New Tintin shots NOT very encouraging…

It’s lookin’ worse….

…to me, at least. I never liked the idea of a mo-cap Tintin movie (and of course I’m referring to the forthcoming Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn). But I bided my time, placed my trust in Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, and am taking a wait-and-see attitude. However, these new photos posted online today (on Comics Alliance) do not bode well.

Conclusion: It’s a live action film, with mocap-added make-up effects. What is the point of this? Is Popeye next?


  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

    I personally find the eyes a little less dead than Zemeckis’ films and I think there is some slight caricature in some characters (Thomson and Thompson’s noses).

    Maybe if I loved Herge’s style I would be angry, but I’m not a fan of that drawing style (I love Uderzo’s style and despise life-action Asterix).

    The thing with Tintin is that it’s esentially an adventure comic-book, so the humor and the caricature are not so extremely relevant to me.

    I also think a life actor dressed like Tintin would look more ridiculous than the mo-cap version.

    So yes, I think it can work. I don’t find it beautiful to look at, but if the script is good maybe this realistic style will help to make the adventure…more real.

    That said, I think Peter Jackson lost his talent when he lost his paunch and now his ego is bigger than both things. King Kong and The Lovely Bones could have been good movies if they were more humble, but after LOTR the director seems to be too fond of himself and they ended being insufferably pretentious.

  • Tee

    Well, Popeye’s not being mocapped, so there’s no reason to worry there yet.

  • http://strangespanner.blogspot.com/ LazarusLupin

    I’m still waiting for a scene or a clip before I come down like a ton of bricks. I’m not optimistic.

  • Liam Scanlan

    C’mon, I like it.

  • http://kelseighn.blogspot.com Kelseigh

    Looks like I have a movie to stay home instead of watching next year!

    • BT

      Cool! What do you plan to do instead?

  • Anon

    I actually heard something about a new Popeye movie. Don’t think it’s mo-cap though, maybe it’ll be a hybrid or just regular CG.

  • Karen

    Looks better than the first set of images. A bit. Once it moves, however, my hopes aren’t high.

  • Christopher Cook

    There was a CGI Popeye TV special back in 2004 on Fox (The Quest For Pappy) and all things considered, it worked okay. For theaters, though, anyone recall Robert Altman’s take on Popeye some 30 years ago? That didn’t work, so a mocap version of Popeye would make it even worse.

    • Iritscen

      I actually thought Altman’s movie was brilliant, but diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks.

      Anyway, my concern with Tintin is that using mo-cap is probably going to lead to the characters moving in an overly realistic manner, in uncomfortable contrast to the cartoonish design that they reproduced from the comics, which will lead to a unique sort of uncanny valley.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        It certainly feels like that (of course I wouldn’t mind a live-action Tintin film either if they could’ve pulled it off just as well).

        And I also liked the Altman film too. :-)

      • Kip W

        The Popeye movie by Altman was about 75% great with some missed stuff. The setting up was brilliant. The dialogue was great. The leads were fantastic. Near the end, the movie took a strange turn and became a whole other movie that I didn’t care as much for — sort of like Huckleberry Finn, come to think of it.

        But for the parts they got right, I will always love that movie.

    • Scarabim

      Oh god, I HATED Altman’s Popeye movie. It didn’t begin to live up to the potential of such a film. Scatterbrained, off-putting, unpleasant is how I remember it. I’m a huge fan of the original Thimble Theater Popeye, as created by Elzie Segar (I’m no fan, however, of the awful Paramount cartoons), and I hated what Altman did. Screw his “artistic sensibilities” (and Jules Feiffer’s too). How about understanding the source material and making something entertaining out of it? Someday, I hope, someone will make a GOOD Popeye full-length movie. God knows, a Popeye movie will probably happen (since even Yogi Bear got the treatment) but I just hope it will be GOOD.

      • the Gee

        “Someday, I hope, someone will make a GOOD Popeye full-length movie.”

