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Steven Spielberg's 'Tintin' begins its adventure [Trailer]

July 12, 2011 |  6:06 am

Steven Spielberg is already considered a big awards contender this upcoming fall/winter season for his period drama "War Horse." With this new trailer for "The Adventures of Tintin," he could be sitting on one of the season's big commercial plays as well.

The spot for the performance-capture film, which hit the Web on Monday, shows Jamie Bell as the titular young reporter who teams up with Andy Serkis' Captain Haddock to embark on a search for adventure on and off the high seas. (The film is an adaptation of three of the late Belgian artist Herge's books.)

Peter Jackson, who produced the movie, had his Weta Workshop handle the effects, and the trailer is a whirl of fluid, fast-moving images with far more life and detail than Robert Zemeckis' performance-capture efforts. And Spielberg has never directed an animated film before, one of several points of intrigue for the planned franchise. The film is scheduled to open on Dec. 23.


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