Laments about Verbinski's dead-in-the-water adaptation of the popular videogame franchise aside, Rango seems like an odd choice for the director, who's coming off a long and successful stint helming the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films. Going from an effects-laden summer blockbuster franchise to an animated film about a "household pet who goes on a journey of self-discovery" isn't really what I had in mind when it became clear that Verbinski would be free to work on something new.
The project will see him re-uniting with Pirates star Johnny Depp (voicing the titular character) and reportedly will allow him to play around with new technology courtesy of Industrial Light and Magic.
"Rango aims to use cutting-edge animation techniques that 'will allow us to capture and translate every aspect of Johnny's performance, using it to drive the computer-generated character in a way that has yet to be seen in an animated feature,'" according to a statement the director made to Variety way back in September of 2008.
In keeping with the air of mystery surrounding the film, the new clip divulges nothing about the plot. Instead, it features a lonely desert highway and a wind-up fish crossing it. Once the fish exits the screen, a web address for the film's official site comes up. A quick trip there reveals a shot of the same desert highway, only with a vehicle that drives through, some wildlife, and tumbleweeds. Um ... exciting?
Rango's due out in theaters next March. Hit the jump to check out this bizarre clip and share your observations with the rest of us in the comments section.