Albums, Herge, Moulinsart, Reviews, Steven Spielberg, Tintin, Tintin in the Congo, Tintin Movie News, Tintin on the Net

For those of you newbies to Tintin, he is such an icon that the Vatican’s official newspaper actually just recently wrote an article on him. Specifically, on the debate that’s been going on in court on whether or not to ban ”Tintin in the Congo” for racism. Now, one might think that just because of the Vatican’s very nature the article would certainly be defending those poor congolese people of the past that were portrayed far from accurately. But the author actually took the time to look at the facts of the article and has chosen to vigorously defend Tintin as his movie comes out around the world, stating that Tintin has been a good example of Catholic values throughout the ages. The article must be remembered and pulled out in the future to hopefully silence all of those foolish people that talk of Tintin being racist, gay, nazi,…you fill in the blank. The article is especially upset that Tintin in the congo has, in the UK, been ”wrapped up like a pornographic magazine and consigned to the adults-only section” of British book shops.

Like an excellent lawyer in Belgium at the moment arguing that the book is simply showing stereotypes from the time of Hergé, ”L’Observatore Romano” also holds to the obvious fact that ”Tintin in the Congo” is simply a reflection of its time, the fruit of a man who had never seen what Belgium was really doing there and only had false stereotypes to go on. We know how much effort Hergé put into researching his future albums, so it would be unfair to characterize hardly any of his other albums based on this one album. Furthermore, the African people, while certainly shown as unintelligent and naive people, are not even portrayed as villains in the story, but rather the gangsters Tintin deals with there. Tintin has nothing against these people and neither did Hergé. There is really nothing in the book that would lead anybody except the most sensitive of Congolese person to truly be offended by the book, and then that guy would probably just see how his people were drawn on the front and find some other comic to read (or take Moulinsart to court…). As the Vatican put it, ”The comic book was published in the 1930s, and for that reason expresses the values of the era – but can it really perturb young Britons of today, raised as they are on the Internet, video games and fish and chips?”

The Vatican praises Tintin’s character, calling him ”an angel” helping widows and orphans…Tintin is said to be driven by ”a sacred moral imperative – to save the innocent and conquer evil….Tintin is a Western knight of modern times, an unstained heart in an invulnerable body.” It’s great to see people still defending Tintin in the press. ”Le Soir” was a Catholic newspaper when Tintin was around, yet another reason that the Vatican would be pleased with kids reading Tintin. I myself am not catholic, but I certainly support kids reading about Tintin’s heroic virtues rather than all of the junk out there for them to read.

Interestingly enough, while the Vatican sings Tintin’s praises, one zealous worker in Lebanon tried to cover up Spielberg’s name from a Tintin poster. Circuit Empire, in charge of cinemas in Lebanon, commented that ”He knew that Spielberg was blacklisted and he took it upon himself to black out his name,” pointing out that this was not some movement of several men but just one worker. The name was quickly uncovered and the posters are still seen today. Of course this was nothing against Tintin, but it’s funny to watch how different countries react to big American films like this and how it affects Tintin’s release. I found it interesting they also commented that technically according to the strict laws in Lebanon Tintin should be banned, but due to the popular black market selling films the law would be impossible to implement and people are allowed to see it on the big screens.  There’s a unique piece of Tintin trivia you can remember and tell other Tintin friends in the future…

Sources: http://uk.ibtimes.com/articles/246045/20111109/vatican-banning-tintin-book-politically-correct-lunacy.htm

               http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10765314

Bianca Castafioe, Captain Haddock, Red Rackham's Treasure, Snowy, Steven Spielberg, The Secret of the Unicorn, Tintin

Back in May 2007 I wrote the first post to what was then called TintinMovie.com. Four and half years later, I have finally seen the film. The question is, has it been worth the wait?

A Brief Review for Non-Tintin Fans

If you’ve never read a Tintin book or watched the cartoons, this bit of the review is for you.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is fun film for all the family with a good mix of action and humor. Much of the comedy is slapstick which has a broad appeal but there are a few more adult gags sprinkled around. The plot is simple enough for all but the smallest of children to grasp and the film rattles through it with little time spent on introspection or character development before diving into the next action sequence. Though some of those action sequences, especially the chase through Bagghar, are overly complicated.

