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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Rango" Saddles Up For Success

In a world that is obsessed with 3D animation, I wondered if Johnny Depp's new flick "Rango" would survive. The film is now the top film of the year. So what made people go see this new take on the wild wild west?

It's not in 3D. Not every film has to be in 3D. I thought "Rango" was one of the best animated films I've seen in a long time. The precision and expertise to get each scene perfect is noticeable. Gore Verbinski used emotion capture to create the film opposed to having each cast member speak behind a microphone. Basically, he had the cast act out the film. The use of emotion capture is present because the characters are more realistic and human.

I read a few reviews that said the story lacked heart. In the west, people fought for money. In Rango's world its water, which is needed to persevere. It's a story about a chameleon who (ironically) can change into anyone he wants to be, but in turn finds his true self. It's witty, different and yes it has heart. Anyone who has an imagination will find a connection with this film.

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