It's been a while since I last blogged about the upcoming "Tintin" film, so here's an update: They've now released the full trailer to promote the movie, which is directed by Steven Spielberg. (Thanks for the tip, BuboBlog Philadelphia correspondent Guy.)
I'm still not sure I'm entirely comfortable with the motion-capture approach. If you wanted to be faithful to the books, it would be better to use conventional animation — you could make it look exactly like Herge's illustrations. Here, you don't get the fidelity to Herge and you don't get real actors. So I wonder if the trade-off is worth it.
Putting that aside, the film is certainly intriguing. Tintin is no stranger to gunplay and chase scenes, but they've never looked this exciting. Even the flutter of his famous hair tuft is dramatic.
It appears that they're combining FOUR books to make the story: "The Crab with the Golden Claws," "The Shooting Star," "The Secret of the Unicorn" and "Red Rackham's Treasure." The inclusion of "Golden Claws" allows the filmmakers to show Tintin's first meeting with Captain Haddock. (I wonder if they'll attempt to play down his out-of-control alcoholism?)
Some of the dialogue rang false to me. Tintin mentions that he can fly a plane because he "interviewed a pilot once." As loyal Tintin fans know, he almost never refers to any kind of journalism — despite that ostensibly being his profession.
He's also very earnest and unflappably upbeat, so the sarcastic line about how they've gotten into a "fine mess" seemed a little off. Maybe this Tintin is a bit of a douche.
Lastly: There's no sign of any gay stuff between him and Haddock. But there also are no women in the trailer whatsoever (aside from a few in the background of the early scene). I heard that Bianca Castafiore will make a cameo, but I don't see her character listed on the IMDB page. We may have to wait until the sequels.