No.054 《Rango》 兰戈 居家宠物的野外大冒险
Rango is a 2011 American computer-animated family action comedy western film directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Graham King.
A pet chameleon who has lived his entire life in the confines of a cozy glass terrarium discovers adventure beyond his wildest imagination in this animated Western adventure from Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski. When we first meet Rango (voice of Johnny Depp), the sheltered pet chameleon is safe in his terrarium, and embarking on epic adventures through the power of imagination. Then, suddenly, his safe existence is irrevocably upended thanks to a bump in the road that sends him soaring out of a car window and right onto the searing-hot asphalt of a desert highway. On the advice of a wise armadillo who relays the story of the Spirit of the West, our conical-eyed hero sets out in search of a town called Dirt, narrowly escaping a hungry hawk and encountering a self-sufficient pioneer named Beans (voice of Isla Fisher) along the way. Upon arriving in the dusty desert town, Rango wanders into the local bar and convinces the townspeople that he's a notorious gunslinger with a lightning-fast trigger finger. When one of the locals challenges Rango to a showdown on Main Street, the hawk that menaced our hero on his way to town shows up looking for a rematch, and ends up beak-down in the dirt. Convinced that Rango is the real deal, the Mayor (voice of Ned Beatty) decides to name the brave chameleon their new sheriff. But Rango's honeymoon in Dirt is short-lived when bandits steal the town's entire supply of water, and the newly christened sheriff forms a posse in order to get it back. Little do they realize they were all being manipulated by one greedy power-monger who's determined to keep the people of Dirt under his thumb with the help of a diabolical villain named Rattlesnake Jake (voice of Bill Nighy) whose Gatling-gun tail makes Swiss cheese of all challengers. Now, if Rango can just locate the Spirit of the West (voice of Timothy Olyphant) and summon the courage to realize his true potential, perhaps he can finally free the people of Dirt from the tyranny that binds them, and discover his true destiny under the scorching desert sun.
Rango received generally positive reviews, having an 88% rating on the film critics aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 200 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The site's consensus says, "Rango is a smart, giddily creative burst of beautifully animated entertainment, and Johnny Depp gives a colorful vocal performance as a household pet in an unfamiliar world."
Rango is the first Nickelodeon movie to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Film and the first Nickelodeon movie to be nominated for an Oscar since Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. It is the first non-Pixar film since Happy Feet in 2007 to win the award.
Our conical-eyed hero sets out in search of a town called Dirt
文中的in search of是英语中的一个固定搭配，它是“寻找，寻求，追求”的意思，比如：The geological prospecting team ranged over the desert in search of valuable deposits of oil.（地质勘探队走遍了这片沙漠，寻找有开采价值的油层。）
Who's determined to keep the people of Dirt under his thumb
我们都知道，thumb在英语中是“拇指”的意思，所以文中的under his thumb从字面看是“在他的拇指之下”，可以理解为“在他的控制下”，比如：We are all under the thumb of Sally, the boss's secretary.（我们都在老板的秘书莎莉的控制之下。）
chameleon[kmi:li?n] n. 变色龙；善变的人；轻浮的人
terrarium[te?rε?ri?m] n. 玻璃容器；陆地动物饲养所
sheltered[elt?d] adj. 受保护的；掩蔽的；免税的；为弱者提供方便的
upend[?p?end] vt. 倒放，颠倒；竖立
asphalt[?æsfælt] n. 沥青；柏油
dusty[?d?sti] adj. 落满灰尘的
townspeople[?taunz?pi:pl] n. 市民；镇民；城里生长的人
notorious[n?u?t?:ri?s] adj. 声名狼藉的，臭名昭著的
sheriff[erif] n. 州长；郡治安官；执行吏
diabolical[?daib?lik?l] adj. 恶魔的