The animation, including the motion capture, is fantastic and I completely forgot that what I was watching was not real. The cityscapes, both of Brussels and Bagghar, are wonderfully detailed and the character’s faces are expressive. At times, Tintin’s face had a slightly spooky, unreal quality and Captain Haddock’s head did not seem in proportion to his body but not in a way that detracted from the film. More disappointing was the 3D. This was the first 3D film I’ve seen and I won’t bother again. Occasionally the effects did enhance the film but more often than not they got in the way by drawing your attention to them rather than the characters and I would recommend seeing the film in 2D.

Another disappointment was the music by John Williams. There is nothing wrong with the music and it does it’s job well, however it lacks that knockout punch. There is no “Indi’s Theme” or “Emporer’s Theme” that you will be whistling as you leave the cinema.

Apart from these minor quibbles, Tintin is a good film and a great way to spend a couple hours for both adults and children.

A Longer Review for Tintin Fans

The film is great. It honours and respects the original books without being limited by them. Adapting three books into one story (Crab with the Golden Claws, Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure), has given the Spielberg and Jackson the space to take the best from the books and fit it into the very different medium of film.

Spoiler Warning

I’m going to assume that everyone has read the three books concerned but I won’t reveal anything specific to the film.

The storyline is 50% taken from Secret of the Unicorn and 30% from Crab with the Golden Claws. Only a tiny part comes from Red Rackham’s Treasure and the rest is new for the film. The two main source books are skillfully weaved together and work brilliantly. I suspect we have the skill of Steven Moffat to thank for this. Many of the key scenes from these books appear in the film – from Tintin buying the model Unicorn; Tintin & Haddock’s first meeting; the life boat and the seaplane; lost in the desert; and Thompson & Thomson in arabic dress. Often the visuals are identical to Herge’s originals and capture the full page illustrations from the book.

Where the film is weaker is where the plot does not follow the books. Particularly the sequence in Bagghar. Here it turns into an over-the-top Indiana Jones action sequence with a lot in common with a James Bond style chase from the 80s or 90s. It is beautifully done and amusing but seems out-of-place and redundent. The final showdown between Haddock and Sakharine is similarly on a large scale but it has a point in the film and also nicely echos Francis Haddock’s and Red Rackham’s sword fight.

The central characters of Tintin, Snowy and Haddock are true to the books. Haddock is a drunk and at times a coward and an idiot. Snowy is resourceful, loyal and as keen as Haddock to get at the whisky. Whilst Tintin is the perfect (almost too perfect) boy scout – honourable, smart and brave. The minor characters, such as Allan, are also consistent with the books and the cameo by Bianca Castafiore and Haddock’s reaction to her singing is excellent.

The Tintin Fan’s Film

From the opening sequence (which is fantastic and screamed out as a tribute to Saul Bass) to the last moments of the film, the movie is stuffed with Tintin references. I must confess I spent a lot of time just keeping an eye out for nods to the source material. Certain scenes, such as Omar Ben Salaad’s palace, are packed with them but there are many more subtle ones (watch out for the cans of food that Tintin has to dodge on the docks). Several times I was the only one laughing in the cinema as I spotted references*.

An early scene has the camera panning around Tintin’s study where newspaper clippings of some of his greatest adventures can be seen. Interestingly, they seem to place The Secret of the Unicorn in the correct chronologically point, i.e. none of his later adventures were featured (though I need to see the film again to be sure).

It will be obvious to any Tintin fan, from the first 30 seconds, that this film is made by people who love and respect the original. This is not a shameless plundering of a culture icon for financial gain but a real attempt to capture Tintin’s magic on the big screen. Whilst it is not a perfect or ideal adaptation of Herge’s work, it is damn close.

Chris T.

* At one point, there is a shark hanging from the ceiling. I’m sure this crops up in one book but I cannot place it. Can anyone help me out?

Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Tintin Merchandise

Nobody can read a Tintin album without marveling at the beauty of Hergé’s style. Every album is more than just a comic book: it’s a work of art. And aren’t you glad Weta kept that in mind? How many movies based on a comic book are made with the specific intention of staying true to the original artwork from the book? And what’s more, how many times do fans of such a movie get a book that explains how the animators pulled it off?

