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Episode 7: Rango – The Creepy Critters

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The Rotoscopers discuss the 2011 Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, Rango.


  • Morgan and Chelsea watched the documentary “The Sweatbox”
  • News: Glen Keane leaves Disney, The Art of the Secret World of Arrietty, and trailers for Secret of the Fairy WingsHotel Transylvania, andRise of the Guardians
  • Nerdy couch discussion: shift in character design and spinoffs
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles design changes over the years
  • X-Men then and now
  • Sabertooth then and now
  • Disturbing animation style in the motion comic Astonishing X-Men: Gifted
  • Main discussion: Rango
  • When was the last time there was a western animated film?
  • Is Rango just the “Johnny Depp show”?
  • What classic Disney characters would you see Johnny Depp voicing?
  • What we like about the film: atmosphere, character appeal and country critters
  • Describe this movie in one word: texture
  • Music: the mariachi owls = the Muses from Hercules + the mice from Babe
  • The big question: which animals in animated films are beast of burden and which wear clothes
  • What didn’t we like: crude humor, should it have been rated PG-13, redundant plot (a la Aladdin)
  • Is the film anti-religious and pro-spirituality? Or neutral religious-wise?
  • Conundrums: not following his shadow, why did Tortoise John need the water, what was Rango’s real name?
  • Our rating: Four stars ★★★★ all around
  • Our first mail bag segment!
  • Bloopers: the time vortex returns from episode 1, Mason and Chelsea’s southern accents

Runtime: 1:17:55, 37.4 MB

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About Morgan Stradling

Morgan is a native of Arizona and is a desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, Survivor, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She has her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Product Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.