I’m a big fan of animated movies like this and usually like them. For some reason, I just found Rango to be a bit flat and uninteresting…

The story unfolds with our reluctant hero Rango, a chameleon who’s thrown into the desert unexpectedly while traveling with his family. During his travels to find water, he stumbles onto the town of Dirt, which just so happens to be in the need of a new sheriff. Rango, being the hustler he is, manages to work his way into this position and win the hearts of the town in the process…

The story is ok, and this is perhaps where it fell a bit short for me. but it’s one we’ve seen a million times and this one in particular is no exception. It’s a very formulaic story without any major surprises. After about the first half hour or so, I found my attention wandering.

The design and animation are beautifully crafted with a great amount of detail. They did a great job capturing the desert / wild west kind of vibe. The characters are also well done making them fun to watch. It was cute to see the character of Beans freeze into her defensive stance whenever she felt threatened.

There’s some great talent in here too; besides Johnny Depp as Rango, the lineup includes: Isla Fisher, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone and Timothy Olyphant among others.

Even with the amazing cast involved, the film still was boring at times and just kind of un-interesting all around. It’s worth seeing just for the sake of the artwork behind it but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it again.

reviewed by Sean McKnight