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Jul122011

The Adventures of Tintin trailer - Spielberg directs a motion-capture mystery

I know next to nothing about Tintin, his adventures, or this upcoming collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. After seeing the trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, however; I've gone from 0 to 60. The story looks dark and gripping. It's been a while since we've had a good mystery movie in theaters. 

The Secret of the Unicorn looks to be Steven Spielberg's first full-length foray into motion-capture CGI (computer generated imagery), unless, of course, you count Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. In a motion-capture film, actors are strapped up in spandex sensor suits and have their movements recorded by a computer. Then artists and engineers replace that actor with a new computer animated character who moves and performs exactly how the actor recorded it--hence the term "motion capture." There have been a few successful motion-capture films, mostly made by Robert Zemeckis. If you've seen The Polar Express or Jim Carey's A Christmas Carol, then you can probably pick out motion capture animation from more hand-drawn animated films like Toy Story.

The Adventures of Tintin stars Jamie Bell, that kid who nearly ruined his career by starring alongside Hayden Christensen in Jumper a few years back, as well as Toby Jones, Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis (Gollum from LOTR), and Daniel Craig (007). Aside from Spielberg directing himself, the writing team gives us some confidence. Edgar Wright, who adapted (wrote) and directed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Steven Moffat, who wrote the recent Sherlock miniseries I intend to watch on Netflix, penned the script. The film hits theaters Dec. 23, 2011. 

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