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'Rango' review
Megan Blume
Antelope Staff
Megan Blume
“The most noteable part of 'Rango' was the extremely detailed drawing/animation of the animal characters."

Has good moral story for kids, smart humor for adults. Rated 4 out of 5. 

“Rango,” a witty animated western movie about a chameleon’s journey as he tries to blend in (no pun intended), shined as a unique children’s movie that was seemingly more for adults.

 Johnny Depp did the voice over for Rango, a lonely chameleon with an imagination as big as a Hollywood set. 


Rango is thrown from his cozy aquarium that doubles as his acting stage, leaving behind his two friends, a headless Barbie and a wind-up plastic fish. 


He lands in the middle of the Nevada desert, which leads him to the parched town of Dirt.

 Dirt is the embodiment of an old-fashioned western town complete with a saloon, water tower (which is empty) and gun duels. 

Dirt has mysteriously run out of water and the community, which is made up of several different animals, is struggling to survive. 

Rango’s tall tales of heroism and fearlessness land him the role of Sheriff. Rango’s accidental killing of a bird predator sinks him deeper into his Sheriff lie, and when the citizens of Dirt call on him to save their water source an epic battle ensues.

 “Rango” was directed by Gore Verbinski, who also directed the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. He included the carrying crabs scene from “At World’s End,” the third movie of the "Pirates" series.  

“Rango” referenced many other movies that would go over children’s heads including “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Apocalypse Now,” where an intense animated ”Ride of the Valkyries” scene takes place between moles and lizards. An animated Clint Eastwood also makes an appearance referencing his 1966 “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” 

Adult jokes and references continue throughout the movie with mentions of prostates, as well as the characters drinking and smoking habits. 

At one point in the movie, Rango is acting out a scene with his nude headless Barbie and he looks down and asks “Are those real?” It is also hinted that the female lead’s father died because he fell in a well when he was drunk.

The most notable part of “Rango” was the extremely detailed drawing/animation of the animal characters.


The characters have an ugly worn out look about them, which is perfect for a detailed animated western.


The close-up shots of the characters shows every detailed hair, reptile line and bump of the skin. 

When the credits opened and I found out the film was a Nickelodeon Production I instantly thought “this is going to be bad,” but it rivals Dreamworks and Pixar’s animation.


My only complaint was the accents of the animals in the town of Dirt. They had the typical annoying southern hick accent, which added to the characters but weren’t pleasant to the ear. 

The movie also didn’t bring any new character visuals to the western. The characters had the traditional western ponchos, tobacco stained teeth and grime covered bodies. 


Overall I would rate “Rango” a four out of five for good adult humor, great animation and a touching moral story.


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