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Rango, Is Best Suited For The 12 Year and Older Kids.

  • Mar 22, 2011
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 the movie was hard for me to let stand by and accept that this movie is supposed to be made for children. You not only have to spend at least 10 dollars a person you will have to purchase popcorn and a drink for you and your kids.

This movie shows how a lonely chameleon winds up in the desert and has to learn to survive and has only few friends that are either dead or just toys.  This seems to have them fighting over water rights and I do believe that I have this story line before in other westerns. When he becomes stranded in the desert Rango befriends an armadillo (voice of Alfred Molina) who is being chased by high flying hawk. He continues in his quest to find water but finds out that there is none to be found. Rango meets friends along his journey throughout the desert and makes friends with some of them and getting into trouble with the others. His quest lets him run into mole robbers and prairie dogs trying to keep the water for themselves. Just like in every movie there has to be a real villain and this movie is no different, the mayor wants all of the water rights for himself, so he tries to buy up all of the land through the town.

The computer graphics and special effects are excellent, and the bodies of the animated animals kind of look like the people who are doing their voices, and in the way that their body motions move. This is a very colorful show that tries to get people to trust Rango after they find out that he is just out for himself. While he is on his own and by himself he has a revelation that he needs to help the towns people out. He proceeded to take on the bad guys and try and get the towns people  what is rightfully theirs.

Even though there is a lot of off color language to speak of in this movie, this also has a lot of star power behind a lot of the characters. This movie is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Graham King. The characters in which you will have heard before are: Johnny Depp (Rango the chameleon), Isla Fisher (Beans the iguana), Abigail Breslin (Pricilla the cactus mouse), Ned Beatty (tortoise John mayor and Dirt the desert tortoise), Alfred Molina (roadkill the armadillo), Bill Nighy (rattlesnake Jake), Stephen Root (doc the rabbit, merrick the ground squirrel, and mister snuggles), Harry Dean Stanton (Balthazar the mole), Maile Flannagan (lucky), Timothy Olyphant (spirit of the west), Ray Winstone ( bad bill the gila monster)Ian Ambercrombe (ambrose the owl), James Ward Byrkit (waffles the horned toad, gordy papa, Josd, cousin murt, curlie knife, rodent kid), Claudia Black (Angelina the fox), Blake Clark (Buford a desert toad), John Cothran (Elgin the bobcat), Patricka Darbo (as Delilah, Maybelle), George Delhoyo ( senior flan the owl),Charles Fleischer ( as Elbows), Beth Grant (as Bonnie), Ryan Hurst (as Jedidiah), Vincent Kartheiser (as Ezekiel and Lasso Rodent), Hemky Madera (as Chorizo),Alex Manugian (as spoons), Mark McCreedy (as Parsons), Joe Nunez (as rock-eye), and Chris Parsons (as Hazel Moats).

Along with all of these actors there is more but to many to mention. Too bad that they did not put more into make this an actual small kids movie. I would not take a really small child to see this if you do not want them to hear the word Hell a lot. Also there are some phrased that the kids just would not even know what it means. This movie is more for the 12 and older group in my mind.


I can't give this five stars because I was expecting a more clean cut movie and no cussing at all. That is my opinion of a movie for the smaller kids. I was so upset with this myself and others in the theater, had to tell the mgr of the establishment that we were not happy and they gave us passes to some other shows. If you have and older child then I know that they have heard this kind of language on the play ground, but my child is still too young for this kind of movie. If they would cut out the language then I would not have had any problem with this movie. Even if they only said it once or twice but more than that is too much. I can give this 2.0 stars and that goes to the acting and computer graphics and special effects.


Movie Mood: None of the Above
Viewing Method: Other
Film Completeness: A few glitches, but mostly complete.
Worst Part of this Film: Plot
Rango, Is Best Suited For The 12 Year and Older Kids.

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March 22, 2011
interesting take on the film and well-written as always. I understand where you were coming from, I thought this was more on the little more mature side, (I think it should've been PG-13) at least it wasn't rated "G". Thanks for the honest review!
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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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