And if French people can take over Westerns, why not lizards?
Gore Verbinsky, the merely reliable director of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, somehow manages to get better acting out of Johnny Depp than Tim Burton does these days. "Rango" is animated, with aggressively ugly designs, but that deliberate deviation from the likable Pixar standards makes it stand out among the competition. The plot is Hollywood gazing at its molting skin: does one's life make sense outside of a movie context? It doesn't, the answer seems to go, and "Rango" gives its titular lizard hero two movie traditions to live in. Half the movie is "Chinatown," with Ned Beatty doing a dead-on John Huston impersonation, (considering he's voicing an animated turtle, and also considering he voiced a similar villain in "Toy Story 3".) The other half pays homage to Sergio Leone's westerns. Coincidentally, Timothy Olyphant shows up to do a CGI impersonation of the Man with no Name: Clint Eastwood has sworn off acting, prematurely. He could kick ass into his 100's, as far as I'm concerned.
Here's corporate composer Hans Zimmer's "Rango Suite."