Johnny Depp’s Strangest Movie Is Leaving Netflix So Watch It While You Can

Johnny Depp's 2011 animated film Rango is leaving Netflix on June 1.

By Charlene Badasie | Updated

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Rango, the Academy Award-winning animated film by director Gore Verbinski, is an absolute must-watch before it leaves Netflix on June 1. Featuring the voice of Johnny Depp as the titular character, the movie boasts stunning visuals and a witty script by John Logan that will delight viewers of all ages. The film chronicles Rango’s journey from a terrarium-dwelling pet chameleon to a hero in the Wild West.

The story begins when Rango, who dreams of being a hero in the Wild West, falls out of his owner’s car onto the highway. After surviving a near-death experience, the chameleon finds himself stranded in the desert, where he meets an armadillo named Roadkill. The creature tells him about an Old West desert town called Dirt, where water enters through a mysterious rite.

With no other options, Rango (Johnny Depp) heads out into the desert, where he meets a desert iguana rancher named Beans. After arriving in Dirt, the chameleon poses as a tough gunslinger and becomes the town’s sheriff after taking credit for defeating a dangerous hawk. But problems arise when the water supply mysteriously disappears, causing the animals to suffer from a severe drought.

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Rango sets out to solve the case, uncovering a plot by the corrupt Mayor to control the town’s water supply. So he teams up with Beans to save the town from running dry. But the Mayor preempts his efforts by telling everyone about Rango’s lies and calling Rattlesnake Jake to run him out of town. Despondent, he wanders along the highway and passes out after he crosses it.

That’s when Rango (Johnny Depp) encounters the Spirit of the West, an enigmatic old man who advises him to return to Dirt and make things right. Rango takes his words to heart and, with the help of Roadkill, discovers a crucial emergency shut-off valve that The Mayor has been manipulating to cause a water shortage. He eventually outsmarts the bad guys and emerges as a true hero.

The Johnny Depp movie premiered at Westwood in February 2011 and was released theatrically a month later. Rango became a critical and commercial success, earning $245.7 million at the global box office. The movie also won the Best Animated Feature trophy at the 84th Academy Awards, making it the first non-Disney or Pixar film to win since Happy Feet in 2006.

Rango currently holds an 88 percent critics rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, alongside an audience score of 70 percent. The site’s general consensus describes the movie as an intelligent, giddily creative burst of beautifully animated entertainment. Johnny Depp’s colorful vocal performance as the unconventional household pet in an unfamiliar world is also praised.

Although Johnny Depp has lent his voice to other animated films such as Corpse Bride and Sherlock Gnomes, he is more widely known for his work as a leading man in live-action movies spanning a wide range of genres and characters. He first gained critical acclaim for his role in the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, which launched his career as a teen idol.  

However, he quickly moved away from that image, taking on unconventional and challenging roles in films like Edward Scissorhands and Benny & Joon. Over the years, Johnny Depp’s ability to inhabit quirky and complex characters has made him a sought-after leading man in Hollywood.  

He has tackled various roles, from the enigmatic Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise to the real-life Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. Johnny Depp’s unique talent for bringing nuance and depth to his characters has earned him numerous accolades, including three Academy Award nominations.

In addition to his acting career, Johnny Depp is also known for his musical talents. He has collaborated with several prominent musicians, including Alice Cooper and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, to form the rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires.

Despite some controversy and personal challenges in recent years, Johnny Depp remains a respected and celebrated actor with a dedicated fan base who appreciates his versatility, talent, and willingness to take risks and push boundaries as a leading man.