FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (May 12, 2013)--The original Hollywood image of the Lone Ranger’s sidekick Tonto was of a stern Indian wearing a thin headband and lots of dangling fringe while the latest Disney incarnation is a shirtless Johnny Depp adorned with feathers, a painted face with a stuffed crow on his head.
The character still speaks broken English and chants prayers, but Depp has said he's less subservient and honors the proud American Indian warrior.
The production even had a Comanche adviser and the blessing of other tribes.
But Disney has caught flak for what some say is the perpetuation of stereotypes through a character that lacks any real cultural traits.
Moviegoers will have to wait until July 3 to see how all this plays out but for now, they're just getting a glimpse through movie trailers that left some to wonder if the new Tonto is any better.