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  • Mar 15, 2011
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From the minute I saw the trailer for this movie at True Grit I had high expectations for Rango. Now that I've finally seen it, my expectations were met and exceeded by how incredibly awesome this movie is. Rango is not only the first great movie of 2011, but it's one of the greatest animated films of the last 10, maybe even 20 years and one of the best non-disney/pixar/dreamworks animated films ever. I knew I was going to love this movie, but I had no idea that I would love it as much as I did. It has fantastic detailed animation, loads of movie references, and a spectacular voice cast. Plus, it was hilarious from start to finish.

Rango is about a chameleon who is going through an identity crisis. His owners are taking a road trip and his terrarium accidentally gets knocked out the window. After encountering several crazy creatures, including an angry hawk, he encounters another lizard named Beans who takes him to a humble frontier town called Dirt. He realizes that this is a chance to make up a whole new identity and he promptly makes up the identity of Rango, a rough-and-tough killer who is promptly made sheriff of Dirt. As sheriff, he has to deal with the fact that the town only has five days of water left. The water jug promptly gets stolen and Rango, along with a ragtag group of townspeople have to go on an adventure to find the water thieves and save the town from a dastardly rattlesnake.

I won't tell you about the rest of the plot, because you should see it for yourself and figure it out. The only reason that I didn't give this full marks was the familiar spaghetti-western formula. However, the formula was told wonderfully through references and knew that it was telling a familiar story, so it added some fun new twists, still making it its own unique creation. It referenced everything from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly all the way to Apocalypse Now and Ghostbusters (which I intend to watch soon by the way) and yet it still managed to stay fresh and new, which amazed me.

This was one hell of an entertaining movie. If you want to laugh at some good adult (not that kind of adult) humour, then this is the movie for you. The theatre was about 75% child in a movie where some of the jokes went right over the childrens heads, but I was laughing from start to finish. It also teaches children a lovely vocabulary of curse words that I'm sure some parents in the theatre frowned upon, but hey, nothing I haven't heard (or said) before.

The film has a splendid voice cast accompanied by stellar detailed animation and memorable characters. Seriously, its some of the best CGI i have ever seen. The lead character of Rango is voiced by Johnny Depp and he does a fantastic job, as well as Isla Fisher as Beans and Abigail Breslin as Priscilla. Their characters were very well-done and developed while still being incredibly entertaining. The villains were also decently entertaining as well, but I won't reveal them to you. All in all, the characterization and voice acting was fantastic.

The computer animation is on level with Pixar and this is the first animated film in around two years that didn't feel the need to present itself in 3D (probably because of the misleading marketing that this was for children when it really wasn't but I digress), and I couldn't be happier because it looked great.

Rango is the first good movie of 2011 and I would recommend that everyone see it as soon as possible. Its one of the best animated movies of the last 10 years and one of the best animated movies that didn't come from the three major animation companies ever. It has a great story, great references, a great voice cast, stellar animation, and in general, all the ingredients for a great adult animation film. I had great expectations for Rango and I was still surprised.

P.S. I have decided to add a new feature to the movies I see in theatres. I intend to note all the trailers I see and whether I want to see the movies involved. Anyway, here they are.

Kung Fu Panda 2- looks awesome, want to see it because I loved the first one.
Cars 2- I wish everyone would stop hating on cars because IMO it is just as good as anything else Pixar and the trailer for the sequel looks awesome
Mars Needs Moms- looks dull, but I might check it out for curiosity's sake
Smurfs- looks terrible, it's like the creators said "what 80's thing hasn't been made into a movie yet? Smurfs? Oh yeah, we'll make that, slap some 3D on it so we can make a few bucks"

