For a good chunk of my childhood there were 4 television stations in my house; ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS all coming literary over the airways. Without cable TV, which I thought one had to be rich to have, viewing options were limited on weekend days where weather might keep a kid inside. With my limited options, I did watch a lot of black and white westerns (often on a black and white TV). This made me very familiar with the Lone Ranger, played by Clayton Moore, and his companion Tonto, portrayed by Jay Silverheels. I was one of the few who were excited in 1981 for The Legend of the Lone Ranger because I was finally going to see these characters in color! I can remember watching The Legend of the Long Ranger at least three times as a kid, which was remarkable since we did not have cable in the house or this newfangled device called a VCR.
So when I heard Disney was going to take a crack at bringing the Lone Ranger to the big screen I had mixed thoughts. On the positive side, it was bringing back feelings of nostalgia for me. On the other hand I was a superhero and not a western guy. Honestly, I cannot remember the last western I have paid money to see the theater. I think I may have been a teenager.
Disney has launched a teaser trailer to begin the excitement for the 2013 release of The Lone Ranger.
What did you think?
At the moment I am still mixed. There was a time when pirate movies did not get me interested, and this team changed my mind. I do feel like this is the sort of movie that Walt Disney would have enjoyed solely because how much a train is highlighted. It has a feel of The Great Locomotive Chase because of the train’s prominence. If anything the train is the star of the trailer. I will admit when I saw a shot of Helena Bonham Carter I asked myself if Tim Burton produced this movie!
At the moment I am optimistic but not fully on board the train!