An animated film following the adventures of a discombobulated pet lizard, in search of a purpose.
This movie is directed by Gore Verbinski and stars Johnny Depp. This is Gore's first animated movie. They both previously worked on the first three Pirates of the Carribean movies, adding to the tradition of Directors that repeatedly work with their favourite actors. That said, Johnny Depp is more well known for frequently teaming up with Tim Burton on various projects. Johnny Depp has starred in an animated feature before (Corpse Bride with the aforementioned Mr. Burton), but it's not the mainstay of his work. Bill Nighy is another actor that worked with Gore previously in the second and third Pirates of the Carribean movies. He played Davy Jones. In this movie, he voices the character Rattlesnake Jake.
Rango on the road
Our protagonist starts out with no name, as he probably considers himself a clay for a director or other to mold- he's an actor. His stage is his little glass container, with a pool, plastic beach, 1/3 of a naked Barbi torso, and a wind-up fish. There really isn't much of an audience. He's very knowledgeable about stage, story and plot structure, and would probably be a great critic. Though he is very lonely, and still sometimes ponders on his purpose. One fateful day, as his owners take him on a venture in the middle of the desert, they get into a quick car-scuffle, which causes our protagonist's glass box to fly out of the car, and land in the middle of the road. Our lizard friend is stranded with no water and as of now, no purpose.
In the middle of the road, he meets an armadillo whose stomach has been turned into a halfpipe by a random driver. He is trying to get across the road, and that's all. What's our hero's purpose? After some wise yet vague words from the armadillo, which our lizard friend helps, he gets a new purpose, which is to find dirt, if he is to find water.
Dirt turns out to be a town, just like all the other towns you've seen in other westerns. There, lies our heroes destiny, as well as his new identity, which he gains by accident. The lizard becomes Rango, and is the hope of the town of Dirt... though can he live up to the hype, for his sake and theirs?