I am not a big fan of the mega-budget, assembly-line movies designed “for the entire family”, but the Hollywood studios continue making these films because they have become victims of their own success. What to Watch, Read, and Play While Your Kids Are Stuck Indoors, Common Sense Selections for family entertainment, Stoke kids' love of reading with great summer stories, Check out new Common Sense Selections for games, Teachers: Find the best edtech tools for your classroom with in-depth expert reviews, 8 videos excelentes que describen el Día de los Muertos, 5 consejos para hablar con tus hijos sobre las elecciones, Which Side of History? Rango is not a classic movie for a lot of reasons – too long, unnecessary prologue, sluggish resolution – but make no mistake:  It is an extremely important film for the industry. One character walks around with an arrow stuck in his eye (creepy image); another is suicidal. After Rango accidentally kills the eagle that has been dining on Dirt's citizens, he is persuaded by the mayor (Ned Beatty) to wear the sheriff's badge and bring law to Dirt. Recent features such as How to Train Your Dragon display attempts to capture a more nuanced acting style, but the producers and directors do not really trust it, and so performances tend to be neither fish nor fowl. Turn the sound off on this clip from Toy Story and the acting style is still like that in silent films. With Rango, director Gore Verbinksi has made a unique animated film that's equal parts "mature" drama, old-school Western, and comedic adventure. Parents: Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. He found it a bit too scary and didn’t really enjoy it but I hated it and felt very angry by the time it finished. There is, for example, Rattlesnake Jake (Bill Nighy), the bad man whose gang holds the town in a grip of terror. Parents and caregivers: Set limits for violence and more with Plus. ED HOOKS is the author of "Acting for Animators." This is exactly the kind of movie that proves Pixar isn't the only studio capable of making an animated film that grownups without kids would be compelled to see. This movie is a great movie with lots of references to other movies. Rango overcomes his humiliation to defend the town of Dirt against corruption and ruin. filmed in glorious 2-D. Its brilliant colors and startling characters spring from the screen and remind us how very, very tired we are of simpleminded little characters bouncing around dimly in 3-D. They won't have a single thought about its being in 2-D. But when his owner's car makes a harsh turn, Rango's terrarium falls out onto the highway, leaving him utterly alone in the Mojave Desert. The reason the studios are in this bind is that the animation industry did not go through the same transitions as did the live action industry in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. This blog for AWN will give you the opportunity to ask him questions personally and to give him your feedback. Would you consider him a role model? But when Rango unintentionally allows the town's water supply to be stolen, he must either find it or admit that he's just a pretender. "Rango" is a splendid and great-looking entertainment with a strong story, limitless energy and a first-rate voice cast, also including Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty as the disabled mayor, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Stephen Root, Timothy Olyphant, Ray Winstone, and, yes, Harry Dean Stanton. When a hundred million ton ocean liner changes heading, the movement is hardly noticeable to the passengers partying in the ship’s ballroom. Depp and Fisher act their parts wonderfully, and Beans is a particularly good role model for young girls -- she's tough, outspoken, and willing to stand up for justice. "Rango" may surprise you because it's an animated film that plays like a real movie and really gets you involved. Who do you think the movie's target audience is? Mickey Mouse arrived as a silent film star. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. After following the advice of a sage armadillo, Rango comes across a female lizard named Beans (Isla Fisher), who takes him to her Old West hometown of Dirt, where water is such a scarce commodity that it's kept in a bank. And then there's the matter of the water crisis. Visit AWN on Twitter Visit AWN on Instagram Visit AWN on Google Plus Visit AWN on FlipBoard Subscribe to AWN. His entire production model was based on live-action and, as we can see, it works just fine. Characters cross traffic dangerously. I watched this film with my 7 year old. "Rango" is some kind of a miracle: An animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical, and (gasp!) The Carl and Ellie montage in Up successfully uses a more naturalistic performance style: But when the story moves to Paradise Valley, we are back with silent films again: Now look at this clip from Rango. Dirt has not only snakes but vultures to contend with, so Rango's hands are full. The movie respects the tradition of painstakingly drawn animated classics, and does interesting things with space and perspective with its wild action sequences. RANGO (voiced by Johnny Depp) is a lonely pet lizard with an active imagination; he fancies himself a swashbuckling hero and puts on "shows" with his companions -- a headless Barbie, a dead insect, and a wind-up plastic fish. Rango often wonders "who am I?," because underneath his charismatic persona lies a deeply lonely lizard who just wants to call someplace home. They will love the bright colors and magnificent use of space. Families who want quick laughs, pratfalls, and adorable characters may not appreciate the movie's lingering establishing shots and existential lizard musings. If you chose to provide an email address, it will only be used to contact you about your comment. Add your ratingSee all 211 parent reviews. Your privacy is important to us. The other characters are outsize versions of basic Western types. We are gathered here today to honor this man. Families can talk about the movie's message about becoming who you want to be.

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