"The Adventures of Tintin is a series of comic books created by Belgian artist Georges Remi (1907–1983), who wrote under the pen name of Hergé. The series is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, with translations published in more than 50 languages and more than 200 million copies of the books sold to date. The series first appeared in French in Le Petit Vingtième, a children's supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le XXe Siècle on 10 January 1929."
|Orginal comic characters|
I want to stay away from the plot in case you haven't seen it yet, so I'm just going to share what stood out for me. The animation hit me first. It was a very different style from what I usually see and so realistic I was floored for the first few minutes while trying to process the fact it was all fantasy. A lot of today's animation has incredible detail - like Rapunzel's hair in Tangled - but this animation was eerily real. They actually had to make the figures look more cartoonish - bigger noses, longer faces, extra round faces, etc. Adding 3D to the picture took the whole effect to the next level. I have heard people complain that sometimes 3D is just a selling point and not really taken advantage of in a movie. Not so here - it was used to great effect.
Another stand-out feature for me is, I suspect, due to Spielberg's influence. All through the movie I kept noticing the great angles the movie was "shot" from - only to have to keep reminding myself it wasn't shot. It was if Spielberg was given a cartoon camera free of the restrictions physics applies on a regular movie and used it to it's ultimate limits. We had aerial views, ground up views, the effect of a camera following someone in a crowd and more. Avatar had some unusual perspectives, but not to this level. This was hands down cutting edge and I can only suspect his experience in film provided the impetus. I would have love to have been a fly on the wall when animators were given the challenge to create this effect. I can't tell you how many times while caught up in the plot I kept catching myself in the lie; having to remind myself there was no camera or cameraman - just a team of people working on a computer.
|Yes - this is animation!!|
There is a lot more I could share, but the movie really should be seen before you know too much. I was lucky to read and hear absolutely nothing before I went, so the impact of the movie was not influenced by others. If you have been considering whether to go, I recommend getting out there while it is still available in 3D. It really does make a difference because of the style of the animation. The story will still be good on your home TV, but a lot will be lost in terms of being drawn in.