By Jack Rico
New York (USA), Nov. 1 (ShowBizCafe.com) – Tintin, on of the most famous and iconic European cartoon characters in history finally returns to silver screen. After having six films in his name, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson reveal the first movie stills, via England’s Empire Magazine, from the seventh chapter in The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
The pair of photos shows Captain Haddock (voice of Andy Serkis) alone screaming at someone and the other with Tintin (voice of James Bell) and Haddock caught at sea seeking help.
The film was not made with traditional animation, but 3D motion capture in which the actors movements are captured digitally, and then in post, are converted to animation.
Steven Spielberg, the director of the film, talks about the plot: “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.”
Master filmmaker and producer Peter Jackson, whose company Weta is in charge of special effects, says the visuals “With live action you’re going to have actors pretending to be Captain Haddock and Tintin. 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.”
The film also stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thompson and Thomson, respectively, and Daniel Craig as Red Rackham. It also features Cary Elwes, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook and Daniel Mays.
For those unaware of the lore of Tintin, he is one of the most influential twentieth-century cartoons. He was created by the Belgian author Georges Remi (Hergé) in 1930.
Although it’ll take more than a year for the release of Tintin’s movie (the film comes out in theaters on December 28, 2011 in the USA) you can behold the first images of the film.