'Adventures Of Tintin' Trailer Released

Several cartoon books featuring legend reporter Tintin, created by Belgian author Georges Remi aka Herge, are seen on October 24, 2010 in Bordeaux. i i

Several cartoon books featuring legend reporter Tintin, created by Belgian author Georges Remi aka Herge, are seen on October 24, 2010 in Bordeaux. Jean-Pierre Muller/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Several cartoon books featuring legend reporter Tintin, created by Belgian author Georges Remi aka Herge, are seen on October 24, 2010 in Bordeaux.

Several cartoon books featuring legend reporter Tintin, created by Belgian author Georges Remi aka Herge, are seen on October 24, 2010 in Bordeaux.

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Tintin, like Babar, has suffered a bit in modern readings. I grew up with the books, oblivious as a child is to things like possible personal politics drawn into the storylines, and loved them. I believed Tintin and Snowy were capable of anything, and chuckled every time Captain Haddock exploded in a cloud of curses like "Billions of blue blistering barnacles!" So I'm pretty excited about the trailer for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin:

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The animation, in these quick glimpses, is incredibly sharp, but at the same time it still seems to capture some of the watercolor quality that makes the books so beautiful. I hope that's not just wishful thinking!

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