Yet another international trailer for director Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin – which will open around Europe in three weeks’ time – has been released. This time, however, it’s not dubbed over in a non-English language.
Spielberg’s film continues to look like a loyal adaptation of the colorful serial adventure comic book series created by the late Belgian writer/artist Georges Remi (a.k.a. Hergé). Once again, though, the question ought to be asked: Was the decision to bring Adventures of Tintin to life via performance-capture animation a good one?
The answer for now seems to be… yes, actually. While the Tintin characters do still fall in that “uncanny valley” area upon close inspection, they are nonetheless much more expressive and less off-putting than previous human mo-cap creations (ex. The Polar Express). Spielberg’s production looks to really take advantage of how its (literally) animated cast can perform deft-defying physical maneuvers – or slapstick comedy – in an appropriately cartoony fashion. Plus, the mo-cap technology and 3D environment look to allow for some ingenious bits of cinematography, especially during the film’s action sequences.
See what we mean by watching the UK Adventures of Tintin trailer (via MSN) below:
For those just tuning in, here is the film’s official synopsis:
Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present “The Adventures of Tintin” directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Steven Moffat (“Doctor Who”) & Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”) & Joe Cornish (“Attack the Block”). Starring Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot,” “Defiance”) as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig (“Quantum of Solace,” “Defiance”) as the nefarious Red Rackham.
Tintin also stars the likes of mo-cap champion Andy Serkis as the bearded Captain Haddock – along with a supporting cast that includes Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (Snow White and the Huntsman), Toby Jones (The Hunger Games), Sebastian Roché (Fringe, Supernatural), Mackenzie Crook (the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy), and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), among others.
So, all in all, Spielberg and his producer – Peter Jackson – have put together a highly talented acting and production crew to help bring Hergé’s beloved hand-drawn world to 3D life.
Another encouraging sign is that the Adventures of Tintin footage has featured many a throwback to old-fashioned adventure genre tropes – between its fantastical globe-trotting plot, clever chase sequence involving all manner of transportation (planes, ships, motorcycles, etc.), and entertainingly diabolical villains. In other words – Tintin looks to be the sort of fun Spielberg-style period adventure that the director’s last production (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) failed to be.
The Adventures of Tintin hits UK theaters on October 26th, 2011. It will reach 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on December 21st, 2011.