Before renting this film, I was very excited to see it. I had seen the trailers for Rango, and they made me laugh. However, the laughing stopped when the film started. In the first five minutes of the movie, there is a cartoon lizard rubbing and touching on a headless, nude Barbie doll body. I was confused and disturbed by this blatant objectification of women. Throughout the film, I was continuously shocked by the crude humor used in the film. I haven't seen a children's movie that was so blatant in it's use of adult/sexual humor. It was offensive to me and I believe it isn't subtle enough to go unnoticed by children of all ages.
Not only that, but the film itself wasn't good at all. There didn't seem to be a moral or purpose and it seemed like an animated Western. I didn't think that children would understand or appreciate any of the film. I believe that it was not only inappropriate due to the language and sexual content but also because it doesn't reach the target audience. It was a movie that was targeting children but it would not be appealing to most children. It is confusing and I think the only thing that might hold a young child's attention is because of the bright colors and the fun animal-like characters portrayed in the film.
Also, I believe that like many of the other movies that Johnny Depp stars in, this movie was quirky and strange. It definitely had Depp's stamp of strangeness on it. The accents in the film, the inclusion of Clint Eastwood's face on a cartoon body, and the insincerity of the character's in the film all led to a very choppy, confusing, and weird film. This movie reminded me of all of Depp's former roles: scary, strange and inappropriate. Like his role in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Alice In Wonderland, The Secret Window, and others, Rango encourages Johnny Depp to display his eccentric personality. While there is nothing wrong with being a little different, I don't think the behavior depicted was appropriate for children under the age of 12.
I don't believe that I would personally allow my children to watch this film. As an adult watching a children's movie, I believe that I didn't think that it was a good movie for myself or kids. It seemed too off focus and too all over the place to be a classic for children to come.