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by Joy Robyn Dembo, married, with an 18 year old son and a 25 year old daughter.  Addicted to the www, particularly Twitter. Recruitment Response Handling Consultant and Freelance Copywriter, vegetarian and animal lover. Visit her blog.

There’s nothing cute about a lizard, right?  I mean even though they are harmless, they look like miniature crocodiles or something reminiscent of the Jurassic Era!  They are slithery reptiles that send shivers down my spine!

So, hats off to Paramount and Nickelodean Movies for making Rango!  Rango is the cutest, most lovable lizard on the animated planet, and I really loved this movie.

The movie takes you on a rip roaring adventure through the “Wild West”, with a bunch of creatures that will really steal your heart!

Rango is a lonely family pet, who like some only children, has to find ways of amusing himself.  Then, suddenly disaster strikes and the lizard who has lead a very sheltered life, finds himself in the desert town of “Dirt”, where the constant fight for survival revolves around acquiring WATER!  Water equates to currency, and is indeed the equivalent of gold,  and like gold in a capitalist society, water is the source of greed and corruption in Dirt.

Rango is at first viewed with suspicion by the whimsical desert creatures that inhabit the town, but soon “bluffs” his way into a position of great respect ie. Sheriff, and as a result of  a number of action-packed hilarious situations, he becomes the hero he always dreamed of being when he was in a glass tank!

The storyline is a bit adult, and tells a powerful story of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, and to this end,  the movie will appeal to young and old alike.  The kids will fall in love with Rango and the other adorable creatures, whilst the adults will smile and nod, as the story unfolds in this classic Western tale of the outsider saving the day by exposing the villains and taking back what rightly belongs to the “people”.

Johnny Depp, whilst not his usual hunky self, makes a very cute lizard, and the rest of the cast, including Isla Fisher and Abigail Breslin, are utterly superb, and bring a distinctly human quality to the slithery, creepy creatures of the desert!

I didn’t see the movie in 3D, but I imagine that adding a third dimension to the adorable Rango and the rest of his motley gang, can only add to the fun.

Catch Rango over the long weekend and bring a smile to your kids faces!

Release Date: 18 March 2011

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