Trailer Of The Week - Week #29

The first trailer for The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn didn't sell me on the film at all but the second trailer makes things a lot clearer and seems to capture much more of the subject material's magical charm. The story too looks a lot clearer and the trailer benefits from including large pieces of the same segment (if you're paying attention, you can follow the sequence with Tintin (Jamie Bell) on the boat, to meeting Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), to escaping the ship via the life raft, etc.). The jury is still out on the motion capture though, which still looks like it suffers from looking a tad lifeless and lacking in the more defined textures we've become used to seeing in CGI films and games. Hopes are building for this though. October can't come quickly enough.

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  1. The plot certainly has Spielberg written all over it. But the choice in presentation is quite the surprise. I know this isn't his first foray into animation but I believe this is his first turn at calling all the shots. Until now, I had the impression that he was still an old-school director at heart underneath all those special effects budgets. It's cool to see him try something new and I think this is going to look great in 3D.

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  2. "Lacking in the more define textures"?

    I'd have to disagree with that comment, not in the sense that you're wrong, but that the kind of detail people may be thinking of (I'm assuming Avatar and its ilk) is not what this film is going for. It's an imitation of Herge's art style and for that reason alone I'm more than interested in seeing the end result.

  3. Ian - Yes, I'd agree with that. It's good to see someone who is ostensibly an 'old school' director embracing new technologies and ways to tell a story. Just hope he keeps on producing the same great material.

    desertoftreel - I can completely see that argument and yes, if that's what they're going for then the lack of texture certainly makes it look much more similar to the Herge comics. Not sure though whether that still isn't a mistake. They've gone for motion-capture to make the characters movements as 'real' as possible but have then made them look as 'comic-booky' as possible? It still looks to me like their might end up being a tension between the two. If they pull it off though then it'll go down as a great artistic decision.