September 19, 2011

What I saw of The Adventures of Tintin at Comic-Con got me interested in the flick, but between this flick and War Horse, Spielberg is really banking on his name carrying these movies at the box office (at least in their opening weekend).  They’re both set in the middle of a competitive December and neither one has big-name stars (Daniel Craig plays the villain in Tintin, but he’s motion-captured and his character looks nothing like him).  I don’t know how Tintin will do at the box office (my prediction is that it will flop domestically but kill internationally where people have actually read Serge’s Tintin comics [Correction: it's Hergé, further proving that I am a person who has never read the comics), but I'm just hoping it's a good, old-fashioned adventure flick.

17 new images from the film have landed online and while they give a sense of the tone, it's crucial to see what motion-capture movies look like in, well, motion.  Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost.  The Adventures of Tintin opens in 3D on December 23rd.

Images via our partners at Omelete.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Adventures of Tintin:

Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present “The Adventures of Tintin” directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish. Starring Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot,” “Defiance”) as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig (“Quantum of Solace,” “Defiance”) as the nefarious Red Rackham.

  • Ian Pryde

    I hate to be that guy, but it’s ‘H’erge with an H not ‘S’erge with an S,

    Got to say though, I’m looking forward to it, but the CGI seems to be dipping a little too deep into the “uncanny valley” for my liking…

  • kate

    serge? lol typical american

  • killerjoe

    don’t you people mess with Matt Goldberg. he’s the smartest american!

  • Tarek

    Hergé. Or phonetically R.G ( Remi Georges)

  • Deepak

    This is my most anticipated movie of 2011. Huge fan of the comics growing up, it’s a shame they’re not as popular here in the US (I was born and brought up here but read them all in India, where my family’s from). I think your prediction about it flopping domestically but killing in other countries is right on the money. As long as it makes enough to warrant the other two movies in their supposed trilogy, I’ll be happy.

  • JasonISanIdiot

    can someone explain to me the cgi for this. are they all CG characters and vehicles in REAL WORLD settings? Because the atmosphere’s and locations look just brilliant if that’s the case.

  • Brenno

    @JasonISanIdiot, all cgi mate. Pretty impressive. The people tend to be the drawback on these films as they can fall into the uncanny valley. But it does look like a bit of fun, loved the comics.

  • migz13

    Looks Amazing:D

  • gimpsuit

    I think the uncanny valley won’t be much of an issue. They used Avatar’s motion capture and they looked amazing, this is two years on from the Navi so I think the movement on them will be even better. The only issue is the deliberate move to make them look more like the comics rather than actual humans. But like the Navi, I think after seeing them on screen for two minutes the uncanny valley won’t be an issue at all.

  • Mark

    Haddock, the Thompson twins, Allan, and Ivan Sakharine look spot-on. I’m still not sure about Tintin and Snowy though. Maybe it’ll look better when i see the movie.

  • joe

    Tintin’s look doesn’t look right to be honest. Snowy too…but it’s close!
    So looking forward to this movie. Childhood dreams being fulfilled on screen! :)

  • JR209

    Here is the second trailer to TIN TIN it shows a lot of the animation and action and I think it looks very promising. Sources from JWFAN.net also say that this provides a sneek peak of John Williams Score!


  • Tarek

    I will absolutely go to see it with my kids. I used to read all the Tintin comic books when I was a kid. And still now, I continue to enjoy reading them again.

    Tintin is the Belgian Indiana Jones.

    That being said, one thing disturbs me: Tintin looks here too young for the character.
    Tintin is not a kid, nor he is a teenager, as he seems to be in this movie. He is a young adult.