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review by . March 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Clever, Fun and Entertaining....Johnny Depp Rides On As
I am going to be truly honest here; I love spaghetti westerns and I enjoy almost any film with any sort of theme, tone and mood that is the slightest bit similar to a western. That said, I hope you can understand the mindset I went into this new animated film directed by Gore Verbinski called “Rango”. The film was written by John Logan (responsible for acclaimed hits such as “Gladiator” and “The Aviator”), who isn’t exactly known for kid movies; and I have …
review by . March 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
   Going into this film I had pretty low expectations. It’s released by Nickelodeon, stars Johnny Depp, who tends to be rather feast or famine, and is an animated film that’s not made by Pixar. Due to that latter fact, the probability of it sucking hard went up by, oh, about 300%. So imagine my surprise when I went in and actually liked the movie! Rango stars Depp as the title character, a chameleon who finds himself lost in the middle of the Nevada desert. A kindly, if somewhat …
review by . August 01, 2011
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**** out of ****     When I first discovered that director Gore Verbinski was not going to continue his "Pirates of the Caribbean" saga to work on a new animated film called "Rango", I was a bit of a skeptic. And then, the film released, and I started hearing some good things about it; so I saw it. You can't tell much from trailers, but if you take a good luck as the ones for "Rango"; you'll notice that the animation alone may be enough reason for you to see it, especially if …
review by . March 06, 2011
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I’m wary when it comes to animated movies because I don’t know when I’m going to experience another Shrek (which was surprisingly awesome) or Hoodwinked (which is easily in the top three worst films I ever had to sit through, and takes the cake on worst kid movie I’ve ever had to endure) I had no intention of going to see Rango, but one of my aunts really wanted to see it for her birthday so to the movies my family and I went. On opening weekend. On a Saturday matinee. …
review by . March 27, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I think it's fair to say that CGI animated movies are really coming of age. As well as actual animation quality reaching new levels of brilliance, films such as How To Train Your Dragon and recent releases from Pixar, such as Up and Toy Story 3, have shown that you can add real emotional depth and take a less formulaic approach to storytelling without sacrificing good old-fashioned entertainment. We're now at a stage where movies that are primarily aimed and marketed at children are appreciated …
review by . March 05, 2011
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Star Rating:         Gore Verbinski’s Rango is a treasure of an animated film – funny, smart, stylish, perfectly cast, and a technical achievement. Although its pratfall humor, bright colors, and usage of talking animals will almost certainly make it accessible to children, I suspect adults will find it more appealing, for they are far more likely to be familiar with the conventions of the movie western. This movie doesn’t miss a beat: It takes place …
review by . March 03, 2011
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   Every film product must satisfy it's audience. Since we're talking about an animated film, the goals are harder to obtain simply because you must project a rich and attractive story filled with funny moments and a detailed animated world. We've seen animated movies made for a smaller audience like, for example, The Illusionist from last year, which addresses adults and not underaged idealists. Rango is a movie for all ages because probably everyone will have a good time …
review by . March 05, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Love this Lizard!
RANGO   Written by John Logan   Directed by Gore Verbinski   Voices by Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty and Alfred Molina       Rango: No man can walk out on his own story.       As I waited for RANGO to start, I was forced to sit through a number of trailers for this year’s other expected animated features.  All are unnecessary sequels hoping to cash in on previous success and they all …
review by . March 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Rango, Is Best Suited For The 12 Year and Older Kids.
When my wife and I first seen the advertisement on the television we thought that it was really cute. If it were not for the fact that our daughter has also seen this preview, we probably never even thought twice about taking her to see it. What the preview doesn't show you is all of the senseless words that the chameleon( voice of Johnny Depp) uses throughout the whole movie. This computer animated western is supposed to be for the kids, but with this language the has transpired throughout …
Quick Tip by . August 22, 2011
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Absolutely delightful!!  It never ceases to amaze me at how fascinating good animation is; my daughter and I enjoyed this one -- the characters seemed true to life, the special effects were amazing, it was humorous and taught a good lesson too.  Johnny Depp was amazing (as usual) as the voice of Rango; in fact, all the characters were great and true to life.  A wonderful animated film with a great story line -- if you haven't seen it yet, please do!!      I'm …
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The film was produced by Nickelodeon Movies, Gore Verbinski's production company Blind Wink, and Graham King's GK Films. The CGI animation was created by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), marking the first feature animation done by ILM, generally a special effects company.[4]

During voice recording, the actors were given costumes and sets to "help give them the feel of the Wild West". Star Johnny Depp had a 20-day window in which he could voice his role as Rango, and the filmmakers scheduled the supporting actors so as they could do their scenes with Depp and interact with him.[5]

Verbinski said his attempt with Rango was to do a "small" film after the large-scale Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, but that he underestimated how painstaking and time-consuming animated filmmaking is.

An animated Western with a chameleon as the hero is an unlikely concept, butRangois a great film thanks to its witty mix of parody, intriguing characters, and sophisticated humor. When a common pet chameleon who's suffering from an identity crisis crashes headfirst into the stereotypically classic Western town of Dirt, he has the unique opportunity to completely reinvent himself. Dubbing himself Rango, the chameleon boasts of his own heroism and creates a spiral of deception that lands him an appointment as sheriff of a town in crisis. The question is, can one unprepared and completely unqualified chameleon possibly change this little town's future for the ...
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Director: Gore Verbinski
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation
Release Date: 4 March 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: John Logan
Runtime: 107 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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