The 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards announced Tuesday that Gore Verbinski's animated hit "Rango," with Johnny Depp giving voice to a chameleon who becomes a western hero, will receive this year's Hollywood Animation Award at the gala ceremony on Oct. 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The film, which opened in March, was critically well received and earned $242.6 million internationally.
"It's a great pleasure to recognize 'Rango' as the recipient of our animation award," said Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive director of the Hollywood Film Festival in the announcement. "This piece of cinematic treasure borders on surrealism and 'Rango' will be a classic for generations to come."
Previous winners of the animation award include Disney/Pixar's "Cars," "Ratatouille" and "Toy Story 3."
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Photo: The title character of "Rango," center, given voice by Johnny Depp. Credit: Industrial Light & Magic/Paramount Pictures