Saturday, March 12, 2011


84th Academy Award for Best Animated Feature film

Animated Western

Johnny Depp: Lars, a pet chameleon later known as Rango
Alfred Molina: Roadkill, an armadillo
Isla Fisher: the rancher's daughter Beans, a desert iguana
Ray Winstone: Bad Bill, a gila monster
Ned Beatty: Mayor Tortoise John
Bill Nighy: Rattlesnake Jake
Abigail Breslin: Priscilla, a mousy schoolgirl
Harry Stanton: Balthazar, leader of the robber gang

Although the movie poster would have you believe this one is for kids, that is deceptive because it definitely is not for young children. In fact, some older children will be frightened by the sight of the ferocious hawk swooping down on the townspeople about 15 minutes into the film. And if that is not scary enough wait until the western diamond back rattlesnake shows up with its menacing fangs threatening evil to all.

Although the animation is state-of-the-art, most of the creatures are unpleasant to look at, particularly the extreme close-ups with warts and all. And how about trying to focus on the storyline while some poor bird is walking around with the shaft of an arrow sticking out of one eye?

There’s no shortage of violence to keep the kids amused including shooting off someone’s unmentionables to settle the score. But there definitely is a shortage of humour, at best the odd groaner from time to time.

for rude humor, language, action and smoking.

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