Will Brilliant Unofficial Tintin Credits Serve or Hurt Spielberg’s Movie?
One morning animator James Curran woke up and decided to create an Unofficial Credits for the coming The Adventures of Tintin directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson. (See above for the writing credits, another very exciting part of the movie.)
Although Curran used a rounder iconography than Herge’s originals drawings, the feel created in this one minute clip is one of respect for Tintin universe and of deep knowledge of Herge’s work (the 24 albums are visually covered throughout the credits).
Uploaded yesterday, the video already got 29, 000 clicks (as I write this) and will only grow bigger.
The enthusiasm the video produced in 24h reflects people deep love for Tintin and his adventures and their hunger to always discover new ways of telling the Belgium Hero’s stories.
So this should be seen as a good news for the coming Motion-Captured/3D blockbuster Part 1.
But is it really?
I tried to picture the storytelling concept Curran used but told in motion capture and CGI, and I could only imagine a cold and in your face clip as a result. Part of Tintin and Curran video’s charm is their childish-like feel and maybe Spielberg’s take will make gazillions of $ (after all, the team is pretty stunning), but there is a chance people who associates The Adventures of Tintin to the real Tintin will be taken aback and reject the visuals.
Curran did a wonderful job at the right time and hopefully his work will get him attention.
But is his video reflective of a deep love for an old-school animated feel, as I suspect, or is it just a good video that is enjoyable as an isolated proton in a sea of whatever sea protons swim in?
Let’s keep an eye on the numbers of clicks the video gets, and the number of tickets The Adventures of Tintin will sell. There might be one or two dots to connect.[thanks to @Bouletcorp]