        As much as Popeye’s stories in the strips were long adventures, way back when, I don’t really think there is a need to try and make a great feature with the characters.

        The Feiffer scripted Altman movie is something I recall as just being fun. Nothing fantastic in that it couldn’t replicate the strip in live action. It entertained a younger me and I wouldn’t hate it if it didn’t entertain an older me. That’s where the original strips come in, isn’t it? Those combined with the early shorts hold up rather well.

        I’m sure, for some who love the characters, Tintin will survive this movie, too.
        If they were smart they’d show more which shows why it couldn’t just be live action with good make up and some effects. For instance, that older guy in the first image looks a lot like an actor who I’ve seen in other movies. His name escapes me.

        If they couldn’t get the sensibility for the property translated in live action then whatever results had better nail that sensibility of what Herge did. If they take it a different way then it better be its own thing in a very good way. Either approach would do well to make the production worthwhile, to treat the property right with respect and to potentially entertain audiences which include those familiar and those unfamiliar with the original.

  • Bill Badabingo

    This film isn’t supposed to be a traditionally animated feature. The producers are aware that they would lose their money if this would happen. The film looks interesting and I applaud them for experimenting with different visual styles.

    Stop hating.

    • Scarabim

      Yeah, you know, I think mocap can work, depending on the type of movie it’s being used on. It failed miserably for The Polar Express, but it worked rather well for A Christmas Carol – since mocap generally results in creepy-looking, dead-eyed humans, the look worked for Dicken’s creepy, sinister Christmas ghost story. It failed for Polar because the story is supposed to be a bright, magical kid’s dream, but thanks to mocap the movie version looked like an animated wax museum. Ew.

      Anyway, as far as Tintin, I’m aware of the comic but have read precious little of it (since precious little of it has been translated into English), so I’m not prejudiced anymore as to its being rendered via mocap. I’m willing to wait and see. I just hope it’s a really fun, satisfying movie. Frankly I haven’t seen a really fun, satisfying movie, animated or otherwise, since Despicable Me.

      • Seattle Dave

        “Precious little of it has been translated into English”?

        I have 24 Tintin books in English, which I believe is Hergé’s entire canon. You should seek them out and read them.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Little, Brown & Co. has had the US publishing rights to Tintin since the 70′s and has published all of them by now (the first two stories however have only been released in the US within the past decade).

  • TheGunheart

    Is it just me, or have they been trying really hard not to show Tintin’s face? The last one covered it in heavy shadow, and this one only shows the back of his head.

  • Stephan

    I think these look brilliant, and really, if you thought they were going to be awful, there was very little the final product or previews could do to dissuade you. Its a bias similar to if your friend made the movie.

  • Sat

    I really need to see it in action to judge. It’s weird looking, like it’s some serious action flick but with huge noses.
    I think the character between Thomson and Thompson is the kleptomaniac. In the second picture it could be Barnabé (his name in the original French version anyway). I don’t remember a scene where Tintin point a gun to him though.

    It’s a bit dark. Why? I guess old comic books from the 1940s can’t get much dramatic lightning and modern CGI can, but… I don’t know, it goes back to what I’ve said earlier.
    Maybe Spielberg think the old adventure serial feel of Tintin is similar enough to his inspirations for Indiana Jones. Maybe he’ll get something interesting out of it!

    • s.w.a.c.

      I highly recommend seeing the Belmondo adventure flick That Man From Rio, which is a direct steal from Herge’s Tintin adventure The Broken Ear, but also features scenes that feel like they were lifted for the Indiana Jones series. Aside from its influences and influences, it’s a cracking good adventure yarn.

      • Jean-Denis Haas

        The Man from Rio is awesome, childhood favorite.

        I just watched A Christmas Carol and it wasn’t that bad, Scrooge was good. I would also wait for moving images regarding Tintin, but with Jackson and Weta being involved it won’t have that Zemeckis stamp. It could be good, wait for the hate!

  • Steve Cooper

    Poop!

