Clutching my Crayolas and colouring page I squeeze in between a group of children requesting a wide variety of balloon animals and two snake handlers and take my seat. In any other cinema at any other time this circus of entertainment would be out of place, but I'm at a screening for the new, animated, Johnny Depp vehicle,  Rango.

Rango makes use of the old-style western 'lone ranger' narrative but gives it a very modern twist. Johnny Depp plays a lizard searching for his place in the world as he bluffs his way across the wild west and through dangerous situations. The film uses stunning animation to create a vast and vibrant world for our hero to inhabit, and the story is funny and at times even charming.

Rango is bursting with vocal talent ranging from British legends such as Ray Winstone and Bill Nighy to American actresses Isla Ficher and Abigail Breslin. Every voice adds to this feature but the entire film is dominated, and rightly so, by its central star. Depp is Raoul Duke fromFear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Captain Jack Sparrow rolled into the body of a small reptile. He's funny and charismatic throughout, providing the laughs and even some of the heart to this unique animated adventure.

Though making full use of the vocal talents of Ned Beatty, most recently heard in Pixar's Toy Story 3 Rango is far from the neatly polished House of Mouse outings and presents a far rawer version of animated story telling. Despite it's differences with Pixar or even DreamworksRango shares the fact that it is a thoroughly entertaining film. However, it's far from perfect as it slows significantly in the middle and drifts a little too far off on tangents, even by its own standards. Definitely well worth a watch but don't go expecting anything quite like you've seen before.