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Rango, Movie

Rango 2011

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Like Pixar on drugs, this is an animated tale about Rango (voiced by Johnny Depp), a sheltered pet chameleon with an identity crisis. Winner of Best Animated Film at the 2012 Academy Awards. More

Rango finds himself outside his terrarium and, after taking the advice of an amardillo, arrives in Dirt - a town stuck in Old West times, a lawless outpost populated by the desert's most wily creatures. He woos the townsfolk with tall tales of his "heroic" past, and is quickly promoted to the position of Sheriff. Tasked with controlling Dirt's rampant bandits, the less-than-courageous Rango now has to live up to his own lie.

Rango is notable for being the first animated feature from George Lucas' special effects company, Industrial Light & Magic. Hide

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    • Mark

      Why advertise a competition if it's impossible to find on your site?

    • arthur

      @Mark try the big button in the top menu that says 'win' douche.

    • Mark

      Cheers Arthur. Thanks for your charming comment. Still trying to find the entry path for the advertised trip to West coast USA..

    • Andrew-Hedley

      @Mark - not sure where you heard about that competition. Sadly, we're not offering such a thing.

    • Ed-Flicks

      Little White Lies: "Think Pixar on LSD flavoured with Shakespearean wit and a dash of Fear and Loathing delirium."

    • Grant

      The comp. is from the NZ Herald site, but I can't find it there either!

    • Skipperlee

      Yeah, I'm having trouble finding the comp 'win' button too?

    • bella

      wow this looks the shiz. i'm there.

    • blondie

      i wanna c dat movi...se ya ;0

    • barag

      i just need to see that movie for my b'day

    • Mike

      Looks different. Hope it stays in cinemas long enough to catch it!

    • foureyes

      a standout amongst the d ross currently in theaters

    • Kerry

      Can you not put the movie rating next to the title.

    • PaulW

      How about saying how long the movie is !! I want to plan my evening.

    • Karl-Flicks

      @PaulW, The running time of Rango is 107 minutes. Cheers

    • saf

      Jonny dep = AWESOME!!!

    • bobby J



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Flicks.co.nz Review



  • Michele-Wallis

    I was looking forward to this & was slightly let down but still an enjoyable movie

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Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer

Whilst expectations of animal antics might pitch Rango towards kids, the story of a chameleon (Johnny Depp) with existential issues is perhaps more appropriate for an older crowd. With the feel of something that a bunch of enthusiasts have put together for their own amusement, the result is a lightweight but entertaining mescaline-fuelled trip through the Nevada desert. More

Visually, Rango is a treat. Cinematographer Roger Deakins (True Grit) is on board as a visual consultant (he did the same job on WALL-E and How to Train Your Dragon) and his mark is invaluable in creating sun-baked, heat-warped desert photography. Populating the parched surrounds are dozens of creatures, from rats to snakes to tortoises, each meticulously detailed and individually voiced.

Even if the story about a dust bowl town’s diminished water supply isn’t quite thrilling enough, the film makes up for it with wacked-out dream sequences and a general oddball tone. Director Gore Verbinski is back on form, cutting loose to indulge his irreverent sense of humour (well utilised in his first Pirates of the Caribbean even if lost in later instalments).

It might not become a hugely memorable animated effort, but Rango is weird enough to be valued in a marketplace that often plays it too safe. Leave the very young kids at home, there’s plenty here for adults too (yes, that’s Hunter S. Thompson and, as you’ll see, this is bat country). Try it out; it might surprise you. Hide

The People's Reviews


11 ratings and 13 reviews


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I love lizards

Taylor-Wallis B-Grader (?)

I love all types of lizards & reptiles so this was an enjoyable movie for me all the more so because of johnny depp as rango. he did the character justice in his own weird way & the other characters in the movie were very interesting as well. overall a bit of fun for the afternoon


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You wont be dissapointed

bigspendakev Flicks Superstar (?)

I recently purchased this movie for my partner who like me loves animated films. I didnt have high hopes as with all movies the hype of a film can let you down when you actually see it.I was and still am pleasantly suprised Rango has to be one of my all time favourite animated films Johnny Depp does a brilliant job at playing Rango and theres so many jokes relating to Jonny Depps roles in other films like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.Belive all the hype this is one to watch over and over again.Its totally diferent to all the other animated stories out there and the animation is just so beautiful but the story line is also very well done 5/5 hoping there"s a sequel


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It's Chinatown, Jake...

RexH Flicks Superstar (?)

But with animals and Hunter S. Thompson! The visual cues and puns make this movie more than a one time viewing for me. Some of them are laugh-out-loud, some are subtle and rattle around in the back of one's head asking to be recognised: was that a moment from High Noon? Or the Wild Bunch? Or Once Upon a Time in the West? Or...
But mainly it's Chinatown. The bad guy who is monkeying around with the water supply even looks like John Huston - certainly the mannerisms of his Noah Cross character are there. And is there a barest hint of Faye Dunaway in Rango's love interest?
Then there is the incredible detail and mouthwatering visuals. There were moments when I found it hard to believe I was watching an entirely digital creation. The lighting was first rate. And the cast of characters - flawless! This film deserves more than one award from the Academy.


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It certainly was from Gore.

steveisatree Flicks Superstar (?)

An excellent film. Hopefully it will change the face of kids heroes. All the characters were, odd, different yet fantastic. Rather than the normal hero and heroines.

