Paramount Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for the Peter Jackson-produced Steven Spielberg-directed performance capture animated adaptation of The Adventures of Tintin.

I think its interesting that it doesn’t become obvious that this is a computer animated film until about 30 seconds in. Its also interesting that the “Secret of the Unicorn” subtitle has been removed, but I guess The Adventures of Tintin is simpler and easier to sell (and they’ll need all the help they can get to sell it in the US market). While Tintin is incredibly popular in international territories, the character is rather unknown in the states. And the problem with this teaser trailer is that it doesn’t explain much — it doesn’t explain who Tintin is.

At the teaser trailer stage, the performance capture computer rendered animation looks better than most of the Robert Zemeckis-helmed projects. I suppose this will play in 3D attached to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides later this week, as the framing seems to focus on some of the 3D aspects (plane crashing as it approaches the camera…etc). Even the subheading of the title is pushing the “in 3D” aspect of the release. So I’m very interested to see how this looks in 3D on the big screen.

Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Watch the trailer in high definition on Apple, or in standard definition on Empire.

“THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN”
Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present
An Amblin Entertainment Production
A Wingnut Films Production
A Kennedy/Marshall Production
A Steven Spielberg Film
“The Adventures of Tintin”
Executive Producers Nick Rodwell Stephane Sperry Ken Kamins
Producers Steven Spielberg Peter Jackson Kathleen Kennedy
Screenplay by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish
Based on The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé
Directed by Steven Spielberg

Cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook.

Synopsis: Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present a 3D Motion Capture Film “The Adventures of Tintin” directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish. Starring Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot,” “Defiance”) as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig (“Quantum of Solace,” “Defiance”) as the nefarious Red Rackham.

Based on the series of books The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé, the film is produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy.

December 23, 2011

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