Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's as easy as dirt to win a ‘Rango’ family prize pack!

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Dig out your Durangos. 

If the trailers for Paramount Pictures’ newest animated feature are really just teasers and not all of the best ingredients stuffed into one enchilada, come March 4, when this film is released, everybody will be doing the "Rango."

It's a new dance, too. 

Not an adaptation of a popular novel or a sequel to something else but an original story by scriber John Logan (“Gladiator,” “The Last Samurai” and “The Aviator”), based on an idea by director and filmmaker Gore Verbinski ("The Mexican,” “The Ring" and all of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies).

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The animated comedy-adventure (or spaghetti western) features the voice of Johnny Depp as a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, while facing a major identity crisis. After all, how great can things be when your whole purpose in life is to blend in? When Rango accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt -- a lawless outpost populated by the desert's most wily and whimsical creatures -- the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Pinned as the last hope against the bullies, new sheriff Rango is forced to play his role to the hilt, until, in a blaze of action-packed situations (think Pirates-craziness) with outrageous characters, Rango becomes the hero he was born to be. 

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Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the premiere
of "Rango" in Los Angeles on Feb. 14.
This is not the first time Depp has worked as a voice actor. He spoke the words of Victor Van Dort in Tim Burton's Oscar-nominated "Corpse Bride” (2005). It earned Depp a nod from the Kids Choice Awards for favorite voice in an animated feature. What his fans will love about this role is that they will actually hear the Depp-talk but also see the Depp-walk. State-of-the-art animation techniques have allowed filmmakers to capture his brilliant but peculiar, devious, yet loveable personality in a way that has yet to be seen in an animated feature.

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Actor Timothy Olyphant.
That's not all there is to kick up your heels about. The film also stars Timothy Olyphant as the Spirit of the West. If you're from these parts, you know he is the star of the popular TV western, "Justified," which is based on an original story by Michigan author Elmore Leonard. 

Also featured are the voices of Isla Fisher and Abigail Breslin.

Contest details
Now that I have corralled your attention, and we still have a few hours of daylight before we do the Rango, let me tell you about a contest we're having. It not only honors the town of Dirt, but could fetch you a couple of “Rango” family prize packs featuring movie passes, T-shirts, posters, fans and cups!

What we want you to do is make Kraft Food's recipe for Dirt Cups , a Western-style snack with true grit (and rather tasty). Then send us a photo of you and your family, with your version of the treat. You could win one of two prize packs. E-mail your photos (as jpeg attachments) to gina.joseph@macombdaily.com. Be sure to include first and last names and city of residence. Entries must be received by Feb. 28 to be eligible for prizes.

Paramount Pictures "Rango" poster.