Pet chameleon Rango is lost in the Mojave Desert and ends up the new sheriff in a small town called Dirt; when its water reserves turn out to be nearly empty, Rango begins to investigate… This has to be the first animated film to include a Hunter S. Thompson joke… but then, Johnny Depp voices the lead character. On the surface, Gore Verbinski’s first venture into animation may look like a movie for kids, but it’s too scary for the youngest and the jokes are too adult. Still, this is an engaging adventure, with creative visual ideas courtesy of cinematographer Roger Deakins.
2011-U.S. Animated. 107 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Gore Verbinski. Screenplay: John Logan. Voices of Johnny Depp (Rango), Isla Fisher (Beans), Abigail Breslin (Priscilla), Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy… Harry Dean Stanton, Timothy Olyphant, Ray Winstone.
Oscar: Best Animated Feature. BAFTA: Best Animated Film.