Move over Woody, there’s a new sheriff in town – literally. He’s a loner, an actor, and he lends his name to one of the best animated films in years. Oh, and he just happens to be a chameleon. Rango (Johnny Depp) is the Jack Sparrow of the Mojave – with Pirates director Gore Verbinski and fellow swashbuckler Bill Nighy (aka Davy Jones) also on board.
The feature debut from visual effects house Industrial Light and Magic (famed for their work on the Star Wars saga), Rango is not all butterflies and rainbows. Yet, you have to admire how have managed to make not only a children’s comedy out of a genre better known for outlaws, gunfights and hangings but also a Western with only a single (and purely accidental, I’d like to add) on-screen death.