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Rango (2011)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  4 March 2011 (USA)
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Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rango / Lars (voice)
Beans (voice)
Priscilla (voice)
Mayor (voice)
Roadkill (voice)
Doc / Merrimack / Mr. Snuggles (voice)
Balthazar (voice)
Bad Bill (voice)
Ambrose (voice)
Wounded Bird (voice)
Angelique (voice)
Buford (voice)


Rango is a pet chameleon always on the lookout for action and adventure, except the fake kind, where he directs it and acts in it. After a car accident, he winds up in an old western town called Dirt. What this town needs the most is water, but they also need a hero and a sheriff. The thirsty Rango instantly takes on the role of both and selfishly agrees to take on the case of their missing water. Written by napierslogs

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Gore Verbinski Animated Project  »

Box Office


$135,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,638,613 (UK) (4 March 2011)


$123,207,194 (USA) (1 July 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Clint Eastwood is the visual inspiration for Spirit of the West. In the back of his golf cart, the "Spirit" has five Oscar-like film awards (which Rango calls "golden guardians"). Eastwood has received exactly five Oscars, including his Irving J. Thalberg Award. The voice of the "Spirit," Timothy Olyphant, starred in the Western TV series, Deadwood (2004). See more »


The clock tower is prominently shown to be a large (by their scale) ticking Telechron pocket watch, complete with company logo on the dial. However, Telechron never made either pocket watches or wind-up mechanical movements; their entire product line over 80 years consisted of electric clocks and related electrical timing devices, all powered by motors. See more »


Rango: [from trailer] The name's Rango.
[crowd gasp]
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References Raising Arizona (1987) See more »


Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss)
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker with Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Rango... Every archetype, convention and finest detail is here! The west lives on...
4 March 2011 | by (stoke on trent, England) – See all my reviews

Rango... yes it is a play on the classic Western Django. Thats why its so interesting!

I had eagerly awaited the arrival of Rango, not only as a western fan but also as an admirer of Gore Verbinski; and the inclusion of Johnny Depp has yet to be a bad thing. The trailers had almost completely left out any kind of plot hint, which i now realise was a very good decision.

So, the story is that a chameleon, with acting ambitions, longs for social interaction outside of his lonely environment. His wishes are granted when he stumbles into the western town of 'Dirt' and takes over the vacant role of Sheriff. When he discovers the towns water supply is almost run dry he searches for answers along side the townsfolk, all of whom believe Rango to be their Saviour.

If you have seen the trailer you will have noticed the singing mariachi owls, who tunefully break down the forth wall to open the film. Not too dissimilar to the rooster in Disney's classic Robin Hood they help guide the story along and in doing so also keep you guessing. Which was a real bonus for me in terms of animated films as they do tend to get predictable, despite how well they are told.

Rango himself upon first meet is absolutely NOT a hero. Even more interesting though is that his name is not Rango. In fact we have no clue as to what his name is... no doubt an obvious reference to the classic Spaghetti Westerns to which its inspired by and its Eastwood lead 'Man with No Name' character. But Rango, despite his lack of name, knows what he wants and Verbinski very clearly makes sure the audience knows too... He wants the chance to be a hero and to one have a story to tell. Let the narrative unfold...

The real winner here is the scenery, its animated alright but i was struggling to believe that at various points in the film. The scene in the saloon towards the beginning is fantastically lit and the final showdown is shot better than a lot of the classics. I'm not kidding! In fact I would happily pay to see it again just to look at those shots again because they capture the tension so well.

Although the real audience is those who love the classic west, Verbinski is able to make it accessible to a vast number. The younger audiences will definitely appreciate Depp's eccentric character as well as the very well timed humour, both visually and verbally. The more mature audiences will appreciate the latter a lot more so. The story is excellent! It unravels perfectly and its runtime passes by almost without effort.

Rango is western... make no mistake. But i assure you one thing should you decide to give it a chance, its what it needs to be! Its entertaining, action-packed, funny and sincere. Above all else, it has what makes a great film, alongside the great protagonist is a great antagonist! Rattlesnake Jake is scary... he's great with his words and deadly with his gun and he helps build to a great and tense final showdown!

Rango gets 10/10 from me!

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