“The Adventures of Tintin” Wins Golden Globe

Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon Movies’ The Adventures of Tintin won the Best Animated Feature prize at tonight’s Golden Globe ceremony in Beverly Hills. Director Steven Spielberg accepted the award (video below) and seemed genuinely surprised.

How about you? Did you expect Rango, Puss In Boots, Arthur Christmas, or perhaps Cars 2 to win this award? Do you think a Golden Globe award will help Tintin’s chances with Oscar or Annie voters?


  • http://elioliart.com Some Girl

    Well, here comes the crapstorm… but hey, I am happy! Others will not be so happy.

    A feature (mo-cap) had to be 75 pecent animated to be qualified last I heard, so saying it wasn’t animated is a stretch.

    Apparently animation is dead now according to some. Yupp, I think that happened when Pixar came along as well..

    And apparently, this “degrades” the animators because of machines. If the animators knew that, they wouldn’t have joined the Weta team.

    Congrats WETA and everyone who worked on it!

  • Tom

    It’s funny how the mention of “Peter Jackson” and “Stephen Spielberg” can suddenly turn mo-cap from a “dead eye” film technique into a Golden Globe winner.

    I guess the film industry has finally embraced dead-eyed, waxy-skin zombies.

    • Face

      Dead-eyed, waxy-skin soulless zombies! I guess it’s a new acquired taste of generation who is increasingly seeing less face to face. How did these master film-makers didn’t see it?! A series of ass kissing lead to this?

      • Chris Sobieniak

        You can thank the Internet for that one!

      • Ed C.

        I get it now! It’s okay to critcize Golden Globe winning animated features but not Oscar winning animated shorts!

    • http://www.wardjenkins.com Ward

      The Tintin mo-cap zombies weren’t as dead-eyed as Zemeckis’s mo-cap fiascos. I actually enjoyed the film.

    • M. Seegz

      You know, if there had been a prevailing form of animation before traditional, people would likely have the same kind of reaction to that jerky, primitive-looking stuff that you’re having to mo-cap.

      Motion capture is still in its infancy. You people need to give it a while, let them develop the technology. They’ll cure the dead-eye thing soon enough.

  • Mike

    Sigh…having seen 4/5 of those films, I would have really liked to see Rango win. Tintin did some big things for mo-cap, but I thought the story was pretty weak and fairly boring.

    However, it was still an impressive achievement–congrats to those involved!

    • Cris

      Are you implying that the Rango story wasn’t weak and boring? Yeesh.

      • Mike

        Why yes..I am. I thought Rango, while adhering to pretty tried-and-true story structures and beats, was still interesting, inventive and funny. It was one of the precious few animated films that came out this year I actually enjoyed watching!

  • D

    Honestly as far as the most enjoyable film of the bunch is concerned Tintin wins hands down. However I truly feel that this film really isn’t animation but rather an above average mo-cap experiment, alright a really well done mo-cap experiment but a motion capture experiment nonetheless. As a result I have extremely mixed feeling about this. It was the best film of the bunch but not a true animated film like its competitors. I still think Rango or Arthur Christmas deserved the award more because they are animated. Oh well thats award shows for you praising critical reception over true mastery of the art form since their inception.

  • Sterfish

    I don’t think this movie winning was that much of a surprise. The movie is hugely popular outside of America and the Golden Globes are given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I’ll be more surprised if it gets nominated and wins the Oscar.

    • Ivan

      Agreed. Tintin, both the franchise and the film, are of course more popular outside the US. Especially when compared to the other nominees in this category.

  • E. Nygma

    My vote was for Rango. It won the critics movie choice awards though which was cool. I hope it takes the Oscars. For the past few years Pixar has just deserved it…but not this year. They can sell billions of toys with the Cars Franchise, but they ain’t winning no awards or acclaim!

    Tintin was fine but lacked a lot of soul and original storytelling. Just my opinion.

  • Great

    Yeah, would’ve like to seen it go to Rango. Honestly though, Tin Tin did a lot of cool stuff with mocap and, gonna be honest, as tech gets better, animators really aren’t going to be needed anymore. Maybe a head of animation to tweak some things here and there, but really… as far as CG animation goes; the future is in mocap.

