- Cast: Johnny Depp, Timothy Olyphant, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Alfred Molina, Ray Winstone, Ned Beatty, Claudia Black, Harry Dean Stanton, Ryan Hurst, Stephen Root, Alanna Ubach, Beth Grant, Gil Birmingham, Kym Whitley, Lew Temple, Ian Abercrombie, Nika Futterman, Maile Flanagan, Joe Nunez, Hemky Madera, John Cothran Jr., Jordi Caballero, James Ward Byrkit, Chris Parson
- Director: Gore Verbinski
- Writers: John Logan, Gore Verbinski, James Ward Byrkit
- Producers: John B. Carls, Graham King, Gore Verbinski
- Co Producers: Adam Cramer, Shari Hanson, David Shannon
- Executive Producer: Tim Headington
- Casting: Denise Chamian
- Editor: Craig Wood
- Music: Hans Zimmer
- Production Design: Mark 'Crash' McCreery
Rango is a pet chameleon who finds himself lost in an Old West town called Dirt where he establishes himself as the lawman. Unknown to him, the "good guy" role does not do very well in Dirt which has a cemetery full of them. But that does not stop Rango from trying to fit in with his surroundings.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- MPAA Warning: Rude humor, language, action and smoking
- Production Budget: $135 million
- Production Companies: Blind Wink, GK Films, Nickelodeon Movies
2011 Guide Analysis: "After steering the first three voyages of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, filmmaker Gore Verbinski opted for something a bit smaller for his follow-up effort. Yet "Rango" shouldn't be passed off as some simple animated feature either, and even the helmer has said he underestimated how painstaking and time-consuming animated filmmaking is.
This marks the first feature animation done by George Lucas' special effects company ILM, the benchmark studio in visual effects. The resulting animation, especially in high definition, is pretty damn jaw-dropping with the various creature skin textures in particular being immensely impressive. An early trailer last Summer was decidedly surreal and gave no real indication about what to expect. It really wasn't until the premiere of the full trailer in December that we got an idea of the film - a very distinctive homage to westerns, especially Sergio Leone's earlier style.
While Pixar has the warm and fuzzy emotional market, Disney the fairy tales, Dreamworks the celebrity voice stars and pop-culture gags aplenty, "Rango" at least looks distinct in that it's potentially quite dark for a family film and certainly one that takes its love of the western very seriously. There will of course be Depp's usual slapstick theatrics and there's an owl mariachi band providing comic relief, but this is otherwise a straight up action western and so will probably play older than many are expecting."