Billions of blue blistering barnacles! The first picture from Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's 3D CGI version of Tintin has been published. Empire unveils the motion-captured animated stars of The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn on the cover of this month's issue.
The photo-realistic yet cartoony style is the filmmakers' take on the ligne claire style of the comic, in which cartoon-style characters were drawn on realistically rendered backgrounds. We like the idea, although the version of Captain Haddock devised by Jackson's special effects workshop Weta looks kinda... unnerving.
The iconic shot of Tintin running from a searchlight gets our geek juices flowing though. We're going to try and ignore the fact that Snowy is less Milou, more Scooby Doo 2.
The film stars twinkle-toed Jamie Bell as the blue-jumpered boy reporter, and motion-capture go-to guy Andy Serkis as the bushy-bearded blusterer Haddock. The cast is stuffed with British talent, including Daniel Craig, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook and Daniel Mays. In an inspired piece of casting, Simon Pegg andplay bumbling detectives Thompson and Thomson.
Tintin is one of the most famous comics characters of all time. Created by Belgian artist Georges Rémi under the pen name Hergé (his initials backwards, in French), the ginger-quiffed boy reporter and his faithful dog Snowy -- Milou if you're French -- first appeared in 1929.
Are you a Tintin fan? Looking forward to more motion-captured madness? Tell us in the comments. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will be released in the UK on 26 October 2011. All together now: Heerrrgaaayyyy's Aaaadventuuures of Tiiiiinnntiiiiiiinnnnnn!