Rango

2011

Rango

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SOUND CLIPS

MOVIE TRAILER


GENERAL INFORMATION

A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it. (Source: IMDb.com)

Director: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Johnny Depp, Timothy Olyphant, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton and Stephen Root

Awards & Nominations:

2011 TEEN'S CHOICE AWARDS:
Choice Animated Movie Voice - Johnny Depp (Won)

2012 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS:
Favorite Animated Movie Voice - Johnny Depp (Won)

69th GOLDEN GLOBES:
Best Animated Feature (Nominated)

2011 AUSTIN CRITICS AWARDS:
Best Animated Feature (Won)

39th ANNIE AWARDS:
Best Animated Feature (Won)
Best Directing in a Feature Production - Gore Verbinski (Nominated)
Writing in a Feature Production - John Logan, Gore Verbinski and James Byrkit (Won)
Animated Effects in an Animated Production - Chase Cooper, Willi Geiger; Industrial Light & Magic (Nominated)
Character Design in a Feature Production - Mark "Crash" McCreery (Won)
Directing in a Feature Production - Gore Verbinski (Nominated)
Storyboarding in a Feature Production - Delia Gosman (Nominated)
Writing in a Feature Production - John Logan, Gore Verbinski and James Byrkit (Won)
Editing in a Feature Production - Craig Wood, A.C.E. (Won)
Members Favorite (Won)

2011 BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS:
Best Animated Feature (Won)

84th ACADEMY AWARDS:
Best Animated Feature Film (Won)

2012 VISUAL EFFECTS SOCIETY AWARDS:
Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture - Tim Alexander, Hal Hickel, Jacqui Lopez, Katie Lynch (Won)
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture: Rango - Frank Gravatt, Kevin Martel, Brian Paik, Steve Walton (Won)
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture: Main Street Dirt - John Bell, Polly Ing, Martin Murphy, Russell Paul (Won)
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in an Animated Feature Motion Picture: The Dirt Saloon - Colin Benoit, Philippe Rebours, Nelson Sepulveda, Nick Walker (Won)

2012 KIDS CHOICE AWARDS:
Voice From An Animated Film - Johnny Depp (Nominated)


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ABOUT THIS MOVIE

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"[Rango is] certainly like nothing I've ever done before. Instead of motion capture it's kind of emotion capture using the actors as a reference for the emotionally animated character. I think it just gives a bunch of grown-ups an opportunity to be silly."
--Johnny Depp
etonline.com
December 23, 2010

"I think you have to be a little nuts to step into what would be a wild west saloon dragging what would probably amount to a seventy-five pound lizard tail. You just kind of put yourself in that situation."
--Johnny Depp
Screenslam.com
February 14, 2011

"[Rango's] voice came from observing people over the years. Within this kind of animated structure you are able as an actor to get away with a lot more than you normally can in everyday cinema. As an observer, what I have always been fascinated with about people is when a person gets put into a situation that makes them nervous the register of their voice is raised. Therefore, for a character like Rango, he ends up (raises pitch of voice) talking like something like this (resumes natural voice), very high."
--Johnny Depp
Screenslam.com
February 14, 2011

"Gore has an extremely sick mind. He can really go out there with various ideas, and I have a tendency to travel pretty distant myself with these kind of absurdist ideas. He's been an incredible collaborator all the way up to now. I'm looking forward to the next thing we do together."
--Johnny Depp
Screenslam.com
February 14, 2011

"It was a lot of fun. It was very strange but it was a lot of fun. It was one of the more surreal situations that I was ever in. Normally when you are doing an animated film you're essentially stuck in a sound booth with a microphone and a script. In this situation Gore decided he wanted us to put this thing on its feet and actually act it out, so we did just that. So it was like this weird, bizarre theater company pretending to be lizards and ocelots and all kinds of weird things."
--Johnny Depp
Access Hollywood.com
February 14, 2011

"Rango was one of those things that Gore came to me from out of nowhere. It was sometime around the end of Pirates 3. He said, 'I've got this idea.' It sounded so strange because the only element that existed at that time was his idea of a lizard who is on an existential, spiritual sojourn. I only knew that it's going to take place in the Wild West ... It made so little sense then that I thought, I want to see this. I told Gore, 'Just say when you want me to do it.' And that's what we did."
--Johnny Depp
Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 19, 2011

"I think there is no mistake that Rango is a character who is trying to figure out what he is supposed to be, very much like most of us in life. The fact that he is a lizard attempting to adapt to his surroundings, assume these characters to be accepted is very, very fitting." --Johnny Depp
Trailer Addict.com
February 2011

"There's never a dull moment with Gore. He has an incredible sense of drama. He has an incredible sense of comedy. He has an incredible sense of the absurd."
--Johnny Depp
Trailer Addict.com
February 2011

