The ‘Adventures of Tintin’ teaser trailer hints at a plot full of mystery, intrigue, and fantastical adventure. But how does the motion-capture animation compare to previous films?
Yesterday marked the arrival of two nifty posters for The Adventures of Tintin, a comic strip adaptation that unites some pretty big names behind the camera — including Steven Spielberg as director, Peter Jackson as producer, and Edgar Wright (among others) as co-screenwriter.
Today brings the first official Tintin trailer, which truly teases the film’s mix of Noirish atmosphere, fantastical mystery, high-seas thrills, and globe-trotting adventure — all brought to life via the use of motion-capture technology.
The Adventures of Tintin is the original creation of Belgian comic book writer and artist Georges Prosper Remi (he wrote under the pen name Hergé). He created twenty-three complete stories (and one unfinished) about the Tintin character, an intrepid journalist who, with the aid of his beloved terrier Snowy, travels the world and gets caught up in a variety of wondrous adventures. In the Spielberg film, young Tintin (Jamie Bell) must match wits with one of his greatest foes: the diabolical Red Rackham (Daniel Craig).
Spielberg and Jackson have spared no expense bringing Hergé’s beloved comic creation to life, using the same 3D performance-capture technology utilized by James Cameron on Avatar in order to both capture the stylized look of the hand-drawn Tintin universe — and render it more photo-realistic.
Check out the Adventures of Tintin teaser trailer (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:
While we only get a few brief glimpses at the film’s numerous mo-cap characters (including that final shot of Tintin) in this trailer, what is shown looks fairly realistic yet slightly cartoonish in design. Hergé pioneered the mix of exaggerated human characters with more organic backgrounds (the ligne claire drawing method) and Spielberg’s movie adaptation seems to have done a nice job of imitating that style. Finally, it’s also nice to see that Tintin and his fellow humans don’t suffer quite so much from the “dead eyes syndrome” that has long afflicted the characters in mo-cap features either produced or directed by Robert Zemeckis (see: Mars Needs Moms).
Spielberg’s Adventures of Tintin (which previously went under the wordier title The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn) is based on some of the more famous stories in the Tintin canon — including (naturally) “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure”. Seeing that the script was co-written by Edgar Wright, along with current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), the film should be a proper mix of period adventure, intrigue, and the sort of puzzle-like mystery plot that Moffat in particular is well known for.
This upcoming December could be a very good month for Spielberg, seeing as that The Adventures of Tintin is due to arrive on December 23rd, followed by his Oscar-hopeful adaptation, War Horse, on the 28th. Considering that the last time the filmmaking legend sat in the director’s chair was in 2008, on the fourth Indiana Jones movie, a return-to-form would be most welcome.