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First Full Tintin Images Debut Online

Details of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s joint collaboration on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn have remained mostly under wraps, though some newly revealed photos of the motion-capture comic book adaptation certainly whet the appetite.

Empire Online has the first look at full photos from Tintin, starring Jamie Bell in the title role and Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock. Both characters are revealed in this first batch of photos, though neither one particularly resembles their respective actor; something that’s quite intentional, according to Jackson.

“With live action you’re going to have actors pretending to be Captain Haddock and Tintin,” he said, speaking of the film’s CGI motion-capture process. “You’d be casting people to look like them. It’s not really going to feel like the Tintin Hergé drew. It’s going to be somewhat different. With CGI we can bring Hergé’s world to life, keep the stylised caricatured faces, keep everything looking like Hergé’s artwork, but make it photo-real.”

Even with photos now revealed, little is known about the film’s plot. Spielberg offered a brief tease: “The first part of the film, which is the most mysterious part, certainly owes much to not only film noir but the whole German Brechtian theatre — some of our night scenes and our action scenes are very contrasty. But at the same time the movie is a hell of an adventure.”


  • Anonymous

    Not nearly as horrifying as I was expecting.

  • Michael Norton

    Looks much better than anything Robert Zemeckis has done with the technology.

  • Wcburns

    I like it. I wasn’t sure what to expect when it was suppose to be CGI/live action, but also resembling Hergé’s art, but it doesn’t look that bad.

    Now, when it’s actually moving on screen, we’ll see.

  • Jack Derunk

    I guess I’m the only one who ever saw a Tintin book? Cause this looks about as unlike Tintin as you can get. Where’s the clean solid lines and simple characters? Even the cartoons were able to capture this
    but all this technology is giving us is something deep in the Uncanny Valley, where you’ll squirm if you even go see it.

    Utter and complete failure.