In March, Johnny Depp will leap from the pirate world to the animated one in Paramount Picture’s upcoming film, Rango.
The film tells the story of a confused chameleon who runs away from his home to try and find his “true self.” Depp stars as the title role, but the film boasts a star-studded cast, including Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, and Timothy Olyphan (as the “Spirit Of The West” aka the coolest character name ever).
The video shows how the animators had the actors perform scenes on a sound studio to use as a reference while animating the film. While this is not necessarily completely new (Disney was known to do this for some of their earlier films), in the world of Avatar (you know, that pretty film with NO ORIGINAL PLOT UGH) and motion-capture suits, this seems less like technological play and more like, well, fun.
Instead of an intensive techno-shoot, this looks a lot more like actors getting to be ACTORS– playing, interacting, and being human. The result (especially when seen side-by-side) results in some wonderfully emotive animated performances. Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta said that this was evident in the entire film:
I got a chance to preview 10 or 15 minutes of the film at Butt-num-a-thon [Harry Knowle’s famed movie-screener marathon], and was blown away. The film looks unlike any computer animated film I’ve ever seen — a blend of two polar opposites: realistic animal creatures and stylized animation and characterization. Most everyone I talked to at the screening was equally in love with what they had seen. I can’t wait for people to see more of the film as I don’t think the trailers evoke the same reaction.
Here’s to Rango proving that creative innovation does not have to sacrifice humanity and interesting story/characters. Unlike some OTHER films-that-shall-not-be-named. *ahem*Tags: animation, Johnny Depp, rango