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Rango (2011) (Video Game)


Johnny Guitar (1954)
Jake says, "You ain't got the nerve," to which Rango responds, "Try me," by the way of Emma and Vienna.
The Court Jester (1955)
Rango mentions a poisoned chalice which is made a big deal in Court Jester with the pellet with the poison.
The Andy Griffith Show (1960) (TV Series)
Rango is modeled after actor Don Knotts' characterization of Deputy Barney Fife.
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Rango has a vision where he meets the "Spirit of The West," which looks and sounds like "The Man with No Name." Rango identifies the character as the Man with No Name.
Cat Ballou (1965)
The silver nose on the hawk is a reference to the silver nose Lee Marvin wore as the villain, Tim Strawn.
Star Trek (1966) (TV Series)
One of the headstones in Dirt's graveyard reads, "He's Dead Jim"
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
When Rango is escaping from the hawk who takes Rock-Eye, and Rock-Eye yells "You son of a..." to be cut off by the hawk screech, this mimics Tuco yelling to Blondie at the end of Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo.
Rango (1967) (TV Series)
The name and title is a reference to the show with the same name and it's goofy main character.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
The squeaking windmill in the town of Dirt, including the specific sound of the squeaking, incorporates the squeaking windmill in the beginning of C'era Una Volta il West. The dramatic lighting in the saloon when Rango first enters is also the same as the first saloon scene in this 1968 film.
Easy Rider (1969)
One of Balthazar's clan is wearing Jack Nicholson's gold football helmet
True Grit (1969)
Rango refers to Priscilla, the mouse, as "little sister," which is also Rooster Cogburn's pet name for Mattie Ross.
El Topo (1970)
Cited by Gore Verbinski as an influence
Chinatown (1974)
The whole "control the water" plot is influenced by Chinatown, and the mayor is a caricature of Noah Cross.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
The Death Star trench fly-in scene.
Ghostbusters (1984)
"Cats and dogs living together" joke recreated.
¡Three Amigos! (1986)
actor mistaken for real cowboy
Raising Arizona (1987)
The hawk chasing Rango, who is streaming toilet paper behind, through the streets accompanied by a yodeling singer is a reference to the Diaper Chase scene where Nicolas Cage is being pursued by police, dogs and his angry wife while his pantyhose bandit mask streams behind his head and accompanied by the same yodeling.
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
When Rango walks into the bar in Dirt, the bartender is wiping the bar the same way the bartender is when Marty walks into the old west version.
The Lion King (1994)
Rango mentions the circle of life
Ed Wood (1994)
The scene in which Rango asks Beans for her dress size (and actually wears it) is inspired by the character he played in Ed Wood (Ed wood himself), a crossdresser.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
When Rango flies from car to car trying to hold on to a smiley face on a bicycle back wheel, he is thrown to land at the windshield of a car that looks exactly the same as Raoul Duke's in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The driver and passenger of this car might reference Johnny Depp's and Benicio Del Toro's characters in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas..
The Matrix (1999)
Rango runs along a cliff wall the same way Trinity did in the lobby shootout.
The Time Machine (2002)
When the townsfolk, who seem hypnotized, move in unison toward the water.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Moving Cacti like the Ents marching to Isengard.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
In his terrarium-stage, Rango alludes to playing a sea captain. Referencing his voice actor Johnny Depp's character Jack Sparrow.
Deadwood (2004) (TV Series)
A quick shot from the balcony overlooking the town of Dirt, exactly resembling Al Swearengen's in the town of Deadwood.
Van Helsing (2004)
"strangers don't last long here" line said in both films
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Cited by Gore Verbinski as an influence
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
When Rango is carried away by the wood lice it is the same as when Jack Sparrow, another Depp character, is trapped in Davey Jones' Locker and the crabs carry his ship to the sea
Transformers (2007)
The water jug flips over Rango and Beans with the same slow motion and low camera angle as when Ironhide flips over a civilian girl.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
The sleeping mouse, who is friends with the Mad Hatter, also played by Depp in Alice in Wonderland.

