As promised this morning when I posted the poster, here’s the full trailer for Rango, from Paramount Pictures, starring the voice of Johnny Depp. Normally I couldn’t care less about the dumb movies your annoying wiener kids drag you to, but I really like the look of the animation in this one. Plus I enjoy it when every character has an over-the-top Mexican accent. Reminds me of junior high.
The trailer immediately made me think of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but I wondered if I was making too much of it — is there really a connection beyond Johnny Depp in a Hawaiian shirt in the desert? Then I watched it again and I caught the almost subliminal shot (it’s only a few frames) in which the filmmaker’s clearly reference it themselves.
Anyway, I love a good Hunter S. Thompson reference in a children’s film.
“Daddy, daddy, what’s Fear and Loathing?”
“Oh, it’s just a book about a guy who drives out to Las Vegas in search of the American Dream.”
“Does he find it?”
“Well, not really, but he’s awesome and does lots of drugs.”