REVIEW: Plenty of action in western animation film

Johnny Depp is the voice of Rango in this successful spaghetti western animation.

Johnny Depp is the voice of Rango in this successful spaghetti western animation.

Rango is a movie for adults as much as it is for kids. It’s cute, well-animated and cleverly written.

Rango (voice of Johnny Depp) is a lonely chameleon who gets lost in the middle of a highway running through the Mojave desert when the fish tank he lives in is accidentally thrown out the car window.

He’s an aspiring actor, and has a great imagination, but he doesn’t get any feedback or recognition from the half barbie and wind-up fish with which he shares the tank.

Fortunately, his self-confidence is intact and he jumps at the opportunity to take on the best role of his career when he stumbles into a lawless western town aptly named Dirt.

The inhabitants look like their town. At first they seem intimidating, but the townspeople are just desperate for water and the stranger gives them hope.

The mayor (Ned Beatty) appoints Rango as the new sheriff.

Aside from keeping the town safe, Rango makes it his mission to find out why water is disappearing.

After the bank is robbed of the little water that is left, Rango leads a team to track down the robbers, only to find the water bottle is empty. The crew return to town without water and without hope.

Like all lies, the truth eventually comes out and the townspeople discover Rango isn’t who is says he is.

As his sheriff badge is stripped away, our hero wanders back to the highway and embarks on a journey of self discovery.

Was he really just playing a role or is there more to him?

Not all the characters in the film are well developed, but there’s enough action to keep things going.

Rango is directed by Gore Verbinski and runs one hour and 47 minutes. It plays at 7 p.m. and 9:35 p.m. this week at SilverCity Mission.