Plus, a slight mention of 'Fear and loathing in loss vagas" and the man with no name. Neat

Thanks Gore Verbinski.


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Only thing going for it was JD

Hastley A-Lister (?)

Well that's why i took the kids hehe. They thought it was pretty good and understood the conservation message so the makers will prob be happy with that. Wait till DVD I say!


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Typical Quirky Johnny Depp

BrionyJae Flicks Superstar (?)

I went along to this movie expecting it to be a typical kids' movie, but it really was something much more! There were so many clever references in there that kids would never have picked up on - I should have known that Johnny Depp would never do an average cliched kids' movie!

I particularly loved how this movie explicitly pointed out conventions of stories like this one, especially in the role of the protagonist Rango. It's true, "A Hero can never walk away from his own story", and Johnny Depp definitely followed through. :)


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Not just for the kids!

Chaddorama B-Grader (?)

This movie was absolutely awesome! I went there expecting it to be a kids directed film with cheesey slapstick comedy. HOWEVER, there was heaps of adult directed jokes, which was awesome because they'd fly over any kids heads, but I found them immensely funny! Not to mention the amazing visual presentation. The whole movie was an enjoyable ride, and I found myself laughing the whole time. A great film for adults, and a good film for younger children (as I'm not sure I've seen an animated film where so many of the characters die).


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Chris-White Nobody (?)

Weird, odd but very entertaining. Verbinski and crew have done well in making a bizarre western with a Jack sparrow like chameleon. An intelligent and funny movie which is probably not going to be to everyone's test.


  • Dhruv

    I dont agree

  • steveisatree

    There is a difference between a tribute to other films and ripping them off. The latter is inapplicable to Rango.

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Jade-Francis Flicks Superstar (?)

i didnt find it that funny, and seemed like it was just ripping off pirates of the carribean and clint eastwood films. I actually couldnt wait for it to end.


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Recommended (I think)

100WordReviews Flicks Superstar (?)

Rango's a hard movie to judge. Every so often, it'll do something funny, then it'll do something lame. Other times, it'll do something awesome, followed by something brain-numbingly obscure. I can handle weird, as long as it's consistent, which Rango isn't. It's especially noticeable given how its strange moments contrast its derivative story. Based on these qualities alone, it's hard to give a verdict on Rango. However, the magnificent mariachi musical score, fantastic performances and eye-scorching visuals tip the film to a hearty recommendation. Rango's biggest strength is in its inventive character designs, the majority looking like road-kill Disney rejects.


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Absolutely loved it

MightyMouse Nobody (?)

Like a coen brothers film but in animation. Cool, clever, dark, comical- great characters and story. with a dash of crazy creative tarantino (kid-friendly version) and a bit of action/adventure Indiana Jones style. It was much better than i expected, deeper a bit dark, rather than whimsical. Won't be everyone's cup of tea, especially young kids (think ugly, creepy creatures rather than a cutesy cartoon). me personally, can't wait to see it again..


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Unique and fun

Freemansbayer Wannabe (?)

As other reviewers have pointed out this is really quite unique - very different from other animated films. But very definitely a lot of fun! Kids will miss a few of the sly references but there should still be enough to keep them entertained, but adults will enjoy it too. The most fun I had at the movies in a while!


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Like no other animated film...

Reggie Nobody (?)

Rango is brilliant - surreal, funny, and bizarre in all the best ways. For an animated film, it's really left field. I think kids will love it, it's dark in places, but fun and the characters are charming. But adults will also love it - not love it the smarmy, 'I Get the Pop Culture reference' way of a Shrek - as it's geniunely interesting and involving.

See it.


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Press Reviews

88% of critics recommend

Consensus: "Rango is a smart, giddily creative burst of beautifully animated entertainment, and Johnny Depp gives a colorful vocal performance as a household pet in an unfamiliar world."

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Dominion Post (Graeme Tuckett)

A seriously funny and smart film, with a way of moving between its layers that should keep the kids and late night crowd as happy as each other. Full review.

Empire (UK)

A certain percentage of the audience will instantly sieze on this as their favorite movie of all time, and a small, but not insignificant demographic will have nightmares. Verbinski and Depp probably like it that way. Full review.

Hollywood Reporter

Most exceptional is the visual style, which makes even the best animated 3D look like a poor cousin. Full review.

New York Times

Rango, which may take place entirely within its hero's head - that kind of ambiguity worked in "Inception" and "Black Swan," so why not here? - is about the appetite for myths and stories, whether or not they make sense. It is about the worlds we dream inside our fishbowls, helped by the weird reflections on the walls. Full review.

NZ Herald (Francesca Rudkin)

It ain't perfect but this is one crazy cartoon, unpredictable and with an enjoyable showdown Full review.

Total Film (UK)

The strangeness is off the scale in a kooky concoction that might have been hatched at the bottom of a bong. Then again, what do you expect with Johnny involved? Full review.

Total Film (UK)

The strangeness is off the scale in a kooky concoction that might have been hatched at the bottom of a bong. Then again, what do you expect with Johnny involved? Full review.

Variety (USA)

Johnny Depp isn't the sort of star to blend in, so it's saying something that his turn as the world's most conspicuous chameleon in Rango is so full-bodied, you forget the actor and focus on the character. Full review.