  • Steve Cooper

    All I gotta say is… Look at the hands!
    They look freekin terrible!! Someone shoulda shot the modelers!!
    Mo-cap always looks like people in suits overacting, so I hold no hopes for that at all.
    Thompson and Thompson at least look a little like the originals.
    The lighting looks fine, contrast is good.
    Maybe a decent script, nice animation and voice talent will plus all the negatives…. maybe…maybe….

  • sigh

    What is the point of mo-cap, period?
    It adds absolutely nothing to the story. It is incredibly irritating to look at. It’s a feature-length Charles Schwab advertisement…you know, the commercials that go out of their way to make their clients look stupid.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/VujadeEntertainment#p/u/0/3HaupcJwAdk Steve Schnier

    I’m going to wait and see. Both Spielberg and Jackson are brilliant filmmakers – and brilliant businessmen. My guess is they’re going to pull something AMAZING out of their collective hats.

    It wasn’t all that long ago that the Cartoon Brew braintrust was shitting all over Tangled. As soon as it came out – and turned out to be – GOOD – that everyone changed their tunes.

    Have faith, little men. Have faith…

  • http://www.kristioportfolio.com Kristi O.

    Count me in amongst those in the ‘Wait-and-See’ camp, It’s hard to judge something when all we’ve got are stills. It’ll be interesting to see if they try and bring some element of caricature into the mo-cap performances to match the look of the characters, maybe by pushing the silhouettes a little.

  • hitface

    i hate mo-cap when it is used for anything other than special effects in live action movies. Why do they need to make Tin-Tin super realistic? Why don’t they just do it stylized, like The Incredibles, Ratatouille, or how to train your dragon? It doesn’t make sense to me as they are trying to portray the art style of the original comic still, but just.. butchered.

  • Steve M.

    My GOD thats ugly!! What the hell are they thinking?!

  • http://okgrillo.blogspot.com Oscar Grillo

    Whatever happenned to “la ligne claire” (The clean lines)?

  • Michel Van

    so much i love Herge’s work
    so more i hate this Movieproject !
    and they not making “The Secret of the Unicorn”
    no doubt whatever all the posted picture show,
    they work on: “The Crab with the Golden Claws”

    • Chris Sobieniak

      It certainly does seem like they’re animating that story instead, but I think they’re going to somehow try to combine both stories together in this fashion (and probably “Red Reckham’s Treasure” while we’re at it).

  • Harry G

    Yeeh…
    Not a huge mo-cap fan in general, and this really doesn’t look like anything that different…

    Of course, I will make my final verdict upon seeing the finished film, but I can’t say I have high hopes (which seem to generally be in short supply for modern film adaptions of the classics)

    For now, I’ll stick to the TV show… a suprisingly faithful rendition for a 90s effort.

  • http://underseriousdaydreaming Tony Claar

    I am not on this merry-go-round. Mo-cap makes NO sense. To be true to the Tin Tin original, it would HAVE to drawn……heaven forbid!!
    I am still fondly remembering Mr.Grillo’s wonderful design and animation for Linda McCartney’s saucy “Seaside Woman”.

    • Stephan

      There was already a drawn Tintin. From what I recall, no one quite cared.

      • http://kelseighn.blogspot.com Kelseigh

        You mean the popular Ellipse/Nelvana co-production which has aired in over 50 countries to a very positive reception? That’s the only version other than this I can see since the 70′s.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        The Nelvana/Ellipse program is probably the best hand-drawn adaptation of Tintin we’ll ever have, and that show used to air here on HBO and later Nickelodeon as I recall.

      • Stephan

        Yup! And like the work of Chuck Jones, Bruce Timm and Matt Groening, no one’s mentioned it until now! 50 Countries is pretty impressive. There are cats jumping into boxes on youtube who’s been viewed in about as many. (I mean not to downplay it or its quality. I’m sure when a new Tintin is made in 20 years, the next generation of nostalgists will look warmly back at this mo-cap movie, especially if they hate it now.)