Referenced in 

That Fellow in the Coat: A Look Back at the Animated Features of 2010 (2010) (TV Episode)
Referenced as anticipated film of 2011.
Saturday Night Live: Miley Cyrus/The Strokes (2011) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the "Beastly" trailer
Bum Reviews: Rango (2011) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
Conan: Seven Salads for Seven Brothers Who Are Sexually Attracted to Salads (2011) (TV Episode)
Conan mentions that the film is #1 at the box office
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.8 (2011) (TV Episode)
Christy mentions that they talked last week about whether the film is appropriate for children
Saturday Night Live: Zach Galifianakis/Jessie J (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Seth on Weekend Update
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Rainn Wilson/Epic Meal Time/Serj Tankian (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay talks about the major movie of last weekend.
Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.3 (2011) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
The Office: The Inner Circle (2011) (TV Episode)
Kelly says that Ryan is "a big fraud; he's like Rango."
Mad: ArTHOR/The Big Fang Theory (2011) (TV Episode)
Rango is friends with ArTHOR.
The Nostalgia Teen: Top 11 Animated Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
Poster seen
Vild med dans: Vals og cha-cha-cha, del 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
DVD case is seen
AniMat's Reviews: Puss in Boots (2011) (TV Episode)
AniMat feels that the old western Spanish environment in Puss in Boots was already done in Rango.
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Arthur Christmas (2011) (TV Episode)
Bill Nighy's role as Rattlesnake Jake mentioned
Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2011 (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned among movies seen this year
Mad: Addition Impossible/New Gill (2012) (TV Episode)
Rango gets swept up by Ghost Rider's motorcycle.
AniMat's Reviews: The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) (TV Episode)
AniMat says the side characters in The Pirates! are more memorable than the main ones like in Rango.
AniMat's Reviews: Hotel Transylvania (2012) (TV Episode)
AniMat says Hotel Transylvania's plot has the lair reviled cliché that Rango used.
AniMat's Classic Reviews: Chico & Rita (2014) (TV Episode)
Chico & Rita and A Cat in Paris lost the Oscar for Best Animated Feature to this film.
The Comix Scrutinizer: Fog City Comics (2015) (TV Episode)
"if I wanted a furry Western, I'd just watch RANGO"
Honest Game Trailers: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Showdown at the Dirt Cheap Liquor & Grocery (2016) (Short)
quoted by Juan
Adelaide's Silver Screens (2017) (Short)
Standee for this film is seen at the Odeon Star Semaphore Cinemas.


Movies with Maria (2011) (TV Series)
Mariachi Owl is one of the 4 owls in Rango.

Featured in 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.96 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip from the film featuring the voice of Abigail Breslin is shown
Breakfast: Episode dated 24 February 2011 (2011) (TV Episode)
Clip shown from Bill Nighy's latest work.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.6 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown of the film to be reviewed next week
De wereld draait door: Episode #6.114 (2011) (TV Episode)
A trailer is shown.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.7 (2011) (TV Episode)
clips are shown as the critics review the film
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.9 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown of the film to be reviewed on next week's episode
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Rango (2011) (TV Episode)
Reviewed, clips shown
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.10 (2011) (TV Episode)
clips are shown as the critics review the film
AniMat's Reviews: Rango (2011) (TV Episode)
Reviewed, clips shown.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.25 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown during Roger's segment to show that movies don't need to be in 3D
Maltin on Movies: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
Movie reviewed in this episode.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.1 (2011) (TV Episode)
clips are shown of Christy's #5 film of the year so far
Great Movie Mistakes III: Not in 3D (2011) (TV Movie)
Clips of mistakes shown
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2012) (TV Special)
Nomination presentation
Animation Lookback: Top 5 Best & Worst Animated Films of 2011 (2012) (TV Episode)
Third best animated film of 2011.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) (TV Special)
Nominee Clips
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
A critically acclaimed animated film, clip shown.


Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
When Balthazar's family rises up from the ground, it's a spoof of Ray Harryhausen's iconic skeleton warriors in Jason and the Argonauts
Django (1966)
Rango is a parody of Spaghetti Westerns, and its title is a reference to this groundbreaking Spaghetti Western.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The chase sequence is a parody of the air raid sequence, complete with a banjo version of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."
The Road Warrior (1981)
The chase in the canyon involving the water jug imitates many shots from chase scenes in Mad Max 2.
Dot and Keeto (1986)
The sequence where the hawk that tries to eat Rango gets his head out of the coffee can makes fun of the sequence where the magpie that tries to eat Dot gets his head out of the watering can.
Jurassic Park (1993)
When Rango hides from the hawk in the Pepto outhouse, it is a spoof of when the lawyer is attacked by the T-Rex in the first Jurassic Park.
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
clock tower featured in gunfights, town destroyed by explosions (in this case, water blasts) in the end.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The posse cross a bridge with a giant yellow eye behind them, recreating a shot from the Lord of the Rings films

Spoofed in 

Mad: Lone Rango/Doctor Who's Line Is It Anyway? (2013) (TV Episode)
Lone Rango is a spoof of this movie.

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