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Rango

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Get ready to tango with Rango, a winner with critics and audiences that’s “like nothing you’ve ever seen before” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). Johnny Depp is spectacular as Rango, a kooky pet chameleon who gets tossed into a wild and raucous town in desperate need of a hero. Refreshingly original with eye-popping animation, Rango is “loads of fun and genuinely funny” (Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times). And now you can get even more Rango on DVD including a never-before-seen ending, 10 deleted scenes, and much more.

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An animated Western with a chameleon as the hero is an unlikely concept, but Rango is a great film thanks to its witty mix of parody, intriguing characters, and sophisticated humor. When a common pet chameleon who's suffering from an identity crisis crashes headfirst into the stereotypically classic Western town of Dirt, he has the unique opportunity to completely reinvent himself. Dubbing himself Rango, the chameleon boasts of his own heroism and creates a spiral of deception that lands him an appointment as sheriff of a town in crisis. The question is, can one unprepared and completely unqualified chameleon possibly change this little town's future for the better? And how do road kill, enlightenment, and the Spirit of the West figure in to the equation? The animation looks great in this film and kids will love the goofy characters and crazy scenarios. But adults will find the film intriguing on a whole different level because of its comic parody of the iconic classic and spaghetti Western genres and the skilled balance of action, romance, and adventure. Kudos to director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) and the talented voice cast, among them Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Ned Beatty, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, and Bill Nighy, for an award-worthy film. Some kids ages 7 to 9 may find the film rather dark and the action a bit too intense, but kids 10 and older should be fine as long as parents don't object to the PG rating (some rude humor, language, smoking, and action). --Tami Horiuchi

Special Features

- Experience the Never-Before-Seen Ending
- Uncover 10 Deleted Scenes
- Meet the Real Creatures of Dirt
- Filmmakers’ Commentary

Product Details

  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Timothy Olyphant
  • Directors: Gore Verbinski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,612 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y5H53S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,131 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By C. Sawin on March 3, 2011
Format: DVD
Director Gore Verbinski has put together quite the filmography over the years. His first feature film was the family comedy Mousehunt, which he followed up with the R-rated action comedy The Mexican. He also jumped on the successful remake bandwagon before the trend really took off with The Ring. It was the Pirates of the Caribbean films that teamed the director with the hottest actor in Hollywood today; Johnny Depp. Perhaps it's because those films made over a billion dollars at the box office or because they just had fun working together or a little bit of both that Depp was chosen to voice a talking chameleon in Verbinski's bizarre yet spectacular animated adventure known as Rango.

Rango isn't your average animated film. That fact will become abundantly clear during Rango's opening monologue amongst his "friends." The film is actually more adult than any of the trailers let on. Within the first ten minutes of the film, Rango has a rather lengthy conversation with some fresh roadkill. In addition to that, the last half of the film is much darker than the first half. Maybe it's the countless number of bats with gatling guns strapped to them, Rattlesnake Jake being one of the most menacing animated villains in years, the film using its fair share of both "hell" and "damn" quite a few times, the film not shying away from the use of nooses, or, God forbid, animated characters smoking, but Rango just doesn't feel like an everyday, run-of-the-mill film put out by Nickelodeon.

Rango also wears its western references on its sleeve. The old time saloons, tumbleweeds, stare downs before a gunfight, and a town's utmost desire for both a sheriff and something to believe in are proof of that.
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I dislike American animated movies with a passion. Not because they are poorly made, but that they are made for children only. The level of writing, character design, its all very family friendly. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I strongly believe that animation shouldn't be just limited to kid friendly movies. It can be used to tell stories that cannot be done in live action.

Look at the animated movies coming out of Japan, they have action, science fiction, romance, all sorts of movies in animated form and yet, we are still churning out Shrek and Toy Story. So I was genuinely surprised when Rango came out.

Here's a movie that is not cute, it has ugly, creepy, and down right disgusting character designs. It has a story trope, usually found in action or western movies. Now, I'm not going to talk about what's the plot or who's playing in it. At that time now, almost everybody knows that. What's so groundbreaking about this movie is the fact that this is a movie that actually treats you like an adult. It has references of movies ranging from such noir classics like Chinatown to Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns. Movies that your kids or today's attention deficit teenagers won't enjoy one bit.

It is also the first feature animation movie created by ILM, George Lucas's special effect power house and it looks like Pixar should be worried. For the animation is so crisp, so detailed, that it borderlines photo-real. It is truly a visual spectacle and another proof that if done right, a 2D animated movie can be as good as a 3D spectacle, in animation off course.

Much kudos to Mr. Gore Verbinski, to elevating the genre that I believe has limitless potential but is limited in its ambition. So if you consider yourself a fan of good, well written, well made and gorgeous to look at movies, then do yourself a favor and go buy it right now.
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I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to see, but I figured with Verbinski and Depp involved it couldn't be too bad. Boy, did I underestimate them! This movie was hysterical from the opening moments (Mariachi owls, anyone?). I agree with all the reviewers who said it wasn't a kids' film - too dark, and the amount of references and in-jokes lifted it way out of the Saturday morning/Disney category into the realm of inspired parody, but without losing a certain sweetness. The animation and production were outstanding as well, and I'm hoping the boys team up with ILM again soon!
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Gore Verbinski's animated feature Rango, with voices by Johnny Depp, Ned Beatty and a host of other talented actors, is a hard film to review, mainly because its real target audience is not the one it's being marketed towards. Let me just flat out say it: this really isn't a kids' animated movie. Not because there's anything in it that is not suitable for kids - there isn't - but because 95 percent of what really makes it worth seeing is going to go right over most kids' heads.

On the surface, the plot is fairly straightforward, at least in the set-up. A terrarium-housed pet chameleon lizard (it's significant after the fact that you never know his real name) ends up stranded in the desert where he is directed to a small town that is on the verge of extinction because of a mysterious water shortage. In his efforts to blend in (he _is_ a chamelon after all), he adopts the name Rango and in quick order suddenly finds himself appointed sheriff and given the mission of finding out what's happened to the town's water.

Stylistically, Verbinski was willing to take some real chances with Rango, and anyone who appreciates animation as an art will find a lot to see here. The level of detail and sheer originality is stunning. Rango does not resemble _anything_ I've seen in an animated film before. Though set in the current day, the world of Rango is essentially an Old West town - aptly named Dirt - that's literally drying up, populated by a cast of animal characters who look like they stepped out of any number of classic Westerns. The difference between Rango and your usual animated take on this theme though is that the residents of Dirt are _not_ cute.
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