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Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg don bowler hats to discuss TINTIN!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I wish I could speak with any semblance of intelligence regarding TINTIN, but I am almost 100% ignorant on the property. I know the iconography, of course, but TINTIN wasn’t part of my childhood and I haven’t given it a look since. And I’m on the fence now on whether or not to let this series of films from Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson expose me to the world of TINTIN or if I should go back and read up on ‘em before seeing the films. But enough of that. A reader sent me a link to a video intro by Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg for what I assume is a TINTIN convention celebrating the 80th birthday of the character. I think it was recorded a bit ago, but this is the first time I’ve seen the two giants together talking about the flick. And it gives me a little geekasm just seeing the two together, obviously in love with the material they’re adapting. So click on over and give a look! -Quint

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  • March 16, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by Hamtaro Hentai

    When just one 'Tin' just isn't enough...

  • March 16, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by ThusSpakeSpymunk


  • March 16, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST

    DARN IT!

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    NOT YET. Still can't wait for all the fanboys to become crestfallen when they realize this is made for children and not for them, and it doesn't feature laser-tits.

  • March 16, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Nah, you're thinking of the Americanized TinTin. SOMETIMES ... ONE TIN ISN'T ENOUGH.

  • March 16, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Don't care

    by Il Buono Il Brutto Il Cattivo

    I've never liked Tintin and even with the dual involvement of Misters Spielberg and Jackson I'm still not excited for these movies. I think these two could be making far more interesting movies. Besides motion capture is never going to fully catch on anyway.

  • March 16, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Just like Mahi-mahi

    by Hamtaro Hentai

    One mahi is never enough

  • March 16, 2009, 6 p.m. CST


    by greigy just wanted to say

    Their Skills and talents should be deployed elsewhere

  • March 16, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Inredibly awkward interview

    by robzass

    steven acted like he'd never been interviewed on camera before.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    This movie has bomb written all over it.

    by ganymede3010

    Why can't these guys stick to Sci-Fi for crying out loud.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    C'est incroyable!

    by timothyarcher

    Non? Baguette!

  • March 16, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Cant believe Jacko is doing this over the hobbit

    by cribble

    Even as a British Kid, Tintin was not a big deal. It'll do well in France, but the rest of the world - I doubt even the pull of the Jack-Berg can get much dollar from this. I'd love to be wrong on this though.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by LightninBolt

    I find very hard to get excited about

  • March 16, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Thanks God he did take it over The Hobbit

    by LightninBolt

    I suspect The Hobbit is going to be LOTR minus the shakey cam, gay acting, cheese, poor CGI and unnecessary digressions from the source.<P> I digress...

  • March 16, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    This talkback is a disgrace

    by donkey_lasher

    You idiots already damning an adaptation of a well loved childrens classic.<P> AICN talkbacks have hit new lows.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:12 p.m. CST

    I've seen lower stuff on in here!

    by LightninBolt

    I guess this could be good, there are some good stories. It's an original choice which could lead to some interesting material.<p> Isn't Peter handsome, haha.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Jackson looks like Ogre at end of Nerds 2

    by SomaShine

  • March 16, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Those two sitting next to each other...

    by Ravetin like a before and after picture.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Read Em'

    by Larry of Arabia

    The school librarian just got the series hardcovers and they are the buzz of the kids.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST


    by Proman1984

    And that is all :)!

  • March 16, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Screw TINTIN...

    by Nosferatu Jones

    ...these two should be starring in WAITING FOR GODOT!

  • March 16, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    for all the praise Spielberg gets..

    by Prossor

    the only movies i'd would spend money on would be Duel and Jaws, the lower budget gritty fare is when he was best at, his others historics and childlike wonder movies i'd give barry bonds for practice.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a bomb to me.

    by Roketopunch

    Who cares.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    It doesn't matter if people have never heard of Tintin

    by slone13

    <p>No one had ever heard of Kung Fu Panda before that movie came out.</p> <p>Or Wall-E.</p> <p>Or Shrek.</p> <p>I can go on...</p>

  • March 16, 2009, 6:23 p.m. CST

    You Think The Watchmen was A BOMB at the BOXOFFICE!

    by laraz

    Just wait for the two super-powers that be to make this in to a movie! A cartoon no one who has time on their hands has ever heard off! This is going to be Peter Jackons & Steven Speilbergs biggest flop!

  • March 16, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    ganymede3010 and Roketopunch

    by slone13

    Sound like morons to me.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by Amazing Maurice

    I actually can't wait to see how much of a box office bomb this will be. No-one gives a fuck about Tin-Tin. No-one ever HAS! The Berg and Jackson are just being over indulgent.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    So like

    by Amity75

    Spielberg and Lucas had sex and Jackson is the end result?

  • March 16, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    The "no one gives a fuck" argument...

    by Ravetin

    ...seriously has to go. Nobody cared about Star Wars in April 1977, so go fuck yourselves.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Howard the Duck

    by Light_Tweaker

    Peter Jackson analingus.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    kiddie blockbuster...

    by HaterofCrap

    what are the chances that the dog will be CGI?

  • March 16, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    I grew up reading and loving Tintin.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I loved it the way kids loved Harry Potter over the last few years. But I was an unusual kid. I met cartoonist Don Rosa (he's been drawing Disney's Uncle Scrooge for many years) around 10 years ago and told him I liked his Scrooge adventures because they reminded me of Tintin, and he about shit his pants. He couldn't believe I was an "American" and I knew who Tintin was. But like Steven and Peter, I'm "old school" when it comes to the type of storytelling I enjoy. I hope they succeed.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by Amazing Maurice

    Star Wars came out of nowhere. <p>Tin-Tin has had 80 years to build a fanbase. It's always been a shit, yesteryear bit of fluff.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Tin tin will likely do well overseas...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...but may under-perform in the U.S. It's not that the property is unknown; remember, ET and Indiana Jones were unknown characters. It's that Tin tin is: 1. a uniquely Euro-centric creation. I remember reading a Greek language version of Tin tin as a little kid and couldn't identify with it. 2. The whole movie is motion capture, like THE POLAR EXPRESS. I doubt this film making technique ever really catches on, and it's really a pointless device. Either go full Pixar or use real, live action actors. Using Zemeckis' Beowulf as an example, why bother casting Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie when you're just going to CG their *exact* performances and likenesses?

  • March 16, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    I'm pretty sure

    by daggor

    I'll be wishing Spielberg directed Transformers and Jackson The Hobbit. But someone brought up Don Rosa. Don Rosa's material is great - and "filmable." He was doing Indiana Jones-type stories BEFORE the Indy films came out. Pixar + Don Rosa would work. You're welcome.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    I miss the PJ who looked like a well-fed hobbit

    by Light_Tweaker

    I just can't adjust to his new look of an emaciated hobbit trekking up the slopes of mount doom. But I get a big boner for Tintin, so bring on the laser-tits!

  • March 16, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    The hobbit will be better then Lord of the Rings.

    by ganymede3010

    With the budget that Deltoro has to work with he's going to completely shit on Peter Jackson's LOTR trilogy.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    screw you guys

    by ryandowneyjr

    Where's your sense of wonder? Two proven directors adapting an iconic character and doing it respectfully! You guys seriously have to remove your head from your collective arses and remember that sense of excitement about something you dont get but at least have an open mind to see how it's done. God I hate talkbacks sometimes.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    I'm excited already...

    by echobase

    Go Steven Go|||

  • March 16, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Our sense of wonder is intact.

    by Orbots Commander

    We're all 'wonder'-ing why Spielberg and Jackson are wasting their time with an all mo-cap movie. It's bad enough Zemeckis seems to have gone native and turned into the All Mocap, All The Time Guy.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    What an irrelevant film for Spielberg to make...


    THIS is what is inspiring him right now? The guy can make whatever silly films he likes but I wish he'd give us something important again like a Schindler's List or Munich. You don't see Scorcese doing Li'l Abner.

  • March 16, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    WTF is Tintin?

    by JoeSixPack

    Rin Tintin? Actually I know the character, but who else does? And who cares? Devote thine time to another project, pleeeease.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Cue Ringwearer9!!!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Come out from under your rock, Ringy! Don't let us down!

  • March 16, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    TinTin's dog

    by cyberskunk

    I know the American name is Snowy but I forget the original name. Anyway, at a local mall, there are some sort of doggy boxes on poles with what I presume are plastic materials for picking up dog doo, and the boxes display Snowy on them.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST

    I dont get...

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    ... this "it's too unknown" thing. Hamburgers were unknown too before you made it your national meal and all became fat fucks.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST


    by Gelatinousman

    Snowy = Milou

  • March 16, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    QUINT - Read the books!

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    These movies may or may not be great - the books definitely are. Get your first exposure there.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:31 p.m. CST

    if watchmen bombed then sin city and v for vendetta...

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    were enourmous flops of epic proportions. watchmen has made more so far then both of those movies did in their entire run. people who claim watchmen flopped cant defend those other two movies, because no matter what you say they flopped, because they made less money than watchmen, which you claim is a bomb. many other movies have made less than watchmen, so they must suck also, because they bombed. if a movie doesnt make over 200 mil, it means its a giant bomb and it must suck. you guys are all right. money determines quality.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST

    if watchmen bombed then sin city and v for vendetta...

