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TINTIN appears at Cannes!


Hey folks, Harry here...   had an amazing day of Rehab, where I have apparently demonstrated radical recovery of 7 separate neurological areas of my spine, and as a result today has been filled with exploring just what all of that means.  That said, I come home and see this sitting in my email box - and now...  I'm just dying to see this Steven Spielberg / Peter Jackson jam project - It looks so f'n cool!  Here's who brought it to us:




Hi there!

this new pic has been spotted today at Cannes.

The film festival is about to open there and huge billboards about upcoming movies are rising up.

I think all Tintin lovers will be upset about this because the character barely uses a shotgun in the comic books.

Looks like Hollywood needs to sell this with the feeling of a big action flick. That's a shame...

Captain Iglo.

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  • May 11, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

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    TINTIN looks so cool at Cannes!

  • May 11, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Why excited?

    by weed4504

  • May 11, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    by weed4504

    It's the same picture that has been out for months in Empire magazine?

  • May 11, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Belgian bullshit

    by Goodplacetoshoveit

    No one should care. Hundreds of millions of dollars wasted.

  • May 11, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Forgive my spelling errors.

    by RobertoInfinite

  • May 11, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by Devilman666

    This movie should be Belgian, not American.. Hollywood is so desperate for franchises and ideas that they take Europeans and Asians franchises to film.. The Smurfs, Akira, Tintin... pffffff!

  • Let's hope some more "optimistic" material surfaces soon.

  • May 11, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    (and yes I know his name is Snowy)

    by golden tribw

  • Anybody seen any of the pre-existing Tintin cartoons? I think they ended up as a TV series about 18 years ago but I hardly remember.

  • May 11, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    I always pictured Mel Gibson as Tintin

    by tangcameo

    At least it would have made a good SNL sketch.

  • May 11, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Farewell, AICN

    by FluffyUnbound

    I have been an on-and-off user of this site for almost 15 years, but I think I now have to switch to permanently "off". I honestly don't mind viewing the ads here, guys, but if you're going to link to shitty ad servers that freeze the page for ten minutes while loading some asinine picture, your site is essentially going to be unusable. None of your doubleclick shit loads in a timely way, and that piece of shit picture server crashes my browser every time. This site has barely changed since 1999, guys. It shouldn't have anything on it that taxes the RAM of a late model computer. I know that the answer here is "Firefox plus Ad Blocker", so maybe that's what I'll do. You're basically FORCING me to screw you guys over on your advertising.

  • Ask the Congolese.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    This should be The Goon

    by stu_pickles

    Maybe it will lead to that so there is still hope.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Tintin uses a gun/guns in many adventures

    by Bass Ackwards

    Just saying...

  • May 11, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    I always love remembering that scene from Torchwood...

    by Rhuragh

    ...where Owen Harper discusses his feelings on TinTin. Just watch the first thirty seconds. The rest won't mean anything to you.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    It might loo like a gun...

    by NoLaw4000

    ...but it is a walkie talkie.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    @fluffyunbound - Having no trouble here and I'm IE

    by tangcameo

    Only trouble I've had is when AICN has fucked up royally themselves. Or when I'm using an out-of-date computer that should be trashed and replaced anyway. Your computer is either missing some important yet obvious program or it's a dinosaur. - Good luck!

  • May 11, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Fuck Tintin. Shit was always boring.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Of course I've never read a book or saw an episode. It just never appealed to me.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Actually, I'm having similar problems fluffyunbound

    by gruntybear

    I can't access the main home page of AICN either. To read anything at all on the site for the past 2 weeks, I've needed to physically type something like: Otherwise, the page just sits and hangs on downloading the auto-play film ads.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    what the fuck is a tintin?

    by Norman Colson

    LOL... i always heard of this little rip off of annie with this spitcurl in his hair and some adventurous bullshit. and frankly im not impressed!!!

  • May 11, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST


    by BBSloth

    Tintin never used a shotgun, though he did have a submachinegun in Flight 714

  • May 11, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Doubt he'll use the gun much in the actual flick.

    by paper

    Snowy looks a little big, but other than that all we have are like those 5 images from Empire. Hopefully this will be an amazing adventure. Tintin stories at their most ambitious were Indiana Jones times ten. At their most 'quiet', they provided excellent storytelling without even leaving the Manor (Castafiore Emerald).

  • May 11, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Soon your spine will be choking Vincent Price.

    by cookylamoo

  • May 11, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Tikidonkeypunch - are you proud?

    by irishraidersfan

    Of being that stupid, I mean? "Never saw it, obviously crap." You're a tit. Go out and play with the traffic, will ya?

  • The mind reels... ;) But seriously, that's great news. Continued success with the rehab/recovery!

  • May 11, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by BSB

    Shows you how much *I* know.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    bsb...I think you are thinking of Rin Tin Tin.

    by tritium

    I believe Tin Tin is supposed to be a Fox Terrier.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by bat725

    Wait...who are we talking about?

  • May 11, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Guaranteed Bomb

    by CreatureCantina

    This movie is going to make "Mars Needs Mom" look like a hit in the US box office. But it'll probably make a ton in Europe. :-p

  • May 11, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST


    by BSB

    No, Rin Tin Tin was this really messed up bestiality movie I saw in college.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Tintin: 1, Fruition: 100

    by HyphenatedWords

    I'm excited about the film, I truly am, but as a man who values a great session of bumpin' nasties or self-love, I wish you all the best in your rediscovery. Please let us know when the first fruition is achieved. Honestly. Movies come and go. Harry just needs to...

  • May 11, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    gun use by tintin

    by jon pertwee

    in tintin in the congo, our hero tries to shoot a crocodile, kills 15 antelope without seeming to care and later shoots a monkey, skins it and puts on the monkey skin in order to infiltrate the monkey clan. to my knowledge he has never shot another person.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    what's a Tin Tin?? And who the hell wants to watch it???

    by DrPain

    I have 0 interest in this movie.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    It's coming to DVD if anyone's interested

    by Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    Check the link here for info: As for my interest in this movie, if it looks decent and reviews well I'll give it a shot. I was never a watcher of the Nelvana series or a reader of the comics, but it never struck me as a bad series so I can give it a chance.

  • Add in that this is the first time in a decade that John Williams has had a chance to create whole new themes for a whole new franchise, and I'm already sold on this film.

  • May 11, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    I wish both Beards luck (Spielberg, Jackson) because...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...this baby is going to be one tough sell in the States. Then again, I'm sure Tintin does gangbusters overseas...but of course, that'll come down to the quality of the mo-cap (yuck, mo-cap).

  • May 11, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Is SS going to rape it like he did with the Smurfs?

    by KilliK

    probably yes

  • May 11, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    I just don't get it.

    by yubnubrocks

    The excitement over this? Really? 99% of people have never heard of this old-time comic. Good luck, Spielberg. You'll need it.

  • May 11, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Without RIN . . . Tin Tin is useless!!!

    by theKRELL

  • May 11, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    How about a Lucky Luke movie? it is in the Wild West ffs..

    by KilliK

  • May 11, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    and dont mention the french/italian movie adaptation

    by KilliK

    they suck. i want a Lucky Luck movie produced by americans and directed by Clint Eastwood.he made so many serious westerns,it is time to end his career with a comedic one.heh.

  • May 11, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Shotgun? Is he referring to the handgun pistol in his hand?

    by Dharma4

    Dude, does he not know the difference between the two?

  • May 11, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Harry, that looks "so f'n cool"? Seriously?

    by CountryBoy

    That picture looks far more bland than most CG animated movies out there... not to mention the fact that it was the EMPIRE cover months ago.

  • May 11, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by Proman1984

  • May 11, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST


    by Proman1984

  • May 11, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    fourth, the japanese site is here -

    by Proman1984

  • and this one, too - (the first to spot the news)

  • May 11, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    What is going on??

    by cripeman

    Site keeps losing it's formatting?

  • May 11, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Regarding the Nelvana animated series

    by Gearfree

    Really didn't age that well, skip it if you can. Unless you want a rough idea of what it would've looked like in 2d animation. Books on the other hand are still good.

  • But still! YAY!!!!! *happy dance* Even if he's carrying a gun (which I am a bit iffy about - not cool S/J) it's still Tintin!!

  • May 11, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Here's some Batman pics.

    by UMAGA Since the AICN staff sees to be blind. You can see Ra's in the second to last pic.

  • May 11, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by UMAGA

  • May 11, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    braindrain's most idiotic post yet

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Abrams over Spielberg? Fucking hell.

  • May 11, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Is the dog's name RinTinTin?

    by Mel

  • May 11, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Also, I still think this is a stupid idea

    by Mel

    No one knows what the fuck Tintin is. For those that do, obviously you love it (if you'd actually care to seek out the mediocrity that is this franchise) so it would be pointless for me to say how average it is....'s obviously going to be NOTHING like the comics so I dont know why they even decided to base this off of Tintin. The title is shit...most of the characters are shit...something original in the same style could have been a lot better.

  • May 11, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Cartoon series has aged a little

    by The Mothman

    But I'm going to wager it'll end up being better than this film. What is the point of spending so much money on motion capture when you could just make it live action or 2D? Ah, because that's all Spielberg and Jackson are interested in these days - 'pushing the envelope'. I'm tired of the envelope being pushed. In an age where they are making The Great Fucking Gatsby in 3D, I'd prefer you use it to mail me a story instead.

  • May 11, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    the dog's name is Milu ffs

    by KilliK

  • May 11, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Is it a Belgian cooking utensil?

    by Brian Hopper

    Maybe they should just skip American distribution because I've yet to meet anyone who knows what the hell a Tintin is. (Or cares.)

  • May 11, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Is TinTin gay? i dont remember him having an afair in the

    by KilliK

    comic.On the other hand Cap Haddock had that crazy Opera singer lady who was in love with him and wanted to marry him

  • May 11, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Oh the dog's name is Snowy in the american version.

    by KilliK


  • May 11, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    The series has aged but the animated movies still hold up

    by KilliK

  • May 11, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    And America lets out one giant yawn

    by Phategod100

    no disrespect intended, but Tin Tin is not cultural icon over here in the states that doesn't make us culturally illiterate, thats just how it is.

  • May 11, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    gotta second the Spielberg dissapointment

    by Billy_D_Williams

    supposedly he gets first crack at EVERY new script making the rounds of hollywood...there is simply no excuse for him to be on the mediocre streak he's been on since Saving Private Ryan...even Munich didn't grab me all that much. do you have any idea how many original, exciting scripts get dumped and shelved every year??? potential classics wasted...Spielberg can make anything he wants and we get stuff like The Terminal?

  • May 11, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    TDKR set pics re-post.

    by montessaurus

    (apologies if already linked) LAZARUS PIT FTMFW!!!!1 on a less positive note, I guess this really brings it home for me about Ain't It Cool. It's like being in denial for so long until you actually get to see the x-ray of how far the Super-Aids has spread. I have no idea why this isn't linked up on here yet. Now yeah, they're just pics of various peoples, Lazarus Pits in a desert in India, but this movie is kind of a BIG FUCKIN DEAL. C'mon AICN - get your shit together. This is sad. Srsly.

  • May 11, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    they say every artist has a great ten year run...

    by Billy_D_Williams

    Spielberg from 75 to 85 was on a helluva run...even lower bar stuff like Last Crusade was pretty awesome...but after that he just sort of got boring. War Horse is supposed to be his next after Tin Tin...jesus Stevie, you love WW2, we get it, make something else for fuck sake...something exciting... TinTin has ZERO appeal to me.

  • Between the site hack and the forced "pre-update update", is it any wonder why all the site's stalwart personalities are fucking AWOL? Instead, we get piss poor functionality and the incessant ramblings of motherfuckers like Braindrain and AssimovLives.

  • May 11, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    This has been on Spielberg's docket for over 30 years...

    by paper

    He met with Herge, the creator of Tintin, who said that Spielberg was the only director who could bring the character justice on screen. So it's not like he's just doing this after a random pitch.

  • May 11, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST


    by jimmiescoffee

    i hope he soft pedals your spelling skills.

  • Seriously, you are the reason Hollywood keeps regurgitating familiar franchises. Tintin may not be an original property, but the fact that people dismiss it because they are unfamiliar with the source material... WTF? </p> </p> You mouthbreathers complain about all the reboots and prequels going on, then complain more because you are unfamiliar with a property. Go back to your holes.

  • May 11, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Fuck Schpiel-berg's Tin tin

    by doom master

    he's been jerking off after the fallout that was Indy Jones 4 and THIS is what he's going to do now? Tell me, is John Williams dead? Looks like it, because he's taken a hiatus as well.. Indy Jones mustve been SUCH a guilt trip it drained them and they had to recover for 3 years!!!! Fuck this movie and fuck Spielberg. The man has lost it.

  • May 11, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    I bet AICN will post the TDKR pics on the weekend

    by KilliK

    in order to get more traffic for their site since every weekend it is slow.

  • May 11, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    its not Spielberg hate you troglodyte

    by Billy_D_Williams

    are we not allowed to criticize artists we admire? or anyone for that matter without being labeled a "hater"??? i LOVE Spielberg, he's my fav. filmmaker of all time, but the guy has been making pretty mediocre movies for the past ten+ years...criticism is very healthy for any artists...what im saying is, Speilberg is probably the only director in Hollywood who gets first dibs on hot screenplays, and he's making mediocre flicks...there's no reason for that.

  • May 11, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    A question to happyfat

    by Phategod100

    For people who have no Idea what Tin tin is how should we feel? We know nothing of the source, we've seen no proof that its going to be a quality movie, and theres no real reason for anyone who is not a fan to be excited, so how should we act?

  • May 11, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    (cue laugh track)


  • ...cunt.

  • May 11, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Asterix is pretty good, never got into TinTin though

    by mistergreen

  • May 11, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST


    by Bobba Phat

    Like/dislike your writing, agree/disagree with your movie opinions, I'm sincerely ecstatic for your recovery. I honestly am more excited to read your excitement when you update your recovery progress than movie news (not that I dislike your news updates, I'm just happy for your improving your health/life).

  • Trust me, it's no big challenge considering your pathetic dimwittedness.

  • May 11, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    "I shagged her pink ass and she LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED it!"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • May 11, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    RE: flaflaflooey

    by Phategod100

    Im not saying to totally disregard the film, simply there's been nothing to really excite anyone who has nothing to Associate Tin Tin with. Im pretty sure in the days of Indy And Star Wars actual Buzz didn't happen until trailers were released. you look at a film like District 9 there was no reports on the making of District 9 there was a website and marketing did not start till a few weeks before release but they actually had something to show. All im saying is at this point there is nothing but a poster of Tin Tin, so what does anyone have to really be excited about when you have no idea what its about.

  • May 11, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    I'm actually more negative on this flick...

    by Orbots Commander

    ....because it's all motion capture, then because it's Tintin. Motion capture sucks.

  • May 11, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Just because you don't know it...

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    ... doesn't mean it can't be good. I remember as an 11 year old having NO idea who or what an "Indiana Jones" was before Raiders came out. If it's fun, entertaining and compelling you don't need to know what it is. Geeks think they need to know everything about a movie or it's subject before it comes out for it to be worth while. I have news for you: all those people who saw Iron Man didn't know anything about it before they saw it and it was still a good movie.

  • May 11, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST instead of

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    works every time instead of most of the time. same site ;)

  • May 11, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    And yeah, how can you complain about Tintin not being "famous" enough?!!

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Wonder if back in the 80's people sat in cafés saying stuff like "What's this Indiana Jones stuff, that can't be a hit, we've never read the comic!"

  • May 11, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Why is it a shame to sell a fucking movie?

    by Zarles

    God forbid they should promote something in a way you find personally offensive. Fuck off.

  • May 11, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    A hard sell in America

    by JamesWest

    I hate to say it, but this whole concept is a hard sell in America. No one has ever heard of Tintin here.

  • May 11, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Flight 714 (Re: Guns)

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    In this book, Tintin briefly uses a FUCKING MACHINE GUN!!! Though he doesn't actually shoot anybody, it's completely badass. Then he drops the gun into molten lava! Tintin fucking rules.

  • When the characters are allowed to be stylized just enough so they don't look like floaty department store mannequins, mocap can be an effeciant special effects tool. Think of Gollum, or the Na'vi in Avatar...those were characters where the EYES were different enough from human eyes that they -- ironically -- seemed more relatable and, well, "human" than the glazed, lifeless orbs you see in the Zemeckis movies. Hopefully the characters in Tintin will be more more Avatar than Beowulf.

  • May 11, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    No one knows what this is

    by KevinMuller

    I remember watching the cartoon after Barbar, when it was on HBO. None of my friends know what the hell I am talking when I mention this project

  • May 11, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Spielberg and P. Jackson are making jam?

    by lv_426

    I guess they were inspired by Paul Newman and his line of popcorn, dog biscuits, and pasta sauce.

  • May 11, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to this. I remember watching the cartoon

    by Andy Pandy

    and I recall that TinTin sometimes used a gun, but mostly it wasn't his, he managed to swipe it from the bad guys. But yes, if they managed to turn Tin Tin into a gun toting badass with explosions then that would be screwed up

  • May 11, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Or was that Captain Haddock?

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    Oh yeah... I think it's Captain Haddock's Tommy Gun (?) that melts in the lava, not Tintin's. I can't believe I just typed that.

  • May 11, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    This will never top HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN!

    by Uncle Stan

  • May 11, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Shadows on poster all over the place

    by BenBraddock

    Where's the light source?

  • May 11, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Yes the site is buggy but Harry is fighting for his life

    by Rupee88

    You have to see that he has his priorities in order...he doesn't have time to fuck with the site that much and apparently not the resources to have someone else fix it. And I'm angry at my parents for not exposing me to Tintin as sounds like it was great. They did get me into Babar and Barks ducks though so they did a lot right.

  • May 11, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Loved the Terminal

    by pr0g2west

    I may be the only one. But it was a great film to, fun, and unpretencious. Plus one of John Williams' best scores...just listen to some of the jazz themes incorporated in full orchestral score, its genius. I guess non-musicians will never fully appreciate that.

  • People didn't say anything about Indiana Jones because they didnt know anything about it. Oh, and it was written by the guy who made Star Wars. The fact that Tintin IS based on source material (material that BLOWS) it's easy to form an opinion negatively. Now, please never try to argue again.

  • So you're saying you can't criticize anyone who's won an Oscar? That's the stupidest shit I've ever heard. But then I're actually helping his argument. He said Spielberg is in a rut. Well, when was the last time Spielberg won an Oscar? Been awhile. Wouldn't that classify him as being in a rut? Good job you stupid mother fucker. You actually aided his argument.

  • May 12, 2011, 1:09 a.m. CST

    That's great news, Harry!

    by Zardoz

    About your spine, that is! I hope you get even better! I just re-read "Secret of the Unicorn" and Red Rackham's Treasure". Great art, but the story isn't as good as I remember. I hope the movie's good, though!

  • May 12, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST


    by Happyfat73

    Since when does not winning oscars constitute a directorial rut? Spielberg still gets good B.O. and critical acclaim – heck, the 7 films he's directed in the last decade have earned an average score on rotten tomatoes of 78% (including 92% for Minority report and 96% for Catch Me If You Can). By what measure does that put him in a rut? </p> </p> For someone who rails so obnoxiously against the argumentative skills of others, your own debating skills are pretty piss-weak. Puberty should fix that for you.</p> </p> Now, please never try to argue again.

  • May 12, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Hey Morons

    by Balcony Fool

    Nobody in America (or anywhere else) had ever heard of Buzz Lightyear, or Wall•E, or Despicable Me, and those movies seemed to do just fine. Dummies.

  • May 12, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST

    At soccer games, the Belgians make ape noises and

    by Dennis_Moore

    curl their arms and sway side to side, and also yell "Chocolat, Chocolat" at black players. They also wear blackface while dressing up as St. Nick's helper/slave "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete) at Christmas (you can see this on Youtube). Bunch of racists they are.

  • May 12, 2011, 1:28 a.m. CST


    by Happyfat73

    The Belgians are just getting back at the world for having their greatest invention named after the french (fries, that is).

  • May 12, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST


    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    No, the argument I argued against (!) was that Tintin wasn't well known enough to warrant a movie. My point was that there are successful movies that isn't based on something with an inbuilt fan clan. Now please never take the name of Mel in wain again!

  • May 12, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST

    no wonder there are so many remakes and crappy sequels

    by Mr_P

    you guys deserve it.

  • May 12, 2011, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Also this billboard was put up at Cannes the best part of a Week ago so it aint new.

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • May 12, 2011, 2:43 a.m. CST

    My Childhood Experience With Tintin

    by Henry Fool

    When I was thirteen, my sister returned from Europe with a few gifts for me. One was a French version of the Epic Comic's Marshall Law, which I eventually read in English. The other was an English language edition of The Adventures of Tintin. I don't remember the title because I never finished it. IT WAS BORING! I may still have it somewhere.<br /> <br /> Mind you, here were some of my favorite books that I read and loved that year: <br /> Batman: The Dark Knight Returns<br /> Frank Miller's Ronin<br /> Watchmen<br /> Akira (the manga this was a few more before the English language version of the anime premiered at the 1989 San Diego Comic Con, which I was at.)<br /> Appleseed<br /> Hokuto no Ken<br /> Outlanders<br /> Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issues 1-11<br /> Lone Wolf & Cub<br /> The Legend of Kamui (best Ninja manga EVER! It's too bad that the entire series still hasn't been published in English)<br /> <br /> Back then, it was actual hip to read foreign comics. This was when manga was starting to get popular but before companies were releasing subtitled & dubbed versions of manga. But "The Adventures of Tintin" is the intellectual equivalent of a Hardy Boys novel. Pippi Longstocking has more merit than Tintin. It has no depth, whatsoever, its story lines are simplistic and two dimensional, and its characterization is zip. I know that this is a thing that ties to some people's childhoods. But my childhood involved loving Return of the Living Dead and Aliens. If I'd read it when I was four and first learned to read I would have loved it. But by the time I was a teenager, it just felt childish.<br /> <br /> But don't think I'm too cynical. Look, I love "The Hobbit" and Harry Potter, The Secret of Nimh, Disney's Robin Hood. Tintin wasn't up to any of that. Jeff Smith's Bone is one of my favorite graphic novels of all time. But name one Tintin adventure where the writing blew you away, that was really brilliant storytelling. I've looked at the comics at Borders and they exist in a fantasy world where the 1950's REALLY were a place of happy rainbows.<br /> <br /> So why are they making it? The art, probably. Tintin has awesome art. Bland, lifeless stories and mythology but they're gorgeous to look at, as I imagine this film will be. The land of happy rainbows is a good place for Spielberg to play in. But I don't ever remember Tintin holding a gun.<br /> <br /> And I'm curious as to whether there was a jump in quality of more recent Tintin stories. Marvel and DC used to have very antiquated dialogue until the 80's. Then we started seeing books with really snappy dialogue, like Watchmen and Akira. In the mid 80's, Grant Morrison and Alan Moore, among many others ushered in a new age of really sharp dialogue that was a cut above the days of Chris Claremont and the X-Men.<br /> <br /> Steven Spielberg has become castrated as a filmmaker though. He always ruins his movies with sentimental endings, like Private Ryan, Minority Report and A.I. There was a time when his movies would end ironically. Like in Jaws, Dreyfuss and Scheider are swimming in the ocean, their ship destroyed and they're happy because they've bested the mother of all sharks. Indiana Jones goes through all that trouble to recover the Ark of the Covenant only to have it shoved in a warehouse. If the filmmaker who made Duel could see the films of the man that made AI he'd probably shudder.

  • May 12, 2011, 3:23 a.m. CST

    I love French culture!

    by batfunk

    I love Tin Tin and I want it to succeed, but I'm disappointed in the way the faces look compared to Herge's illustrations. Also, I'm mystified why so many posters here are anti-French. The Statue Of Liberty is French. Visit the place before you criticise.

  • May 12, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST

    TIN CAN appears at TENNIS

    by RobertoInfinite

  • May 12, 2011, 3:35 a.m. CST

    henry fool

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Well put. Just remember, that's your opinion, not fact.

  • May 12, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Some of you guys are so wierd

    by David Cloverfield

    When you don't bitch about all movies being rehashes and remakes, you ask "who cares" when a franchise comes along you're not familiar with. It's like you have decided not to be entertained ever again.

  • May 12, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    I shanked her pink ass and she LOVED IT!!!!!!

    by Han Cholo

    Still the only Tintin I know....

  • May 12, 2011, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Tintin looks good, Snowy looks shit.

    by billyhitchcock1

  • May 12, 2011, 4:24 a.m. CST

    I saw a documentary about herges...

    by emeraldboy

    very mysterious figure. kept what he did in the war to himself as did alot of people who were involved in the resistance. herges was involved in the belgian resistance and because of that nazis tried to shut down his publishing company. but if you look at his comics, the brits were tea drinking bumblers, the chinese were slity eyed, the scots were drunkards. It was hard to say what he really thought of the germans as they dont exist in the books, which leads some to suspect that he had a benign view of them. but as he never spoke to anyone about his political views its hard to say...

  • May 12, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Can't wait!!

    by MovieGeekBlog

    Stevie... Don't let me down...

  • May 12, 2011, 4:30 a.m. CST

    EMPIRE magazine...

    by tonguestubble

    ...had this as a cover a couple of months back, but without the photoshopped-in gun and trench coat - much closer to the original iconic image. There were quite a few pics of Thompson and Thompson and Captain Haddock inside too and whilst the character models look good the skin texturing takes it into Zemeckis-land. Would have been great for them to keep the graphic look of the novels rather than step into the weird "real world textures, cartoon characters" thing.

  • May 12, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST

    re spielberg and jackson being hacks....

    by emeraldboy

    no everyone doesnt know that.....spielberg is not a hack. thats an unfair comment.

  • May 12, 2011, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Tintin and the NEEEYARRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

    by Ninkynonk

    Neeeyarrrghhhh's still a thing right?

  • May 12, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    I still get excited about new Spielberg movies


    sure, he's been in decline but I enjoy all his work. I'm a bit burned out on CG animation movies, but this one I'm genuinely looking forward too. Mostly because of the 2 stills that were released, they look great.

  • May 12, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    AICN Talkback is the toilet of the internet.

    by cucumber

    And the posters are the little turds flowing in it. Tintin is awesome, and this movie will be too.

  • May 12, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Harry, why does every story have to include your personal problems?

    by coconutgroves

    What, momma didn't hug you enough, or did she hug you too much? Seriously, just stick to the story.

  • May 12, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST

    by R James

    Shouldn't he be holding a walkie talkie? I'm sure they'll fix that 25 years from now.

  • May 12, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Billions of Blistering Pixels!

    by ZOMBRE

  • May 12, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Conan O'Brien + Gromit = TINTIN

    by YackBacker

    Who gets excited by TINTIN, Harry? Really? Good luck with the physical therapy! Keep it up!

  • May 12, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Plus sized models make women fat!

    by Arafel

    The Huffington Post, Hilary Moss, First Posted 04/21/11: A new study out of the University of Bologna suggests that using plus-size models on the catwalk and in advertisements could make women fat. In their paper "Thinness and Obesity: A Model of Food Consumption, Health Concerns, and Social Pressure," Dr. Davide Dragone and Dr. Luca Savorelli cite the relationships between Italy, Germany and Spain and their respective fashion communities to produce more plus-sized clothes and uphold a minimum size for models. They write: When reading the content of the agreements, it is clear that both the government and the fashion industry agree that fashion is a powerful trend-setter. It not only influences what clothes, styles and colors are trendy, but also determines how a person should appear to be desirable. Okay, so fashion is apparently super-influential. Dragone and Savorelli add: If people are underweight and stay on a diet, increasing the ideal body weight allows both aggregate welfare and health to be improved. If people are overweight and on a diet, however, increasing the ideal body weight can improve overall utility, but it worsens health because it induces people to become even more overweight. And, "Given that in the US and in Europe people are on average overweight, we conclude that these policies, even when are welfare improving, may foster the obesity epidemic." The pair also said, according to the Daily Mail, in plain language, "To promote chubby fashion models when obesity is one of the major problems of industrialised countries seems to be a paradox. Everyone has to trade off in life a number of things like the pleasure of eating and going to the gym or something as a cost. So if you just fix the average healthy weight then maybe you will throw up some incentives to be thin." Um, so far, seeing plus-size models hasn't made us any bigger. And watching size zero models lurch down the catwalk hasn't made us any skinnier, either -- if anything it's made us simultaneously revolted and ravenous. What do you think?

  • May 12, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    looks gross

    by asdff fdsaa

    Looks uncanny valley disgusting like Zemeckis's cgi vomit.

  • May 12, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    they shadowed his face for a reason

    by asdff fdsaa

    The image the poster is based on can be found here: In the original his face is fully lit but for this movie poster they hid his face in shadows because they know their mocap cgi crap is too deep in the uncanny valley.

  • May 12, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST


    by Arafel

    ...if you can't see how it relates to TINTIN, then I would be wasting my breath trying to explain it to you....

  • May 12, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Vast numbers of silly cunts on this talkback.

    by J.B.M.A.

    Moaning about a property they don't recognise - 'so it can't be good'. If you follow this retards logic to it's only conclusion then Star Wars would have fallen flat on it's arse. Tintin will have a massive marketing campaign in the US to 'inform' the public - just like any original film. In the rest of the world it won't need it.

  • May 12, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Snowy/Milou looks afflicted...

    by Mostholy

    but I'm still very much looking forward to these. To all the Tintin haters, well, haters gonna hate. Go play with your Transformers Toys. I'll take Destination Moon over the Dark Side of the Moon any day and twice on Sunday.

  • May 12, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Tintin with gun

    by Marcello

    He did use one on this comic

  • May 12, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    For a number of reasons, the worst film

    by Brian Hopper

    Spielberg — a filmmaking genius beyond question — ever made (and I've seen them all) is Hook. What do Hook and Tintin have in common? Beloved, very European (read: non-American) source material. He just has no feel for it. Thank god he stayed away from Harry Potter. Can't he just stick to the American idiom he knows so well?

  • May 12, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Again, who the fuck are you people?

    by gruntybear

    Tintin was EVERYWHERE when I was a kid. Those oversized comics were constantly being re-bought for the local library because they were read repeatedly until the spines shredded to nothing. To this day, I still recall unwrapping copies of "Explorers on the Moon," "Flight 714" and "Tintin and the Picaros" at some childhood birthday party. It just blows my mind that anyone would not have some exposure to Tintin, in some form, at some time.

  • May 12, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Spielberg's name doesn't have much cache

    by Samuel Fulmer

    with the average filmgoer, but I still look forward to his new films. I guess the last decade just didn't give him any films that caught on huge like in the past, but I liked Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can, Catch Me moreso now than it's initial release.

  • May 12, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Hook sucks

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But I still think Always is worse. At least Hook had an epic John Williams score. Always had one good scene, and that was when Dreyfuss blew up.

  • May 12, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Spielberg can have any script and he films Indy 4

    by Knobules

    Shia and Monkeys. The top director in Hollywood looked at that on a piece of paper and chose to film it. What is wrong with those people!? And hes responsible for a LOT of the BS in Transformers.

  • May 12, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    tintin is well known in europe

    by mutombo

    probably not in America. But since most big budget movies earn their budget back in a domestic release and make profit in the international release, this 'll probably go the other way. If Americans aren't too mindfucked by the whole Marvel universe to go see a comicbook adaptation that doesn't involve superheroes.

  • May 12, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST



    I wanna smack you in the head with a large piece of tin(tin).

  • May 12, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    this is no zemeckis

    by cpwozzie

    I've seen plenty of footage for this down at WETA and I can assure everyone this is like nothing we've ever seen in terms of CG animation. They somehow have managed to create an entirely new look, part photo real, but stylized enough where there is no Zemeckis creepiness. It is a stunningly beautiful film.

  • May 12, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Tintin has a unique sensibility and aesthetic

    by vincewhirlwind

    ...that won't be well served by these films. Tintin is very, very European and pretty much sexless. For a Hollywood movie, the fundamental characteristics that make Herge's wonderful, timeless creation what it is will have to be junked, competely undermining the point of the thing in the first place. I'm not a fan of Jackson's LOTR series either. (Nor am I a Tolkein fan per se, it must be said). Not to be a churl and dismiss the LOTR films' technical and creative achievements; it's the whole I had issues with. They took what seems to me to be a story with a very British and somewhat crepescular tone and dunked it in a bucket of Hollywood cheese and stripping it of its essential character. I know that a book or a comic is not a film. I also know that an adaptation is allowed to differ from its source material. But Tintin won't work like this. The grotesque Zemeckis mo-cap technique is horrible to begin with, and is nothing short of an insult to Herge's timeless, meticulous and beautiful clear line art. There are talented people involved with this film; Joe Cornish, Edgar Wright, Pegg, Frost, Serkis, not to mention the directors themselves. But the whole project smacks of grave misconception and fallacy. A great 2-D movie closely following Herge's own style with fluidity and a great voice cast would have been much better. How many more of these grisly mo-cap flicks have to get panned before someone takes the hint and moves on from them?

  • May 12, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Re: Spielberg's In A Rut

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Yes. Spielberg is in a filmmaking rut. I didn't win an Oscar for anything (yet), and in my humble opinion, the guy's been in a major rut. Hell, with the exception of the JURASSIC PARK movies and everything but the first and last five minutes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, I'd argue that he's pretty much been in a rut since 1985. A.I., MINORITY REPORT, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, ALWAYS, PETER PAN, WAR OF THE WORLDS and THE TERMINAL all play like Spielberg's trying to keep up with the new kids and the results are just "okay" at best -- "just okay" being a mere shadow of all the great, groundbreaking films he did up to that point. MUNICH and SCHINDLER'S LIST, on the other hand, play like Spielberg wishes to remind us that he can also make "grown-up" Jewish guilt films (and both would have worked far better if he just hadn't over-indulged in his "gotta press the audience button" instinct that seems to plague all his work). While they all have there merits, and would likely be the pinnacle of another filmmaker's resume', virtually none of them will go on to become the timeless classics of his earlier work.</p><p> Why is he in a rut? Same reason most filmmakers who were once legendary and now appear capable only of crafting sub-par imitations of their imitators are in a rut: the moment they attain a certain level of notoriety and freedom, they lose touch with their audience. George Lucas, George Romero, John Carpenter -- all once flawless and brilliant filmmakers who have lost touch with their own talents and with the reason they got there in the first place

  • May 12, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    TinTin = FailFail = Howard The Duck

    by IwatchMovies

  • May 12, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    This will be about as good as...

    by godhelpus

    ...Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy movie. At this point, neither Spielberg or Jackson has made a good film in awhile and movies that look like this are never hits. Personally, at this point I feel they are two of the most overrated directors in history. Prediction = lame cg/mo cap movie combined with box office dud.

  • May 12, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    So did Stephen and Peter get together

    by Nick

    and decide to join forces and make the most uninteresting movie imagineable? I mean, talk about NOT CARING. No one GIVES A SHIT about this film. Speilberg, go make your Lincoln film, and PJ, go make more Middle Earth stuff. Tintin, what is this shit

  • May 12, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    TINTIN k9 Cop? It is about a Dog Cop, right?

    by Nick

  • May 12, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    TinTin And The Golden Fleece...

    by workshed

    ...was one of my favourite movies when I was a kid and still is. In that film the stunts are incredible, TinTin kicks ass and the dog playing Snowy would leave Lassie for dead. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to this. I've always said that Spielberg has always been a 'one for the studio, one for himself' director. TinTin is definitely 'one for himself'. If it isn't 'nailed' I doubt we'll ever even see it. Steven can't afford to release another turkey.

  • May 12, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    oh the americans are not interested about TinTin

    by KilliK

    fuck them.bring it on Mr Spielberg,at least it wont be another Transformer movie..

  • May 12, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Tin Tin vs. Triumph the insult comic dog

    by Stalkeye

    A film of epic porportions.... ...for me to poop ON!

  • May 12, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    At what point does Rin Tin Tin charge in and save the day?

    by Jaster

  • May 12, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    get the guys that did A TOWN CALLED PANIC


    to do Tin Tin...aren't they from the same country? A TOWN CALLED TIN TIN

  • May 12, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    puzzled by this one

    by v3d

    As others have noted, who is the target audience? Haven't most of the original fans died of old age by now?

  • May 12, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    This movie will lose epic money

    by coosawatchie

    Aside from a narrow band of fanboys, who gives a wet fart about this movie? Spielberg and all the other colossal dumbasses who thought making this movie was a good idea deserve to lose every cent they are about to piss away.

  • May 12, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Tintin will resonate in Europe

    by jackofhearts29

    ... but they'll see it as a Hollywood/Americanization of their personal property. As for American audiences, this will be a niche of a niche. Even a tiny group of people like me, who have actually heard of Tintin but have never read any Tintin books, vastly outnumber those who will be truly excited about Tintin coming to film. Damn I am just tired of even typing "Tintin". It's stupid. There, I said it. Uncle Scrooge kicks Tintins ass all over Eurasia and elsewhere. Fuck this movie.

  • May 12, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by DArtagnan

    Tintin is so much better than most American comics. People are excited over Capt America, Thor... and not Tintin! Seriously! You've probably never read the books, or maybe even know nothing about Tintin. My fear is that even Spielberg/Jackson may not be good enough for the material, not vice versa. (and I love their films in general) That said, this picture is more or less the same thing as the Empire magazine picture a few months ago. Except for the gun. While Tintin has occasionally held and even fired guns, they do not define him. He's a reporter/adventurer, not James Bond. He should not be holding one in the poster. But that's really a minor complaint. Bring on the trailer...

  • May 12, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    They shoulda cast Conan O'Brien as TinTin.

    by Royston Lodge

    So say we all.

  • May 12, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    whats a tintin?

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    this will FAIL in USA

  • May 12, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Tintin rules

    by frank

    I loved those comics as a kid. If they do a good job with these it should be awesome. They are great adventure stories, so I think even though most people haven’t heard of Tintin the movies could still do well simply because they are good movies. It seems to me there was a time when the simple name recognition of a movie didn’t determine if it was popular or not. I guess it makes it harder if the film is based on an unknown property (Tintin won’t be able to suck as hard as Transformers and still make money) but I wouldn’t write off these films yet. I kind of think they should just have made live-action films, but maybe they can do a good job with the motion capture. Fingers crossed.

  • May 12, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    You dumb fucks are clueless

    by slone13

    Gone are the days when domestic box office receipts matter. Hollywood doesn't give a flying fuck about how a movie does in America anymore. It's all about how a flick does internationally. And Tin Tin is gonna make buckets of money overseas.

  • May 12, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    How long before that gets replaced with a flashlight?

    by SagaciousPenguin

    I give it a decade.

  • May 12, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Tin Tin did so pack

    by blueant

    I read the comics, he did almost everything under the sun. I think what makes him cool is he ISN'T a steroid musclehead yet he takes on villains, challenges, dangers x3 his size. If this is done right, he will be up there with Indiana Jones.

  • May 12, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    I wish him luck

    by Marat

    Tintin is going to have a hell of a time getting money out of the Americas. Hopefully people will just see it because it's Spielberg. I think VALHALLA and Sky Over the Louvre would make cooler films (and the latter could just be a period drama) but that's just me. Valhalla would kick Thor's ass so much...oh man. Anyone who is interested in Norse mythology that is actually closer to the myth than the Thor comics from Marvel..check it out or at least the animated film. Still, I'll probably check out Tintin. It has to be more interesting than Largo Winch.

  • May 12, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Never like Tin Tin

    by cushing1967

    But I always find it funny when people say 'Ah, a comic book I've never heard of, nobody in America has heard of it - nobody will go and see it.' Surely pre-existing knowledge of a character isn't necessary for a film to succeed? In 1976 nobody had heard of Han Solo or Luke Skywalker? In 1980 nobody had heard of Indiana Jones. In 1994 nobody had heard of Woody or Buzz Lightyear. I have no idea if this is will be any good, I don't care about it and have no interest in seeing it as I never liked Tin Tin but the fact that he's not well known in America doesn't mean that it won't do well if it's a good movie.

  • May 12, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Because you know, only AMERICA watches movies.

    by Saracen1

    Idiots. Tintin is a legendary franchise in most of the world. The books have been translated into dozens of languages. I read these books as I kid and I loved em (still have them all in fact). I look forward to this, and I don't give a damn how it does in the states. It will be a massive international hit.

  • May 12, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Not too familiar...

    by Alincia

    but that doesn't mean I'm not gonna give it a chance. I remember catching it now and then on HBO, vague memories. But with Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg and Jamie Bell a part of the cast, I'm interested already. I'm looking forward to hearing more about this movie.

  • May 12, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST



    It matters a lot what a film makes in the USA. The studios have to go through random leaps and hurdles to collect profits from overseas. This does seem like a potential bomb to me. Looks to me like we've hit the bottom of the barrel of remakes and reboots. An odd choice indeed.

  • May 12, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Ignorant Ass-Hats.

    by Bob

    Seriously. If you don't know who Tintin is, shut the fuck up now, and go play in traffic. My kids read the collected Tintin books a lot. Some of the stuff is a little dated, and can even be considered slightly racist when it comes to some of the dialogue, but it's not offensive, and my kids are smart enough to understand that. Hearing that they are making a movie actually made my kids quite happy. All you ass sucking bitches who sit there endlessly whining about them making "yet-another-sequel" now sit there and say "I don't know who Tintin is, looks like shit." will obviously never be pleased by anything. It's just cool to bash Spielberg and talk tough from behind a keyboard.

  • May 12, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    So..anyone heard anything about the upcoming Summer Blockbusters?

    by conspiracy

    I remember...oh...10+ years ago, when AICN had the goods on every new blockbuster coming out. POTC 4 has already been premiered. Kung Fu Panda, Bayformers 3, Capt. America, Green Lantern, even Cars fucking 2 have ALL had to have been run before test audiences at this point.... ...and crickets are chirping here. Oh, while I am glad our European Brothers and Sisters are excited about "Tin Tin", and I'm sure it will do well where people know what the flying fuck a Tin Tin is..;very few people on this side of the pond, outside of the offspring of Backpackers and Hippies, has a clue who the fuck or what the fuck this is about. SS is smart for opening this at Cannes and focusing on European audiences, as it will cost a bundle to try and open this here Stateside.

  • May 12, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Ha..just for s second I thought this was about Jews and Nazis...

    by conspiracy

    a quick glance and it looks like some Nazi with a gun and a dog running over a sign with a Star of David on it below him... I better lay off the Wine and Cold Tablets.

  • May 12, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    gruntybear...Where did you live?

    by conspiracy

    East Coast has more exposure to this to to the closer ties with Europe. I've never seen a TinTin book in my 40 years of living out here in California.

  • May 13, 2011, 12:22 a.m. CST

    oh yeah


    all those test screening reviews, those were great. What happened? Studio pressure? I want to know how awesome Transformers 3 is gonna be.

  • May 13, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    winona_ryders_pussy_juice ..It MIGHT just have a chance..

    by conspiracy

    different writers...maybe a chance at some redemption.

  • Tinitin is something you grow up reading before Batman, Superman, X-Men and all the other Yank comics if you live on the other side of the Atlantic. Tinitn and Asterix books are legendary in the world of European comic books and they've been around for decades (since the 1930's). You Americans literally had your comic scene dominated by spandex and secret identities while the rest of the world were making comics based on all genres. This movie will be huge worldwide but in America, it will be a re-education for those who really have an interest in cinema and the comic scene. The rest of you will just carry on in your pre-ordained Spandex-or-bust attitiute to comics.

  • May 13, 2011, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Captain America

    by Mr_P

    Who gives a shit about some parochial jingoistic hero that nobody outside of the states read about or gave a shit about. Won't make a single penny outside of the USA. Oooops scratch that the rest of the world are not slow minded idiots that need to be cajoled and led by the hand to the cinema by recognisable sequels (transformers), remakes (Arthur) and tv for big screen (dukes of hazzard/A Team). Guess you would be happier with Grown ups 2, A Battlefield Earth remake or Friends the movie. Course I could have made my point more succinctly by referencing the celluloid representation of all things American 'culture' (now there is a misnomer) in other words Sex in the City 2. You must be so proud lol

  • ... so we can only make movies based on known properties now? Isn't this the same crew that is always crying out for an original film? This may still be an adaptation, but at least its not a 'gritty reboot' of something, or a sequel to a 20-year old movie. Tin Tin is a pretty good adventure book, and you should at least watch it before passing judgement.

  • If it s not happening in America then it doesn't exist. Unfortunately this ignorant attitude does two things: 1: It renders you to playing Catch-up. 2: It makes you look like you don't get out much or even realise there is a REAL world out there. The costly side of such attitude where ignorance is considered bliss is crap like Pearl Harbour or 9/11. The rest of the globe knew there was a world-war going on and took a side, America had to join the hard way! The rest of the world knew and were always in vigilance for terrorist attacks on their home territory, unfortunately for the USA it took 9/11 for them to realise their country resides on the same planet as those others dealing with the same problem. And now in a less dramatic case we have the same ignorance with movies and comics. Because you don't know Tinitin, you simply can't fathom how or why it would be popular. Well the simplest thing would be to grow an open mind attitude and learn about other cultures and the rest of the world may one day stop considering you as the most ignorant bunch on the planet!

  • May 13, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    No Subject

    by Stalkeye

    "The costly side of such attitude where ignorance is considered bliss is crap like Pearl Harbour or 9/11. The rest of the globe knew there was a world-war going on and took a side, America had to join the hard way! The rest of the world knew and were always in vigilance for terrorist attacks on their home territory, unfortunately for the USA it took 9/11 for them to realise their country resides on the same planet as those others dealing with the same problem" Like it or not, ceejay is absolutely correct. While Hitler was killing Jews and Gypses as if there was a fire sale going on, America had this lackadasical reaction until the Pearl Harbor raid. Same goes for previous adminstrations; Clinto and Dubya dropping the ball on Bin Laden until of course The Twin Towers Tragedy. What made things worse was that the war on terror was focused in the wrong country meaning Iraq. yeah, situations such as this does make us look bad in the light of many.

  • I used to watch those reruns on the sci fi channel over a decade ago, and loved that lil' PSA during the intro of each episode. "Captain Scarlet is indestructible, you are not. Remember this and do not try to imitate him". Fuck Thunderbirds and Stingray, this was the series that Anderson should have been famous for.

  • May 13, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Because we all know how much Americans love

    by Brian Hopper

    having European things crammed down their throats.

  • Uh, I for one and not becuase he represents America, but he in the true sense, is the artypical hero and not some socialpath like Punisher, Wolverine or the angst ridden Batman. You have the option not to see it along with many others who would share anti-American sentiment, but regardless who the character represents, as long as the film is good people all over the world will flock to see this. If there were a film based on say, Captain Britain, of course i would check it out. he WAS one of my fav marvel characters until Excalibur (comic) came along. Nuff said.

  • May 13, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    The world may watch movie, but only AMERICA matters

    by Nick

    Opening weekends in AMERICA is what every studio desires to be huge. Who gives a fuck, how the film opens in England, or does in Germany. It can do GANBUSTERS in those countries and still not account for what it could make in America if it was popular over here. FACT. The Golden Compus did terrible over here, and great over seas. Where's the sequel? Oh wait, that's because it did SHITTY in the US. Get the fuck over yourselves, you European Wankers, Studios don't give a shit about you. The only reason this film is getting made, is because Speilberg is involved. It has nothing to do with how popular this character is overseas... NOTHING

  • May 13, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I find it interesting that Tintin partisans

    by Brian Hopper

    seem unable to convey even the basics about Tintin and why he's appealing. Is he a man or a boy? If he's a man, why does he look 13 and why is he hanging around with that fluffy gay white dog? Wikipedia says the character is a "young Belgian reporter." Wha—? Reporter? Tintin is a reporter, like for a newspaper? I thought he was like Encyclopedia Brown or something. And what year does this take place: 1940? 1976? 2011? I mean, WHEN is Tintin? Those who posted above and pointed out that no one knew who E.T. and Indiana Jones were before they arrived on the scene miss the point. Yeah, the marketing people are gonna educate America about this allegedly great thing called Tintin until we can't take it anymore. But the point is, WHY is that even necessary? Why is this whole Tintin thing (to those of us with no familiarity with it) so strangely amorphous and difficult to define?

  • May 13, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Hilarious how condesending the Tintin fans

    by Brian Hopper

    are, as in this quote from above: "You Americans literally had your comic scene dominated by spandex and secret identities while the rest of the world were making comics based on all genres." Tintin is the cartoon equivalent of a French art house film — indecipherable, painfully European and far less interesting than its snooty fan base realizes.

  • May 13, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    The basics about Tintin and why he's appealing

    by DArtagnan

    Tintin is in his early 20s His adventures take place at the time they were written. When does Batman / Spiderman take place? Does it matter. He is a reporter of "Le Petit Vingtieme" who, like Lois Lane, does a lot of investigation and gets thrown into a series of adventures. His dog Snowy is not gay. Why would anyone think that? Why is he appealing? Because of his adventures. Tintin has found himself among South American guerilla fighters, faced drug dealers across Asia, searched for a treasure across Europe and under the sea, discovered a hidden Inca city in the Andes... And the list goes on. Yes I'm a Tintin fan but I'm not being condescending. I just hate it when I see some people bashing it the way they are, especially when it is clear that they are completely unfamiliar with the material. Of course, if you have read the books and still hate them, fair enough. I respect that.

  • May 13, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    snowy looks like SHIT

    by birdy birdman

  • May 14, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST


    by Mr_P

    Read the whole post, It was irony and a repeat of a previous post using cap instead of tintin. I look forward to captain america