A new trailer offers an early glimpse of "The Adventures of Tintin," due in theaters Dec. 23.
Based on Herge's enduringly popular comics about a young sleuth and his dog, Snowy, "Tintin" marks the first film directed by Steven Spielberg since 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
It also uses motion-capture animation, a still-new technology that has so far yielded uneven results. Audiences embraced it in James Cameron's "Avatar," but gave it a cool reception in the recent kids' film "Mars Needs Moms." Motion-capture has a reputation for failing to create warm, lifelike characters.
The "Tintin" trailer appears to hide the film's motion-capture aspects, keeping human faces obscured or in shadow until the very end, when viewers get a clearer look at Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell). That may be an effort to build suspense, though already some Internet commentators are expressing skepticism.
The voice cast includes Daniel Craig as the pirate Red Rackham, Andy Serkis as the loveably volatile Captain Haddock and the inseparable British comedians Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as the inseparable detectives Thomson and Thompson.