November 10, 2011 9:32pm PT by Kimberly Nordyke
'The Adventures of Tintin': Never-Before-Seen Footage Promises Plenty of Action (Video)
Paramount Pictures on Thursday released a new "sneak peek" at its upcoming movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, from director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson.
The studio says the clip, released just after the movie closed the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, features "never-before-seen footage" of the movie, which uses motion capture and CGI animation.
Tintin was adapted from the legendary -- at least outside the U.S. -- comic book series by Belgian artist Herge. The kid-friendly film kicks off when Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell) discovers a model ship with a secret that leads him, with Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) at his side and the villainous Sakharine (Daniel Craig) in pursuit, on a round-the-world quest to find a shipwreck called the Unicorn.
The 30-second clip promises plenty of action, with Tintin embarking on his mission via pretty bumpy rides by boat, motorcycle and airplane.
Spielberg said he first optioned the rights in 1983 but wasn't satisfied that the first script would be "palatable for the rabid global fans." In 2004, he asked Jackson's Weta Digital effects house to create Tintin's dog Snowy, sparking the extraordinary collaboration between the two.
The film, which is the first in a proposed trilogy, will be released in the United States on Dec. 21. It has already opened overseas.