That’s what Weta and Harpercollins will give us, and I must admit this one has me more excited then the sticker books…from voxy.co.nz:

From early concept illustrations to final shots from the film and everything in between, this book gives fans a rare glimpse of the creativity that goes into making a film like this a reality. The book even includes special pieces of artwork produced exclusively for this book.

The Art of The Adventures of Tintin features forewords from Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. Oscar winners Joe Letteri and Richard Taylor also share their insights into the film-making experience in their introductions for this outstanding book.

Moulinsart, the official organisation that looks after the world of Tintin, has contributed an introductory chapter on the comic’s creator Georges Remi, aka Hergé, and has kindly provided examples of his inspirational artwork for reproduction in the book.

We can also expect some fascinating interviews with the guys at Weta.

Chris Guise, the author of The Art of The Adventures of Tintin, provides a unique perspective on the film, both as a lifelong Tintin fan and as the lead conceptual designer on the film. Guise interviewed many of his colleagues about the production of the movie and lets them tell their stories and inspiration behind their work in their own words.

That’s a must-have for any Tintin movie fan if I ever saw one…or in this case read about one. When can we actually get a look at it?

The Art of The Adventures of Tintin will be published by HarperCollins Publishers in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand simultaneously on 13 October in two exciting formats: a visually dynamic 200-page hardcover book and a ground-breaking digital e-book. The e-book will include wonderful additional imagery, special audio commentary from the film makers, character animations and extra content.

Whoa! Special commentaries and characters animations? Awesome! But hold on, back up a second. Did that say it would launch the book in October everywhere from America to New Zealand? The movie doesn’t even come out in these places until 2 months later! That’s awesome news! I suppose they just realized that since it’s available as an e-book they might as well let fans world-wide buy it at the same time. Still, it would be awesome if more Tintin movie merchandise becomes available in the US and other countries that don’t get the movie until December that early. The US will know who Tintin is!

One more thing: here’s a picture of the book’s cover. To be completely honest, I don’t like it much. It doesn’t look very natural, and and in my opinion we’ve seen Tintin look better. A lot may be the fault of the lighting or the bright colors. I’m not really sure. It actually has grown a little on me since I started writing this paragraph when I gave it a third and fourth look. I’m not sure what to think of it. But resting on the fact that I know from other shots that Tintin looks incredible, I’m sure that everything inside the book will be well worth it.

Sources: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/culture/5176211/Jackson-writes-foreward-for-Tintin-book http://www.voxy.co.nz/entertainment/weta-and-harpercollins-publishers-announce-release-new-tintin-book/5/92848

Good find Proman and ”Tintin Fan”! I can honestly say I found out about this at the same time you did, but only because I’m becoming obsessed with news and Google ”Tintin news” every 30 minutes…

Peter Jackson, Red Rackham's Treasure, Steven Spielberg, The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn, Tintin Merchandise, Uncategorized

In our last post we covered the new trailer for ”The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn”, but a lot of details have been revealed that I didn’t get to.  We’ll cover more on what we know about the gameplay itself in a future post, but for now we’ll stick to what systems the game will be released on. The ancient rumor that Tintin will only be coming to a few systems is nothing more than a lie. Tintin will get the multi-platform release it deserves.

This picture is from ”www.tintimportintim.com”, a wonderful Brazilian tintin fan site. I recommend you check it out. You don’t mind if I use this photo,do you Britto?

According to Ubisoft.com:

”…the video game will be released in the US for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, Nintendo 3DS™ and Wii™ this Holiday 2011.”

Apparently the Nintendo DS is already beginning to share the fate of the Gameboy Advance and Tintin is never to come to it. It’s actually kind of ironic. In one post I thought that Tintin might only be a platform game on the DS release. Now we know it’s a platform game on nearly every system EXCEPT the DS…which won’t even get a version of the game. While the DS is inferior to the 3DS in many ways, the main reason they may have chosen not to release the game for the DS or, apparently, the PSP is that the game will indeed be in 3D. There’s a very neat article on Gamespot by the guys who had the privilege of seeing a presentation with game play from the game in advance, and in their own words:

”…the presentation included four distinct action sequences, all of which were shown in 3D.”

