|Source of story
||An original screenplay
||John Logan (with story by John Logan, Gore Verbinski, James Ward Byrkit)
||Apparently the actors were collected together to voice their parts as if on radio, rather than being individually stuck in a glass fronted box to do their stuff.
||Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Stephen Root, Harry Dean Stanton, Timothy Olyphant, Ray Winstone
||A pet Geko is happily creating fantasies in his tank when a road accident casts him out into the desert. Running away from a predatory hawk, he arrives in a western town populated by desert animals, with its own problems, mainly lack of water. He accidentally kills the hawk, and so is elected to be sheriff, thereafter having to take on a variety of bad guys, including a sinister rattlesnake, and solve the problem of the lack of water.
||This is a welll crafted animated feature. The Geko meets a female iguana (you can tell because she is wearing a dress), and thereafter follow many traditional western scenes which, according to those who know replicate some earlier films, including Star Wars and Apocalypse Now. The Geko is actually a smart talking fake, but will he be found out? There is smoking and drinking but nothing offensive.
||The animation is fantastic, and the story rolls along, so what’s not to like. Apparently the view of the Oscars committee since it won best animated features in the 2012 Oscars, and many other awards. All the desert animals were clothed, and their size had to be adjusted to suit the environment. It may be that if you are American you would still recognise them, but it was too much for me, but despite this limitation one of the better modern animated features available.