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    ‘Is Popeye next?’ Sorry Jerry,you’re 30 years too late in asking that!

    Is that Professor Calcalus in that still with Thompson &
    Thomson? Herge must be rolling in his grave! (just like
    Jonathon Swift is with the Jack Black Gulliver’s Travels movie)

    • http://animatie.blog.nl Seppe

      No, it’s the thief Silk (played by Toby Jones).

      • Kip W

        Sigmund Freud!

  • Rezz

    Oh Steven Spielberg, wasn’t Indy franchise enough to destroy.

    I just hope this isn’t the begging of the end of petter jackson.

  • Contrariety Carl

    Dare I say…. I’m OK with this.

    Its not the originals, But Herge’s art relied heavily on line. Any adaptation that translates that art into something other then ink lines is going to look off. IMO it would be more of a bastardization if they did the film in a more Pixar/Dreamworks style. because then not only would not be true to the source material, but it would be safe and uninspired as well

    I find this to be an interesting experiment. walking a tightrope over the uncanny valley, stretching the boundaries of where the craft and technology can take us. I love animation because it can transport you to worlds of absolute abstraction, to subtle beauty and everywhere in between. Sometimes it seems if given a choice the whole animation “community” would just fold in on itself and be content masturbating to Bugs Bunny. Never to see where the medium can go, because it might lead to some dead ends.

    Maybe this will work, maybe not. I’m glad there trying. If it turns out a dud it will quickly be forgotten in this media saturated landscape. If it succeeds Film animation will be a little better off for it.

    Either way the original comics will live on.

  • d. harry

    Is the top photo’s character a caricature of Spielberg?

  • Sean

    Jesus Christ!

    I haven’t read one post by you where you don’t attack mocap whenever mocap is mentioned. yes, Beowulf or Polar Express might not be ideal, but they are really opening a new door for animation (yeah, you can keep go on and on arguing whether or not that’s animation.. you are so caught up in those arguments)

    these two stills look totally interesting and exciting for me, I don’t know what are you whining about??

    whether you like Mocap or not, you gotta give it up to the people who are willing to explore the new technology and new way of animation.

    it’s time to let go those hundred years old cartoon about dogs and cats.

    Embrace new things.

    • http://www.drunkduck.com/anecdote Marbles

      I hear you, but the thing is, embracing the new and holding onto the best of the old are not mutually exclusive things. These days, it seems movie executives are trying to brainwash us into thinking they are. And some of us resent that very much. (Especially since standards are in some ways much lower than they once were—even 15 years ago in some cases.)
      Boundaries must always be pushed, but there’s room for the time-tested, as well. Having shared things between generations is important. Much more important than it seems many people these days realize.

  • http://lipuster.wordpress.com rakesh

    its looking amazingly beautiful…I dont understand what you guys dont like in here. Andim really really looking forward to this film, all the more beacuse of spielberg and jackson and because of these images… look at the lighting guys..its so beautiful…

    • http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog michael sporn

      Too bad Mo Cap isn’t animation. It’s just computerized puppetry, and it generally looks like crap.

      • Collin

        That’s what CG animation literally is. You’re moving a puppet in a 3D space….

      • joe micallef

        …and some animators would argue the puppetry is a form of animation – since you’re bringing a character to life.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        It’s enough to make my head explode!

  • Tim

    “wah, mocap!”

    Seriously you guys? Mocap can be done right (Avatar? Though it’s for a completely different type of genre)! Lets not give up hope just yet. It doesn’t look completely terrible. It’s no Hoodwinked. Lets just wait and see instead of just discrediting another mocap movie so early, please? I’m sick of seeing the same post with just a different picture attached.

  • http://www.belfry.info Martin Bell

    Now, I’m no Tintin fan so I’m not outraged by any of this, though I can see why people are (if it was Popeye I’d be up in arms too). In fairness though, that first shot actually looks okay to me, I like the designs and the style. I could see myself watching that movie. Then the second shot just looks awful. Tintin’s pose is completely static and lifeless.