I don’t know if the rest of the versions of the game for consoles will be 3D only if you have a 3D TV or if they will come with little cardboard pairs of glasses. But somehow it’s in 3D. I have actually never played a 3D game before, but I see how a platform game would benefit from the format having the different depths in the background. Now I can’t wait to see this game in action, but I still don’t have a 3DS or a 3D TV (as much as I want both) and don’t have the money for them either.

There is a bit of hope for those of you who were hoping for a portable Tintin game that doesn’t only go for a system that currently costs about 250 dollars. I’m not sure how we haven’t heard about this somewhere before, but a Tintin game is coming to cellphones, created by Gameloft:

“Tintin is one of the most popular comics of the 20th century,” commented Gonzague de Vallois, Senior Vice-President of Publishing at Gameloft “We’re particularly pleased to be bringing such a beloved and iconic character as Tintin to fans on their mobile phone, smartphone or tablet.”

It wouldn’t surprise me if this has little or nothing to do with the Ubisoft game. I would expect this one to not be as good. But for those who like cellphone style games, it looks like there is finally going to be something like a ”Tintin app”.

Finally, Ubisoft went all out and decided to make the Xbox and PS3 games compatible with the new technology:

It also includes exotic gameplay elements such as sword fighting, aerial combat and driving. This next-generation of Tintin includes support for the Kinect™ for Xbox 360, and PlayStation®Move for the PlayStation®3 system.

This probably means the Wii version will use the ”Wiimote” a good deal as well. Man, this game sounds like fun!

Sources: http://www.mobiletor.com/2011/06/07/gameloft-the-adventures-of-tintin-game-announced/ http://www.gametactics.com/2011/06/e3-2011-ubisoft-details-tintin-the-game/ http://www.ubi.com/AU/Games/Info.aspx?pId=9874

Steven Spielberg, Tintin Merchandise

Here’s  the new Tintin Video game trailer and a unique introduction from Spielberg and Jackson:

So far we have only seen images from the console version of the game, but it’s clear now that all versions of the game are to be platform games. But unlike my original impression of this idea, it turns out that may be the perfect way to make a Tintin game.

If the Tintin Teaser trailer largely revolved around showing us characters, this trailer shows us the world Tintin will be working in. And from the concept art shown to us during the introduction the result is a mix between Hergé’s style and all kinds of locations. Among the familiar locations would be Labrador Road, Morocco, or the Karaboudjan, but there are also pictures of a dark cave and Haddock walking in a large room full of ruins and old archways that don’t really match anything in the books. Jacskon himself tells us that a lot of what we’ll see in the game is not even from the movie. So don’t go grabbing every frame you see and coming up with a theory on how it could fit into the story of the movie just yet.

While maintaining Hergé’s style, the concept art and the game itself has its own cartoon style as well. Morocco reminds me of Prince of Persia (actually another popular platform game by Ubisoft). Some other parts remind me of Assassins Creed. The following wooden platforms for example:

assassins tintin

In the actual trailer, this section reminded me enormously of Spielberg’s ”Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. It seems ironic that after Indy borrowed from Tintin without even knowing he existed, all these years later Tintin takes a little something back from Indy:

spielberg indy tintin

Of course this may all just be coincidence…Anyway, one certain coincidence is the bizarre resemblance between Tintin on the roof of a mansion and the opening of another animated film based off of a book starring a young adventurous boy: Disney’s Peter Pan.

peter pan tintin

Humor aside, now it’s time to talk about the info revealed that really interests us Tintin Movie fans. Actually, there is a lot of great stuff in this video. For starters, unlike the teaser trailer, I believe the background music in this video is really from the John Williams score. I love it. It fits perfectly with Tintin and Haddock. I will definitely be buying that when it comes out.

Many of us were surprised to find one of the Bird Brothers in the video. If he were somewhere else in a cameo appearance I might wonder if he was only in the video game, but they chose to put him right at the beginning of the video. Why would they do that if he’s not a real character in the film? It’s still odd because he’s not cast. But there he is. Interesting that the one place we see him is where we would not expect to see him. His line in the trailer traditionally belonged to Barnaby. The poor character with barely two lines in the album before he’s shot down gets one of his main scenes cut out? Maybe just for the game?:

bird bros

Even the man at the market stand is from the book.

Among other information that reveals stuff about the film, parts of the trailer reveal Haddock’s voice, more of Allan’s, and lots of the Karaboudjan. To the disgust of those of you who hate a ”violent” Tintin, he is seen gunning down at least one motorcycle driver with a massive pistol. There’s an interesting part where Tintin and Haddock are running away from the sinking Karaboudjan. I’m assuming that’s only for the game, because it seems to contradict what we know from the teaser trailer about people being mad that Tintin escaped from the ship. In this version, they may simply grab the seaplane and get out of there.

Focusing on the game itself, Jackson and Spielberg describe the game as being ”for the family” and not just one person sucked into a game, so it sounds like this kind of game will be perfect for those fortunate enough to have a good friend or brother to play with. Each character will have a special ability (a la Lego Star Wars) only he can do. A very interesting section of the intro is when Spielberg says ”the video game changes constantly depending on the choices you make”. If done right, that sounds like it could be a very cool feature. They also insist on the fact that this game will go beyond the Tintin film and let you explore throughout Tintin’s universe. I am already getting excited about this game. It will clearly be way better than any other Tintin game ever made. But then again, that wasn’t a very high bar to raise. My one worry is that the game may be very nice to look at and very fun to play, but may not be very difficult to complete. Whether the actual game play will appeal to us or not, we will just have to see.  But I have no real reason why they wouldn’t. After all, a family game is a family game. So far it looks incredible.

Here are a few shots from the game that weren’t in the trailer:

The Adventures of Tintin: The Game 3DS, screenshot 2

Now there’s Tintin’s classic pose we all know and love!

The Adventures of Tintin: The Game 3DS, screenshot 1

Marlinspike?

Finally, Spielberg added one interesting piece of information. He said ”I got to put on the glasses and play a level and that was REALLY thrilling!” Will this game be in 3D?  It wouldn’t mean much for me, since I don’t have a 3D television set yet and it’s not in my plans to get one in the near future…but if it were in 3D, that would still be pretty cool.

Source: http://tintinology.poosk.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2011/06/tintin-11.jpg http://www.n-europe.com/news.php?nid=15575

Steven Spielberg, Uncategorized

Which one would you give it?

In a very interesting article here we find how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is forced to once again reconsider how they should treat films created using ”motion capture”. In 2010, AMPAS refused to recognize films created using this technique as eligible for the ”Best Animated Film” award, stating in their rules that “Motion capture by itself is not an animation technique.” But now Spielberg is calling his new movie an animated film. Whose going to say he’s wrong? And if it isn’t an animated film, what is it?

We’ve seen movies created using only motion-capture such as the Polar Express or A Christmas Carol. But people are quickly realizing that Tintin is about to outdo them, and any other motion-capture movie ever made. I’m not looking to offend any fans of those films. I myself enjoy several of them. But none of them have crashing airplanes or sailing pirate ships. None of them have Spielberg or Jackson working on them.  None of them have been based off of an original artistic source that thousands of people around the globe read and love. As the trailer put it, this is something we’ve ”never seen before”. And somebody’s going to want to give it an award.

It’s not fair to call it a live-action film. Sure, we must remember it was shot very similar to how you would shoot a live-action film. But it just isn’t one. The locations, the sets, the props, and even Snowy himself are all computer-generated. That’s animation. But according to some you can’t call it ”true” animation either. Companies like Pixar don’t think it’s fair for them to go through all the time and effort to animate their character’s movement from scratch just so that somebody else can scan a person to do the job for them. They made that clear in the credits for Ratatouille:  “Our Quality Assurance Guarantee: 100% Genuine Animation! No motion capture or any other performance shortcuts were used in the production of this film.” AMPAS officially has decided to share their view on the subject.

I see where Pixar is coming from. But Spielberg isn’t just scanning people in to make an animated film that’s easier to animate. He’s using motion-capture technology to stay true to Hergé’s artwork while still allowing himself to direct and shoot the movie like he would any other movie. For all you guys on YouTube complaining about how the film should have simply been done like a Pixar film, or even for you guys who think it should have been a live-action film, THAT is the reason Spielberg made this movie the way he did. It wasn’t because he was taking a ”shortcut”. Nor was it because he wanted to be able to control all the elements, put his real film cameras into storage and shoot the rest of his movies through a computer. It was because this was the only way that  it would still REALLY look like the Tintin Hergé drew that allowed Spielberg to still use real actors, and really take the shots himself,  and direct the film like he has always directed.

