Director: Gore Verbinski. Cast (voices): Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant, Tim Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone. 107 min. Rated PG. Animation.
A confused imitation of Pixar. A chameleon (Johnny Depp) ends up in a Western-like old town with a greedy mayor exploiting the water supply to control the masses. Just because Pixar successfully uses children's heartwarming themes to send out messages to adults, doesn't mean an adult-oriented stories (with adult characters replaced by animals) is going to work as a PG-rated cartoon. That's why the jokes aren't funny; they just got the whole concept wrong. Beautiful animation (including a very well done Clint Eastwood character as the "Spirit of the West") is this feature's sole saving grace.