Pearl Gesner is the owner of the dairy farm Little Patch of Heaven, and a supporting character in Disney's 2004 animated feature film Home on the Range.


Home on the Range

Pearl is an elderly farmer who owns a farm called Little Patch of Heaven. Like any farmer, she tends to her farm and livestock. She is shown to love and care for all the animals that live on her farm, especially Maggie, a show cow that was sold by her previous owner and whom Pearl took in. She is also revealed to keep a few photos of her farm animals as fond memories, including one of her bottle-feeding Grace when she was a calf.

Later, Sheriff Sam Brown arrives on the farm and shows Pearl another bank notice, explaining that the banks are going to auction off her home if she can't pay the full amount she owes them because they are losing so much money due to cattle rustlers leaving behind so many bankrupt ranchers. He then suggests that Pearl sell off a few of her livestock to pay the debt. This angers Pearl, who explains that her farm animals are family and that she would never sell them. She then chases the Sheriff off her property in a fury.

Pearl is later seen mourning over her three cows, who had gone AWOL in an attempt to save her farm, and wonders if she will ever see them again. Nevertheless, she is also upset about losing Little Patch of Heaven to the highest bidder, as she had no choice but to auction off her remaining farm animals after Alameda Slim, disguised as Yancy O'Del, had closed the deal with the Sheriff.

When Maggie, Grace, and Mrs. Calloway eventually return, the three cows manage to trap and expose Slim's true identity. Pearl becomes shocked and horrified that the auctioneer who is buying her farm is Alameda Slim, and the outlaw is then roped up and arrested by Sam. The Sheriff later arrives with the reward money and asks Pearl if she can find any use for it, to which she happily states that her farm is saved and pays the debt she owes the bank. Afterwards, a photographer takes a picture of Pearl and her livestock, with everyone smiling save Jeb.

At the end of the film, Pearl dances with Sam as they and all the farm animals (who are also seen dancing) celebrate Little Patch of Heaven being salvaged and re-opened.

Disney Parks

Pearl appeared at the "Little Patch of Heaven Petting Farm" (which was actually called the "Big Thunder Ranch" area themed to Home on the Range) at Disneyland for meet and greets for promotion of the film. After the attraction closed in 2005, Pearl had vanished and has not made appearances at any of the Disney Parks since.


  • In the original version of Home on the Range, Pearl was going to be a male farmer before the script changed.


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Films: Home on the RangeA Dairy Tale: The Three Little Pigs
Soundtrack: Home on the Range
Video Games: Home on the RangeIt's Hero Time
Books: Disney Read-AlongLittle Golden BookThe Adventures of a Bovine Goddess
Disney Parks
Big Thunder Ranch
Firework: Wonderful World of Animation
Halloween: Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade
MaggieMrs. CallowayGracePearl GesnerSheriff Sam BrownBuckRustyAlameda SlimThe Willie BrothersRicoMr. WesleyJebAudreyOlliePiggiesChicksLarryLucky JackPatrickBarry and BobJunior the Buffalo
Deleted: Mariachi ButterfliesDarlin • Bullets
You Ain't Home on the RangeLittle Patch of HeavenHome on the RangeYodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-OoWill the Sun Ever Shine Again?Magic Carpet RideWherever the Trail May LeadAnytime You Need a FriendHeroes, Villains and Cows (deleted song)
Dixon RanchLittle Patch of HeavenChugwaterEcho Mine
See Also
Disney Sing Along Songs: Little Patch of Heaven
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