Will AMPAS take this into consideration when the Oscars are given out? I hope so. Personally, I don’t care what they call the award.  What matters for me is that they give it to them.

Sources: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/awards/2011/05/for-oscar-purposes-is-spielbergs-tintin-animated.html

http://www.digitalacting.com/2010/07/13/new-oscar-rules-deem-motion-capture-not-an-animation-technique/

Peter Jackson, Uncategorized

Any Tintin Movie fan, or anybody just interested in the film, should read this new message on the Tintin Movie Facebook Page from Peter Jackson himself. It is such a great message I thought it appropriate, as did several of you, to simply copy and paste it here:
It was great to see the launch of a teaser tailer and advance posters for TINTIN, a movie I’m making with Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. It’s been a very long time coming. This film, like all CGI-based movies, required a long period of previs and R&D—and then, once the movie is “shot” on the motion capture stage, it takes another two years to complete. It’s probably been 5 years since Steven and I started working on it.
ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN Copyright© 2010 DW Studios L.L.C. All rights reserved.
The Tintin books by Herge were the very first books I ever read, and I fell in love with them. I didn’t actually have them, but some friends of my parents did, and whenever we’d go visit them, I would grab a new Tintin book and happily spend 3 hours totally lost in the adventure. I’ve been reading them ever since, and I must say that I still find new things to enjoy every time. If you’ve read them before, enjoy them again—and if you’ve never read them, you’ve got a treat in store.

What was great about making this film, was watching Steven step inside the world of motion capture film making, and unleash all of his skill and creative instincts. When you make a live-action film, so many things are working against you—weather, equipment, time. You may imagine shooting a scene with a wonderful crane shot, or a complex Steadicam move, but on the day, time, logistics or sheer physical difficulty forces you to compromise. On a motion capture stage, the “camera” can be a block of wood with tracking markers on it… you point this “camera” in any direction and on a monitor you see the world of Herge’s Tintin in three dimensions. Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis are in front of you wearing motion capture suits, but point the camera at them, and on the monitor you see Tintin and Captain Haddock. When Jamie and Andy move or speak, so do Tintin and Haddock, all in live, real time. Crane moves and tracking shots are performed by moving your thumbs on a Playstation style controller. This is not animation—it’s live action film making in a real-time virtual world. You shoot many takes, just like a normal movie, and each take is fresh and original, as are the camera moves.

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.

Cheers,

Peter J

Source: http://www.facebook.com/notes/peter-jackson/tintin/10150256210396558

3D, Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, The Secret of the Unicorn

Empire just released not one but two incredibly awesome movie posters! They are so epic I hardly have to say anything about them. I will of course, but regardless they speak for themselves:

What’s worth mentioning?

  • Despite the lack of a subtitle, it is crystal clear that ”The Unicorn” is a ship, not a fantastical creature. The uninformed viewer will know the movie will be more like Pirates of The Caribbean in some scenes than ”My Little Pony”.
  • Snowy is not fat.
  • Tintin is not holding a gun. Spielberg made an epic movie poster without one.
  • The combination of dark shadows and blazing flames both on 16th century ships and 20th century seaplanes add the feel of mystery, action and adventure without any words needing to be said. In the first, the lighting is simply dark and mysterious, adding to the ”film noir”.
  • Tintin is obviously not really next to The Unicorn (unless the plot has been changed a lot…) in the first poster, so it may be too soon to assume that The Unicorn crashes in the desert. I think they just combined the sand and the water for dramatic effect and to add symmetry to the camels in the dessert on the left
  • Tintin himself looks incredible. If you look closely at his face I think you may actually recognize his expression and even his pose from a panel in the comics. I definitely think they made his face dark here only for dramatic effect, nothing more.
  • Hergé name is clearly mentioned before even the actor’s names. I’m sure he would appreciate that. I wonder if Moulinsart had anything to do with that…
  • The 3D format will be well worth a watch.
  • Finally, Spielberg and Jackson have done a magnificent job beginning their adverting campaign. I totally believe that even if I had never heard of Tintin I would gape in awe at these two posters. I just realized that Tintin is going to be that much more incredible and full scale than even I had imagined.

