‘The Adventures of Tintin’ Trailer: Mystery, Adventure, & Mo-Cap

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

The Adventures of Tintin teaser trailer The Adventures of Tintin Trailer: Mystery, Adventure, & Mo Cap

Yesterday marked the arrival of two nifty posters for The Adventures of Tintin, a comic strip adaptation that unites some pretty big names behind the camera – including Steven Spielberg as director, Peter Jackson as producer, and Edgar Wright (among others) as co-screenwriter.

Today brings the first official Tintin trailer, which truly teases the film’s mix of Noirish atmosphere, fantastical mystery, high-seas thrills, and globe-trotting adventure – all brought to life via the use of motion-capture technology.

The Adventures of Tintin is the original creation of Belgian comic book writer and artist Georges Prosper Remi (he wrote under the pen name Hergé). He created twenty-three complete stories (and one unfinished) about the Tintin character, an intrepid journalist who, with the aid of his beloved terrier Snowy, travels the world and gets caught up in a variety of wondrous adventures. In the Spielberg film, young Tintin (Jamie Bell) must match wits with one of his greatest foes: the diabolical Red Rackham (Daniel Craig).

Spielberg and Jackson have spared no expense bringing Hergé’s beloved comic creation to life, using the same 3D performance-capture technology utilized by James Cameron on Avatar in order to both capture the stylized look of the hand-drawn Tintin universe – and render it more photo-realistic.

Check out the Adventures of Tintin teaser trailer (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:

While we only get a few brief glimpses at the film’s numerous mo-cap characters (including that final shot of Tintin) in this trailer, what is shown looks fairly realistic yet slightly cartoonish in design. Hergé pioneered the mix of exaggerated human characters with more organic backgrounds (the ligne claire drawing method) and Spielberg’s movie adaptation seems to have done a nice job of imitating that style. Finally, it’s also nice to see that Tintin and his fellow humans don’t suffer quite so much from the “dead eyes syndrome” that has long afflicted the characters in mo-cap features either produced or directed by Robert Zemeckis (see: Mars Needs Moms).

Spielberg’s Adventures of Tintin (which previously went under the wordier title The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn) is based on some of the more famous stories in the Tintin canon – including (naturally) “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure”. Seeing that the script was co-written by Edgar Wright, along with current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), the film should be a proper mix of period adventure, intrigue, and the sort of puzzle-like mystery plot that Moffat in particular is well known for.

This upcoming December could be a very good month for Spielberg, seeing as that The Adventures of Tintin is due to arrive on December 23rd, followed by his Oscar-hopeful adaptation, War Horse, on the 28th. Considering that the last time the filmmaking legend sat in the director’s chair was in 2008, on the fourth Indiana Jones movie, a return-to-form would be most welcome.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. I always watched this, had it on video and now the dvd…he seriously was one of my heroes back in the day.

    But I’m (yet again) confused: the whole “waterplane crashing in the desert”-bit, I’m positive that it wasn’t in this story! I don’t know why, but they took it from one of the other books…I just can’t wrap my mind around this piece of footage.

    • Spielberg’s Adventures of Tintin (which previously went under the wordier title The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn) is based on some of the more famous stories in the Tintin canon — including (naturally) “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure”

      They are using more than 1 story to make this movie.

      • I do know that, but I don’t know hy…were those 2 books not enough to fill 90min of film?

        • It looks to me like they are showing the meeting of Tintin and Haddock, which occurred in “The Crab with the Golden Claws.” In that story Haddock is the alcoholic captain of a freighter being used by his first mate for drug running. Tintin “liberates” Haddock from the ship, and both eventually crash in the desert in an appropriated single-engine plane. The scene showing Haddock and Tintin trudging through the desert is clearly from that story.

          I’m unclear on how Tintin is supposed to face off against Red Rackham; in the books Red Rackham is an 18th century pirate who has a run-in with Haddock’s ancestor, who captained the Unicorn, and Rackham never meets Tintin. Writer Moffat is known for his convoluted time-travel tales, so maybe Tintin will actually meet Rackham, but if so it’s out-of-genre for a Tintin story.

  2. It looks great so far. This is the stuff Spielberg was meant to do.

  3. Loved it.. Let’s see what the master will give after some 4 odd years..!!

  4. Looks good

  5. He’s got this coming out the same week as War Horse.

    It’s likely he’ll get the best picture nomintation and best animated picture nomintation (plus a likely best picture for Super 8)

    good for him, it’s been a while since his movies were this strong

  6. They better pronounce his name right. It’s not like “tin” as in “tin can”
    It sounds more like “tane tane”

    • ????? No it isn’t?????

      • I misread…yes, it is pronounced like a “tin” can :s

  7. I really look forward to this but when mo-cap is used for humans I always have a hard time watching. It happened with Tron and most of what Robert Zemeckis has done. I hope it works better here.

  8. Why mess with Herges work?
    I bought a complete anime collection of all of the Tin Tin novels, it’s GREAT!
    The used minimul liscence on the origional stories.
    It’s like being 10 again, but watching the graphic novels(wasn’t a term back then!) rather than reading them.
    I still remember the excitement back in the 60′s, wating for the next Tintin book to come out.

    I really hope they don’t mess this up!

  9. I’ll DEFINITELY watch this!!!

  10. *Sigh* I keep saying it, but I don’t see a real reason to use mo-cap for human characters, especially based on a hand-drawn character. Either make the entire film animated with stylized humans (i.e. The Incredibles), or do it live action leaving the CGI only for the effects and only for what practical effects won’t do.

    Using mo-cap, by trying to make more realistic humans, actually diminishes the sense of danger in action scenes that would have used stunt men in live action. Even when you used to know a stuntman was actually doing the stunt instead of the star, you still knew *someone real* was doing something dangerous, and the kind of physical performance has yet to be captured by motion capture. I shudder to think what some of the truly great action films pre-cgi would have been ruined had this technology been available and used at the time.

    • I think you’re right about mo-cap, but in addition there’s the fact that Herge’s characters are already perfect in their line-drawn versions. The trailer shows Thomson and Thompson watching through holes in a newspaper, and unfortunately I don’t think they capture the wonderfully vacuous dimwittedness of these two. We don’t get a good look at Haddock, and I was hoping for at least one spoken line so I could get a read on the way they’re approaching his voice. I hope they get somebody like Brian Blessed, as he’s great at bellowing shouty stuff.

  11. Potentially, the great Steven Spielberg may have a found a sequel run of films in the Tintin series that could stretch to ten films or more. Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist. “Hergé” is the French pronunciation of “RG”, his initials reversed. His best known and most substantial work is The Adventures of Tintin comic book series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his death in 1983, leaving the twenty-fourth Tintin adventure Tintin and Alph-Art unfinished. His work remains a strong influence on comics, particularly in Europe. He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2003. A lot will depend on this first film but what an excellent choice of material by Steven Spielberg. Well done. Regards, DINESH R MAKWANA

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