"It is such an amazing cast for people who never will be seen."
--Johnny Depp
Trailer Addict.com
February 2011

"[Rango] must assume this character to be able to penetrate that arena, and I think that at the same time he has got himself an audience where he can play the hero."
--Johnny Depp
Trailer Addict.com
February 2011

"I took this on for one reason. I just wanted my kids to finally see one of my movies and laugh themselves silly."
--Johnny Depp
Chicago Sun-Times
February 24, 2011

"I've always had an affinity for lizards, and even feel close to them. I even oddly feel somewhat reptilian myself at certain times. When I was doing all of the Pirates films and Jack Sparrow had to run, it was this very specific run. I'd seen footage of a lizard running across the water and it was the strangest thing I'd ever seen."
--Johnny Depp
Chicago Sun-Times
February 24, 2011

"I think that Rango was somehow implanted in Gore's brain from that lizard run. When he called and said, 'I want you to play a lizard,' I said, 'I'm halfway there.'"
--Johnny Depp
Chicago Sun-Times
February 24, 2011

"I wanna do any movie that my kids can watch. I've done a number that I'm afraid I don't want them to see until they're 35 or 40, so, yeah, it's nice to do something that they can see."
--Johnny Depp
OnTheRedCarpet.com
February 26, 2011

Quotes from others:

"It was a total honor to work with Johnny. He's extremely funny and patient and inspirational and he is such an interesting, dangerous performer."
--Isla Fisher
Access Hollywood.com
February 14, 2011

"[Johnny is] such a nice guy. He is really, really sweet and it was great because everyone on the set was in such a good mood because it was such a fun movie to make. It was great."
--Abigail Breslin
Access Hollywood.com
February 14, 2011

"This movie is more Johnny than, I think, any movie he has done. Our protagonist is an actor who can play any part but doesn't know who he is."
--Gore Verbinski
Reuters.com
February 15, 2011

"People talk about animation like it's a genre, yet I don't really think of it as an anime film. I definitely consider Rango as a Western film. Animation is not just for moms and kids. We'll do a genre splice [because] doing a straight genre doesn't do anymore. A pirate story with ghosts, an animation film about a chameleon with an identity crisis. Animation is not a genre; it's not meant for a specific audience. I never set out to make a film for a certain audience. I just try to make the films that I like."
--Gore Verbinsky
The Signal
February 24, 2011

"[I] totally wanted it to be slightly absurd, aquatic creature in the desert. Quite often Johnny would say he has a little bit of Jack Sparrow, a little bit of [Sweeney Todd], a little bit of Edward Scissorhands. He'd flinch when I told him it seemed like there wasn't a little bit of Johnny. He is Rango, he is ultimately going to start being like Rango. He arrived to be the process."
--Gore Verbinsky
The Signal
February 24, 2011

"If Clint Eastwood and Holly Hunter were to have a love child, that would be Beans, vocally."
--Isla Fisher
4029TV.com
March 1, 2011

"Before moving on in a setup, I like to do one more take in pursuit of the unknown. That requires an actor to do something ugly or embarrassing; you have to venture into a place where you don't know what's going to happen, and you have to do that boldly. Johnny is really great at going there. We don't always get something usable, but a decent percentage of the time we get something that shines."
--Gore Verbibsky
Chron.com
March 2, 2011

"We just created [Rango] from scratch. I wanted to make an animated western. And so I got together with some artist friends and John Logan, and we worked on it - no studio affiliation. We worked out of a house for a year and a half, just drawing storyboards and doing the voices ourselves and playing guitar and cooking hot dogs on the Webber grill."
--Gore Verbinski
Time.com
March 3, 2011

"[Johnny and I are] pretty good friends, and I think he just had faith. I described it as a lizard project. We had some discussions about it later, and I came back to him with some artwork, and said: 'We're going to do the lizard. Are you going to be ready?' 'Yeah, absolutely.' He really committed based on making an animated movie about a lizard."
--Gore Verbinsky
Mercury News.com
March 3, 2011

"We knew we were entering a western genre, and we wanted currency, but not money. So water became currency. The outsider is an aquatic creature in a dry, hydration-less environment, so when we needed a plot, we went Chinatown-light just so we can have it there and tell the main story about The Great Pretender."
--Gore Verbinski
Entertainment Weekly.com
March 6, 2011

"That came out of a comedy punch-up session early on. Somebody said we should see the red Cadillac drive by. And then someone said, no, no, it shouldn't just drive by. He should land on the window. [Raoul Duke's] reaction is not, 'What the hell is that?' it's 'Ho, there's another one! He's been seeing lizards with smiley faces all day long."
--Gore Verbinski
Entertainment Weekly.com
March 6, 2011