    This actually great though, maybe the return of 2D?

    • Steve

      “…gonna be honest, as tech gets better, animators really aren’t going to be needed anymore… …as far as CG animation goes; the future is in mocap.”

      By its nature, motion capture will never be capable of creating something like The Incredibles, for example. Your comment doesn’t sound very thought through, to say the least.

      • http://www.greasypigstudios.com Arvin

        You’re assuming that Hollywood studios would want to make a superhero movie as stylized as The Incredibles if/when MoCap becomes further refined and becomes cost effective. Sounds like they’d rather make something like, say, The Amazing Spider-Man or Green Lantern.

        Great’s comment is as thought out as yours, I think the hard thing is swallowing what this actually means for the industry.

      • Steve

        I was just responding to Great’s suggestion that animators may no longer be needed at some point, and was talking about what’s possible with the technique. My point was, regardless of its application by Hollywood, there are things it will never be possible to achieve with motion capture, no matter how “refined” the process becomes.

      • Joe

        My point was, regardless of its application by Hollywood, there are things it will never be possible to achieve with motion capture, no matter how “refined” the process becomes.

        Famous last words. What the public considers entertaining and will spend their money on is what will drive Mo-Cap. Personally, I would like to see the stiffness of motion problems, eye issues, and some squash and stretch functionality implemented.

        Dare I say I’d also like to see a hand-drawn application in Mo-Cap developed as well. Draw your character, import it and make it move. It would still be based on performance, just having a different mode of propulsion.

      • Steve

        I’ve just deleted about five different responses to different points in your reply. Francois Jordaan’s comment below sums up what I’m trying to say better than I can, so I’ll just leave it at that.

    • http://www.fjordaan.net Francois Jordaan

      For the same reason photography didn’t replace illustration, mo-cap won’t replace animation.

  • Tom

    I love Tintin and I love Rango… but I love Rango more, so I was a bit disappointed.

    Pity KFP2 or Winnie the Pooh weren’t acknowledged in place of Cars 2.

    • CW

      Agreed.

    • Ergo

      Yeah, Cars 2 didn’t deserve that nomination. Kung Fu Panda 2 and Winnie the Pooh did.

    • E. Nygma

      Great Comment, both Winnie and KFP2 were far more beautiful films in every way than Cars 2. I say that as a huge Pixar fan…the facts are the facts.

  • A Painter

    When it won i was like “oh boy there going to have a field day with this at Cartoon Brew”. Glad to see everyone is respectable about it. For me? Puss In Boots is my favorite of the year. Watching it in the theaters was awesome. It had adventure, action, comedy, good story everything you need for a animated feature. I feel like its getting over looked becuz of the worn out SHrek franchise. I feel that if Shrek never existed this film would be better praised

    • CW

      Puss In Boots is my favorite as well. It’s definitely the funniest film. Great characters and Puss was so well done.
      I loved seeing a different film like Rango, but I felt the story got more predictable and formulaic as it went along. IT was a nice change though.
      Poor Winnie the Pooh and KFP2 were left out completely.

  • Matt Sullivan

    I didn’t like how TINTIN would never keep the camera still. I swear it moved in EVERY shot.

    • The Obvious

      How do you feel the other nominees rated in terms of camera restraint? I don’t recall there being a lot of “still” shots in some of the other nominees as well, but “The Adventures of Tintin” seems to get singled out for this constantly.

      It seems to be the same with the accusations of crowding the frame and having unnecessary elements in the background.

  • TomT

    Rango at least won best ani­mated fea­ture last week at the 17th Crit­ics’ Choice Movie Awards.

  • Lib

    For all those that prefer Rango, don’t worry. It will win the Oscar anyway. Looks like it takes the damn Foreign Press Association to get Tintin the recognition it deserves around here.

    And man, aren’t those ‘dead eye’ and ‘mo-cap is not animation’ comments getting old by 2012 already. I don’t know what else do some need beyond this point to at least consider thinking that perhaps things are changing, and not necessarily for worse.