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    were enourmous flops of epic proportions. watchmen has made more so far then both of those movies did in their entire run. people who claim watchmen flopped cant defend those other two movies, because no matter what you say they flopped, because they made less money than watchmen, which you claim is a bomb. many other movies have made less than watchmen, so they must suck also, because they bombed. if a movie doesnt make over 200 mil, it means its a giant bomb and it must suck. you guys are all right. money determines quality.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    My sentiments exactly, Thunderbolt Ross

    by Gilderoy

    Read the books first Quint. They were a special part of my childhood.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    hey supercowbell4therequestformoreco wbell

    by The Amazing G

    I find myself agreeing with you, only an idiot would think Watchmen "bombed"

  • March 16, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    My sentiments exactly, Thunderbolt Ross. Too.

    by SmallTuna

    Read the books first Quint. They were a special part of my childhood. I wonder if Hergé was really some kind of colonialist-minded regarding the way he treated some asian/african characters, or if he only reflected the state of mind of his era.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST


    by Sal_Bando

    -but TinTin was a fun series of books, never my thing really but they're fine-<p> still needs some Robots hitting Other Belgian Robots just because.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Where's Piso when you need him?

    by wato

    You out there man? I think there's some work for you here.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    anyway, I'm surprised more people...

    by The Amazing G

    aren't aware of Tintin because Nickelodeon played the cartoon in America back in the early 90's and while I can't say I'm a expert or anything I've at least been familiar with the character for years and I can't wait, this is right up Spielberg's alley

  • March 16, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    supercowbell4therequestformoreco wbell

    by raw_bean

    Watchmen cost more money to make than both of those you listed *added together*. I loved it, but there really is no point trying to deny that it is doing poorly financially. Get your head out of the sand.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    also, this image has been a meme on 4chan...

    by The Amazing G

    for a while

  • March 16, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST

    If the movie's even half way competent as an adaptation...

    by Ravetin should be an apology twice over for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as well as any and all other flaws with the Indy flicks.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    amazing g-

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    nice to know. however, i think everyone should remember that money determines quality no matter what. which is why everybody says titanic is the best movie ever. and that episode 1 is a fantastic masterpiece with no flaws. everybody knows night at the museum is much better than pulp fiction. x-men 3 was also the best in the series because it made the most money. when i was watching x-men 3 i was thinking "wow this movie made more than x-men 2, god its so good because of that."

  • March 16, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST

    ignore the space in my name please

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    i dont know why its there. however i do know that alvin and the chipmunks is better than the departed.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    I don't get this Tintin thing. And I don't think anybody will.

    by Alfie Boy

  • March 16, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by The Amazing G

    a movie's quality has nothing to do with how much money it makes, once again only an idiot would deride a movie simply for bombing and defend a movie by saying it made allot of cash

  • March 16, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Hope you all come back to read your words and weep...

    by performingmonkey

    when this does a killing, and it's a brilliant movie to boot. Seriously, how can this NOT be worth a look? Jackson and Spielberg collaborating on a big CG adventure movie based on a great comic. Just because it's not American... If Tintin HAD been American you would all have your cocks in your hands right now, pumping away in anticipation. Jackson is such a huge fan of them, I'm pleased we're gonna see the property treated with respect. Bring on 2011!!

  • March 16, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST

    He was a fan of Kong too, and he made it boring.

    by Alfie Boy

  • March 16, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Peter Jackson >>>>> Del Toro

    by TheWaqman

    Del Toro is a fucking awful director. And shame on you fuckers for dissing the LOTR trilogy. Nothing is sacred here.

  • March 16, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Also somebody shut the Watchmen fan up...

    by TheWaqman

    he's really fucking annoying. We get your point! Watchmen was still a failure! Go suck some blue cock!

  • March 16, 2009, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Will anyone agree that Watchmen is "underperforming?"

    by Alfie Boy

  • March 16, 2009, 8:03 p.m. CST

    It is underperforming...

    by TheWaqman

    and alot of people are agreeing. 75 percent drop from the first weekend. And I bet you WB hasn't even made a cent of that money yet due to having to pay FOX. They are definitely disappointed with Snyder's shit.

  • March 16, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Underperforming yes...

    by Ravetin

    ...but this shit about "bombing" and it being a "disaster" are fucking ridiculous.

  • March 16, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    down 67 percent, so its a even worse movie now

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

  • March 16, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST

    yes it is ridicolous

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    but you know what else is? bow ties.

  • March 16, 2009, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Motion Capture 101

    by slone13

    Disney's Pinocchio was done using motion capture. So was Monster House. The "problem" isn't with the technology, it's with the character designs applied to said technology. Motion capture isn't what made Polar Express look creepy and weird. It was the fact that they chose to have the "captured motion" represented by odd humanoid looking characters.

  • March 16, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST

    ive never seen all of polar express

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    but the movie just looked dull and bland to me. plus it didnt make as much money as alvin and the chipmunks, so i prefer to watch a movie that makes more money, seeing as that means its better.

  • March 16, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST

    For the record

    by mukhtabi

    Watchmen has earned approximately 86 million in two weeks domestic and 37 million foreign. So while its not racking up The Dark Knight numbers, I don't see any other film currently outperforming its two week accumulation of 123 million.

  • March 16, 2009, 8:26 p.m. CST


    by archer1949

    A deadeye CG movie about a character no one over the age of 30 remembers and fewer even care about.......count me in.

  • March 16, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST

    ugh, i forgot there was a live action pinocchio

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    actually werent ther 2 of them ? i remember seeing one bad one with the kid from home improvment when i was 7...

  • March 16, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Cancel this fucker and make Indy 5

    by BendersShinyAss

    Mr. Spielberg. I just don't trust Tintin. Grew up on the books and cartoon and there's even some early tintin films on youtube. <p> please, show us Indy 4 was just an off film and put all this tintin trilogy into one good Indiana Jones film. <p> Tintin sucks, man. 3 movies?? Seriously, Tintin sucks

  • March 16, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Tin Tin is the Shit Shit

    by Star Hump

    No, I have no idea. Never read it. Only know it's a beloved French comic. Or is it? I'm an ingorant bastard. However, I'm so fucking tired of superheroes, Harry Potter, Japanese robots, stupid horror movies and mediocre remakes of American movies that Jackson and Spielberg's Tin Tin sounds like a breath of fresh fucking air. Bring it on.

  • March 16, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Rin Tin Tin?

    by HB_Dad

    This sounds lame.

  • March 16, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Spielberg lost his a$$ to Madoff is E.T. 2 his next film?


    Gotta recoup his losses from that jew on jew crime.

  • March 16, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    slone13- right, but...

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    ... You are correct, people never heard of WALL-E and Kung Fu Panda and the like but those were created AS movies and with a sensibility that is (arguably) relevant to mostly American audiences of today. Tintin is a very european property and has become even more so because it has been around for 80 years. To bring it to America (let's face it, if it aint a hit in the good ol' USA it aint a hit) and try to sell it to Americas youth will be tough. Sure, they can update it and put a robot monkey or some crap in there but then why deviate from the almost century old property to make a movie? It appears to me to be one of those things that is good for what it is- a French kids literary experience. I have all the faith in the world in those two filmmakers to make a good movie but to compare this character to Kung Fu Panda is not even close.

  • March 16, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST

    TINTIN - What Is It?

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    If you need to understand TINTIN and why it won't do well in America, you need only look toward the episode of SIMPSONS that has predicted the box-office/public response for this perfectly. Lisa sees a TINTIN book, walks up to it and says "*gasp* I never thought I'd see these outside of French class!" Then, she imagines herself in the book, and Snowy runs up to her and she says "*gasp* This old castle isn't a castle at all ... it's a three-stage conventional rocket .. AND IT'S AIMED AT THE POMPIDOU CENTER!" Classic SIMPSONS, and classic evidence why TINTIN will be regarded with a massive shrug.

  • March 16, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    I don't trust them

    by kershner

    Indy 4 and King Kong were bullshit compared to their previous movies. I couldn't care less for this project.

  • March 16, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Star Hump has the right idea...

    by Ravetin what if you haven't heard of it? This has been out of the American eye so long it's like getting a new franchise.

  • March 16, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    That is one stupid picture

    by walrusholder

    Bowler Hat, plaid shirt and an umbrella, this movie is not going to work in the US

  • March 16, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    This Message Board Must Be Located in Fecesylvania

    by Atkinson

    Because everyone's still talking shit. I mean, what the fuck. Spielberg & Peter Jackson! Yet you guys are again ripping on a combined 30 years worth of cinematic work. Classy...

  • March 16, 2009, 9:19 p.m. CST

    people do go to movies of things they haven't heard of before

    by slappy jones

    if anyone thinks the marketing behind this thing won't be successful they are fucking crazy. the general public may not know tintin but they sure as fuck know spielberg and jackson and that is what will sell this film in the us. all the hate and bullshit on internet forums don't mean shit. if us nerds really were the tastemakers grindhouse would have been huge, snakes on a planes would have been massive and watchmen wouldn't have suffered a bigger percentage drop then the happening in its second weekend. so the whole "no one knows tintin" argument will become a moot point once the studio market the living shit out of this thing.

  • March 16, 2009, 9:24 p.m. CST


    by slappy jones

    i also don't see any other film costing as much nor marketed as heavily either. with all the marketing and hype this film should be doing better but guess what - word of mouth is killing it. the figures it is pulling in would be fine if they hadn't spent so much but they spent PG13 money on a very hard R film. don;t get mad with me though - i loved it but i am a realist. the film is flopping and unless something great happens at the BO over the coming weeks it will be a flop.

  • March 16, 2009, 9:24 p.m. CST

    This movie is going to bomb.

    by BradM73

    Maybe it will be popular overseas, but I had never heard of TINTIN until I heard that PJ and Speilburg wanted to do it. I have no plans to see this in any capacity.

  • March 16, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Let's get some facts straight.

    by C Legion

    Firstly, over 200 million "Tintin" books have been sold, so the market is there. Also having two of the biggest commercial directors in the world attached ain't gonna hurt<p>Secondly, "Watchmen" needs to hit nearly 400 million dollars worldwide at the BO before WB make a cent. Right now it looks like it will struggle to make half of that. Whether they recoup their money in future with DVD sales, TV rights and such is another matter. But as of now it IS a bomb.

  • March 16, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST

    tin tin can choke on doc. manhattan's nuclear

    by vaudeville villain

    cock for all i care. no one here (read: u.s.) will give a bowler hat-donned fuck about the property. but sure, let overseas have at it.

  • March 16, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST

    "An iconic character" -- "WTF is TinTin?"

    by Big Dumb Ape

    There couldn't be two better posts that were nearly back-to-back than RyanDowneyJr who wrote: SCREW YOU GUYS! Where's your sense of wonder? Two proven directors adapting an iconic character and doing it respectfully! You guys seriously have to remove your head from your collective arses"...<p>And then JoeSixPack who wrote: WTF IS TINTIN? Rin Tintin? Actually I know the character, but who else does? And who cares?<P>In this battle, I have to agree with Joe. Is TinTin "iconic"? Sure -- if you live in fucking France OR you're a diehard comic geek who actually has SOME sense of comic history. But beyond that, forget it. Do you actually think today's kids know who the fuck TinTin is? On the one hand, great -- that gives you a blank slate to re-imagine the character and re-introduce him to a new audience. But frankly I think most people will be turned off by the motion capture (sorry, it still has a "dead eyes" look to it, no matter how pretty the animation is) and unless you update TinTin to be ultra hip and cool and listening to Hip Hop music or some such bullshit, most kids aren't going to RELATE to TinTin anyway, thus sealing its box office doom.

  • March 16, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST


    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Or Alfons Cuaron.

  • March 16, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST

    PS: A note to Spielberg and Jackson...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    As I noted in my post above, TinTin is a dated property that most kids are NOT going to relate to unless you do a MASSIVE reimagining of the character and property. I'm glad you two guys are SO rich you can essentially whip out your dicks and jerk off on the screen, to do a movie that you consider a "pet project" since it's based on something you both loved as kids (i.e. the standard excuse given for "why" someone always options and produces a property with dubious box office appeal). However, that said...<p>...DO YOU TWO ACTUALLY THINK THAT WEARING FUCKING BOWLER HATS MAKES THIS LOOK COOL AND HIP TO A KID TODAY? OR IT MAKES HIM WET HIS PANTS AND WANT TO SEE THIS? For crying out loud, could you POSSIBLE telegraph it more that this is a pet project that will have no appeal to today's kids? Or to most today's adult audiences as well?<p>Mark my words: this will bomb so bad that SPEED RACER is going to look like a box office sensation in comparison!

  • March 16, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST


    by Fat Lenny

    Be prepared for the skull fucking.

  • March 16, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST

    tintin will make speed racers total in its opening weekend

    by slappy jones

  • March 16, 2009, 10:09 p.m. CST


    by sanzaru

    slone13 up there has this one figured out: Tintin'll bring in families and, if they can collectively take a break with the whole nihilist schtick, their jaded fanboy relatives too. It's sort of like an all-ages Indiana Jones. Sure, the original Tintin comics were aimed at kids (no laser-tits, alas), but in comics circles they have come to be revered for their almost Zen-like clarity in both form and content (you know- the sort of stuff that makes for GOOD STORIES). PBS did an excellent documentary on Tintin & Herge a couple years ago; I'd recommend it for the open-minded among you: ; Here is the website for it:

  • March 16, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    C Legion-thats no excuse

    by supercowbell4therequestformorecowbell

    for people determing a movies quality based on its box office.

  • March 16, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST

    I am excited for this movie...

    by Bones

    Of course, I am probably the only one who realized that they are dressed as The Thompson Twins in the video--the characters from the comic, not the band. Actually Tintin is where the 80's band got it's name.

  • March 16, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Tintin's appropriate for motion capture...

    by Alfie Boy

    ...his eyes are as dead as Coraline's anti-mom. Let's find some more euro-shit to waste film resources on.

  • March 16, 2009, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Return of the King was absolute garbage


    It was pretentious and way too long. and did we really need slo mo every fucking 2 minutes. The comic relief moments bring to mind the worst of George Lucas like buffonery. And before you label me a troll I absolutly loved Fellowship and the Two towers.

  • March 16, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Re: A Sense of Wonder...

    by sanzaru

    Reminds me of this bit from a recent Grant Morrison interview: "I was thinking about the power of stories over people. And that’s when we expand out into the big idea of, why is our culture telling itself such a bad story right now? Why all the guilt and self-loathing? Don’t we realize how real and how dangerous this kind of self-hypnosis can be? Why do we keep telling our children they’re doomed to inherit a fouled, wrecked planet of cynics, pedophiles and gangsters? Could we be talking our culture into extinction? And I know a lot of them are true stories, but at the same time there are other true stories that are better, but we tend to downplay them currently in our culture." Food for thought, maybe.

  • March 16, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST



  • March 16, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST

    I grew up reading these books and I always liked them

    by southafricanguy

    but I so far am just not interested. I think mocap is interesting but has so far not succeeded in making anything compelling for me. Also I do think there is some indulgence on thier parts with this. When directors arte big fans of some source material they somtimes suffer from cant see the forest for the trees syndrome. I think tintin could do well, but given that its mo cap animation (which has not been dynamite at the box-office) and the fact that tintin is not a globally recognized name (yes i know all new things are nt, but none of them were mo-cap)Plus I dont believe in Spielbergs ability to do light, fun, adventure movies anymore (indy 4) He does good dark now (munich, minority report)

  • March 16, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    The Berg made INDY IV. Therefore he should drop FUCKING DEAD.


  • March 16, 2009, 11:54 p.m. CST


    by 1978CreepyThinMan

    I want real actors not the dead eyed CGI zombies of Zemekis' latest trash.

  • March 16, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    There is no reason this can't be practical.


    Tintin requires less CG than half the movies last Summer. <p> Seriously....what the fuck? <p>Boycott this shit. Tell them to shove this fucking gimmick up their fucking asses. Spielberg is totally out of his fucking mind. He has now crossed the psychotic Zemeckis threshold. <p>BALE SAVE US ALL.

  • March 17, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    I dunno, but I just Googled "aprapently"

    by Bjornegar

    And Google called me a fucktard.

  • March 17, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Maybe because I mis-spelled it.

    by Bjornegar

    Aprapantly. Placenta penduling.

  • March 17, 2009, 12:09 a.m. CST

    I blame Zemekis for all this bullshit.

    by GQtaste

    Zemekis is a master. Simply look at works over the last three decades. Hell, the first film I ever got to rent on VCR was Romancing the Stone. Robert, quit fucking around w/ this cartoon shit and get back to making fantastic films! It's a crying shame the dude so wants to go into a different direction. But he could be in the discussion of one of the finer directors out there. He's pissing away and fucking cartoons that hardly anybody wants to see. Say what you want but I truly believe he could be one of the top of his game. I'll take stuff like "Contact" anyday of the week over stuff for kids.

  • March 17, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST


    by NivekJ

    Alright, geeks, time for some education. If you're an 80's kid that had HBO (not as many as you'd think), you'd remember such greats as Encyclopedia, Fraggle Rock, BABAR, Encyclopedia Brown (no relation to Encyclopedia, which was friggin' great!), and Tintin. <p> For many of us, if any of us, it was our first exposure to the character, who predated Johnny Quest, James Bond, and Indiana Jones. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Spielberg namedropped Tintin in those INdy story conferences on mysteryman's blog. <p> <p>Anyway, Tintin was a kickass show, for its time. Serious in a way no other show was before it, until Batman The Animated Series. Still, a great show, and a clear translation from the comics. Here's the opening: <p>Cool, huh? No? <p>Screw you, then. Anyway, those who'd like to know more (and you're cool, btw) can check this out: <p>The closest thing to doing a show like this, tapping into such a wellspring of history, would be doing a Jack Kirby Fourth World series (which was technically the last season of Justice League), or The Spirit (which is technically what Frank Miller did. But with humans). <p>Ah, screw it. Here's, for all intents and purposes, the whole damn series: <p>Enjoy, and educate yourself before opening your tech-mouth. <p>Stop hatin'! Nivek out.

  • March 17, 2009, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Amen. BABAR and TINTIN fucking ruled.


  • March 17, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST

    And who does tintin appeal to anyway?

    by southafricanguy

    I just cant see todays fantasy/magic (harry potter,lotr) and sci-fi/anime (transformers, star wars) obessed kids and teens (and maybe even young adults) getting all that into this. I like Tintin but its fairly old fashioned with its major strenghs being story and character. Im not sure todays youth audiance would really give a shit about this. And you know by making it mo-cap many adults wont be too intersted. I love zemekis's movies, but these last three mo-cap movies had thier points of interest and were entertaining to a degree, but when you compare the animation to Pixar or really good cgi like ilm,weta or Digital domain, it just does nt look that good

  • March 17, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    I really wonder if the appeal of Tintin will be mostly to

    by southafricanguy

    an older audiance. It would be interesting to see if im wrong. Maybe it would depend on how its marketed...but we know Spielbergs name is nt the draw it once was..

  • March 17, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Tintin the cartoon appeals to me. It was great.


    MOCAP Tintin by these two knuckleheads? No fucking thanks.

  • March 17, 2009, 1:02 a.m. CST

    How old are you Danny just for interests sake

    by southafricanguy

    im curious what age group finds the cartoon, or tintin in general appealing

  • March 17, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST

    late 20s


  • March 17, 2009, 1:20 a.m. CST

    hhmm..same as me then.

    by southafricanguy

  • March 17, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    well like you i remembe rthe cartoon from my childhood

    by southafricanguy

    and i had all the books. But as i said, im not sure tintin will appeal to kids and teens dude. Its very ordinary and old fashioned compared to what young genre fans are into these days. So it doesnt help that tintin is so unknown worldwide either. Also have any of the mo-cap animated movies been really big hits? As far as I know the answer is no. And as I said Spielberg's name by itself stopped being enough to make a movie huge quite some time ago

  • March 17, 2009, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Spielberg needs to fuck off!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi


  • March 17, 2009, 1:29 a.m. CST



  • March 17, 2009, 1:30 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy -- I agree. It is simple.


    But that theme. never left my head. All these years later its still pumping me up.

  • March 17, 2009, 1:37 a.m. CST

    I don't like a lot of CG, but I get it.


    I understand the situations where it needs to exist. MOCAP-- no fucking purpose whatsoever. If you wanna do 100% green screen environments, fine. You're fucking stupid....but whatever. Polar Express would have been a much stronger film with real people in green screen environments. Again, I just don't fucking get the purpose of MOCAP. Nearly photorealistic humans that move realistically like real people and look like the actors playing them.....but they're not real...why? FUCK OFF with that nonsense. Like you said southafrican, these are simple stories from simpler times. This shit should have felt a lot like Young Indiana Jones. Casting Billy Elliot was a solid choice. So show me the real fucking guy.....not some stupid ass demonic marionette. FUCK!!

  • March 17, 2009, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Tintin the Animated Series

    by onezeroone

    I remember watching that one. I doubt if messers Spielberg and Jackson will come close to it. Reading Tintin you get a very good idea of how it must have inspired Indiana Jones. I remember watching Indy4 and wondering if Mutt was being setup as a Tintin type character.<p> Tintin has always had a certain politically incorrect world-view, not sure if it would do well with current PC mania permeating every walk of life.

  • March 17, 2009, 2:11 a.m. CST

    GEt the animated DVD:

    by onezeroone

  • March 17, 2009, 2:18 a.m. CST


    by 1978CreepyThinMan

    But, honestly, who the fuck cares AT ALL about TinTin? I've been reading about this project for a few years now and there is almost ZERO anticipation for this. But if we were getting Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion people would be foaming at the gash for it.

  • March 17, 2009, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Tintin sucks....

    by MorganLeafy

    that's why it is being adapted by hacks like Spielberg and Jackson. Please Hollywood, we would rather have another superhero movie and a reboot two weeks later

  • March 17, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST


    by southafricanguy

    Well unlike a lot of geeks/genre fans i dont mind cgi as long as its damn good (davy jones, gollum, T-1000, T-Rex etc..) And like you I get that it is the only way to present many things that cant be done any other way, and that includes very fast, kinetic movement and action (something that is a huge limitation with animatronics, and hence the use of Cgi for Avatar)But I agree with you about Tintin and Mocap. Mocap must be the most useless thing ever. Why not just do tintin live action then? And it doesnt help that there is always a dead eye look to all the people in Mo-cap animated movies. i liked monster house, but i always kept thinking how much cooler it would have bben as a live action movie instead.

  • March 17, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST



    Spielberg just doesn't seem to age much. Weird.

  • March 17, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Who's directing the first one? Spielberg?

    by Knuckleduster

    Great. That means we'll probably never get to see the Jackson one. I'd rather see his.

  • March 17, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Hey, Southafricanguy.

    by Knuckleduster

    Where are you from? I thought I was the only South African here.

  • March 17, 2009, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Hollywood is populated by poisonous, bitter cunts

    by Ray Gamma

    who type hateful messages on websites every day, wishing failure on everything they'll never be lucky enough to be involved with.

  • March 17, 2009, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Fucking your ass in 2009

    by goldenage

    I adore seeing (lets face it -mostly) Americans piss their pants over the fact that two respected directors would make a labour of love project rather than come to AICN and base their future creativity around what you WANT them to do.<p> Bitch and whine, cry like babies, predict box-office based on your pathetic little world view that doesn’t reach the edge of your home state and your idea of what makes good cinema that barely reaches your bedroom door. <p> Continue to scream CHRISTIAN BALE as ideal casting for everything and pretend that the self induldgent twat who made Titanic and had Arnie give a "thumbs-up" at the end of T2 is going to "fuck your eyeballs" any time soon. You are slavering retards of the highest order and I beg you to continue as it gives the rest of us such a sweet sense of superiority. Sometimes I feel so far above you dumb cunts I actually get a little hard.

  • March 17, 2009, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Some of you cunts are shamefully fucking ignorant

    by Droid

    Do you have to know what Tintin is? No. But if you don't then fuck off to one of the fifteen thousand Watchmen talkbacks.

  • March 17, 2009, 4:45 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    The last truly great film Zemeckis made was Back to the Future. 24 years ago.

  • March 17, 2009, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Is the argument essentially...

    by Lone Fox

    'It will fail because Americans don't read so much'. Yes, thought so. As for Watchmen underperforming, in comparison to what? All those other rated-18 superhero movies? Ahh, right, so... in comparison to itself. Can't compare it to Dark Knight, the theaters were filled with 12 year olds.

  • March 17, 2009, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Tintin is popular in every part of the western world...

    by Droid

    except for America. <p>If you want to talk BO, two-thirds of overall box office is from international. For example, Hancock made about $620m overall. $220m was from America. Mamma Mia made about $150m in America yet made $600 overall. To name jsut two with international appeal. <p>American box office has become increasingly less important. Spielberg and Jackson know this. They're not stupid. But you dumbshits think you know more than two guys worth billions.

  • March 17, 2009, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Motion Capture

    by Fortunesfool

    Isn't film just captured motion. What twat thought up that high-tech name.

  • March 17, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST

    For those who say "WTF is Tintin?"

    by TheBigLebowsky

    The Tintin adventures have sold about 200 OOO OOO around the world and have been translated in more than a 100 languages and dialects. The world doesn't revolve around the US, guys. It's time to grow up and take a few steps outside your house and garden, there's a whole new world for you, waiting to be discovered.

  • March 17, 2009, 5:05 a.m. CST

    I meant...

    by TheBigLebowsky

    200 000 000 books.

  • March 17, 2009, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Its freaking Tim und Struppi...

    by Dreamseller

    I always thought it was RINTINTIN.

  • March 17, 2009, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Tintin not cool enough for americans? WTF?

    by TheManBehindTheMask

    As a kid I always thought that a young reporter having great adventures around the world was a lot more interesting, and cool, than most american superheroes bullshit (with all due respect).Of course I am french. Let's start the bashing, I don't care. However I understand those who said that the motion capture angle is not their thing. I'll wait and see the first pictures to say if I am really hyped or not.

  • March 17, 2009, 6:05 a.m. CST

    The people who say this will flop.

    by Mr Gorilla

    Great to see that you know more about what is a hit and what is a flop than the man who made Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders, ET, Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds etc. Oh, by the way, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which I'm sure you guys thought was a terrible failure - it made 780 million dollars worldwide.

  • March 17, 2009, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Spielberg off the boil?

    by Mr Gorilla

    And another thing: He may never hit the heights of Jaws, Raiders and ET again, but for my money MUNICH and CATCH ME IF YOU CAN were totally fabulous films.

  • March 17, 2009, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Jackson's KING KONG, on the other hand...

    by Mr Gorilla

    ...for all its praise by countless geeks (and critics who wanted to use it as a way of dethroning Lucas and Spielberg) - Jackson's KING KONG was a horrible bore. It has already been consigned to the same scrapheap as the De Laurentis remake.

  • March 17, 2009, 6:19 a.m. CST

    There's a brilliant two hour King Kong hidden...

    by Droid

    somewhere within that bloated mess.

  • March 17, 2009, 6:38 a.m. CST


    by 1978CreepyThinMan

  • March 17, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Spielberg doing mo-cap. It is the END.

    by ricarleite

    The END of good films as we know it.

  • March 17, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST


    by southafricanguy

    No, sorry dude you are not the only South African here. I from Cape Town, you? But im currently living in South Korea.

  • March 17, 2009, 7:03 a.m. CST


    by southafricanguy

    By the way would that self-indulgent twat label also apply to Peter Jackson? What exactly is spending millions of a studois money to make your dream project, a i hour 30 min movie that he changed into 3 hours (much of it pointless scenes between Jimmy and the black dude that goes nowhere) and refuse to cut out all that pointless shit to make a tighter cut (which the movie badly needed imho, but i know many agree)for the studio? What is that exactly if not self-indulgent? Oh and if we are going to do comparisons, when Jackson creates something himself that is massively popular and becomes an iconic part of pop culture, as opposed to always adapting the work of geniuses (lotr, king kong, tintin, halo) then we can talk..

  • March 17, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Lets not forget that Universal footed the massive bill

    by southafricanguy

    to make the most expensive movie of all time, and took all the risk (Jackson would have been paid even if the movie was a giant bomb) paid him the highest fee ever paid to any director living or dead. And gave him final cut. And he just refused to make a tighter cut, all so he could what exactly? Oh thats right indulge himself...

  • March 17, 2009, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Motion Capture movies are here to stay

    by Movietool

    The technology simply holds too much promise for it to go away as a "trend." I agree it hasn't been used to make a good movie yet, but it will. And I feel obligated to remind everyone that Gollumn was a MoCap performance, and did not suffer at all from dead-eye syndrome. <p>While you're at it, why don't you explain to us all why "talkies" will never make it.

  • March 17, 2009, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Oh, and yeah, King Kong was a mess.

    by Movietool

    Miscast. Over-long. Self-indulgent. Jackson, for all that he's given us geeks, deserves to take his licks for that one.

  • March 17, 2009, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Oh and for all those getting angry about those saying

    by southafricanguy

    Tintin will fail...I have never said that, i have only questioned wether it can appeal to the youth audiance of today. Which lets face it guys wether we like it or not, any property pretty much has to to become a massive hit. I know Tintin, had all the books etc..And as I pointed out mo-cap has not been hugely successful at the bo yet. That does not in any way mean that i know better than Spielberg or Jackson (both talented guys obvously), im simply wondering about these issues. To be honest I dont care what Spielberg chooses to do anymore. Indy 4 was so depressing that I feel (just my opinion) that Spielberg is a very different director nowadays. And im just getting sick of the infinite remakes/adaptations/reboots/prequals one takes risks anymore on a damn thing (Jackson at least had the balls to risk it all on lotr, but that still had a massive worldwide fanbase so you could argue that it would have made money anyway, just not anywhere as much if they had nt been so good.

  • March 17, 2009, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Which also just for the record, that is why i respect

    by southafricanguy

    Cameron, ass that he may be, for being the only director making huge budget movies to risk it all on a damn risky project. And to be trying to actually give us something we have never seen. I like Tintin, but ive read all the books several times, and ive seen all the episodes of the animated series. So while this interests me, im not dying in anticipation of it.

  • March 17, 2009, 7:26 a.m. CST

    southafricanguy re: "adapting the work of geniuses"

    by Droid

    While Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, Braindead, Heavenly Creatures, Forgotten Silver (a genius fake doco that had everyone fooled) or The Frighteners might not have entered the fabled "iconic part of pop culture" that you so obviously covet but they are well known and loved by the geek community. <p>To infer that Jackson only adapts others work is bullshit. <p>Zach Snyder on the other hand...

  • March 17, 2009, 7:26 a.m. CST


    by southafricanguy

    cant speak for anyone else here, but I was talking only about mo-cap animation movies ala eowulf,monster house, polar express etc.. not everyhting that has used mo-cap for cgi characters in a live action film

  • March 17, 2009, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Seeing as I'm one of the few who actually has read Tintin...

    by Dragon Man

    I wouldn't bet against this working. The original stories were high adventure with the odd fantasy or supernatural element thrown in. Depending on what story they're adapting, this could be a lot of fun.

  • March 17, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST


    by southafricanguy

    it was not my point realy that he has done nothing original, more useing it as a way of pointing out that you cant trash one great director and then act like the others shit does nt stink. And its not that I covert iconic pop culture either. But beloved by the geek community does nt make a director great any more than a director making hugely successful movies (Like Bay for example)Neither quality can be measured as the only yardstick by which greatness can be measured.

  • March 17, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST


    by Amity75

    was always just Popeye for homosexuals.

  • March 17, 2009, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Christ you guys are negative

    by The Amazing G

    can we maybe give this a fucking chance please? there's no guarantee it'll fucking bomb, it's Spielberg and Jackson for Christ's sake, that fact alone means it's not going to BOMB

  • March 17, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST

    and as far as the CGI mo-cap thing goes

    by The Amazing G

    I'm not a fan of it, I agree that Robert Zemeckis needs to lay off it, with things like the Polar Express and Beowulf he just tried to make the actors look as real as possible, so why not just use real actors? I'd love for him to reunite with Bob Gale and make another comedy ala Used Cars or Back To The Future, but I digress anyway the CGI mo-cap in Monster House worked better because the characters were more cartoony and with Tintin I remember reading that they're gonna do a similar thing where instead of just turning everyone into CGI they're gonna make them look like the comic, in other words stylized and I can certainly give that a CHANCE /rant

  • March 17, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    My 2 favourite directors are making a film!!

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    How can I not be excited? <p>Lots hope for some Tin Tin fucking our eyeballs soon <p>Plus its got Tim Beesley in it! How can it not rock?

  • March 17, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    What a weird fucking talkback...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...So many anti tin tin folk. Its a good kids book. Spielberg and Jackson have made some very good kids films. Its perfectly suited to motion capture, and especially perfectly suited to Spielberg. Why all the hate? Are you all jews still pissed at Herge?

  • March 17, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Danny, I guess its just meant to look animated...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...It kind of worked for Monster House. In Zemeckis's films it felt strange because, well, they should have been live action. This is probably meant to mimic the look of the books.

  • March 17, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST

    This bullshit

    by OptimusCrime

    This bullshit is about a French crime fighting dog or some such fuckery. I don't care who is directing it, it will be shit and I will not go.<P>Also, Jackson and Spielberg have lost a lot of cachet with me over King Kong and Indy 4, respectively. Stupid French dogs...

  • March 17, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST


    by damned

    you absolutely loved Fellowship and Two Towers, but according to you Return of the King was such a departure from the previous two that it's garbage? uhhh ok? Maybe you and I saw a different film, but Return of the King is just as strong and compelling as FOTR and TTT.

  • March 17, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    DICKBLOOD and the other simpletons Re: MOCAP

    by slone13

    <p>Your MOCAP ignorance is astounding. Go watch Disney's 1940 classic Pinocchio. No "nearly photorealistic humans that move realistically like real people and look like the actors playing them" anywhere in the film. Not a bit of "dead eyed CGI" to be seen, either. That's MOCAP used well. The fact that you keep citing Polar Express as your example proves your complete lack of knowledge on the subject.</p> <p>You should know what you're talking about before you shoot your mouth off. Then you wouldn't look like such complete morons. Class dismissed.</p>

  • March 17, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by LightninBolt

    I totally agree about ROTK. The original Fellowship cut was very good (although Legolas, Rivendell and the shakey cam suck massively) but ROTK and much of TTT are disastrous. WAY overconfident with the material, utter cheese, dull as a computer game intro. FAIL

  • March 17, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Keep moaning

    by BigusDikus

    AMERICAN'T's...Keep your negative whines going. That way even more great movie makers will be moving to other countries where their talents and ideas will actually be appreciated. You all do realise that New Zealand is now home to Big Jim Cameron, Speilberg AND Del Toro. Wonder why that is? They won't be tje last to flee your negativity, either. (You can keep Lucas, tho.)

  • March 17, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    German Shepherds

    by Jesiah

    That's what I think of everytime I read the title Tintin, as in Rin Tin Tin, K9 Cop, cuz I never heard of this tintin crap before aicn. And now because of the bowler hat part of the title of this article I think of the Riddler, who wore a bowler hat at least in the 90's cartoon which leads me to think of Johnny Depp since there's all these rumors he'll be Riddler in Dark Knight II (fuck that Batman III bullshit). We should have Johnny Depp in a movie with a German Sheperd. God knows he's been in enough movies with Tim Burton's dog of a wife. Seriously, since Hollywood is so reboot crazy somebody make a reboot of Turner & Hooch with Johnny Depp as Hooch. And you know damn well he'd do it too.

  • March 17, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST


    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    HBO's TINTIN, btw, was a show the network made a huge deal promoting ... before the first episode aired. They talked about adapting the whole saga of TINTIN, about how they were going to open up this character to America and make people understand what they were missing, how kids in the US never got a chance to see it. As soon as the first episode aired, however, all promotion stopped, because it was a stunningly low-rated show for HBO and was quickly dropped from their kids' schedule and re-aired in the very early morning until it was removed. In other words, despite all the promotion and talent involved, NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON OF ANY NOTE WATCHED IT. BECAUSE AMERICA DOESN'T CARE ABOUT TINTIN. I don't think people are negative about TINTIN. What they are ... is hurt by the constant hatred of the American public toward anything "new" or "different" or "genre," (see the hatred by the general public toward WATCHMEN - or, rather, downright ambivalence to one of the greatest genre stories ever) and want to hit back a little bit when they hear people saying "This thing is gonna be AWESOME!" Becasue no matter how awesome it is, people won't go. We're just preparing ourselves for the eventual pain of being reminded how much the average person despises anything unique or creative.

  • March 17, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Uh bigusdickus

    by southafricanguy

    you do know that New Zealand is not home to those directors. Cameron has only filmed half in NZ, the othe rhalf was filmed in Playa Vista, Los Angeles, (and remembe rthat Digital Domain, microsoft and Stan winston studios are all working on Avatar, not just weta). Spielberg is keeping his ass seated where it is. The tintin stuff is just being sent to him to edit etc.. and you realize he wont make other movies there just as a matter of course. Del toro just moved there to make the hobbit. You think he will just never make a movie in eastern europe again?

  • March 17, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Sinupret for Kids

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Give it to someone you love.

  • March 17, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST

    and by the way dude...there is negativity about

    by southafricanguy

    everything on this site, ok? about every director, every franchise, every future movie etc.. Please try to remember that the opinions on this site do not actually reflect the general publics, in any country. Please dont delude yourself into buying into too much of what gets said on this site. Oh..and please dont ignore certain factual info just to bend things to your own personal poit of view. It makes no difference where directors make movies, they are all ultimatly still Hollywood movies becos thats were all the money is and thats where all the money goeas my friend.

  • March 17, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST


    by BigusDikus

    Southafricanguy, Speilberg bought a house just down the road from where I live. I saw him at the supermarket the other day. (He had skim milk and organic bananas, and was complaining cos they didn't have kosher sausages.) So there. Plus, American's are pretty much negative about anything that isn't American. This is a well known fact throughout the world, (except America). Finally, they may all be Hollywood movies, or now, but we all know where the money's coming from: it's China. Am I right, folk's?

  • March 17, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST


    by Jesiah

    The last sentence of your post says it all. What do you think of it Johnny Depp? "Arf!" Damn that guy's a good actor.

  • March 17, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST


    by Arcadian Del Sol

    "I dont know what TINTIN is. Here's a link."<p> If your article distills down to "I dont know what this is..." then maybe you shouldn't be the one writing about it.

  • March 17, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Actually DeLaurenti's King Kong...

    by kershner far more entertaining than Jackson's. I have read most of Tintin books and I used to watch the animated series when I was a kid. As someone said, there is a market there. What I doubt is that they're capable of making something entertaining and decent. They both nuked the fridge with their last works.

  • March 17, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I walked out of Watchmen...

    by Azlam Orlandu's not that it was bad. I just didn't find a damn thing that hooked me or made me give a shit about anyone in the film. I'm of course going to give it another chance, that's why I got my $8.00 back. I'll recipricate, I promise.

  • March 17, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Quick word about Crystal Skull

    by Mr Gorilla

    A friend of mine saw it. She's not a geek. She didn't have a CLUE what was going to happen in the film. Consequently, she loved it! Surprise 1: Russians are the baddies - great! Surprise 2: Marion is back! GREAT. When has THAT been done before? I don't remember Roger Moore getting back into bed with a wrinkly Jane Seymour in Eyes Only. Surprise 3: the Mayan/UFO thing. Fantastic. She was aware of the two being connected, so it all made sense. ALL IN ALL, of COURSE it's not as good as the first one, or maybe even the third one, but, being a non-spoiled viewer, she enjoyed it much more than most of the whiners. IF YOU WANT A FILM TO BE A SURPRISE, LIKE IT WAS INTENDED TO BE, DON'T READ SPOILERS, DON'T WATCH TRAILERS, DON'T EVEN GIVE THE POSTER TO HARD A LOOK. I promise it's worth it.

  • March 17, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Motion Capture

    by mukhtabi

    Is filmmaking in its purest technological form. You do no true cutting or editing until you've shot EVERYTHING and painted it beautifully using the mo-cap computer system. You literally pick and choose the very finest angles, blocking, action, emotion that is provided. That the eyes seem dead now is but only a short term hiccup. That too will be corrected. Personally I'm greatly surprised Peter Greenaway - there's a filmmaking legend for you - hasn't gotten a mo-cap project off the ground yet. I would love to use it for all sorts of stuff in years to come. Also, have read up many tin-tin adventures now, and can honestly say while most of my fellow Americans might not care for this, this is going to be 500 million across the globe business, at least. This is the best, strangest kid stuff I've read in a long time. It does not talk down to children. It's perfect for the entire family. This is the best thing to happen to whichever studios are bankrolling it. Sheesh I wish I had money to invest, cuz I'd want in on this too.

  • March 17, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    It was made for 120 and marketed for 40 million. If they leave it in the Box Office through April, it will likely make 140. If they present the full definitive cut this summer it will make a further 80- 150. I suspect it will prove perfectly profitable by the time they roll out the definitive blu-ray and DVD properties, since Fox isn't entitled to those monies. Not that I particularly care as I've seen this cut twice, plan on a third viewing with the gf, and then will see the definitive one if its released at least twice more. Not angry at all, or defensive. I'm not making any money on this, but boy am I gonna spend it.

  • March 17, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST

    "I've never heard of 'E.T.', therefor I have no interest in it--

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    --and it will bomb." That's what some of you sound like. Must EVERYTHING made today be something you've already heard of and be familiar with? You bitch a lot about remakes and unoriginal ideas for people who won't see anything they aren't already sold on. (Some of you anyway!)

  • March 17, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    To QUINT

    by Gorgomel

    This video was not for a Tintin convention but for Angouleme Festival which is held each year and give awards to the best comic books. So, it is already a few month old but still pleasant to watch especially with the two directors doing some very bad impersonation of the Thompson and Thomson. (Dupont & Dupond in french) ^^

  • March 17, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Here, Here, Spymunk

    by NivekJ

    Sometimes, hate is its own punishment. I remember I was such an "Anchorman" fan, that I hated on Talladega Nights because it was so different from Anchorman. <P>And THEN I hated on Borat, because he was the French dude in Talladega. Saw both on friend's PS3; what a fucking idiot was I! <p>Some muthafuckers just gotta iceskate uphill, y'know? Americans get what's coming to them (ignorance) if they keep shutting their eyes to anything new and adventurous. <p>Too bad Tintin, and animation in general (and science fiction in general), pays the price.

  • March 17, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by RainesMaker

    does it have aliens in it?

  • March 17, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST Tintin isn't the's the guy with weird eyes?

    by Darth Macchio

    Ok..kidding but seriously. Tintin to me was always like a more mature version of Scooby Doo (less people and less goofy but same concept: Man with dog travels around solving mysteries and getting into adventures). I know calling Tintin a more mature Scooby-Doo turns me instantly into the Ugly American Asshole® as I'm not shitting sunshine and happiness into my pants over this property but take things a little into context before you go either apeshit on people complaining about the properties unfamiliarity (like it or not, this actually matters) or people wishing to see P&J do something more 'well known' than Tintin.<p>And saying stupid shit like "You never heard of Star Wars prior to '77!!" is just illogical. The whole point is exactly that! Tintin HAS been around for decades (30 plus years right?) and yet, it is still a relatively unknown property in the states. Does that equal suck? Of course it doesn't! But does it equal high US attendance? Very unlikely. But maybe I'm biased due to that Asshole American thing. Freedom fries and all that notwithstanding.<p>Indeed, I don't think people are saying it's going to suck because it's unknown but that it's going to flop because it's unknown. Much like Watchmen took a huge dive in it's second week (notice I didn't say flop?). We all know it and love's been mad fodder for TB's for months at this point! But the general movie going audience is not familiar with it and this might explain some of it's fall after the opening weekend.<p>I'm sure I've read some sci-fi none of you have ever heard of, does that mean shit in any way to anybody, ever? NO!<p>If Tintin manages to be a success in the states, it will be a very unlikely event but even then, I really do hope it does well...if for no other reason than to make Europeans question their prejudices against the average American film-goer.

  • March 17, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    LOL, Mr. Gorilla...

    by Motoko Kusanagi, sir, are full of shit. A friend of yours saw and enjoyed the epic trainwreck called "Indy Jones and the Kingdom of Kristel's Skull Fuck" ? Dump her.<p>And please add the following to Spielberg's ever growing list of fuckups:<p>- A.I.<p>- Jurassic Park 2<p>- Always <p>- Hook<p> - Minority Report<p>-<p>And don't forget blinding mediocrity like The Terminal, Saving Private Ryan, Amistad and 1941.

  • March 17, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    This is one of the first things I remember HATING

    by Autodidact

    One of the earliest things I remember is being stuck in a kids' playroom at the hockey rink when I was a little kid and my whole family would go away for my dad's OldTimer hockey tournaments. We were set in front of a bunch of Tin-Tin cartoons and the feeling of crushing boredom has still not left me. I'm turning 33 years old next month and to this day when I think "boring" an image of this stupid cartoon pops up in my head.

  • March 17, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Have a look at Boro Tin Tin on Youtube!

    by connor187

    A group of lads from Middlesbrough (Thats in the north east of England for you Yanks) have dubed some scenes from the cartoons and well they are funny as fuck. Check them out.

  • March 17, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    by connor187

    The easy option.

  • March 17, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Motion Capture is good in limited amounts.

    by Orbots Commander

    It's great for bringing to life hyper real characters (Gollum, Kong) transposed into a real world setting. But movies using all motion capture? An exercise in pointlessness. For frick's sake, Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig are good actors; why on earth will Spielberg and Jackson hide them behind CG bodies and dead doll eyes? It's inconceivable.

  • March 17, 2009, 12:53 p.m. CST

    King Kong Phantom Edit

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Has anyone done this? I think the problem is instead of interspersing character and action, they had one boring hour of character then two boring hours of action. What to do?

  • March 17, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Thunderbolt Ross

    by Orbots Commander

    I bet the way to go is to use the 1933 Kong as a model. Cut PJ's Kong down to around 90 minutes. The whole voyage on the ship, along with the Jamie Bell plot is pointless. Even the canyon bug attack, while a great action scene is extraneous. I can see why it was left on the drawing board in the original.

  • March 17, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    You would think Spielberg and Jackson would join forces on something a little more interesting. Like the life story of Christian Bale (Peace be with Him).

  • March 17, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    makes me sleepy.

  • March 17, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    that´s how europe feels most of the time

    by AdzonVonMelk

    you don´t know about TINTIN? wonder, why the jack-berg makes a movie out of this? well folks, that is exactly, what most of europeans felt the last several years. watchmen?? x-men??iron-man, well at least heard about this one, but why are these americans so hot about it?? but eventually, some cool movies about this characters landed in our cinemas, and some of us even started to love them. but honestly: no one here was into that comic-history like the geeks on this site have been. it more felt like TINTIN and the jack-berg for you. so give it a chance, could be cool, that is my advice.

  • March 17, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Who are these dangleberries slating Jackson's Kong?

    by TurdontheRun

    Peter Jackson's Kong was actually pretty damn good and, in parts , brilliant. It just needed some of the fat trimed off it. If he'd had until summer 2006 we would have seen a radiaclly tightened and improved cut, I'll bet. I heard that the theatrical version was actually a rough cut, and because of Jackson's clout, and because the studio wanted it out for christmas, they just said to leave it as it was. that could just be a bullshit rumour, but who knows?also, he shouldn't have cut the swamp sequence either. cut out some of the guff on the ship at the beginning , put in a few scenes, tidy up the effects on that bronto sequence, rearrange a few things, get rid of most of those slo-mo parts - et voila, near masterpiece. <p> Skinny PJ looks scary. Don't really care for Tin Tin, but I bet Jackson does the better movie. Spielberg is burned out on this kind of stuff now.

  • March 17, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    I'll give it a chance.

    by Dr. Strangelove

    My knowledge of Tintin borders on zero, but I know there's enough talent between Spielberg & Jackson to turn even FAMILY CIRCUS into a masterpiece of modern cinema. Bring it.

  • March 17, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Europeans don't know about Watchmen?!

    by Darth Macchio

    Serious? I mean both of the authors are English I believe (I know Moore is). You guys don't know Marvel in the same ways that we don't know Tintin? Seriously? I'm not trying to be a jackass but somehow I doubt that Europeans are as unfamiliar with Watchmen and Marvel/DC comics as Americans are of Tintin. Don't forget that, occasionally, Americans have got some serious blinders on when it comes to non-American properties (as you describe) but yet "American" movies do very well overseas (I believe Superman Returns actually did better internationally than it did in the states).<p>I'm sure there are those Europeans who've never heard of X-Men, Watchmen, etc, but I'd be willing to bet serious coin that far more of us know less of your properties than you do of ours. Doesn't mean shit in terms of quality obviously and I'm not saying that this means Tintin should be ignored, on the contrary, if it is as good as so many say it is (outside of motion capture - totally creepy and not in a good way) and it does kick ass in the states, then everybody wins right?

  • March 17, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    WhinyNegativeBitch -- I agree.


    Monster House was a good use of mocap. And that one stupid cunt slone does have a bit of a point. Mocap itself (to capture real movement) can be used well and Monster House is a prime example. I have no problem with using the technology to capture realistic motion if it is applied to a cartoony character. Thats fine. Its when they do the Beowulf bullshit and try to make it look as real as possible that pisses me the fuck off and feels like an absolute waste of time. I suppose we are all jumping ahead of ourselves, because we don't know which way they will go with the animation style here. I just have a feeling it will be the realistic human look. Otherwise, why all the mocap talk? Generally when this is brought up these days they are speaking of the Polar Express type bullshit which can fuck off.

  • March 17, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    I hear mention of a Kong phantom edit in the works....


    ....a few months back.

  • March 17, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    "And that one stupid cunt slone"

    by The Amazing G

    would that perhaps be a reference to me Mr. Dickblood? :)

  • March 17, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    hey Motoko

    by The Amazing G

    you EPIC FAIL, Minority Report and Saving Private Ryan are both great, what hookah are you puffing?

  • March 17, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Amazing G -- not you brother.....


    slone13<p> Hence the "Cunt slone" line. <p>

  • March 17, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Motoko. I feel bad when I pick on you.


    You seem like an okay dude. I don't hate you. You're just another one of those guys that can only be friends with those that agree with them 100%. <p>A.I. is a motherfucking masterpiece. <P>IMO the only misstep The Berg has ever had in his career is KOTCS. He's made some dull shit, sure. But I wouldn't never say something like The Terminal was a bad film. It just didn't need Spielberg. <P>Amistad is boring, I agree. But its not bad. <P>He can make dull films for the rest of his life and thanks to Empire of the Sun, The Color Purple, and A.I. -- no director will ever touch a hair on his fucking balls. I like more of his films than that-- but those 3 fist fuck the entire filmography of any other director in history.

  • March 17, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    but why then Danny...

    by The Amazing G

    do you say Spielberg should "drop dead"? even if you think KOTCS is terrible that seems a bit harsh and certainly you would want to see if maybe he can make a comeback right?

  • March 17, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    I don't really want him to drop dead.


    When I say "Drop Dead" its my extra special way of saying "Fuck Off." <p>I have a lot of love for The Berg. Buts its gonna take me a long long long long long time to forgive him for KOTCS. There is no fucking excuse for that behavior.

  • March 17, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    uh Danny...what about the lost world? There is no defence

    by southafricanguy

    for that movie, one of the laziest, sloppiest sequals ever made. Spielberg must have literally been asleep while doing that. Oh and how about always? Pure sentimental schmaltz. Or what about Hook? Which the berg has even admitted that he made a huge mistake with that. And lets not forget indy 4, god im sorry..i wanted to love a new indy movie, but geez it was just bad...None of this of course changes the simple fact that Spielberg has always been a film genius. You only need to look at et, first three indys, empire of the sun, minority report, munich, spr, first jp to know this. But his filmpgraphy is nt close to being beyond criticism..Fuck every director has done something bad.

  • March 17, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I don't dislike Lost World.


    I don't understand the complaints. I think the daughter is annoying, gymnastics raptor kick sucks, Vince Vaughn is his usual annoying self, why is his daughter so black? All that shit. <p>But the action sequences are great (trailer over cliff is fucking fantastic/ raptor chase in tall grass, etc.) Goldblum kicks ass in it. Always love Postlewait. Williams safari/trek more tribal original score is great. I like that so much of it is at night. CG is top notch. Baby T-Rex shit is cool. <P>The San Diego end is a little weird to me, only because I don't like the idea that the whole world knows dinosaurs are alive and well. Just takes the magic away. <p>For me, the replay value of Lost World is still high.

  • March 17, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    And I have discussed my love for Hook before.


    I don't understand whats not to like about it. Its fucking fantastic and just as magical today as the day I first saw it. <p> That "You are The Pan," moment when Ruffio bows down and Peter holds up the sword. Fucking awesome. Amazing visuals. Great acting all around. Williams and Hoffman are perfect. Probably my favorite Williams score. It fucking destroys the newer Pan with that faggy kid with a lisp. <p>There is only one moment of that film I don't like, and thats that stupid cell phone quick draw at the beginning. Other than that....marvelous.

  • March 17, 2009, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Well then Danny you are more forgiving than

    by southafricanguy

    me when it comes that movie. We will just have to agree to disagree dude. One thing I do hate about spielberg for a number of years now is that he so often uses david koepp to write his scripts. Why? his stuff is so fucking unimaginative and minimalist. He just tries to make everything small scale. That is if he is nt stealing from better writers (indy 4+spiderman)

  • March 17, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST

    JESIAH...whoopdie fucking doo...yes

    by southafricanguy

    because no very famous or wealthy people have home sall over the world *sarcasm mode deactivated* Look dude, whatever...if it makes you happy to believe that NZ is now the "home" of all the big directors, then go for it. However if you would like alesson on how global business works, do yourself a favour and read upon the post industrial knowledge economy. And I dont think many here are negative about tintin, they either just dont know what it is, or it does nt interest them. Geez you know tintin is a great series of childrens books. But its also very old fashioned (not a bad thing) and kind of out of step with what young kids ae into now. So some are just wondering if it can be highly successful. Like any director you care to name, Jackson and Spielberg are not infallible and nor does their names gaurantee huge box office. Personally I think a tintin movie will do fairly well due to the large fan base worlwide.

  • March 17, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    But for myself as I grew up reading the books

    by southafricanguy

    and have seen the animated series, Im not that excited becuase im very familiar with it. And this movie is going to be an adaptation of things i have already read or seen. As I have stated earlier i am just sick of adaptations/remakes/reboots and prequals..

  • March 17, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST

    which are all so damn indicitive of how safe

    by southafricanguy

    Hollywood plays everything these days..

  • March 17, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Simon Pegg as Tin Tin.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Oh wait this is animated right? Well CG him in.

  • March 17, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    One of the directors said...

    by Ravetin

    ...the look of the film would be like photorealistic Herge characters moving around. Which kind of makes me wonder why they're using name actors for the MOCAP and not just voice work.

  • March 17, 2009, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Lost World-Poo poo.

    by Sal_Bando

    Ditto Hook.

  • March 17, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST


    by Hamtaro Hentai

    Count me in on the Hook love train. Yes the acting was very over the top, but it always seemed like that was on purpose.

  • March 17, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Tintin rocks!

    by BBSloth

    This is going to kick the arse of Watchmen

  • March 17, 2009, 8:46 p.m. CST


    by Hamtaro Hentai

    Everything is going to kick the ass of Watchmen. Forever. I'd rather watch Sex And The City than Watchmen again.

  • March 17, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by R L S

    Did you ever work at the Barnes and Noble in San Mateo, CA?

  • March 17, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Umm..saying this will kick watchmen's ass

    by southafricanguy

    is like saying the sky is blue. Would you like to make any other extremely obvious/pointless remarks? Dude the one is an expensive R rated movie full of violence, sex and death. With complex subtext to boot. Tintin is going to be an animated movie aimed at family audiances, that has little subtext (would nt want any pesky thinking to go on there now do we?) and just good,clean old fashion adventure

  • March 17, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    However that being said Im happy for all

    by southafricanguy

    the tintin/spielberg/jackson fans looking forward to this. I hope its as good as you want it to be. And i really mean that sincerely.

  • March 18, 2009, 1:17 a.m. CST

    R L S - Sorry, Not That Guy

    by NivekJ

    But wherever he is, wish him a Happy St. Paddy's Day!! <p>PEACE!

  • March 18, 2009, 2:49 a.m. CST

    tintin c'est de la merde

    by ludo

    As a child a grew up with Tintin. Now i read it a different way, where i see old outdated values and racism. The story telling has still a sort of charm though, that's the power of Hergé. Jackson and Spielberg are really making it into

  • March 18, 2009, 2:49 a.m. CST

    tintin c'est de la merde

    by ludo

    As a child a grew up with Tintin. Now i read it a different way, where i see old outdated values and racism. The story telling has still a sort of charm though, that's the power of Hergé. Jackson and Spielberg are really making it into

  • March 18, 2009, 2:59 a.m. CST

    by ludo

    sorry for the double post, something went wrong and i didn't even finished my sentence.

  • March 18, 2009, 5:31 a.m. CST

    wow Danny, I am truly suprised

    by The Amazing G

    I would've thought you were more of a hardass than that, but you like Hook, The Lost World and A.I. all of which are movies that get unfairly pooped on

  • March 18, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Darth Macchio

    by Pandas

    You are correct that American film versions of comic book characters are well known here. However, the comics themselves are not at all widely ready (by non-geeks I mean). For example, I can remember quite a number of people I know being appalled when Tim Burton's Batman film came out because it was serious and not true to the television show. I can remember others being perplexed that he couldn't fly, their knowledge of the character being so limited that they assumed that all superheroes did. To be fair, I am pretty much the only person I know out of my friends, office colleagues, aquaintences etc that reads comics at all. I can only speak for Britain rather than the whole of Europe, but I can pretty much guarantee that more people here (the general public I mean) had at least heard of Tintin than had heard of Watchmen until the film started being advertised, though they would probably have read neither. None of my friends had ever heard of Iron Man until the film came out either, let alone more obscure stuff. Of course we have comic book fans here (like me - I read Watchmen years ago), but they are really a small minority, probably even more so than in the states. When I was growing up I knew literally nobody who read American comics, we all read British kids comics and then some progressed to 2000AD while most stopped reading them altogether (mainstream British comics are very much aimed at kids). Having said that I probably only read a couple of Tintin books but it's still a very well known title here even if most people have probably never actually read it.

  • March 18, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    *"Read", not "ready"

    by Pandas

    Mumble, mumble, edit button, mumble.

  • March 18, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Spielberg has loved...

    by I AM ROCKO

    ...Tintin for yonks, so I still don't understand why he has gone the mo cap route with this as IT LOOKS FUCKING WEIRD, and also has shot the film in only 32 FUCKING DAYS...

  • March 18, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Why are talkbackers...

    by emteem

    ..always so concerned about box office success and whether or not people like or dislike the same things as them?

  • March 18, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by Darth Macchio

    Pretty much any American (states) I ask, "Have you heard of TinTin?" always follows by answering, "You mean Rin Tin Tin?" or they answer, "Nope, never heard of it". More to the point, barely any of my film geek friends have also heard of TinTin. Honestly, up until a few years ago I thought TinTin was the dog and that he was the center of the series.<p>Outside of the Pink Panther, which I loved, I only ever watched non-American cartoons from Japan (there were many) as that was what was actually on the tv and I loved it but I also watched a lot of Nickelodeon as a kid and also read those kid educational magazines (I forget the title, but it had 4 or 5 cell comics of Tintin and also Goofus and Gallant, etc) so I'm not completely unfamiliar with Tintin but it has never appealed to me even a little bit (it's like American kids playing with GI Joe figures compared to Playmobil figures...Playmobile sucked compared early GI Joe dolls/figures, etc. Tintin as a whole is probably great but compared to what I had available, it seemed awfully mundane, my opinion of course).<p> Beyond my own take, I don't think unfamiliarity is the only reason why Americans might give some lip to PJ&SS doing Tintin but more that we'd rather they be doing something else that we'd prefer to see instead of a relatively unknown comic book character. Oh and I was wrong, Tintin is over 80 years old! Seems to be more like your version of our 'Peanuts!' from Scultz minus the specific theme of detective/adventurer of the main character...(do you guys know about Peanuts? Charlie Brown?) Imagine if one of the most prominent European directors at the moment, let's say Danny Boyle, instead of doing a movie you guys might want him to do or one he was rumored as doing, or maybe something he'd be perfect for, he instead goes and does a movie version of an American comic that you've barely heard of much less watched or don't think some Europeans would at least go "Who the hell are the Peanuts?!?!" even just once? That certainly wouldn't mean Peanuts sucks as a comic/cartoon obviously! Anymore than people going "Who is this Tintin character" means we think it sucks....

  • March 18, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by LightninBolt

    I often wonder why the public care about box office (as the actual profit on most films theatrically is NOWHERE near the taking obviously) I guess it's a relevant measure of popularity and success - future projects etc. It is kind of fascinating as it's still unpredictable.<p>

  • March 19, 2009, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Give it a try overthere!

    by BangWolf

    I read through the comments and can't by no means understand all this hating. I'm from Germany and loved the Tintin Comics and cartoons(in Germany it's called "Tim & Struppi"). Everybody knows them around here (at least people of my age, I'm 22), no matter if boy or girl. They are really part of european pop-culture like other franko-belgian comics like e.g. "Asterix". Although many people here are unfimiliar with american comicbook-heroes as iron man and even spider-man (before the movies came out), people still go to watch them because they know it will be fun and classic-hollywood-popcorn-cinema. I personally loved the Watchmen movie, thought it was great but never heard of it before the first trailer hit the internet. But the majority of german moviegoers can't really handle it in other words don't know what to think of it. Because they don't get the references and so on. It will be out of the theathers next week or so, because nobody is going to watch it. In general people here aren't so excited about comics. They think you're a weirdo or something when you read them as an adult. The reason why I tell you all this is that I always thought the USA was a comic loving nation and that it would also embrace comics from other countries and cultures and I hope that the Tintin movie (if it turns out good) will be accepted and not turned down like Watchmen was here. As a kid I really LOVED the Indiana Jones Movies. I can't even express in words how much I loved them! And I can assure that Tintin feels much the same. They're fast paced, funny and thrilling adventure stories taking place in the first half of the 20th century all around the world. If you loved INDY you will probably also love TINTIN. I'm really looking forward what "Indy-Father" Spielberg is goign to make here. And about racism in the comics: You know most of the classic adventure stories are in a way racist (the way native people are portrayed an so on). Because it was all about discovering new places and wonders in the world. Even INDY is racist at some points. And the old republic series Indy is based sure are racist, too. But there never was any Nazi-propaganda or something in the tintin comics. Maybe there are some portrayals of ceratin caracters which seem political incorrect these days but nothing like praising nationalism or something.

  • March 19, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Hey bangwolf,

    by bobbofatz

    classy post man. You described a comic/movie experience intelligently and without insults. As an American, I get sick of the American bashing and the foreign property bashing. Dickblood you seem pretty logical and less coarse today. cool! Bitching and whining gets old quick.

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