Teaser Debut: The Adventures of Tintin

Millions of people around the world have been waiting with baited breath to see the first glimpse of footage from The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Most of them are European (not that there’s anything wrong with that).  Whether you feel rapturous excitement or complete indifference towards the Belgian comic hero, you can’t ignore a film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson and co-written by Edgar Wright.

For those unfamiliar with Tintin, he was created by artist  Hergé in the late 1920s. A young reporter with a faithful dog called Snowy, he has been brought to life here by Jamie Bell thanks to the magic of motion-capture technology.

Steven Spielberg directs the first instalment (and also his first animated film ever), and Peter Jackson will helm the sequel Prisoners of the Sun. Although the duo had hoped to make a third film – with Edgar Wright rumoured to helm – nervous studio heads have stemmed the already-ambitious project to merely two features.

The trailer is light on footage, but the project remains mighty intriguing. It’s impossible to guess what success – if any – it will have in the U.S., where Spielberg and Jackson are big name brands, yet Tintin himself is practically unknown. However, we live in an age where international grosses often outweigh American.

Check out the trailer and share your thoughts below!

You can also watch it in HD over at Apple.

As previously mentioned, Edgar Wright and frequent collaborator Joe Cornish rewrote the original script by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who). It arrives in Australian cinemas December 26, 2011.

Discuss: Are you planning on seeing The Adventures of Tintin?

4 Responses to “Teaser Debut: The Adventures of Tintin”

  1. So, this would be the same “creepy” motion capture animation style that everyone was saying was the reason Mars Need Moms bombed?
    I am still interested to see the film, but I would have preferred a Pixar style animation of the actual Herge style drawings.

  2. Looking good! Very excitement.
    Must be an improvement on King Kong.

  3. Absolutely stunned that they’ve gone for motion capture that sucks the soul out of human characters. Didn’t anyone learn from The Polar Express and that creepy Jim Carey one that humans done this way are just awful and a turn off for audiences? It’s the eyes. I thought the trailer was good until I saw Tintin himself. Why on earth didn’t they have Tintin as a human character? I am gobsmacked that such celebrated movie creators would do this. Jury’s out on this.

  4. I grew up watching Tintin cartoons so of course I’m going to see this film no matter what. As for the motion capture debate; I can’t say that I find it creepy but I do think that normal 3D animation is better quality. Despite it’s name it does tend to look more fake. Personally I thought it worked well in Polar Express since it was a fantasy movie and somehow that too perfect look just worked. But that clinical look doesn’t work when your setting is real world like Tintin.

    Like I said though I’ll still see this film since Tintin really is all about the story and the characters. That’s what makes Tintin a classic. I’d be happy even if they saved the budget and made it in old 2D style like what I watched as a child. As long as they nail the script I’ll put up with the medium.

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