    I completely agree with the previous comment about not understanding why these sort of films aren’t done in a style similar to The Incredibles or HTTYD, where the kayframed character animation was simply superb and completely blows away any argument for the use of mocap for anything other than visual effects.

  • Silence Dogood

    No!
    As and avid Tintin fan, I was actually looking forward to this.
    Now…not so much. But oh well, It might turn out to be better than the other mo-cap things. *fingers crossed*

  • http://steve-hogan.com Steve Hogan

    “Tintin and the Curse of the Uncanny Valley”

  • s.w.a.c.

    They should have made it in stop-motion. It worked so well 60 years ago!

    The making of Tintin: The Crab with the Golden Claws, 1947

  • http://rafatoro.blogspot.com Rafa

    glad to see that Tintin has veins, wrinkles and moles in his hands!

  • Darkblader

    I question on why Peter Jackson couldn’t suggest to Spielberg to make the Tintin movies with 2D animation.

  • J.M.

    I can’t wait for the 20th Anniversary re-release when Spielberg removes the gun from Tintin’s hand and replaces it with a flashlight…a la E.T.

  • Jeff

    I don’t know anything about Tintin, but those screenshots look awful. The characters all look like those “untooned” images: http://pixeloo.blogspot.com/2008/03/homer-simpson-untooned.html

  • http://www.bobharper.net Bob Harper

    I think the main reason that mocap will still be used is that some live action directors want that complete camera freedom that CG offers, while working with live actors who they know how to direct as opposed to animators who they don’t know how to direct.

    At least these images offer up a bit more caricature thank the Zemeckis stuff. I’d like to see it move before I decide if it “works” or not.

    • the Gee

      ah, yes. This conversation has been had before, hasn’t it?

      In another time, on another site…..

      Mocap allows for camera freedom and just outright control for directors of the live action persuasion.

      That is probably still one of the first and main reasons why they love it. But, that doesn’t mean they will consider all of the other things which make animation work well. And, I am thinking that’s still a problem.

      Sensibility.

      • the Gee

        As a for instance, look at what Henson Studios does with mocap for the PBS kids shows they do. I’ve only seen one of them, the science show, but it is using the sensibilities of having muppets at their finger tips.

        So, in the right hands, in the creative directors with a good frame of mind and reference and knowledge then something good can come out of using the technology.

        True, it can still be goofy looking, a bit off in an undesired way, but that’s better than it trying to go beyond the illusion of life and trying to imitate reality.

  • http://www.bruandboegie.co.za Mike

    Blistering Blue Mocapped Barnacles! Hey, stop licking your balls mocap snowy.

    • ed

      Snowy’s being hand animated you barnacle….

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/william_joseph_dunn/ William Joseph Dunn

    It’s obviously too early to have a real opinion on this yet, but these pic do remind me a little of how the characters looked in the Dick Tracy movie.

  • Lib

    These are not new. They were part of Empire magazine’s special a month ago. Good to see them with good resolution, though.

    And I have to say, I personally hated the photorealistic approach the first time they revealed Tintin. But now I’m starting to like it more. Some of those shots look interesting and I love the fact that it’s easy to spot Janusz Kaminski’s touch in the lighting. I agree that it’s going to be hard to reach any kind of realistic conclusion before watching it, but at least this second set of images made me feel better about the whole thing.

  • Grumpy Animator

    Is this another film that everyone on Cartoonbrew will call rubbish then when it comes out all agree how good it is?

    • http://animationinventory.blogspot.com/ teodor

      I agree.
      I did not know how to ask the same thing on a nice way.

      Perhaps some things should have a sign ‘not for CalArts students’

      • Karen

        Perhaps some things should have a sign ‘needs good taste’

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com Frank Panucci

    It might actually be entertaining. I have no reverence for TinTin, so the movie will succeed or fail with me depending on its own merits and my mood when I see it.

