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.

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