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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Rango claims to have killed all 7 Jenkins brothers with one bullet, the boast is an allusion to the fairy tale "The Valiant Little Taylor" who kills seven flies with one swipe of his hand, but convinces everyone he meets that he killed 7 men with one blow. See more »


When Rango stares down Jake ready for a gunfight, a dragonfly flies by and Rango catches it with his tongue and eats it. Dragonflies are located around abundant water resources and the town of Dirt is bone dry. See more »


Wounded Bird: You kill bird?
Rango: Why, yes, I did.
Wounded Bird: Bird dead, snake come.
Rango: Uh, snake?
Priscilla: He means Rattlesnake Jake, Mr. Rango. He usually doesn't come to town because he's scared of that hawk, but he might come now. Can I have your boots when you're dead?
Rango: No. I ain't got no problem with this Rattlesnake Jake.
Priscilla: That's just what Amos said.
Rango: Amos?
[Priscilla looks at something offscreen, Rango looks and sees a small graveyard with a headstone reading 'Amos, Sheriff Thur-Sat.']
Priscilla: You got any gold fillings?
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Spoofs Dot and Keeto (1986) See more »


Written by Rick Garcia, Kenneth Karman, Gore Verbinski, and James Ward Byrkit
Performed by Rick Garcia
Produced by Kenneth Karman and Rick Garcia
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User Reviews

Wasn't expecting something this good so early on in the year...
4 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I heard from a number of people that this was excellent so I went to see it myself being a fan of animated movies and of film in general. And I absolutely loved it, other than being a little too long, which is such a minor complaint, it was a wonderful film with some surprisingly mature themes and does very well at trying something different.

The animation for starters is outstanding. Not only do the characters move convincingly, but the colours look gorgeous and the backgrounds are imaginative and stunning. The soundtrack is another plus, the score is wonderful with a sense of fun, great use of instruments and nods to Ennio Morricone, without being too generic or over-the-top with some inspired musical flavour to it.

The script is funny, smart and quirky as well- loved the Chinatown(Ned Beatty based his performance on that of John Huston's), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Star Wars references- the characters are genuine and likable with heart and don't fall into the trap of being too cliché(there are some but it works in the film's favour and I loved the title character), the film goes at a great pace while remaining wholly satisfying at its end with an almost elegiac quality that is there with almost all the best westerns, the slapstick action bounces along nicely and the story is far from formulaic instead it is original and inventive. The voice acting is wonderful, both Johnny Depp and Bill Nighy- Rattlesnake Jake is awesome!- give knockout performances, while Isla Fisher, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton and Abigail Breslin are equally terrific.

In conclusion, a wonderful film that I wasn't expecting to be this good this early on in the year. On a side note, for those complaining about suitability for children, I actually wouldn't say this was a film for kids but more adult-oriented. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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