    But, the stills look like live-action guys wearing fancy rubber heads. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • James

    I just have to say that I am horrified at the idea of a new Popeye movie, CG or not. I just don’t trust the monsters behind all these new remakes. It truly seems like no one with the money and ability to make these movies understand what makes the originals so great.

  • http://youtube.com/user/Mesterius1 Mesterius

    Well, these images don’t quite nail Tintin, do they? For me personally, the realistic eyes of Tintin and Haddock is the thing that turns me off. I seriously wish they had gone for an eye style 100& like Herge’s… just small, dot-like circles. That at least would have been an interesting mo-cap experiment. The eyes they use now not only seem unnatural, it feels like taking the conventional way out.

    Other than that and some other strange/unnatural details, though… I have to say I’m amazed at how closely Spielberg and Jackson try to capture the visual style of Hergé. I’ve been a huge Tintin fan since childhood, and as far I can see, everything – from the scenarioes to the staging and even the main characters, right down to their clothes – seems to stem from the original books. Nothing feels like it has been radically changed to make the Tintin property more attractive to the U.S., or to modern audiences in general. Spielberg and Jackson obviously want this to feel like authentic Tintin. For that I give them credit.

    It’s just their choice of technique I’m not quite certain about…

  • http://highlyrecommended.blogspot.com Satorical

    My money’s on Spielberg. He’s not Zemeckis.

  • Matt Sullivan

    Bitch Bitch BITCH! That’s all you ever do!

    Why don’t YOU come up with a show or TV idea we can make fun of before we even see it?

  • Darkblader

    For some reason, the second picture looks like a stop motion shot.

  • http://mayberabies.blogspot.com Raven M. Molisee

    You know, I know nothing about Tintin, I’m open to experimentation on all levels as long as there’s SOMETHING pleasing about the end result.. I’m just wondering though if anyone else feels like at a certain point we’re just watching highly mutated human beings instead of ‘people’ or ‘cartoons’ based on them. I’m into this if its relevant to the story (God I wish there were an animated movie featuring the characters of Fallout 2–where everyone SHOULD look like a freak) but.. I don’t know. Its not so much the fact that its CGI these days that’s bugging me as it is the whole “uncanny valley” thing.

    • Gray64

      What bugs ME about CGI these days is that, too often, it looks more like really well done claymation than anything else; that was my feeling when I saw The Incredibles (and I really liked the Incredibles). Pixar has gotten better about it, but still, it’s a hole that still gets stumbled into.

  • Gray64

    Well, this is ultimately the question, isn’t it? Are audiences going to be able to get past the unreality of the imagery and invest enough emotion into the characters to enjoy the story? They asked that same question when they started doing animated features. My problem with mo-cap has been the same problem I’ve had with rotoscoped animation. You’re able to tell that something’s…off. If, for instance, you see a character that is essentially a cartoon head on a realistic human body, when the character moves it’s going to call your attention to the unreality of the head, and suddenly you’re kicked right out of the story. You’re paying attention to the artifice rather than the art. I was able to tell back when I was six and saw the Disney cartoon The Clock Cleaners, where much of Goofy’s more complicated movements were rotoscoped, and I imagine kids seeing this film will notice something up, too. Will they care? Who knows? Complaining about the technology seems pointless; it’s not like filmmakers are going to stop using it, especially after Avatar made so much money. Besides, the film might be great. Won’t know until we see it.

  • Dr. Ivo Robotnik

    This movie would look so much better if it were animated by Hanna Barbera back in the 60′s. I am telling you, that would make this film superb.

    Anything not done by Chuck Jones in the middle of the 20th century is doomed to failure. I am John K., and I miss my fame.

    • http://animationinventory.blogspot.com/ teodor

      Only if the movie looks like ‘Hey there its Yogi bear’
      Tintin is adventure like Indiana Jones…If you did not know that.

