Kids' Camp: Rango

Rated PG, 107 min. Directed by Gore Verbinski.

Watch out, cartoon critters: There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Rango. This animated Western feature from director Verbinski follows Rango (voiced by Depp), a lizard who imagines himself an actor, who is abandoned in the desert. Rango makes his way to the nearby town of Dirt, which is experiencing a mysterious water shortage. The actor in Rango seizes the opportunity to invent a grandiloquent new image for himself, and as in many a Western, the stranger in town is suddenly promoted to the rank of sheriff. The animation work is a first for the special-effects outfit Industrial Light & Magic, and the company has created images that are unique and very satisfying. It is Depp, however, who really nails this thing by simply blending in with all the other voice talent and characters. Rango becomes the hero of his own story, and for this he needs no stinkin’ badge. Read a full review of Rango.
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