Empire just published the first pictures from the Spielberg-directed Adventures of Tintin, the motion-capture 3D-animated film based on the famous comic strip by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. The first chapter is being directed by Steven Spielberg and the second by Peter Jackson, so it’s kind of a big deal. I’ve always thought motion capture was pretty stupid (either draw it or don’t, dude, no tracing), but Weta Digital is doing the effects for this one, and they did Gollum and the Na’vi, the only decent-looking motion capture characters ever.
“With live action [...],” says Peter Jackson, “you’d be casting people to look like the characters. 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 (“When people first heard that bit of casting they thought that we’d gone barking mad,” says Jackson. Adds Spielberg, “The Thompson Twins can’t be clones of each other. Nick and Simon provided all the differences we needed to foil for each other. They have a wonderful moment in the movie where they start to have an argument about whose sidekick is whose.”) and Daniel Craig as Red Rackham. It also features Cary Elwes, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook and Daniel Mays. [Empire]
All that casting sounds great, and yet I’ve been sitting here for 40 minutes with nothing to say about this project. Are we sure this is a movie? It feels more like an NPR segment.
Out of respect to those of us who don’t care about Tintin, here’s a goat screaming like Usher: