woman's breasts are sometimes referred to as "tits", the word ought to be spelled as "teats", as "teats" is properly pronounced as "tits" but generation upon generation of boys would be confused - their interest not lying precisely in the spelling of the items.

So, a cow's udder generally has four teats or quarters and a bull, the noble and lordly man cow, generally does not. I hope y'all notice how I drug my verbosity back on topic?

Brown Eyed Girl
04-07-2008, 12:53 AM
Well done, vison. :D

Oh it's not THAT difficult. Pom Poko features anthropomorphic raccoons with very prominent scrotums. At one point they even use their nut-sacks as cudgels to beat the crap out of some police in riot gear.
Those wacky Japanese!

So, what's the fixation on nicknames for castrated male animals? Why can't bulls be bulls and stallions be stallions. Gelding just sounds so...demeaning.

Alessan
04-07-2008, 02:45 AM
So, what's the fixation on nicknames for castrated male animals? Why can't bulls be bulls and stallions be stallions. Gelding just sounds so...demeaning.

Think of it as industrial labelling. A stallion has different uses than a gelding - for one, it can be used for breeding - or a cow, and is therefore listed differently. I mean, you wouldn't call a harvester and a bulldozer by the same name, even though they're both tractors.

Look at it this way:

Stallion - insemination, riding (high maintenance).
Gelding - energy, riding
Mare - breeding, energy, riding
Cow - milk, meat, breeding
Bull - insemination, meat
Ox - energy

... and so forth. Stop thinking of farm animals as animals and start thinking of them as inventory.

Tristan
04-07-2008, 04:04 AM
That night Farmer Brown was kept awake by the sounds from the barn.
Click Clack Moo.
Click Clack Moo.
Clickity Clack Moo.

The following morning, duck (being a neutral party) handed Farmer Brown a note:

"Dear Farmer Brown,
We are unhappy cows. We demand hormones and surgery to become comfortable in our own hides. Also, sequined dresses.
Sincerly,
The Cows"

DrFidelius
04-07-2008, 07:11 AM
Did you know that in the olden days, they used to refer to a bulls as a "gentleman cow" or "male cow" because the word "bull" was considered vulgar?

You know, Mencken was often exaggerating the prudery of his contemporaries to make a satirical point in his newspaper columns.

And he has been whooshing Americans for generations since.

Brown Eyed Girl
04-07-2008, 08:11 AM
... and so forth. Stop thinking of farm animals as animals and start thinking of them as inventory.
Aww, I'm a city girl. The notion is as foreign to me as thinking my pets are not my actual family. ;)

But, yeah, I get your point. Poor, emasculated geldings. :(

Johnny L.A.
04-07-2008, 09:40 AM
So they did it on purpose to be funny. Yeah, it's hysterical. :rolleyes:
You mean like doing the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs?

Elendil's Heir
04-07-2008, 09:44 AM
Han still shot first.

jayjay
04-07-2008, 10:05 AM
You know, Mencken was often exaggerating the prudery of his contemporaries to make a satirical point in his newspaper columns.

And he has been whooshing Americans for generations since.

Yes, but that quote comes from The American Language, which has no connection to Mencken's columns. It's one of the few Mencken works that can legitimately be called "scholarly".

Nametag
04-07-2008, 10:06 AM
According to the IMDB:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Yes, the male cattle have udders; it's a joke.
And:

The "male" bovines having udders was explained in the October 2006 issue of Nickelodeon's official magazine, "Nick Magazine". In the letters page, one reader asked about the anatomically-incorrect cows(bovine) and whether or not it was intentional or not, and the magazine explained that the movie's director "thought it would be funny for the male cows(bulls) to have udders".
Linky. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414853/trivia)

So they did it on purpose to be funny. Yeah, it's hysterical. :rolleyes:

I found it distractingly stupid, personally. Good thing it was just on Showtime and I could change the channel to something less annoying, like Rock of Love or something.Hello! Hello? Is this thing on?

Elendil's Heir
04-07-2008, 10:10 AM
No. Sorry.

Bosstone
04-07-2008, 11:11 AM
So many dead inner children... :(

Cervaise
04-07-2008, 11:40 AM
I would think think that the modeling of two suspended spheres would be relatively straightforward.Don't you mean "oblate spheroids"?

VernWinterbottom
04-07-2008, 11:44 AM
This morning when I told my daughter that her first-ever message board comment got some positive response, including "winning the thread" according to Tapioca Dextrin, she was watching Word World on PBS, a program in which the animals--Frog, Pig, Sheep--are made out of letters of the alphabet. . .

AtomicDog
04-07-2008, 12:13 PM
Now that that's settled....why do male cartoon kangaroos have pouches?

Ceejaytee
04-07-2008, 12:30 PM
That night Farmer Brown was kept awake by the sounds from the barn.
Click Clack Moo.
Click Clack Moo.
Clickity Clack Moo.

The following morning, duck (being a neutral party) handed Farmer Brown a note:

"Dear Farmer Brown,
We are unhappy cows. We demand hormones and surgery to become comfortable in our own hides. Also, sequined dresses.
Sincerly,
The Cows"

I love that book: Click Clack Moo (Transgendered Cows That Type)

Spoke
04-07-2008, 03:14 PM
Did you know that in the olden days, they used to refer to a bulls as a "gentleman cow" or "male cow" because the word "bull" was considered vulgar?
Future generations will make fun of our prudishness in refusing to put testicles on cartoon animals.

furryman
04-07-2008, 03:20 PM
Oh it's not THAT difficult. Pom Poko (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110008/) features anthropomorphic raccoons with very prominent scrotums. At one point they even use their nut-sacks as cudgels to beat the crap out of some police in riot gear. I'm sure Barnyard could have done something similar.

I think I'd faint if that ever happened. The fact that the American cartoon industry hasn't made a sexually explicit cartoon since Heavy Metal is one of my major pet peeves. (All of who have udders) :mad: :(

Brown Eyed Girl
04-07-2008, 03:42 PM
This morning when I told my daughter that her first-ever message board comment got some positive response, including "winning the thread" according to Tapioca Dextrin, she was watching Word World on PBS, a program in which the animals--Frog, Pig, Sheep--are made out of letters of the alphabet. . .
And if she's as smart as she sounds, she wasn't the least bit impressed that her wise and obvious observation on a message board topic about cartoon cow udders was so well-received.

warmark
04-07-2008, 03:44 PM
Oh it's not THAT difficult. Pom Poko (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110008/) features anthropomorphic raccoons with very prominent scrotums. At one point they even use their nut-sacks as cudgels to beat the crap out of some police in riot gear. I'm sure Barnyard could have done something similar.

Minor nitpick: They aren't raccoons, they are tanuki, or "raccoon dogs", which are primitive canids.

Wile E
04-07-2008, 07:05 PM
So many dead inner children... :(

I like to poke my dead inner child with a stick every so often just to make sure it's still good and dead.

Cervaise
04-07-2008, 11:43 PM
Mine's bloated with decompositional gases. Poking it with a stick is inadvisable.

Skald the Rhymer
04-08-2008, 10:41 AM
No kids and my S.O. has no room to complain about my talking during movies. I almost had to reenact Sweeney Todd on him the other night.



Well, I am glad I said "male cattle".


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