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    Satyavrata Maciamo's Avatar
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    Last night was the world premiere of The Adventures of Tintin in 3D in Brussels (Tintin's hometown). The film will be released in many European countries on 26 October, but only on 21 December in the US (a marketing strategy, Xmas being so important on the other side of the Atlantic).

    The film was made using motion capture, the technology used for Avatar. The main characters are played by Jamie Bell (Tintin), best known for his role as Billy Eliot, Andy Serkis (Haddock), who played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, and Daniel Craig (Red Rackham). It is produced by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, King Kong) and directed by Steven Spielberg.

    There had already been two Tintin films in the 1960's (both unique stories not published in comics) and two animated television series (the last one in 1991-92).

    Spielberg, who discovered the Tintin comic books in 1981, had intended to bring the Belgian hero to the big screen for the last 30 years. In 1983 he called up Hergé, the creator of Tintin, to discuss the possibility of making a Tintin film. Hergé was enthusiastic about it, but he died a few weeks later. Spielberg bought the rights from his widow, though he didn't get the opportunity to get the project going. He did well to wait since it's hard to imagine a good film adaptation without the performance capture and 3D computer animation. It took five years of preparation to make this film.

    This first Spielberg version features a unique new story based on the original stories of The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure. Spielberg said that there will be sequels based on other stories.

    What few people know is that Tintin inspired Spielberg for his Indiana Jones series. For example, in The Temple of Doom (1984), Indy is assisted by an eleven-year old Chinese boy reminiscent of Chang in the Blue Lotus.

    The Time has a good article on the topic: It's Tintin Time !
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