New trailer to come out tomorrow

At the end of empire’s post, they just threw in the info that the new Tintin trailer will not be released with Kung Fu Panda 2 but will actually in fact be on their site tomorrow morning! I am so excited! And after seeing these images, I am even more excited! These are definitely my favorite still images of Tintin released so far. I love every bit of them! I’m really hoping for another image of Haddock. I don’t know if I’m going to sleep tonight…

Jamie Bell

I’ve actually quoted a bit from this before, but up until know hadn’t seen the whole video. You can watch it here. It’s short and doesn’t reveal much, but it’s still Jamie Bell on Tintin. He reveals that he is very confident that the movie will be a hit, and that they really just don’t want to let the fans down. I laughed when he was asked if he had seen any finished footage and if he could talk about a specific scene that stood out to him because he only answered about the scenes we already knew about from the empire photos (something like this: well…there’s a lot of different landscapes in the film..a scene in the ocean…in the dessert…there’s an airplane sequence that’s really fantastic…) Then he said ”this is all stuff from the book, I’m not really revealing anything, but I think for the fans who know it they will know what I’m talking about.”  I hope I can safely speak for the rest of the fans ”who know it” here saying that not one of those 3 scenes actually was in the book ”The Secret of The Unicorn”  as the title of the video suggests but were in ”The Crab With The Golden Claws” and there has got to be more footage out there they could let us see…He must have been tipped off by somebody not to reveal much to the press about the film’s other content.  Sorry, but this isn’t good news for those of us dying to see a trailer…looks like they are going to continue to be very secretive about what gets out and when. This is just a guess,but considering the movie comes out in the fall I don’t expect to see a trailer until late summer. I don’t know if I can wait that long…

There is also an interesting part where Bell is asked if the film could be ”potentially more successful than Avatar”. That would be cool, but as he himself said ”that’s a pretty high bar to break…”. Ha ha ha ha a REALLY high bar… My favorite part is the end ” We just want to create a nice family-oriented action-film with characters that feel like they’re your family”.  That’s the kind of great movie that is so uncommon today, and I’m sure that’s the kind of movie Hergé would have wanted.

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With their huge roles in the new Sci-fi film ”Paul” and the media’s renewed interest in getting a few words from them, it was inevitable that Tintin come up in an interview once again sooner or later. They made some comments on what it was like to work on set with Spielberg. Ironically this fits in well with my last post on what Spielberg had to say about working with the motion-capture set (which I later realized was literally year old news).

The stars talked about working on set with Steven:

“Steven, he did a lot of his own camera work,” Frost said. “He’d get a movement he really liked, punch the air and do a little dance. It’s intoxicating. You want to perform for him. You want to be around that kind of enthusiasm.”

They also talked about Spielberg’s new experience with the digital technology:

It was like he had a new train set,” Pegg said.”There was a genuine sense of novelty to him.”

They had a bit to say about Peter Jackson as well. Even though he mainly watched from a monitor in New Zealand,he had his part in the now finished shooting stage of the movie:

“Peter would do a bunch of rewrites at night while we were asleep,” Frost said, “and then we’d come in in the morning and be given the script.”

The stars  both worked in Motion-capture suits, and told us about that experience as well:

“It was like rehearsing a play, like when you’re a kid and you’re pretending that thing over there could be the Millennium Falcon,” Frost said. “You have to concentrate. Peter Jackson is on the monitor, Kathy Kennedy is there producing. Daniel Craig who looks amazing in a motion capture suit, by the way — is there. It’s like a big idiot’s dream.”

I know little about Nick and Simon since I personally haven’t seen any of their work,but from what I do know I get the comforting feeling that they work very well together and both have a tremendous sense of humor.  I am looking forward to seeing them as ”Thomson and Thompson”.

Also,I don’t know if anybody else already knew this info,but I don’t remember hearing anything about Kathy Kennedy producing the film.

Source: http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2011/03/14/tintin-simon-pegg-and-nick-frost-tells-tales-from-steven-spielbergs-new-tech-set/