*“FOUR STARS. Here’s what I hope: Lots of families will see this.”
—*Roger Ebert, *Chicago Sun-Times*
JOHNNY DEPP LEADS AN ALL-STAR CAST IN A HILARIOUS COMEDY ADVENTURE PACKED WITH FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
*Groundbreaking and Original Comedy Rides into Town in a Blu-ray™ /DVD Combo with Digital Copy on FRIDAY July 15, 2011 Loaded with Special Features Including an Extended Cut of the Film with a Never-Before-Seen Alternate Ending, Deleted Scenes, an Interactive Tour and More *
“An animated comedy for smart moviegoers” (Roger Ebert, *Chicago Sun-Times*) that is “like nothing you’ve ever seen” (Peter Travers, *Rolling Stone*), the hilarious and imaginative *RANGO* saddles up in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack with Digital Copy and on standard DVD on Friday, July 15, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The incomparable Johnny Depp voices Rango, a chameleon living as an ordinary family pet who dreams of being a fearless hero and is challenged to become just that when he inadvertently becomes the sheriff of a lawless desert town called Dirt. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the visionary behind the *Pirates of the Caribbean* franchise, *RANGO *delighted audiences of all ages, earning more than $230 million worldwide. The film also features the voices of Isla Fisher (*Horton Hears A Who!*), Abigail Breslin (*Kit Kittredge: An American Girl*), Ned Beatty (*Toy Story 3*), Alfred Molina (*Spider-Man 2*), Bill Nighy (*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1*), Harry Dean Stanton, (“Big Love”), Ray Winstone (*Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull*) and Timothy Olyphant (“Justified”).
The *RANGO *Blu-ray/DVD Combo with Digital Copy features both the theatrical version of the film and an extended cut including a never-before-seen alternate ending, a two-part, in-depth exploration of the groundbreaking filmmaking process, deleted scenes, a look at the real creatures of Dirt, an interactive field trip to Dirt and more.
Johnny Depp talks about how Rango is different from other animated movies
Australian actress Isla Fisher stars alongside Johnny Depp in new animated Western flick Rango (in cinemas now).
We caught up with the star to find out how she found her latest role as a lizard and her motivation behind doing the film.
The Johnny Depp animated comedy “Rango” opened as the No. 1 film in U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend, generating $38 million in ticket sales for Viacom Inc. (VIA/B)’s Paramount and Nickelodeon divisions.
“The Adjustment Bureau,” starring Matt Damon, opened in second place with $20.9 million for Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s Universal Pictures, researcher Hollywood.com Box Office said today in a statement.
“Rango,” featuring Depp as a chameleon who tries to clean up the Wild West town of Dirt, is the third Paramount film to occupy the top weekend spot this year, following “No Strings Attached” and the remake of “True Grit” with Jeff Bridges. Paramount is No. 1 in U.S. box-office sales this year, with $285 million in revenue as of Feb. 27, according to Box Office Mojo.
“Rango” was expected to take in about $36 million, the forecast of Gitesh Pandya, editor of the Box Office Guru website. The film was directed by Gore Verbinski, who also oversaw Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.
The picture cost $135 million to make, according to Sherman Oaks, California-based Box Office Mojo, and also features the voices of Isla Fisher, Ned Beatty and Alfred Molina.
In “The Adjustment Bureau,” Damon plays a politician, David Norris, who gets a glimpse of his future and decides to take another course, instead pursuing his love interest played by Emily Blunt. John Slattery, from TV’s “Mad Men,” is part of the team trying to put Norris’s life back on its intended course. The film is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick.
CBS Corp. (CBS)’s “Beastly,” a retelling of the “Beauty and the Beast” tale, took in $10.1 million in third place. Alex Pettyfer, who is also in theaters in the movie “I Am Number Four,” plays a New York teen who is turned into a monster and must find true love to reverse the curse. Vanessa Hudgens, known for her success in Disney’s “High School Musical,” co-stars as Pettyfer’s love interest and Mary-Kate Olsen is the witch who casts a spell on him.
This article isn’t specifically about Isla but I thought it was pretty interesting, funny and accurate, so worth a read…
Is Rango So Good a Grown Man Would Make Love to It? (and 25 Other Questions)
Just when you’d given up on 2011, along comes Rango, an animated feature by the guy who directed the Pirates of the Caribbean series (Gore Verbinski), featuring the voice of the guy who starred in them (Johnny Depp). Is this the shining beacon we’ve been waiting for? As a service, we answer every question you could possibly have about Rango.
Q: Is Rango the movie about the colorful birds?
A: No, that’s Rio.
Q: How many minutes into Rango did it take you to realize it wasn’t Rio?
A: About 15 minutes, at which point I whispered to my girlfriend, “When do the birds show up?”
Q: Is Rango one of the best movies to be released in 2011.
A: By far.
Q: You’re kidding, right? We’re only two months in.
A: The year is young, but Rango is that good—and it didn’t really have to be!
Q: Who is Rango?
A: Rango [Johnny Depp] is a pet lizard who fancies himself a thespian. We first meet Rango acting out a scene in his aquarium when a bump in the road propels him out of the backseat of a moving car and onto the Nevada highway.
Saturday-morning numbers for Paramount’s “Rango” were softer than even Friday’s disappointing preliminary estimates.
According to one rival studio, Paramount’s first CG-animated family film grossed just $9.5 million Friday and is on pace for a weekend gross of about $33 million.
Overall, Depp couldn’t match, well, Depp, with the domestic market down about 38 percent from the same weekend last year — a frame that was led by the the $116 million opening of “Alice in Wonderland.”
Here’s how the top 10 shaped up Friday. TheWrap’s Friday-night report continues below chart:
“Adjustment Bureau” ($6.7m)
“Hall Pass” ($2.7m)
“Just Go With It” ($1.9m)
“I Am Number Four” ($1.6m)
“The King’s Speech” ($1.6m)
“Gnomeo & Juliet” ($1.6m)
“Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” ($1.2m)
Explain to me this concept of “emotion capture” that you used.
We didn’t now what else to call it because it’s not motion capture, which is when your actors’ physical performance is driving the computer. We were just recording their sound only, so we jokingly called it emotion capture because we had all the actors in this one space at one time wearing flip flops and hats and side arms, jumping off apple boxes. It gave it a theater of the absurd feeling. We were just trying to get a really lively soundtrack, get any sort of anomalies we could hold onto and cherish.
Everything that we were trying to do was to make it feel like there actually is a lizard talking to a tortoise. We’re trying to fabricate this sense that it happened. It wasn’t manufactured. The term “emotion capture” was just a poke at motion capture to say, “Look, we’re doing something different.” The actors were all saying this isn’t how you do animation. A lot of them worked on animated films and they never wore hats and jumped around and shot guns and running around while doing them.
What’s an example of something you were able to change because all the actors were together in the same room?
I would say when Rango and Beans (Isla Fisher) are together, when she freezes for the first time, and he’s got her arm around her, and he’s doing, “What are you doing?” “I was not,” that sort of thing. If you had one person in the room and then a few months later another person in the room, and you were cutting the different audio together you would never get that sort of awkwardness.
- Read the full Q&A with Gore Verbinski at VanityFair.com
CBS have now posted the video of Isla’s appearance on their show earlier this week, and you can view it by clicking the link below (they’ve sadly disabled embedding).
Screencaps coming soon.
Screencaps from both shows are already in the Gallery!