I rented Rango for my youngest over the weekend and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It’s one of those great animated movies that provides cartoon entertainment for the kids and lots of winks at the adults. For example, there’s a brief appearance of Hunter S. Thompson, made all the more funny by the fact that Rango’s voice is that of Johnny Depp, who played the gonzo journalist in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (and actually, the lizard Rango wears Thompson’s flowered shirt throughout much of the beginning). Then there’s the appearance of The Man With No Name. A Lee Van Cleef character is in there, too. There are a couple of nods to Chinatown. And Apocalypse Now, Holes, High Noon, Cat Ballou, and Deliverance (which is extra funny because Ned Beatty does one of the voices). Rango himself is none other than Don Knotts from The Shakiest Gun in the West.
And there’s golf. That’s right, as you can see from the image above, golf plays a part in the plot (You can see the “John Huston” tycoon from Chinatown as the turtle on the left).
A GREAT movie and worth at least a rental. Thing Two liked it so much I likely will end up buying it.