TINTIN is coming this Christmas! Did you remember? The Steven Spielberg-directed, Peter Jackson-produced film — shrouded in veils of mystery for the most part — has just released its first trailer, and from the looks of it, it’s fitting right into the Holiday Uncanny Valley Mocap Vacation slot that Robert Zemeckis was dragged from kicking and screaming.
A couple of posters were also released.
It’s not that we don’t want this to succeed. TINTIN stars Jamie Bell as Tintin, Daniel Craig as villain Red Rackham, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, and Simon Pegg as the Thompson twins. The entire film was shot in mocap, then turned into animation, which Jackson is allegedly fine-tuning. The script is by Edgar Wright (SCOTT PILGRIM), Steven Moffat (Dr. Who) and Paul Cornish, another member in fine standing of the Brit Comedy Mafia. So good people all around.
But this kind of mocap CGI (in 3D!) has had a spotty history, with this spring’s MARS NEEDS MOMS from Zemeckis flopping so horrifically that it impacted Disney’s quarterly profits. People like extreme CGI people in video games when they re blowing them up, but feel more uneasy in movie theaters.
The look at Tintin’s face at the end of the trailer is the first time we’ve seen it in promos — perhaps because the idea of a humanoid Tintin is a bit of a shock. Or as editor Nate Cosby tweeted this morning
Dangit. Can you IMAGINE how excited everyone would be if Spielberg had done a live-action Tintin?
Obviously the filmmaking duo love Tintin, however, and the film is sure to do well overseas where Tintin is the equivalent of Scooby-Doo.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.