  • Danny R. Santos

    I think Tintin was eye candy as far as I’m concerned, but there are certain things that left a bitter aftertaste after watcing the film. 1)I think Buster Keaton can show more facial expression than any MoCap film would ever do. 2)Just because you have multiple camera turns, swoops and pans in a continuous take will not motivate me nor get me involved in the story (Tintin in persuit of the Falcon towards the end.) Tintin was after treasure…. I Care less about the story. (Now in Aladdin during the cave of wonders sequence, when Aladdin, Abu and the Magic carpet where swooping all about to escape the molting lava.)…. I cared about the story, because I was riding along with the trio, I wanted them to survive. It kept me at the edge of my seat, heck I almost peed in my pants. Sorry Steven Spielberg it was a wonderful looking film, and congradulations on the Golden Globe, but the story didn’t do it for me. Another thing would have Tintin won if it was done traditionally? Makes you ponder.

  • Dario

    Well, I’m happy because Cars 2 didn’t win. We had enough of that!

  • http://mrcontro.tumblr.com Tres Swygert

    First off, congrats to Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson for the win tonight. Tintin was not my choice for the award (for the award season this year), but I’d rather have it win than Pixar or DreamWorks. Rango was my choice for tonight, as well as for the Annies and the Oscars. It’s more original, and the character designs were impacting.

    This year around, DreamWorks and Pixar don’t deserve the awards, let alone nominations. Yes I’m also including KFP2 in the mix, it wasn’t a good movie overall (though the animation got better as well as the fighting scenes..but not the story). Anyway, hopefully the other contests see Rango being the true Best Animated Feature for it so rightfully deserves!

  • Zeus

    Rango should’ve won. Plain and simple.

  • Pieter

    Even though I absolutely adored Tintin, I didn’t expect it to win, because of the meagre buzz the film received in America. However, I hope the Golden Globe will lead American audiences to the cinemas to see this masterpiece.

  • Captain Hollywood

    Didn’t Tintin win for having the best gift baskets and perks for the Hollywood Foreign Press? I thought that’s essentially how this award show worked.

    • ctrayn

      So by your logic, Beauty and the Beast bought their Golden Globe for Best Picture as well. I’m sure all the artists that worked on BatB appreciate that.

      • Captain Hollywood

        Yes, I am saying that. I think it’s a pretty unkept secret that’s how the Golden Globe Awards work. Last night for example, Michelle Williams (who is wonderful, btw) winning in the Comeday Musical category?! Come on.

      • johnbigbooteh

        uh… what’s “BatB?”

      • amid

        BatB = Beauty and the Beast

  • Toonio

    Reminds me of those products that don’t sale and there are stockpiles of them. All of the sudden comes this industry award that praises such products and people buy them without any logic behind.

    I used to trust the Golden Globes but guess anybody can be susceptible of bias these days.

  • Doug

    Having just seen Tintin this weekend with the family I was pleased to see that it won (not because of the award but that more of us will go see it and evaluate it for ourselves). I was highly impressed with the film from all angles – story, visuals and technical achievements. I honestly don’t get all the negativity I see from animators about this film. I suspect it comes more from the techniques used than the actual finished product which in my opinion was far superior to Rango. I hope it gets the sequel hinted at in the ending!

  • Mic

    I’m happy that it wins.

  • http://agoynamedjew.blogspot.com Anson J

    That an award made up of and voted on by a members of the press gives a live-action feature with digital costumes and sets the nod as an animated feature is a sad statement on the state of journalism.

  • http://ramona.com mitzie

    WOOOOOOOOOTTTTT!!!!!!! for TIN TIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Old Man Father Time

    To tell you the truth? 2011 wasn’t a good year for animation anyway, so I’m not surprised. Personally, I wished Kung Fu Panda II would’ve won, but THAT DIDN’T EVEN GET NOMINATED.

  • Norm

    Too bad the Hollywood Foreign Press Association didn’t also save “Family Dog” the TV series with an award in 1990. There was a whole warehouse of merchandising that died on that vine.

  • Paul M

    I saw Tintin for the first time last night after it won. I liked it better than Rango. There I said it. I was a fan of the books as a kid and think the movie did justice to them. Sounding the death bell for mo-cap after Mars Needs Moms may have been a bit premature, I think it may be the way to go for action adventure stories like Tintin or Beowulf. Tintin’s eyes looked bright and alive although Haddock and the other characters still had room for improvement.

