European audiences are eagerly anticipating director Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, which opens around the country in a matter of weeks. Hence why numerous trailers for foreign audiences have been unveiled recently - as a means of heightening interest in the motion-capture animated comic book adaptation.
Today we have the first complete Tintin clip - along with a third international trailer - for you to watch. While U.S. moviegoers are going to have to be patient and wait a few months to see how the final product turns out, the outlook seems to be improving by the day.
Spielberg was in attendance at the 2011 Tintin Comic-Con panel, where he addressed the decision to shoot Adventures of Tintin using performance-capture technology - in spite of much-criticized previous attempts to create convincing 3D mo-cap human characters onscreen.
While we have previously deemed the Tintin players as somewhat unconvincing and waxen in still frame form, what truly matters is whether or not they work in motion. So, does The Adventures of Tintin appear to excel or fall flat, in that regard?
Find out by watching an actual clip from The Adventures of Tintin below:
Despite our previous complaints about the Tintin human players -or how the film's footage seems a bit too reminiscent of a video game at times - this full-blown scene from the movie looks... perfectly fine, actually.
Part of the idea behind how Weta (Avatar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) designed characters like Tintin (Jamie Bell) or Thompson and Thomson (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) - as seen in the above clip - is that they're meant to look like real-life cartoons. That approach ultimately appears to have paid off, as the people not only mesh well with their richly-detailed and organic surroundings - an imitation of original Tintin author Hergé's drawing style - they thankfully don't dip too much into the "uncanny valley," unlike previous mo-cap humans (see: Mars Needs Moms for the most recent example).
Whether you really like the animated design of the Tintin characters - or still feel they're just a bit too blob-like and unexpressive - the important thing is that, right now, they no longer are a distraction. That's welcome news, seeing how Adventures of Tintin feels like a sequel-in-spirit to Spielberg's first three Indiana Jones movies... even though the former's source material actually inspired the latter. How's that for things coming full circle?
See what we mean by watching the third international Adventures of Tintin trailer below:
Adventures of Tintin features a light-hearted, but entertaining plot that combines fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, and Noir elements (among others) from a handful of classic Tintin comics - including "The Secret of the Unicorn" and "Red Rackham's Treasure". Between that and the teases of some genuinely creative 3D set pieces (ex. the motorcycle chase), this really does seem like an excellent return to form for both Spielberg and Jackson.
The Adventures of Tintin stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Sebastian Roché, Mackenzie Crook, and Cary Elwes. It will be released in U.S. theaters on December 21st, 2011.
Source: Digital Spy