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Rango (2011)

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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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water | sheriff | chameleon | lizard | pet | See All (86) »


From the director of 'Pirates of the Caribbean'

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 USA:

$38,079,323, 6 March 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Parent users of the review site Common Sense Media slammed the film upon release, as it depicted numerous scenes of drinking, smoking, and contained strong language and violence. They also complained that the film's sexual references should have earned it a PG-13 rating. Although the trailers did not reveal too much, the film itself is aimed mostly at an older audience, with its dark, gritty atmosphere, adult humor and script, but does have lighter moments, with content suitable for kids under twelve. See more »


There are no natural Saguaro cacti in the Mojave Desert. They are native to the Sonoran Desert. See more »


Maybelle: [annoyed] You've got a lot of nerve coming back here, lawman. What is it that you want?
Rango: [dead serious] Yer pappy and them boys are gonna hang for something they didn't do.
Rango: But I've got a plan...
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »


Performed by Los Lobos
Produced by Los Lobos and Gore Verbinski
Los Lobos performs courtesy of Shout! Factory
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User Reviews

Wonderful Western Animation
9 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Rango" is more appealing to adults than to kids. It has a lot of reference to the old western movies which kids might not understand. There is nothing new about this movie but "Rango" is visually stunning, full of decency and totally hilarious.Though there are problems about the story but it's dark, crazy, and exciting.

The story is nothing but reference of other western movies. It's kind of a remembrance but it's not compelling and new. There is nothing new about the story. It's just a western relic.

The best thing about this movie is its animation. The visuals are wonderful and eye candy. The character design looks old fashion zany and I love it. Kind of reminded me of "The Misadventures of Flapjack" a TV show from CN. While this movie is from Nickelodeon there are some humor that kids will perhaps laugh. The movie is not in 3D. "Rango" proves us that 3D is not necessary to our lives. 3D shrinks the scale of a movie.

There are no flaws with the voice acting. Johnny Depp is really meant for Rango. Isla Fisher did this before in Horton Hears A Who so it's okay. Bill Nighy is an amazing villain. I want more Ned Beattys' sexy voice. Too bad Timothy Olyphant didn't have enough scenes but it's still great.

My favorite thing about the visuals is the environment. Look at the sky and the desert. Cinematography is also great. Every visuals are eye candy. The scene when Rango and his friends are being chased by bats and gophers is truly breathtaking.

Maybe the reason why Ebert gave this movie a perfect rating because it's not in 3D. Well Rango is not flawless but it is still entertaining. If you like beautiful visuals then I will recommend this movie to death. The story is not really unique. It's still worth watch. The merits makes us ignore the flaws of this movie.

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