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  • Adorkable: Rango has an Ugly Cute Appearance and is ditzy, awkward, nervous, adorable, cuddly sunshine in a bag.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: The one star reviews on are full of parents complaining about this PG rated film being not suitable for children.
  • Awesome Music: 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.
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    • The credits music, which sounds like a Western remix of Misirlou is is exactly as awesome as that sounds.
    • End of The Road, a song that played in The Kingdom and made a reappearance here when Rango is banished from the town. It fits the scene perfectly and beautifully.
  • Better on DVD: The extended cut is seen as better than the theatrical cut with some plot holes filled and extended ending.
  • 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. The Re-Cut takes it a bit further when they all spit during the dance. It's implied that it's part of the Cargo Cult the mayor deliberately built up around it (so that the townsfolk don't work out that only the knob is important), but the movie never actually says that.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Rattlesnake Jake, especially when he first shows up.
    • Mr. Black 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?
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Dare say Rattlesnake Jake is starting to look like this?
    • Priscilla, the little aye-aye girl, could easily count as one too.
    • Angelique. Why? Guess.
  • Evil Is Cool: Rattlesnake Jake. A Bill Nighy voiced, Gatling Gun for a rattle having, Evil Is Hammy slice of nightmare inducing awesomeness.
  • Fanon: The hawk's metal beak and Rattlesnake Jake's missing tail has led to the common assumption that they received their respective injuries in a duel with each other. This would certainly explain why Jake freaks out to see a "hawk" in the climax, but it's never confirmed in the film itself.
  • Foe 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.
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  • Genius Bonus: Rattlesnake Jake isn't just any old style of rattler, he's specifically a Western diamondback. How appropriate. (Because, you know, it's a western.)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The fact ILM is now doing animation after Lucas sold off the Pixar section of its department years ago.
    • Some of Raoul Duke's hallucinations at the bar came to life!
    • In this movie, Johnny Depp plays a gunslinger who has a competent Native-American sidekick. Seems the tables have turned. And by the same director, no less.
    • The above hilarity actually goes back further when one considers that Deadman also had Depp as a gunslinger with a Native-American companion.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Rattlesnake Jake, the terrifying mercenary who slithers in the desert outside of Dirt, ends up employed by the corrupt mayor of the town as muscle, proving himself too vicious and threatening for even the mayor to fully rein in. Jake tears Rango down in front of the entire town by exposing his lies and drives him out before terrorizing the remaining townsfolk into obeying the mayor's scheme. Even despite his murderous temperament, Jake demonstrates a surprising amount of perception by seeing through Rango's ruse with a "hawk" comprised of hundreds of bats in a few seconds, and Rango finally proving himself a hero ends with Jake shamelessly acknowledging him as someone worthy of his respect — while personally dragging out the mayor to his doom for daring to double-cross him with one last Ironic Echo: "pretty soon, no one will believe you even existed."
  • Misaimed Marketing: The fact that this movie was released by Nickelodeon Movies alone makes it downright perplexing that this innuendo and foul language-ridden animated movie was marketed to kids.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The Spirit of the West.
    • The split-second cameos from Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo.
    • The spider who serves as the undertaker for Dirt only appears briefly, but makes a huge impression for his striking and creepy character design.
    • That one toad who got eaten by a hawk.
  • 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. Fridge Brilliance: they're running out of water. Waste not.
  • Trailer Joke Decay: "That's for my gun. That's gun lotion."
  • 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, which is pretty impressive considering aye-ayes are pretty damn ugly in real life. 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.
    • Poor Beans got slapped with the Uncanny Valley stick harder than most of the other characters (she looks less like a desert iguana than an alien in a wig and a dress) but she 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?: This isn't exactly the kind of flick that is designed to grab kids' attention, with the character designs that border on Uncanny Valley and overall different themes and pacing than usual animated movies.


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