‘The Adventures of Tintin’ teaser trailer

Posted by · 12:02 am · May 17th, 2011

So, Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” has a lot of people excited. I can’t summon that kind of enthusiasm for some reason. I’m not getting that event-of-the-year vibe others seem to be getting, but this just-released teaser trailer (courtesy of Apple) is enough to at least pique the interest. Check it out by clicking the image below or watch an embed after the jump.

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  • 1 5-17-2011 at 12:04 am

    Tye-Grr said...

    I’m looking very forward to it! Looks great.

  • 2 5-17-2011 at 12:45 am

    americanrequeim said...

    i want to see more

  • 3 5-17-2011 at 2:37 am

    Andrew M said...

    Is this going to be eligible for best animated? I understand it is fully animated, but I’m just not fully clear on the eligibility of motion capture.

  • 4 5-17-2011 at 2:58 am

    Oliver said...

    I had kinda hoped the first trailer would showcase some brilliant original theme by John Williams.

  • 5 5-17-2011 at 6:07 am

    cca said...

    Motion capture is not considered an animation technique by the academy, therefore it’s not elegible for best animated feature.

    I like the trailer, but I’m not completely sold… If they weren’t keeping the look of the characters in the comic books, why doing it in motion capture and not with real actors?

  • 6 5-17-2011 at 7:17 am

    Duncan Houst said...

    I absolutely hate motion-capture as a technique, but it actually feels somewhat well suited here. I’m not extremely excited for it yet, but that final set of action shots certainly made it seem like I should be.

  • 7 5-17-2011 at 8:08 am

    Jesse Crall said...

    Tintin was the only comic I read growing up, so looking forward to being a fanboy for the first time.

  • 8 5-17-2011 at 8:17 am

    Maxim said...

    Why be coy, Kris? I mean It’s not like you weren’t making some sort of negative remarks about this project from the very beginning and before you even saw a single thing from it. It just, it seems. like you are constantly taking aim at the idea that people are even being excited about this in the first place (for reasons I can only guess at).

    Then again, if you see this in full screen 1080p and some crappy YouTube embded and don’t get excited… then I don’t know. And for a teaser (and not even a trailer) I think it does a phenominal job.

    By the way, this thing looks jawdroppingly gorgeous in theaters (where it’s been playing for a few days now, secretly). I can stress it enough how the trailers don’t do it justice until you see it on the big screen. Beyond anything seen not just in old-mocap films but anything out of Pixar, even. The details and transparency effects are phenomenal. And best of all, it doesn’t even look like a mo-cap film at all, the uncanny effect – well, just look at Tintin’s eyes in the final shot. And people arguing against it, need to go back and look at humans in Toy Story 3.

    Seeing this in theaters, I totally understood why Spielberg was ok releasing it the same week as War Horse in US – total confidence in reception of both and pretty much total ownage.

    Kris, you can only be naysayers for so long – this thing is gonna come and it’s going to be huge.

  • 9 5-17-2011 at 8:17 am

    Maxim said...

    “i want to see more”

    That’s it. The teaser’s done its job then ;) .

  • 10 5-17-2011 at 8:28 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Not really negative remarks. I’m just carrying across my feelings on the project, which are reserved and not all that excited. You know, my JOB. Not that you need to take that personally, which you clearly have or you wouldn’t be baiting, as usual.

    Here’s a helpful tip, Maxim. Your comments seem obsessed with searching for some hidden meaning in what I write. This is the second such in a week that includes the phrase “it’s just, it seems…” It’s so boring and sad and off the mark and trying to fill in blanks that don’t exist. Maybe take a guy at face value for a change.

  • 11 5-17-2011 at 8:46 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    No interest in Tintin myself, waiting to read a Tree of Life piece by Kris.

  • 12 5-17-2011 at 9:06 am

    qwiggles said...

    I guess I’m in the minority here, but this looks to me like some ungodly mashup of Pirates of the Caribbean, The English Patient, and Crystal Skull.

  • 13 5-17-2011 at 9:17 am

    Andrej said...

    Even if the characters (especially Tintin) are bordering the uncanny valley, the style still looks very nice regardless. Hopefully the movie will be as intense as this when it arrives, because I feel it may had given the movie’s best parts already. Can’t wait to check out more of it.

    Lol at qwiggles’s references. xD

  • 14 5-17-2011 at 9:21 am

    A.J said...

    Holy Uncanny Valley, Batman! For real they better add “Special Effects Supervisor James Cameron” or this movie will give kids nightmares.

  • 15 5-17-2011 at 10:00 am

    Estefan said...

