The Adventures of Tintin opens today but that doesn't mean there isn't time for the release of a few more preview clips. Produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Steven Spielberg, the 3-D motion-capture animated movie is already a success overseas, where it's earned $239 million. The foreign box office isn't surprising given that the movie is based on the characters and situations created by the late Belgian author and illustrator Hergé. As Jackson told The LA Times, "The challenge we have is getting the people who don't love Tintin to see the movie."
The movie follows the intrepid young reporter Tintin (played by Jamie Bell) as he tries to solve a mystery that involves a unicorn, a scroll, and a poem written in Olde English, accompanied by his loyal dog, Snowy, and Captain Haddock (played by go-to motion-capture actor Andy Serkis). Spielberg "shot" the movie in 40 days using performance-capture technologies and then Jackson Weta visual effects team animated the movie, not unlike how the character of Gollum (again played by Serkis) was created for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Jackson says that Weta, or Tintin for that matter, wouldn't exist without Spielberg's Jurassic Park. watch the clips >> Posted 12.21.11 by Ryan
A third, action-packed trailer for multiple Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg's (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List) upcoming 3-D animated movie, The Adventures of Tintin, was released last week and now five new preview clips from the movie have debuted online.
Adapted from the classic Tintin comic book series by Belgian author and illustrator Hergé, The Adventures of Tintin will begin opening in theaters in Europe in just two weeks time, yet little is known about the plot of the movie. However, the new preview clips do reveal that the intrepid young reporter (voiced by Jamie Bell) winds up neck-deep in trouble with his loyal dog, Snowy, and comrade Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) while investigating a mystery involving a unicorn, a scroll, and a poem written in Olde English. watch the new preview clips >> Posted 10.13.11 by BrentJS
The third trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is 90 seconds of uninterrupted action. That isn't much of a surprise since the movie was made by the dream team of Steven Spielberg (directing) and Peter Jackson (producing).
As far as a synopsis goes, nothing much has been released yet. The official site for the movie only says that Tintin is an "intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure." Jamie Bell, who plays Tintin in the motion-capture animated flick, may have revealed why that is. When the young actor was asked in an interview with Movie Pilot if he could describe the movie in thirty second or so, he simply replied "No." It sounds like we can expect a pretty involved plot from what might look on the surface to be simply family-friendly holiday fare. Watch the trailer >> Posted 10.05.11 by Mandy
The first collaboration between two of the biggest names in movies has so far been shrouded in mystery, but today we get the first glimpse of the project.
The poster for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn was unveiled today, showing the title character and his trusty dog, Snowy, walking in shadow above a globe.
The motion-capture 3-D movie, a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, is based on the comic books by Belgian artist Georges "Hergé" Remi. Spielberg takes the duty of director while Jackson will serve as producer (Jackson will direct the sequel). Jackson's F/X company Weta Digital will do the movie's motion capture and special effects. Tintin will be Spielberg's first move that will be shot digitally. It took 28 years to bring Tintin to the big screen Posted 05.16.11 by Chris
Working on his upcoming adaptation of The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn allowed veteran director Steven Spielberg to work with a new medium in his multi-decade career: motion capture technology. The process, which creates 3-D replicas of actors by outfitting them with body suits covered in reflective lenses and tracking their movements with 100 cameras, was familiar to producer Peter Jackson, who used the technology for much of his Lord of the Rings trilogy. Jackson, whose WETA Workshop is handling the animation duties, will direct the sequel.
Tintin actor Nick Frost has described the motion-capture process as being "like rehearsing a play", and Spielberg too has found the process very liberating. Spielberg told The LA Times that he "adored" working with performance-capture
It made me more like a painter than ever before. I got a chance to do so many jobs that I don't often do as a director. You get to paint with this device that puts you into a virtual world, and allows you to make your shots and block all the actors with a small hand-held device only three times as large as an Xbox game controller.
WhenCaptain Haddock [Andy Serkis, who is no stranger to motion-capture after undergoing the process to portray Gollum in the Lord of the Rings] runs across the volume [motion-capture stage], the cameras capture all the information of his physical and emotional moves. So as Andy Serkis runs across the stage, there's Captain Haddock on the monitor, in full anime, running along the streets of Belgium. Notonly are the actors represented in real time, they enter into a three-dimensional world.
Spielberg revealed that he chose to use motion-capture out of his respect for Hergé, the author and illustrator of the Tintin graphic novels.
It was based on my respect for the art of Hergé and wanting to get as close to that art as I could. Hergé wrote about fictional people in a real world, not in a fantasyuniverse. It was the real universe he was working with, and he used National Geographic to research his adventure stories. It just seemed that live action would be too stylized for an audience to relate to. You'd have to have costumes that are a little outrageous when you see actors wearing them. The costumes seem to fit better when the medium chosen is a digital one.
Despite the heavy use of technology, Spielberg claims that audiences will still feel the humanity of the characters.
[The character of Tintin] will be Jamie Bell's complete physical and emotional performance. If Tintin makes you feel something, it's Jamie Bell's soul you're sensing. Posted 02.24.10 by Ryan
It looks like Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are trying to make a fashion statement promoting The Adventures of Tintin, the 3-D motion-capture trilogy they're both producing. The Spanish site Estrenos de Cine just published this photo, which they received from Sony Pictures.
In the photo, the two directors don antiquated bowler hats, a particularly common article of clothing in the Tintin universe. We agree with the folks at Cinema Blend who say that it's rather bizarre seeing Jackson all lithe and trim. Maybe his former hobbit-esque physique was a very prolonged publicity stunt for Lord of the Rings. Either way, it doesn't stop us from getting excited about Tintin, which unfortunately isn't due in U.S. theaters until December 23, 2011.
The story is based on the Belgian comic strip series that first appeared in the late 1920s. The comic follows Tintin, a Belgian reporter, and his sidekick dog Snowy as they embark on various adventures across the globe. Paramount and Sony, who are producing the movies, decided to release the first movie, Secret of the Unicorn, in international cinemas beginning in late October 2011, ahead of the domestic release. This is due to its familiarity abroad and its lack of exposure in the States. Spielberg will direct that movie, while Jackson will take over for the second.
The current cast includes British star Jamie Bell in the title role and Daniel Craig as his nemesis. Also cast are Andy Serkis (Gollum in Lord of the Rings), Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones, and Mackenzie Crook.
You can check out the official English-language Tintin site for more pictures and videos from the production. Posted 09.04.09 by reelz
Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn finally has a release date. Variety and The Hollywood Reporter confirm that the 3-D motion-capture feature, which went into production this past January, will arrive in U.S. theaters on December 23, 2011.
The story is based on the Belgian comic strip series that first appeared in the late 1920s. The comic follows Tintin, a Belgian reporter, and his sidekick dog Snowy as they embark on various adventures across the globe. Paramount and Sony, who are producing the movies, decided to release Secret of the Unicorn in international cinemas beginning in late October 2011, ahead of the domestic release, due to its familiarity abroad and its lack of exposure in the States.
The movie is the first in a series of three adaptations, with the second to be helmed by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. Spielberg and Jackson are also producing the series, along with Kathleen Kennedy. The current cast includes British star Jamie Bell in the title role and Daniel Craig as his nemesis. Also cast are Andy Serkis (Gollum in LOTR), Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones, and Mackenzie Crook.
You can check out the official English-language Tintin site, which includes pictures from the production and a video message from Spielberg and Jackson. Posted 05.29.09 by reelz