      Everyone forgoten ‘monster house’.
      In that movie I have not looked technology.Its nice movie.

      • Dr. Ivo Robotnik

        Yeah, dude!

        …What?

  • John Semper Jr.

    I do get tired of the constant carping about “Polar Express” being a “failure,” and having that get blamed on mo-cap. First of all, commercially the film was a success when it came out. And creatively it was an accurate (and brilliant) translation of author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg’s peculiar, offbeat drawing and storytelling sensibility.

    The film frequently gets criticised for being “weird” and “creepy.” Has anybody bothered to read the book? All of the so-called “weirdness” and “creepiness” in the movie was derived directly from the book. And mo-cap had nothing to do with it.

    I’m looking forward to the Tin Tin movie. I will judge it on its own storytelling merits and how closely it represents the unique world of Herge — not based on whether or not it uses mo-cap.

  • Uncanny Valley

    Why why why why WHY does every single animated movie have to try for hyper-realistic lighting and rendering? Especially combined with characters stylized just enough to be cartoony. The effect comes off as really creepy, my brain can’t figure out if it’s looking at real life or a cartoon.

    And it’s not just this movie either. Pixar, Dreamworks, Disney… all of them seem to throw out atmospheric/mood lighting in a scene in favor of replicating reality.

    On the other hand, it may look better with the characters moving around, and they may have solved the problem with mo cap characters always appearing to slightly float/not connect with the scenery and props…

    But I’m not holding my breath.

    • Dr. Ivo Robotnik

      I’m waiting for my hyper-realistic mo-cap Team Fortress 2 film.

    • Mark

      Actually, I thought the lighting in Ratatouille was highly stylised. The best I’ve seen in an animated film. Up was nice as well. And Kung Fu Panda went very stylised at times.

  • http://www.studiomiguel.com David Michael McClain

    NONONO! This film needs to be hand-drawn. Period. Tintin’s appeal comes from the visual nature of it’s medium. Sorry, this is ugly. Before you get all, ‘don’t hate’, I’m a 3d illustrator. I make my living from stuff like this. More and more, it is becoming evident that the baby has been thrown out with the bathwater.

    • Mark

      I’d love a traditionally animated Tintin film. And yes, the TV series was great. It captured the look as well as a TV budget could. But I’d like to see the fluid movement of the comic captured as well.

  • Mark

    None of these are finished shots. Only seven seconds of film were complete as of November 2010, when these pictures were first released in Empire Magazine.

    • http://www.cartoonresearch.com Jerry Beck

      I hope to be pleasantly surprised by the final film.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        That’s why I’m kinda holding off my judgment until it is finished.

  • Mark

    Yeah, me too.

  • Joe Heffernan

    I hope to be pleasantly surprised as well…and there is Spielberg and Jackson to put into the equation….hey…it’s gotta’ be better than Yogi Bear…. :)

  • Bob

    One can’t just a film — any film, but particularly an animated film — by a few stills. To do so is just silly.

  • Craig

    Is Popeye next?
    I certaintly hope not.
    They already made the perfect Popeye movie.

  • http://lisandrolorea.com.ar Lisandro Lorea

    The problem is that this movie is being done by WETA Workshop, which specializes in hyper-realism cause most of their work must be integrated with live action footage.
    I don’t understand who came with the great idea of making an almost-live-action-but-not version of Tintin. I guess polygon counts sell better than good art direction.

  • Pete

    The TinTin trailer looks pretty bad to me… the animation is not good. The problem is with the eyes and the facial expressions. Why Spielberg continues to challenge Pixar is beyond me. Without RenderMan he’s never going to be able to create a decent animated feature.

    What was that Train cartoon movie he did with Tom Hanks as the conductor, the northern Express or something? Horrible animation and TinTin reminds me of that same quality! The voices and the faces don’t work together.

    Look at Up, or The Incredibles, or Toy Story… absolutely flawless!!!! Spielberg should retire, take his ego and all of his money to France and stop experimenting on us!