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YMMV: Rango
  • Animation Age Ghetto: The one star reviews on are full of parents complaining about this PG rated film being not suitable for children.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: At one point when the characters are traveling underground a giant eye opens and watches them walk away. One character remarks, "That's a big one," but nobody else even notices it. It's never explained and never appears in the movie again.
    • There's also the dance when the town goes to get water after the bell rings. Granted, we are informed that getting water on Wednesday is a regular ritual - the dance itself, though, comes out of nowhere and it's never explained what it has to do with anything.
  • Creepy Awesome: Rattlesnake Jake, especially when he first shows up.
    • The undertaker could also qualify as this. He was only in one scene of the whole movie, but what's not to love about a Perky Goth spider with a Cheshire Cat Grin and rocking a top hat?
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: What's more awesome than a chase scene involving critters riding bats like fighter planes in pursuit our heroes? Doing so to a Western-style version of "Ride of the Valkyries".
    • Playing "Ride of the Valkyries" during an aerial assault scene? Meh. Playing "Ride of the Valkyries" during an aerial assault scene on banjos? Hilarious.
    • The 'final showdown' music in which Rango recovers his discarded sheriff's badge from Boot Hill is chilling and inspiring - as well as a spot-on homage to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Dare say Rattlesnake Jake is starting to look like this?
    • Priscilla, the little possum girl, could easily count as one too.
    • Angelique. Why? Guess.
  • Evil Is Cool: Rattlesnake Jake
  • Fan Nickname: Metalbeak. Word of God has No Name Given for the hawk.
  • Foe Yay / No Yay: Jake's behaviour towards Beans. In his first appearance, Jake almost strangles her and licks her face. And in another scene, he almost strangles her again.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: This was ILM's first animated release, and it was both successful commercially and competitive enough to win an Academy Award. It looks like it will also be ILM's last, as Disney bought Lucasfilm, which includes ILM, and is unlikely to give them a shot at doing more animated films in the future.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The fact ILM is now doing animation after Lucas sold off the Pixar section of its department years ago.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Las Vegas is going to notice if one of their water mains is broken. Dirt's water troubles are not over.
    • Though Las Vegas didn't care when the Mayors goons turned off the water, I think that they just don't notice the water loss after all they got so much more.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The armadillo at the beginning. Cut in half and yet it lives!
  • Squick: When the posse members are talking around the campfire, and Spoons reveals a little too much information.
    • Also sort of a Gross Background Event, but during that scene, we see Elgin, the black cat-thing, wring out his socks... into his cup.
  • Tear Jerker: "Who am I? I'm nobody."
    • When Rango leaves Dirt, returns to the road, picks up Mr. Timms and hugs him like a child would a security blanket or stuffed animal.
  • Ugly Cute: Rango is basically a photorealistic anthropomorphic chameleon, but with that little Hawaiian shirt he's sporting and his constant freakouts, how can you not love him?
    • Real life chameleons are not that ugly.
    • Priscilla is pretty adorable too. Along with Ambrose and possibly Ezekiel, she's one of the closest characters to being traditionally cute.
    • Waffles the horned toad is red-eyed, spiky, and nearly toothless, and is one of the cutest characters in the film.
    • Beans has some undeniable appeal as well.
  • Uncanny Valley: It's a tad jarring to see a bunch of eerily realistic animals running around in clothes and talking, but it was obviously done as a stylistic choice, similar to the illustrations of storybooks featuring animal characters in very human situations.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Just about all of the animation in the film is fantastic. Naturally, it's from Industrial Light and Magic, who have only ever done fully realistic effects before this.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The film has ugly animals, lots of Parental Bonus, smoking, swearing, and is a parody of a genre most kids don't even consider watching. Add some parents with their heads stuck in the Animation Age Ghetto...

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