You don't like Jimmy Neutron?
A thoroughly enjoyable animated homage to Western movies - full of unexpected references and a cast of surreal characters in a vibrant and colourful world. Fantastic textures, surprisingly gritty, and featuring genuinely funny performances all around, and a very imaginative story - no less was expected from the man behind Mouse Hunt (although, the Pirates is tiresome).
A smart and funny Western comedy that should rank alongside Blazing Saddles. Has great casting all around but it's a shame Eastwood didn't voice "The Spirit of the West."
I don't usually dig kid's movies. I mostly slog through them for the sake of my daughters but I genuinely liked this one. The for-mom-and-dad Fear & Loathing and Eastwood references were a nice touch. My only complaint? An entire movie full of Mexican accents and no Danny Trejo. For shame.
Reminded me of those demos video card manufacturers make to show off their hardware: technically impressive but butt-ugly and tedious if you watch for more than a few minutes. I admired the realism of the backgrounds and environmental effects but not for one minute did I engage with it. I enjoyed the story a lot more when it was called A BUG'S LIFE (and yes, I'm aware A BUG'S LIFE is a pastiche of THE SEVEN SAMURAI).
Rango was a peculiar experience. It is odd animation at its wit, juxtaposing the European style of Spaghetti Westerns with surreal based humor and dialogue, which I think in fairness, it is a film that needs to be viewed more than once. It centers a trapped/domesticated chameleon (Johnny Depp) as he wishes for a difference instead of a life around a glass cage. What follows is the misadventures and mythology of the desert life. The animation was done by ILM (Industrial, Light, and Magic), it is a truly a unique, scrutinizing detailed setting and has a blend of Sergio Leone matched a homage to the late Chuck Jones' work. It brings new appeal to neo-western stamina.
Utterly bizarre, Rango is an oddly paced, oddly written and oddly conceived little piece of modern animation. With a very good Johnny Depp - this is the best he's been in years - and a nicely unrecognisable voice cast supporting him the film builds from a slow beginning to a rollicking pace with a subtly handled environmental and social subtext.