May 17, 2011


The first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn has gone online.  While the teaser does a good job of selling the action, it doesn’t overcome two major hurdles the film is facing.  First, US audiences aren’t familiar with Tintin and they need an introduction.  The book may be acclaimed in Europe, but the books simply haven’t gained mainstream recognition in the states.  Second, moviegoers have an aversion to fully mo-capped features because of the way that characters fall into the uncanny valley.  The teaser tries to dodge that problem by showing as little of the characters’ faces as possible (except for the final shot of Tintin) but they’ll have to show us eventually.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Cary Elwes, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook, and Daniel Mays.  Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) wrote the script; Peter Jackson co-produced the film.  The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn opens in 3D on December 23rd.

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

Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present a 3D Motion Capture Film “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn” 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.


  • JohnnyR

    I agree with you Matt but either way I’m happy to see an actual film by Spielberg its been too long. Also with Peter Jackson and Edgar Wright I have faith that they constructed something solid. I just hope audiences do.

    It does have a slight Spielbergian quality to it and can I just be honest and say I was really happy to see “Music by John Williams” at the end! Where has he been?

    This should do well around the Christmas holiday as long as they keep it kid friendly. Honestly the only thing that worries me is that people wont just give it a chance. I myself am excited to see something new that I’m not 100% familiar with already

    • Josh

      John Williams is pushing 80, so I think it’s safe to say he’s retired except for some concert works and Spielberg’s films.

  • drew

    I think it looks great the mocap isnt the problem the problem was mars needs mom had some bad art choices where this is more real to human anatomy they just need the mocap to keep the integrity of the characters not as a gimmick for there bad 3d movie

  • Keith

    Why do audiences have to be so familiar with the story/characters before seeing the movie? I mean there are successful movies that don’t have a built-in audience. Seems like all I read for Tintin is how North American audiences don’t know who he is and the studio is worried about it.

  • Migz13

    Finally:D I always loved reading the comics with the little panels back then. This and Asterix were the best European comics I collected as a kid:D

  • Tarek

    Great music score. Thanks John Williams.

  • Ash

    Tintin comics do not rely heavily on complicated mythology/story arcs like most mainstream american comics .They are accessible and family friendly adventures so if the movie is well made , the audience will have no problem relating to it.

  • junierizzle

    I think a lot of people are like me. I’ve never read any TINtin books but I know of him.

    As for this trailer, I know it’s a teaser but it didn’t really tease me enough to want to see it. They really don’t tease anything. I know I’m going to see it because of the people involved but I don’t see this particular trailer exciting people.
    Obviously there will be another trailer but this one missed the mark for me.

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  • Neo

    I was very disappointed with this movie when I saw first teaser pictures several months ago. I cant see anything good in this film for me. It’s not a “real” movie, and it’s not a animated movie.
    I saw a comment from some other reader on recent news regarding this movie, and I think just like him – we will get just another Polar Express meets some computer-game-like-cinematic.
    Too bad, I had greater expectations from Spielberg/Jackson movie.

  • jymmymack

    Here’s the difference between this film and Zemeckis’ flicks: Zemeckis was attempting to make everything look “real.” The best character that Zemeckis ever produced was Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, because he looked like an exaggerated drawing. Everyone else in that film was very creepy, much like in Beowulf and The Polar Express. This is supposed to look like the art of Herges. It’s supposed to look like a cartoon or a drawing.

  • aaronsullivan

    Looks good and capable, but I’d like to have an idea of SOMETHING from this teaser. A character? An idea? A hook? There’s almost nothing here accept a vague sense of adventure.

    The final image is a bit weird. Why am I not allowed to see him talk? Is the lip animation poor?

    I have a feeling this will be a very good movie and just right for my daughter’s age, but this teaser seems more like a sort of tech demo or something.

    Not a damaging teaser, but I feel the same about the movie as I did before it. I guess I percieve that the eyes aren’t as lifeless as other mo-cap pictures but only a bit because there are about two short shots of eyes.

  • Jared

    Trailer looks great and I am very excited. I have always loved Tintin comics and cartoons. My question is to do with the story, They say it’s The Secret of the Unicorn. However the plane crash and desert scenes are not from The Secret of the Unicorn, they are from The Crab with the Golden Claw. Completely different story. The only thing I can think of is they are combining more than one story, but if that is the case, then why call it The Secret of the Unicorn and not just Tintin.

  • Alex–

    Well the cartoon Tin Tin is awesome so the Spielberg 3D version can only be more awesome.

  • bernard

    i actually have trust to this movie, it have all the right combo… Steven Spielberg & Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright, score by John William. The teaser doesn’t retract me by a bit at all. SO my faith still intact for this to be a success, maybe a sleeper hit like Rango or How to Train Your Dragon type…

  • Kitsune

    Well, since nobody else is going to mention him:

    What a production team. Glad to see Spielberg taking this adaption seriously. Tintin is such great comics, and I don’t think they’ll be able to adapt it’s soul to the big screen, but I still think this will be pretty awesome. Just not pure Tintin.

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