    I just hope John Carter of Mars doesn’t leave me wishing they had used mo-cap instead of live action.

  • Harry T.

    tin tin and rango were both juvenile crap in a year filled with even BIGGER crap.

  • http://ryanrosendal.blogspot.com Ryan

    To be fair, it’s the Golden Globes. It’s not like it’s a real awards show.

    I imagine someone at the Hollywood Foreign Press realized Steven Spielberg hadn’t been nominated at all for best director, so they felt like they had to give him something.

    • ctrayn

      Oh come now, as if you wouldn’t be blubbering if you won one. Any of us would. It’s as if all of these catty commenters forgot how excited everyone was when BatB won Best Picture.

  • Anonymous

    Did ANYONE see Arthur Christmas?

    • Eric Graf

      You said it. By far the best of the five. Those who say they have seen “4 of the 5″ – I hate to break the news, but you missed the really good one.

      Tintin was going to win the Golden Globe. That was a given. It seems that being a preexisting Tintin fan is a prerequisite to liking that movie, and the Foreign Press Association is sure to be well-stocked with such people.

      As to whether this will help Tintin at the Oscars, I’ve been told the answer is “No.” The Academy’s voting closed last Friday.

    • Arthur Who?

      Agreed. All you hear is RANGO, RANGO, RANGO…. And it wasn’t as good as AC.

  • http://www.srulibroocker.com Sruli Broocker

    Mocap is digital puppetry, or virtual prosthetics. Tintin is a huge accomplishment and leap forward for Mocap. It is NOT animation, though.

  • Dirge

    I had avoided Rango like the plague because I thought the character designs were really bad, but I finally watched it and was blown away. It’s so unique & true, I don’t really care if it wins awards I’m just glad it exists!

  • Principal Dondelinger

    Man, I must be in alternate world, because Tintin sucked. I guess that’s how you get em to the theatres is show them shiny stuff and their eyes grow wide and mouths gap open.

  • Ho-hum

    Surprised that no one has commented on Spielberg’s acceptance speech. He thanked people like Brad Grey and Andy Serkis, but not Weta or the animators and TDs who actually made the film. He also didn’t acknowledge Herge, and kind of dismissed the Tintin books as some 80-year old relics. Obviously he and Jackson and Serkis made this film by themselves.

  • bill5925

    To paraphrase Andy Serkis at the Apes screening, mo-cap was used because animators don’t have the ability to portray emotion the way he can.

    • E. Nygma

      I think Serkis is wrong. For example, there was as much or more emotion in the Ratatouille cast than most of his CGI/Mo-Cap Characters. In whatever Mo-cap succeeds in it also has many flaws. The characters can look lifeless and waxy as the comment said above.

      And just looking at characters he has played like Gollum, King Kong, and Cesar…they may look great at times but often their movements and gestures are very unnatural. I wouldn’t say Mo-Cap does it better…just in a different way.

  • Bob

    I thought TinTin was the best animated film of the year — so kudos to the Globes!

  • TStevens

    As regards the debate over motion capture and key frame animation, it shouldn’t be viewed as an either or situation. If anything it gives film makers more power to create and use the best tools possible. Tin Tin could have been completey animated by hand but the characters would have had to have been designed more around that premise. Highly realistic characters by nature seem to work best with mo-cap while more cartoony characters work best with key frame. There is a ton of overlap in there though: only the animators and technical directors know exactly where. It all gets back to picking the right technique to tell the story. In the case of Tin Tin there are scenes that are too fantastic for live action but not cartoony enough for straight animation. Mo-Cap was probably the best trade off between the look of the original characters and the adventure feel that Spielberg wanted to create. (Had he considered 2D instead of 3D, he would have had to use 3D backgrounds anyway to achieve the look).

  • TheDirtyVicar

    Any excuse to look at Jessica Alba. Now I know why it’s called the Golden Globes…

  • AlanK

    In a real world, Arthur Christmas would have won, covering the “foreign press” angle, the “actual animation” requirement, and the “characters and story matter” ethic. Rango would have been a fair choice as well. Tintin deserves some recognition for advancing the mo-cap tool, which is only one small component of the animation spectrum.

