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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. May 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm — Reply

    YES! Allthoug I can’t see why they didn’t just make it live-action?

  2. May 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm — Reply

    Steven Moffat helped write the screenplay? Along with Edgar Wright? Wow. I’m not a Tintin fan, but I have to see this.

  3. brenton8090
    May 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm — Reply

    Yeah. I wish Tintin was a little bit more cartoony, a bit more pointy nosed, but the pedigree on this film is fantastic, so I’m hopeful.

  4. May 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm — Reply

    Would’ve preferred more stylized character designs for sure…we’re in uncanny valley territory here.

  5. Mijder
    May 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm — Reply

    I actually thought they were going for a more subtle thing that would let them just avoid the valley.

  6. DanJr
    May 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm — Reply

    I grew up reading the books…

    Why did they have to animate it like that?

  7. May 18, 2011 at 3:11 am — Reply

    A ship that is turning dessert into water ? wohooo, count me in

  8. May 18, 2011 at 4:47 am — Reply

    This… this is why I hate mo-cap. The trailer begs the question – why not just do it in live-action? It’s far too realistic to really be in Herge’s style, but it reeks of the filmmakers trying to avoid the “animation = kids” publicity ghetto. As a result, it’s an unsatisfying medium where, when you actually see Tintin’s face, it’s just plain weird & wrong. Unless it’s being mixed with live action, mo-cap will always land squarely in the Uncanny Valley and ruin an otherwise solid concept.

    Which is a shame – if this was live or hand-drawn animation, I’d be all over this. It sounds great, especially with that desert scene; it just should’ve been in a more appealling style.

  9. Oldcomicfan
    May 18, 2011 at 8:39 am — Reply

    I will go see this one! I have been a Tintin fan since the early sixties! That said, I’m not sure about the animation style but I will reserve judgement. I wonder if they couldn’t have done something more similar to Herge’s art style? Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham Treasure were, in my opinion, the best of the Tintin books. I’ve glad that Spielberg didn’t go with “Flight 714” as he originally announced, which was the lamest of the Tintin books. Probably because he used most of the plot of that story for “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” movie. After this one, I’d like to see them do “Destination Moon” and “Explorers on the Moon” – none of the other Tintin stories would really lend themselves to a movie. Also, these had been turned into an animated cartoon in the early sixties, and I’ve never seen them since.

  10. Felix in Oslo
    May 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    Count me in on this one. I always look forward to seeing more comic-inspired movies, and am interested in seeing what this crew can make of the source-material.

    As for the trailer: yeah, some uncannymajigging going on, but judging from how sparingly it is used I’d say they aren’t done with the post-production, and I think it will look better in the finished product.

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