Animation Oscar Nom 'Rango' Getting Small Los Angeles Re-Release
by Alex Billington
January 24, 2012
In light of the Best Animated Film Academy Awards nomination it just received this morning, Paramount Pictures is re-releasing Gore Verbinski's Rango in just one theater in Los Angeles starting this weekend. Unfortunately for those not in L.A., this just seems like a bit of an industry pick-up and chance for people to catch Rango in theaters again. Rango, starring Johnny Depp as the voice of the chameleon Rango, will play for a one week limited engagement at the Arclight Hollywood beginning this Friday, January 27th. Since Pixar's film this year wasn't that great, other animated flicks like this are getting time in the spotlight.
Rango is the winner of the National Board of Review and Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature, while top critics' groups around the country have declared Rango the Best Animated Film of 2011, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. (though only one of these cities in getting this re-release). Originally released in early March 2011, Rango only grossed around $123 million in its original theatrical run, on a total budget of around $135 million. It's a great film and I'm glad it got an Oscar nomination, but this re-release is a bit too limited for me to get really excited about it. At this point, I'd rather pop in my Blu-Ray and enjoy it on my big HDTV at home. Anyone else a fan of Rango?