    Have you read the books, Kris? Maybe giving those a look will help understand what the excitement is about. After all, Tintin and Spielberg is such an appropriate partnership, it’s not even funny.

    Not to mention, him wanting to make it since the 1980s only adds to the anticipation level.

  • 16 5-17-2011 at 10:12 am

    Andrew M said...

    So it isn’t eligible for animated? But Kris has it listed in that category.

    The talent involved is what is making me excited. A Speilberg movie produced by Jackson and written by Edgar Wright plus the actors just sounds like a really good movie.

  • 17 5-17-2011 at 10:22 am

    JJ1 said...

    As of right now, zero desire to see this. If and when it starts receiving omg great reviews, then I’m sure I will see it.

  • 18 5-17-2011 at 10:32 am

    Lance McCallion said...

    My excitement for this has certainly gone up. So much talent involved, and now that we’ve gotten a look at it, I’m extremely pleased to see just how much it “looks” like a Spielberg film on top of everything. Excellent.

  • 19 5-17-2011 at 10:46 am

    red_wine said...

    Yep its 100% ineligible for Animated.
    Academy modified rules starting from the 2010 Academy Awards (King’s Speech year) after Avatar was eligible for both Animated and Best Picture.

    Animators feels that mo-cap bastardizes their art.

    So looking forward to this. A new John Williams score after a 3 year hiatus is reason enough to cheer and celebrate.
    And Spielberg is probably the best director of action ever. The guy simply knows how to cut a scene and put a set piece together.

    That said the animation in the last ship rocking over the sea invading the desert scene looked very fake. It almost looked pre-vis quality.

  • 20 5-17-2011 at 11:01 am

    Rashad said...

    If this is ineligible, then surely Rango must be as well?

    The visuals look great, and can only look better in theaters. I remember how everyone derided the animation in Avatar from its trailer, but then we all know how that turned out

  • 21 5-17-2011 at 11:15 am

    A.J said...

    Rango was not motion captured and Avatar was not eligible for Animated …

  • 22 5-17-2011 at 11:42 am

    Rashad said...

    But they did act out Rango so the animators can use it as reference. That’s all motion capture is anyway, so I think it’s unfair to make it ineligible.

  • 23 5-17-2011 at 11:43 am

    red_wine said...

    Avatar was eligible for Animated, but they did not submit. The rule baring films that used motion-capture being considered as Animated came into effect from the 2010 Academy Awards onwards (meaning for films of 2010).

    Eitherways, it just a distinction based on semantics and principle. Of course Tintin is animated, but it is not eligible for Animated Feature.

  • 24 5-17-2011 at 11:48 am

    red_wine said...

    Mo-cap is when the actor performs wearing a suit with dots and his motion is captured and applied verbatim to a computer model.

    But if they did not do so, then its not mo-cap and hence it is eligible. Reference is perfectly fine and has been a part of classic animation.

    Disney animators would watch animals move before animating them and sometimes actors acted out scenes for them so that they could have it mind when painting emotions on the characters faces.

  • 25 5-18-2011 at 5:15 am

    Eunice said...

    I grew up with the comics, and borrowed them from the library every chance I got, so I’m definitely going to watch this in 3D.

  • 26 5-18-2011 at 7:24 am

    Ben G said...

    I’m on the fence. I love the comics but motion capture always leaves me feeling very cold. I had really hoped they would do it live instead.

  • 27 5-18-2011 at 2:42 pm

    Maxim said...

    “Steven embraced this new film making very quickly, and I could see him loving the almost complete freedom he suddenly had. Steven operated the camera on Tintin himself—all the hand held, tracking and craning shots are his. But the really cool thing is seeing how his imagination and gift of story telling went into overdrive. It’s all there in the movie. Something to look forward to.”


    Peter Jackson

    So wait, not only is this the first 3D (and not a conversion job) film by one of the greatest masters of composition if film ever, it’s also one he had most control over and handled the camera on? And people wonder why it’s exciting?

  • 28 5-18-2011 at 2:50 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Well, if the PRODUCER has such GLOWING things to say about it…

    (And by the way, I couldn’t care less about 3D, so that’s not particularly a selling point.)

  • 29 5-18-2011 at 2:52 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I also wouldn’t call “more control” a selling point with Spielberg, since, if anyone has proved he’s better off not surrounded by “yes” men along the way…

  • 30 5-18-2011 at 6:43 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    I don’t see anything to get excited about here.

  • 31 5-19-2011 at 10:31 am

    John G said...

    Maybe Guy is a Tintin fan? Seems like it might be more his territory.

  • 32 5-19-2011 at 1:13 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I am indeed a Tintin fan.