Paramount has released a new behind the scenes featurette called “natural acting experience” from Gore Verbinski’s Rango. While I was already excited to see ILM’s first feature length animated movie due to the trailer, this featurette has me even more amped. The reason is, unlike most animated movies which feature the actors delivering their dialogue alone, Verbinski had the entire cast acting out the scenes like a play, which I’m sure led to a lot of discovery with the script and many improvised moments. I wonder if the Blu-ray release will feature a split screen so you can see the animated scenes next to the actors recording the dialogue. Trust me, the way they captured Rango is as radical a process for animation as I have ever seen. You definitely want to check out this feturette. Rango hits theaters March 18,2011.
Rango stars Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, and Timothy Olyphant.
Verbinski described Rango as:
A chameleon in an identity crisis played by Johnny Depp…He kind of fancies himself a hero and is thrust into a crazy set of circumstances where he becomes one and he has to ultimately come to terms with the difference between pretending and what’s real because people start believing in him…He’s a contemporary character thrust into a backwards Western genre…He’s the fish out of water…He’s a Thespian in search of an audience. He’s in his terrarium and he’s made friends with the inanimate objects in his terrarium and he calls them all by name.
You can read all our previous Rango coverage here. It includes an edit bay visit and a lot more.