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Learn how to use the contraction 'gonna'

Date: Mar 23 2011

Themes: Celebrity

Grammar: Contractions and Abbreviations


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Johnny Depp is one of those actors whom lots of people will go see in almost any movie. He has so much star power and is known for being such an interesting actor that even when he makes a bad movie, people still want to watch it. It probably helps that he’s nice to look at.

But what about if he is in a movie in which you can’t actually see him? In the new animated film Rango, Depp provides the voice of the main character, a lizard who accidentally becomes sheriff of a lawless town. Find out if Jeff and Jason plan to see Johnny Depp in this cartoon western.


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Jason:  I usually don’t get psyched for children’s movies, but, Rango?

Jeff:  What’s that?

Jason:  It’s gonna be really good. It’s an animated western with Johnny Depp.

Jeff:  What’s his involvement? What character?

Jason:  Well he plays this lizard guy.

Jeff:  A lizard guy?

Jason:  He’s the star. He’s in a lawless outpost in the Wild West in need of a new sheriff, you know? And so he shows up to reign in the outlaws.

Jeff:  I don’t know, it’s not very exciting to me when celebrities lend their voices to movies like that.

Jason:  Really?

Jeff:  It just doesn’t do it for me. It just seems like, you know, often times it’s just easy work for these actors. They can sit there and have a beer while they’re doing their voice work.

Jason:  I think it’s really cool, like it’s a side of the actor that you don’t normally get to see. Just them being goofy or being this character that they could never really play, cause they wouldn’t have enough makeup in the world to make Johnny Depp look like Rango.


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Jason is excited about the new animated western, Rango. Johnny Depp stars in the film. He provides the voice for the main character, a lizard who becomes the sheriff of a lawless town.

Jeff isn’t interested in animated movies starring famous actors. He thinks these roles are just an easy way for the actors to make money. But Jason is excited to see Johnny Depp play Rango. He thinks the movie will give Depp a chance to play a really unusual character.

Do you like it when famous actors lend their voices to animated movies?



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aya hesham

aya hesham


i will download rango movies and watched it sooooooooooonLaughing

01:49 AM Apr 20 2011 |



 I like to watch animated movies and I haven't watched Rango yet. And I believe that a movie neither get better nor get worst if a famous actor lends his/her voice to it. It's not a big deal for me. Actually, I think that famous actors have too much money already and don't need more. They must let unknow actors provide their voices for the movie's character and get some money! 

10:48 PM Mar 28 2011 |



I download Rango movie and I watched it with all my cousins at home and enjoyed by every one. The funny shots of it makes all to laugh.

12:05 PM Mar 28 2011 |



Russian Federation

When I have known about a new animated movie about a lizard guy I thought " Oh it's another one dull cartoon with a typical plot of the story " But when i heard that Jhonny Depp provided the voice for the main character, i was really excited and went (even run) in the cinema to listen Depp's voice) I think it's a good advertisment for fans who love Depp's works and i'm sure they don't lost the opportunity to listen to his voice)

08:08 AM Mar 27 2011 |



Russian Federation

I'm with Jeff. It doesn't matter for me whose voice is there, famous or not very famous but professional.

06:12 PM Mar 26 2011 |



It all depends with the character in question and the matching of the actors voice. So far actors like Eddie Murphy playing the donkey in Shrek and Mike Myers playing Shrek have been very successful due to the character match up with their voices.

A lot of graphics need to go into play for successful matching up with the character in question!


12:16 PM Mar 26 2011 |




01:23 AM Mar 26 2011 |

shadows goldsmith

Syrian Arab Republic

Oh goofy !!!!!!!!! stupid

09:55 PM Mar 25 2011 |




I really can't see problem with an actor lending his or her voice to an animated movie. Not to forget that the main reason behind all movie industry is creating pictures which people spend their time watching and enjoying their time. What are main philosophy behind using actors? Isn't it only because they have ability to act professionally in a way that whole thing seems real? If an animated movie which famous actors voice could bring same sense and make people amused, why not.


01:21 PM Mar 25 2011 |


Viet Nam

I like western movie and have seen some. But all of it is not animated. This kind of movie will always has sheriff and cowboy,,, criminal, outlaw… especially in lawless town. They are really good in shooting, fast and accuracy. The sheriff try to reign in many blood and die.

It is really psyched. 

05:02 AM Mar 25 2011 |




Rango's cool, a sheriff of a lawless town.

03:13 AM Mar 25 2011 |




soon you will see him on "Pirates of the Caribean" last delivery! again!

03:57 PM Mar 24 2011 |


Viet Nam

I think famous actor and actress show their voices via animated . it makes audience never forget them. And get attention people are interested in seeing cartoon. 

04:28 AM Mar 24 2011 |

Vina Novalina


Not yet watch this movie but yeah the reason will make me to watch this movie cuz of Johnny Depp in. He is like a magnet for many people cuz he is one of the greatest actors of our time, can play so many different roles and its like a new of him^^, hahha maybe he is good to be a lizard guy too LOL

04:53 PM Mar 23 2011 |



mmmm, I guesstimate lending celebrities voice to movie is just another way to get attention from public to promote that movie, you know. so i am not really interested in that.

04:46 PM Mar 23 2011 |




i like this movie very much Depp voice as the animated lizard  makes the movie better.:)

03:10 PM Mar 23 2011 |



Yes, I like it when actors lend their voices to animated movies.

I did not see RANGO yet, but I am gonna see it soon. I like Jason his taste about movies. I imagini it gonna be hillarois for actors.

02:28 PM Mar 23 2011 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i haven't seen this animated movie it must be very exciting i like when famous people lend their voices to animated movies becouse we can imagin them how they look with unusual characters and it makes us lough

08:59 AM Mar 23 2011 |




love it..

06:56 AM Mar 23 2011 |

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