Paramount Home Entertainment hired The Illusion Factory to produce five DVD games for inclusion with the home video DVD release of Barnyard to increase audience participation with this exciting brand and to help propel it to larger franchise status. The concept was executed beautifully, to very successful results.
Barnyard is a 2006 American computer-animated film, produced by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, directed by Steve Oedekerk (who was also the principal screenwriter), and produced by Steve Oedekerk and Paul Marshal. It was released on August 4, 2006.
The film stars the voices of Kevin James, David Koechner, Sam Elliott, Courtney Cox, Danny Glover, and Jeff Garcia.
The film is the second Nickelodeon movie to spin-off into a TV series, the first being Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
It was a box office success, earning $116.5 million worldwide against a $51 million production budget.