  • john

    I would have loved to see Arthur christmas win. I think it deserved it abouve Tin Tin. As it was “animated” alos had a original story. cheated here.

    • Ergo

      I would’ve been happy with a win for Arthur Christmas too. It was my personal favourite (although no one seems to have seen it). But I’m happy with a Tintin win too.

  • ak

    I think the storyline was far more engaging in TinTin than in Rango. And for that alone, did it deserve to win. The movie was just very well-done overall. Its not that the movie is perfect by any means, I felt the story had no context and that bothered me the whole time, but the experience was fun and gorgeous as well. Fantastic animation/mo-cap performances and beautiful hyper-realism. Rango was boring in comparison (though visually amazing/superior). So amongst the choices nominated, I totally agree with this win.

  • Inkan1969

    “Tintin” had a compelling plot at least at the beginning. But I would’ve preferred “Rango” win instead. Original character design vs. mutantlike humans.

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

    People keep saying this wasn’t a very good year for animation, but I thought it was pretty good. Just because Pixar didn’t make a great movie it doesn’t mean the rest was bad.

    ‘Rango’ was the kind of ‘mainstream’ eccentric movie I wanted to watch since ‘American Dog’ was cancelled. One of the most original ones since ‘Lilo and Stitch’.

    ‘The adventures of Tintin’ makes mo-cap more convincing and has a story that is virtually the same thing of ‘adult’ films, not your typical family-friendly story.

    ‘Arthur Christmas’ was a family-friendly story, ok, but it had soul charm, wit and a lot of good laughs.

    And even ‘Kung Fu Panda 2′ being a sequel and having a conventional story, was still very well done in terms of ‘blockbuster’ movies: the action was entertaining, the jokes , while not extremely original, were good fun, the characters kept their charisma from the first picture and the visuals were very good. Sequels from most life action ‘blockbusters’ rarely do all these things right.

    That said, both ‘Rango’ and ‘Tintin’ had flaws. I can see why somebody would find ‘Rango’ boring. The storyline does some strange turns and it’s difficult to keep the interest at some parts. But the gags and characters are really funny from beginning to end. ‘Tintin’ had a proper storyline at first, and even the ending is entertaining at first watch, but it had the same problem of life-action big blockbusters. The action at the end is too big and suddenly the storyline doesn’t matter that much.

    My fave movie would be one that had the characters of ‘Rango’ in a plot progression more similar to the first half of ‘Tintin’, but anyway, I think I like ‘Rango’ a little bit more cause if I have to rewatch one of these films, I would always pick ‘Rango’.

  • E. Nygma

    I think If movies like “Up” & “How to Train Your Dragon” were released this year Tin Tin wouldn’t have a chance in hell…well I guess with spielberg’s name on it anything would. I actually did like many animated films this year, but nothing was super stand out like in years past…just a bunch of good animated films and “that one spielberg did with newer technology, let’s give the award to that”.

    I know a lot of people really liked the film, but in my mind that’s what I felt like happened.

  • KyleB

    I don’t get the dead-eye, zombie skin comments against TinTin.
    As someone who tried to watch Mars Needs Moms and gave up shortly into it because of how everything look, TinTin didn’t bother me at all.
    There were a few motions/poses that looked like bad mocap in the film but it was nothing to take me out of it, and I was never bothered by the eyes. Granted I was in the minority of enjoying its pseudo-realistic take on Herge’s characters.

    I’m glad it won, since I enjoyed it but Rango winning would have been great as well. Didn’t care for Puss in Boots or Cars 2 at all, KFP 2 and Winnie the Pooh should have gotten the nominations. Like personally, I look at the lineup and go “Of course its TinTin” (not that Rango or Arthur Christmas were bad!), it would have been more interesting with better nominations.

    • Lib

      You were not in any minority. It’s always been just the hate commando around here the minority of people not liking this film.

      Outside the Brewland, everyone accepts that Tintin was both a box office and critical success.

  • http://www.infurnation.com Rodso64

    All I can say is that the Golden Globes are nominated and chosen by the Hollywood FOREIGN Press Association… and this win likely proves, again, that TinTin is a much bigger property in Europe than in America. I still don’t expect the film to win the Oscar or the Annie.