‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’ Images

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 12:56 am,

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are spending $120 million and a fair amount of time to bring Belgian visual artist Hergé’s punk-haired teenage reporter Tintin to life in their new film, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

Empire has the exclusive first look at what Spielberg and Jackson intend to be the first in a trilogy of Tintin movies, which will bring the character and his cartoon comrades to life via the magic of James Cameron’s performance-capture technology.

Jamie Bell (who kicked his acting career into gear by starring in Billy Elliot) is the human force behind the animated Tintin character in Secret of the Unicorn, which Spielberg is directing and Jackson is producing. The latter justified the use of CGI in the film when he pointed out that the look and feel of Hergé’s hand-drawn creation can’t be replicated by using real people, but that “with CGI we can bring Hergé’s world to life, keep the stylized caricatured faces, keep everything looking like Hergé’s artwork, but make it photo-real.”

The Na’vi in Avatar were certainly convincing in design – or, as real as nine-foot-tall blue aliens with feline-like features will ever be on film. Cameron’s mo-cap technology has so far yielded results vastly superior to those on display in Robert Zemeckis’ films like A Christmas Carol, so the characters of Tintin will hopefully not suffer from the infamous “dead eyes” syndrome that’s long been associated with motion-capture creations.

Check out the first look at Tintin himself and his dog Snowy from the movie, as featured on the latest issue of Empire Magazine, below:

Tintin Empire Cover The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Images

Spielberg isn’t giving away any specific details about the Secret of the Unicorn plot just yet, though he claims that it will be a Noirish adventure that was inspired in part by German Brechtian theatre. We’re not quite sure what that means (will Tintin be breaking the fourth wall or randomly start singing in the middle of an action sequence?) but it sounds intriguing.

The screenplay for Spielberg’s Tintin movie was penned by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World), Steven Moffat (the current Doctor Who showrunner) and Joe Cornish (who’s collaborating with Wright on Marvel’s Ant-Man script). This project has got some serious talent behind it, so the final product will definitely be worth keeping an eye out for.

Meanwhile, have a look at the first images – which provide a glimpse at the character Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) – from Secret of the Unicorn:

andy serkis as captain haddock tintin movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Images

tintin movie image The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Images

For more, check out Empire Magazine‘s December 2010 issue.

These pics give a taste of what to expect from Spielberg’s Tintin movie, which looks to feature a world that is both realistic in terms of details, but has a slight cartoonish look all the same. What do you think?

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn arrives in 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on December 23rd, 2010.

Source: Empire

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  1. Ok, I’m sorry but is anyone actually looking forward to this movie?? I know I’m not in the slightest & I actually read a lot of the Tintin stories when I was a kid.
    It seems to me that it’s all one big vanity project for Peter Jackson who I think should of forgotten about this & got working on the Hobbit a helluva lot sooner.

    • noope. and yeeeup agreed

  2. I have a feeling that this one is going to be more for the kids.

  3. Very impressive–these almost work as standalone paintings, let alone as screenshots.

  4. I had no previous interest in these films. As a child, I actually had an intense dislike of Tintin. But these screenshots are visually fascinating.

  5. Well, untill I see any moving images I can’t really judge if this will be good or not, but the stills look really promising.
    Love the level of detail in the scenery (like the metal protection on the stern on the dhingy).

  6. Urghh. Tintin, taking beautifully done 2D drawings and turning them into horrific 3D monstrosities.

    Looks like Garfield the movie.

  7. I don´t know if that movie appeals to americans, but it´s actually a much beloved series in Europe. Since I´ve seen some animated movies as a kid, I might check it out…

    • I loved Tintin as a kid and visited the animation museum in Belgium where he is a HUGE draw.

      That love will bring me to the theater and hopefully won’t break my heart.

  8. I think it looks very cool. I was not sure of the direction they would go with design, but im liking the balance between real and cartoon-ish. Very good stuff!