Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson On Their Long Connection To Tintin

By Sean O'Connell 2011-10-19 18:48:14discussion comments
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To be completely honest, Steven Spielbergís The Adventures of Tintin wasnít moving my needle. Iím not familiar with the timeless character, who is huge overseas, and the directorís last two stabs at high-concept adventure -- The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull -- didnít live up to expectations. And the idea of motion-capture still sounds better on paper than it looks on screen. Or so I thought. Then the most recent trailers, and a slew of European reviews, started singing Tintinís praise. And now, at the very least, Iím excited.

This is helping. Hitfix is hosting an exclusive featurette, with insight from Tintin producer Peter Jackson and Spielberg, both of whom are longtime fans of Hergeís Belgian comics. The clip features an early test for Tintinís dog, snowy, and a guest star standing in as Capt. Haddock. Itís worth a watch.

Mo-cap master Andy Serkis also stops by in the piece, which features a lot of ďon setĒ footage Ė the set being a warehouse turned into a massive green screen, essentially, so the cast can act out each scene wearing suits that record their movements for eventual conversion. Similar techniques were seen over the end credits of the animated Mars Needs Moms earlier this year, and you can see how far the process has come since The Polar Express.

Even with Spielberg and Jackson involved, I had my dobuts about Tintin. They have faded. And now, when Spielberg promises ďunapologetic, shameless adventureĒ in the clip, I believe him. The Adventures of Tintin opens in the U.S. on Dec. 21.
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