Now, the movie opens saying the main hero is going to die, from some owls playing music that sounds appropriate for the setting, which is the desert, but with guitars that feel out of place. During a road trip, Rango, a green chameleon who has all these toys to play with in his fish bowl who just likes to act around, ends up escaping his water tank after the car gets run over by an armadillo named Roadkill, and Rango finds himself out in the desert where in order to find water, he must find Dirt, which if you see the movie, is a good double entendre. Dirt is a town populated by animals that don't need much water to survive, unlike a chameleon like Rango. These characters are hard to love and are all somehow extra ugly, except for Rango's possible girlfriend Beans who has a rock-n-roll acting voice from Isla Fisher and has a funny curse where she blacks out once in a while. Bottom line, every animal needs water to survive, and where they keep the water is at the bank, where they only have half of a huge bottle that's suitable for humans left, which means about a week of water left. Someone is perhaps messing with the town's water supply. If that isn't bad enough, there's a hawk and a Rattlesnake Jake that every resident fears. Rango ends up pretending he's a big sheriff from some big slam-bang country using his acting abilities, and soon he faces the responsibility to uncover the mystery of the water.
Where the animation is best at is in the details of the animals and how much detail went into making the town of dirt look like a ghost town. It was just a matter of time however, before Rango is found a phoney, or before he plays out like a ballerina to distract, or before Rango returns and the old clock bell standoff arrives. I might as well call this a western parody. At the theatre, I had a Coke, and after the movie, I ran straight to the water fountain, because after all the depression of thirst and a few stunts that just seem kiddie, including only one bullet able to possibly kill a giant rattlesnake or that bullet breaking glass while traveling underwater at 1 mph, is all just too cheesy and not jolly enough like Barnyard or The Lego Movie. I enjoyed the ending of the movie like I was sure I would, and there's a little twist, as well as some nice western lyric-free credits, but by the end, I was thirsty, and not for more movie.