A chameleon with dreams of being a hero finds himself pretending to be a hero in order to save a town.
The town is under siege by bandits, and in order to convince them to leave, the chameleon, Rango, has to make them believe that he is capable of kicking their butts. Oh yeah.
Not a lot of details have been released, but it does seem that the chameleon has trouble blending in. Get it? Cause chameleons are known for their ability to blend in! Clever.
Rango is directed by Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski, who kinda rocks, so the film has earned a lot of points for director. Verbinski also helped conceive of the story, which is generally pretty common for animated films, but his style and talent are such that the film may end up being really good, if for no other reason that he’s in charge.
Oh, and they have the voice talent of Johnny Depp playing Rango. I expect he’ll have a lot of fun playing the role.
Who’s It For?
No official rating as of yet, but I expect it to be PG.
Movie Release Date
March 4, 2011.
Who’s In It?
Johnny Depp … Rango (voice)
Timothy Olyphant … The Spirit of the West (voice)
Abigail Breslin … (voice)
Isla Fisher … (voice)
Alfred Molina … (voice)
Bill Nighy … Rattlesnake Jake (voice)
Rango isn’t director Gore Verbinski’s first foray into children’s films, or even his first children’s film with an animal. His first theatrical release was 1997’s Mousehunt.
Mousehunt, Pirates of the Caribbean, Chicken Little
What’s Good About It?
Gore Verbinski reteams with Johnny Depp. If there’s half the magic of (the original) Pirates of the Caribbean, then Rango should be a lot of fun. The trailer looks cool, especially the visual style, so I’m really looking forward to it.
What’s Bad About It?
I don’t have much bad to say about this one. It looks good. I’m sure closer to the film’s release we’ll know more about the story and get a better idea of its success potential.
Our Clever Prediction
It isn’t a Pixar film, so box office success isn’t a guarantee, but with the pedigree of all those involved, I expect Rango to have make a fair bit of money, and there’ll be a sequel. Critics will likely enjoy it, so… yeah.