Full ‘Adventures of Tintin’ U.S. Trailer Is Fantastical Fun

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Remember how moviegoers of all shades were excited to see director Steven Spielberg deliver another old-fashioned serial adventure back in 2008, with the release of the fourth Indiana Jones movie? Well, those who were let down by Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, take comfort: this winter’s The Adventures of Tintin looks to offer a more inspired cinematic adventure.

Several international theatrical previews for Tintin have popped up over the past few weeks – and now, finally, a full-length domestic trailer has been unveiled for the motion-capture animated comic book adaptation.

While the intentionally exaggerated mannerisms and facial designs of the Tintin characters still arguably lie somewhere in the “uncanny valley” area, the film’s players are nonetheless easily the best-looking mo-cap human creations produced to date. More importantly: the film itself just looks to be a whole lot of fun, complete with swashbuckling set pieces, a dastardly mystery plot, and good use of the 3D technology – for that enjoyable and immersive (as opposed to gimmicky) effect.

For those not familiar with the character: Tintin (here, played by Jamie Bell) is an adventurous reporter, joined by the likes of his loyal pup Snowy and boisterous friend, Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis). Spielberg’s movie is based on three of the earliest Tintin comic books: “The Secret of the Unicorn,” “Red Rackham’s Treasure,” and “The Crab with the Golden Claws.”

Check out the full U.S. trailer for The Adventures of Tintin below:

This new preview offers a better taste of Tintin‘s family-friendly humor and light-hearted but exciting tone. It’s no secret that Hergé’s Tintin comics – which were likewise fun pulpy roller coaster rides for people of all ages – were heavily influential for both Spielberg (as evidenced by the Indiana Jones series) and Adventures of Tintin producer Peter Jackson, who has also made his adoration of old-school action cinema well known (see: his King Kong remake).

We’ve been talking about Adventures of Tintin enough over the past few weeks that there’s not much more to say. Basically, the film looks like fun and should feature some great 3D action sequences, realistically-rendered scenery, and yet another rousing soundtrack by John Williams. So long as you no longer find the “realistic cartoon” look of the Tintin characters to be distracting (and you’re quite forgiven, even if you still do), this looks like a great way to spend a couple of hours at the theater during the upcoming holiday season.

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The Adventures of Tintin was scripted by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), and current Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat. It stars the likes of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Sebastian Roché, Mackenzie Crook, and Cary Elwes.

Look for the film to open in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on December 21st, 2011.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. I admit, this looks fun.

  2. Thanks for clearing that up, Sandy. Tintin first met Capt Haddock in The Crab with the Golden Claws which occurred before the Secret of the Unicorn. I was baffled when he introduced himself to Tintin in the trailer. I dunno how they intend to do it though as The Golden Claws is a story in its own right and is unconnected to the other two (ie, Secret and Red Rackham’s). A bit of a challenge there but looking forward to it nevertheless.

    I never thought Tintin could ever be properly captured on the big screen especially with cartoon style (none yet IMO has matched Herge’s eye for detail and his cinematographic panels) and humour having changed considerably since the 30s-50s when these stories were made. Even then we still enjoyed them immensely back in the 80s (at least for those of us outside the US- then it was Peanuts and Beatle Bailey over there). Two thumbs up for Spielberg and Jackson for this bold step at recapturing Tintin classics! Tintin opened up to many of us relatively unfamiliar territory at the time like Tibet (I believe Herge got an award for that from the Dalai Lama)and Peru.

    I hope this movie does well in the box office cos Herge, composer John William and Spielberg (three geniuses) all deserve it. And then it will give me a chance to see more interesting Tintin stories like Prisoners of the Sun and Calculus Affair in the near future.

  3. I’ve read all of the comics and i’m very excited for this movie! Tintin is awesome!

  4. omg, finally an animated spielberg movie. I am so happy. Now I need to go change my pants.

  5. I guess they should do the live action with real Tintin actor. it should feel like Indiana Jonese for its adventures. But quite love the animation here, especially by Spielberg.

  6. Two greatest storytellers of our time? Really? GTFO with this crap.

    • what do you mean??

  7. @meta mum, they tried that a couple of times many years ago and it didn’t work. A very old example was called Tintin and the Golden Fleece. More live attempts have also been done with Asterix and they all looked ridiculous. As I mentioned in a previous Tintin thread, the reason is -unlike Indiana J- live action is not suited for Tintin (or Asterix) unless you want to take away an essential part of their identity which is slapstick humour. Tintin comics are full of clumsy twins, absent-minded professors and hotheades alcoholics (not including antics from intelligent dogs and other ‘buffoons’). Now live slapstick may have been great in the days of Harold Lloyd and Chaplin but its popularity has ebbed considerably over the years. Tintin’s humour is better appreciated in its original cartoon (or closest to it: mo-cap) form without looking too ludricous. That’s essentially the difference between it and Indy Jones- the kind of humour and simplicity of characters.

  8. Just saw Tintin, OMG one of the best adventure/animated/rollercoaster movies this year, adventure wise and story wise it stayed in the spirit of Herge. It took another level over the moon. I’ll think you definitely enjoy it. Very Spielbergean. :) Seeing it again..

  9. @WAN that’s great news! Unfortunately I might have to wait till December:(