It wasn't much of a stretch for visual effects supervisor Tim Alexander to move from an animated film (Paramount's Oscar-winning "Rango") to Disney's bigscreen adaptation of "The Lone Ranger."
It started as a quirky pitch from Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp and Graham King: to make Paramount's first homegrown animated feature. It wound up an Oscar winner.
Helen of Troy's face might have launched a thousand ships, but Rango's bug-eyed mug triggered the creation of a whole studio division.
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" took top honors but "Rango" took most honors of any feature at the Visual Effects Society Awards on Tuesday night.
Paramount/Nickelodeon's adventurous chameleon "Rango" rode off with top pic honors and "Kung Fu Panda 2" helmer Jennifer Yuh Nelson became the first solo woman to win the Annie for director Saturday…
"It's fantastic, but yeah it is a little overwhelming (to be nominated in three film categories)." -- Graham King, producer, "Hugo," "Rango" and "In the Land of Blood and Honey."
Live-action director debates how the West was drawn
"Rango," the new animated pic from Paramount, took the top spot at Friday's box office.
With four diverse entries bowing wide this weekend, led by Paramount's toon "Rango" at 3,917 locations, industryites hope more multiplex traffic will start to turnaround the box office's recent slump.
Helmer Gore Verbinski's new animated film "Rango" is the latest to get an online game treatment.