Rango

"That ain't nothin'. I coughed up an entire tribe of pygmies." Elgin

"That ain't nothin'. I coughed up an entire tribe of pygmies." Elgin

☆ Classic 


Rango (2011) is a fun and lively animated spaghetti western.


Directed By Gore Verbinski.

Starring Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy and Timothy Olyphant among many others.

I had no idea what to expect from Gore when I started watching his first animated film. What a joy and surprise I soon discovered. By lampooning such classic film scenes from Apocalypse Now, Star Wars (1977), and A Fistful of Dollars to name a few Verbinski kept me laughing and amused at his tongue in cheek humor. Gore employs eerie sounds to great effect in a nod to Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In The West (1968). 

The star of this film are the animators who create high quality digital characters, landscapes of the desert and old west without any 3D FX. Credit must go to George Lucas' magicians at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) who created all the CGI in their first animated film.

The voice overs from Johnny, Isla, Bill and Timothy are pitch perfect and make the animated characters come to life. In the scene below watch how the animator perfectly capture the tension and high drama at the high noon shootout. I loved the way Gore combines close-ups and long shots to create the look and feel of a classic western shootout.


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Trivia
- The character of Rattlesnake Jake was modeled after the actor Lee Van Cleef.



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