Tintin movie! Tintin movie! TINTIN MOVIE!

There's a Tintin movie, and it's being written by Steven Moffat, who also wrote many of the best new Doctor Who episodes. Oh, this is good news.
In the comics, Tintin is a young Belgian reporter and world traveler who is aided in his adventures by his faithful dog Snowy. He later was joined by such colorful characters as Captain Haddock, Professor Cuthbert Calculus and bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson.

Kathleen Kennedy is serving as producer on the three feature films, which will be made using performance-capture technology and produced in digital 3-D. Jackson and Spielberg are each directing an installment, with the helmer of the third movie to be determined.

Link (via Making Light)

See also:
Exclamations used by Tintin's Captain Haddock
To watch: "Tintin and I" PBS doc on Hergé, Tue. July 11.
Drunk Astronaut Hall of Fame: Tintin's Capt. Haddock did it first.


  1. Wow, that’s such cool news, it’s been a while since there’s been a movie idea I was really tickled with. My one disappointment is the idea of it being done in “digital 3D;” not to be all luddite-like but is anybody else seriously missing more traditional animation styles? I always liked TinTin’s art and would -love- to have seen a similar 2D style in the movie; doing it via CGI seems … wrong somehow, like taking this unique comic and its distinct visual style and giving it the increasingly genericized Shrek/Madagascar/Ant Bully look …

    Eh, maybe I am a Luddite after all. I still miss hand-drawn (not that dadgum Flash-based stuff, by cracky), 2D animation, there’s not nearly enough of it out there these days IMO. Nevertheless the idea of a TinTin movie makes my day!

  2. oh, no… i feel the same trepidation i feel whenever someone announces a new William Gibson or Philip K Dick movie. like something i love is about to be devalued…

  3. Moffat’s written my fave Who’s eps.. and did the kick-ass Jekyll.. let’s see what wonders he works with TinTin

  4. I love Tintin, but “performance capture” means I will probably not even bother with this film. I cannot stand that garbage. Animation is about caricaturing life, not recreating it with ping pong ball suits.
    There’s no reason this shouldn’t be hand drawn.

  5. Actually, I’m hoping the mo-cap will be used to enhance the animation. Think “Monster House” rather than the dead eye Polar express or Beowulf. Mo-cap isn’t bad, but I feel like zemeckis and his crew are using it in a singular way much like CGI is used nowadays in action sequences. Both should be used to enhance the scene, add some flair, not as a showpiece of technology. The days of Jurassic Park are long gone, people won’t be simply astonished nowadays and we’re all jaded moviegoers.
    Aside from Monster House (where the human models had a specific artistic look) also look at the films of Guillermo Del Toro from Blade 2 onward or Alfonso Cuaron’s films.
    Since Peter “Braindead” Jackson will be producing, I’d like to think the movie will be fellowship good and not Return of the King (legolas on an elephant) good.

  6. The idea of a mo-cap 3D Tintin sounds so wrongheaded and creepy that I’m reserving judgement. If this was Zemeckis, I’d write this off right now… and Spielberg doesn’t get a free pass either, after Transformers. But I trust Peter Jackson enough as a filmmaker to wait until I see what they come up with here.

    As Ape Lad points out, there’s no reason this shouldn’t be hand drawn, so for two admitted Tintin fans to make this in 3D tells me that they’ve either beaten the Uncanny Valley effect or are doing it because mo-cap is the new hotness these days. I hope it’s the former.

  7. You’re hardly a Luddite. I am a fan of Hergé and the old animated series, but I couldn’t be less interested in any motion-capture animation production. That’s sort of akin chamber music played on a synthesizer. And with Jackson and Spielberg directing, you can bet it will be technically overwrought and devoid of the charm of the Tintin series.

    My money is on George Lucas as the third director.

  8. I guess with TinTin, you can’t complain about the lack of expressive eyes in motion capture animation…

  9. #7: OMG, live action Tintin movies from the early ’60s?

    I remember the ’60s vintage cartoons. They were serialized on American TV. But I never knew about the live action movies. Dang!

    So, are they going to outfit a dog in a motion capture suit to animate Snowy / Mileu?

  10. It would devoid of grace or charm? That depends on the script. “Clutch Cargo” and “Space Angel” worked because the writing was above average. Nelvana’s The Adventures of Tintin are available as are the books so no one is mind raping anyone’s childhood.

    Tintin can be good as “… Steven Spielberg, a lifelong fan of The Adventures of Tintin. Spielberg’s love of the character is thought to have influenced the atmosphere and lead characterization in his Indiana Jones trilogy …” but count me among those who’d hold their breath on this.

  11. Yeahhhh…count me in the “bad feeling about this” camp.
    Spielberg might be “a lifelong fan of The Adventures of Tintin”, but that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily going to avoid the full Spielberg treatment…over-the-top special effects, loud and predictable John Williams score, and a runaway-roller-coaster “adventure” that bears no resemblance to an actual Tintin story.
    Apparently all in mo-cap 3d.

  12. Ever since I heard about this when I was in Brussels a couple months ago, I’ve have been in the “this is going to be really awful” camp.
    Growing up in Brussels I thought that Tintin was old fashioned and I much preferred the adventures of Spirou and Fantasio, but I always appreciated the superb graphic work of Herge. And considering that he single-handedly created the comic strip in book form, any movie version of his work needs to be very sensitively done. Subtle is not the first adjective that pops to mind when one thinks of Spielberg.

  13. I was kinda surprised when they announced Steven Moffat was writing the scripts – surely if they’re writing them from the original books, the plot and most of the dialogue is already going to be set. Is there going to be much for the writer to do?

    OTOH, if there’s not a lot of actual work in it, it frees him up to write some more episodes of Doctor Who. :)

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