We’re pretty excited for Rango, the new Gore Verbinski-directed animated feature starring Johnny Depp as a charismatic chameleon. And we’re not the only ones. Paramount’s clearly pushing this film hard, even buying it a commercial during the Super Bowl. Now that’s commitment.
A couple of months ago, we showed you a making-of featurette for Rango titled “Behind the Scenes: Natural Acting Experience,” which demonstrated Verbinski’s new technique for creating CGI characters. As Peter put it, “Imagine something like how they filmed Avatar, but without all the motion capture suits, balls, and green screen.” A new B-roll shows more footage of the cast and crew in action. It’s all quite fun and charming. Check it out after the jump.
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There’s not much to learn from this footage that we didn’t already know, but it’s entertaining to watch the cast and crew at work nonetheless. Voice-acting can look like an odd process from the outside, with actors barely interacting in some cases, or donning goofy-looking gear for motion-capture programs. Verbinski and Paramount are touting their process as being more “natural,” as it allows the actors to move and interact organically the way they would in a live-action film. Although Rango is a multimillion dollar production, in the B-roll, the intimacy of the small studio gives off a pleasantly homespun, “let’s put on a show!” vibe. Judging by the trailer, I’d say this new technique is working out nicely for them. The visuals look impressive indeed.
But the most notable takeaway from this footage? I’m pretty sure Johnny Depp and I have the same taste in flannels. He’s even wearing it tied around his waist like I did in 1996. Stars: They’re just like us!
The nine-word synopsis for Rango is “The story of a chameleon with an identity crisis.” In addition to Depp, the film also stars Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, Ned Beatty and Timothy Olyphant. Sounds like a nice big pool of talent to me — although of course that wasn’t enough to save Shark Tale from mediocrity.