Three New Preview Clips from The Adventures of Tintin
12.21.11 by Ryan
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.
I walked out of Jurassic Park thinking, "Wow, if I really want to keep doing what I love doing I’m going to have to get into these computer effects, which I know nothing about." About a month or two later we bought our first computer... now we’ve got like 2,000 computers down there and that would never have happened without Jurassic Park.
Spielberg appreciated the compliment. "Now I know one of the more important reasons why I made Jurassic Park was so you would build the highway that would bring us together on Tintin and to finally get this movie made," replied the director, while Jackson admitted that he is hoping the movie will appeal to both kids and adults (in the US).
What I've tried to do with my contribution to the film was to lock in to the different ways that I loved Tintin both as a child and as an adult. Hopefully, the film will work on that level, with all the things young viewers will enjoy but also the humor and satire that an adult will pick up. If we can lock in to that DNA that Hergé created, well, that’s the plan.
The end result is Tintin, and the partnership between Jackson and Spielberg can be seen in the first preview clip, which sees Tintin and Snowy attempting to take some keys from a sleeping guard.
The second clip sees Tintin finding a clue without much help from a pair of Scotland Yard investigators, Thompson and Thomson (played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost).
In the third clip, Snowy goes after the bad guys by himself.
The Adventures of Tintin was written by Steven Moffat (TV's Doctor Who), Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). The cast also includes Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Daniel Craig (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), and Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger).