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New Tintin Trailer Reveals Spielbergian Animation

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 11, 2011 at 4:51AM

Check out the new trailer for Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (December 23) below, for which star Daniel Craig wore a leotard for the performance capture. The question that Kris Tapley and I asked in our mid-summer Oscar Talk is: will the Academy consider this live action VFX (Avatar) or animation (Monster House)? Clearly the film is utterly stylized and "rendered," as they say in the trade, with no live action components, as "virtual" as Pixar's Cars 2. But performance capture, as live-action director Bob Zemeckis used it in Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol, has not been considered animation.
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Check out the new trailer for Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (December 23) below, for which star Daniel Craig wore a leotard for the performance capture. The question that Kris Tapley and I asked in our mid-summer Oscar Talk is: will the Academy consider this live action VFX (Avatar) or animation (Monster House)? Clearly the film is utterly stylized and "rendered," as they say in the trade, with no live action components, as "virtual" as Pixar's Cars 2. But performance capture, as live-action director Bob Zemeckis used it in Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol, has not been considered animation.

Also note the homage shot of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (ThePlaylist thinks this trailer looks like "the Indiana Jones Sequel We Should Have Had.")

Here's the previously released teaser.

This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Video, Exhibition, Winter, Steven Spielberg, 3D


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.