The folks at Pixar should be worried. In conjunction with Industrial Light and Magic, director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) has created a gorgeously animated western that doesn't need any stinking 3-D effects to entertain or pump up its profit margin.
Johnny Depp is the voice of Rango, a chameleon who goes from being a caged family pet to fulfilling his destiny in the Mojave Desert. A chance meeting with a girl lizard named Beans (voiced by Isla Fisher) brings the personality-perplexed Rango into the town of Dirt.
When Rango initiates the death of a silver-beaked hawk
during a wild chase around town, he's rewarded with a sheriff's badge
by the mayor (Ned Beatty). Whether or not Rango can keep his promise
to solve the town's water problem is the big question. Precise
slapstick gags, witty dialogue and a narrative that borrows from
add to the pleasure of this meticulously made comedy. With more
visual impact and narrative wealth than two Toy
Story 3s put together,
Rango is a PG-rated home-run. Grade: A-
Opens March 4. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.