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Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Steven Spielberg makes Comic-Con debut to talk 'Tintin’ with Peter Jackson


Directors Steven Spielberg, left, and Peter Jackson pose for a portrait at Comic Con in San Diego, Calif., on Friday, July 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg) (Dan Steinberg - AP)

Steven Spielberg made his first-ever appearance at Comic-Con to discuss his upcoming film “The Adventures of Tintin,” and was met with a standing ovation from the 6,500 fans that filled the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H.

He was joined onstage by unannounced guest Peter Jackson, producer of ”Tintin,” to show some footage from the film and discuss their careers. Here’s a quick breakdown of what happened during the panel.

What we knew going in: “The Adventures of Tintin” is a motion-capture animation film based on the comic books by George Remi, first published in 1929. Steven Spielberg directed and Jackson produced, basing the film on three stories from the 1940s that focused on intrepid reporter Tintin (played by Jamie Bell) and Capt. Haddock (Andy Serkis).

What we know now: Based on footage shown during the panel, the animation suits the source material, looking both high-tech and old-fashioned at the same time. The 3D also adds to the sense that a magic wand has been waved, bringing Remi’s work to life. Whether it works as an entire engaging narrative? That we won’t know until the film releases at Christmas time.

Reaction among the Comic-Con masses: Positive toward the movie, rapturous about the fact that Spielberg and Jackson were holding court together. The men responsible for “Lord of the Rings” and Indiana Jones, beside on another in the same cavernous room? It was clearly exciting to the roomful of movie fans, who gave another standing ovation at the end of the panel.

Projected reaction outside Comic-Con: Despite its popularity in Europe and among comic aficionados, the average person may not be familiar with “Tintin.” So the team behind the movie has a marketing battle ahead, but one they have kicked off in strong form by hosting today’s panel.

News from the panel: Spielberg confirmed his plans to make “Jurassic Park 4” in the next two to three years, while Jackson noted he wants to make the second “Tintin” movie, if it comes to pass.

Best fan moment of the panel: Listening to these two revered directors discuss their bodies of work and their upcoming projects — from “E.T." to “The Hobbit” — was the key delight of this panel.The great fan moment that captured that delight came when a guy stood up during the Q&A portion and displayed his T-shirt, which said “I want to meet Steven Spielberg and shake his hand and say thank you very much.” He was invitd to come onstage and do just that, while Spielberg and Jackson happily took photographs. In that moment, that gutsy guy with the funny shirt was the surrogate for and envy of every film geek in the room.

Best fan moment of the panel: Listening to these two revered directors discuss their bodies of work and their upcoming projects — from “E.T." to “The Hobbit” — was the key delight of this panel.The great fan moment that captured that delight came when a guy stood up during the Q&A portion and displayed his T-shirt, which said “I want to meet Steven Spielberg and shake his hand and say thank you very much.” He was invitd to come onstage and do just that, while Spielberg and Jackson happily took photographs. In that moment, that gutsy guy with the funny shirt was the surrogate for and envy of every film geek in the room.

By  |  03:53 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Categories:  Movies | Tags:  Comic-Con 2011

 
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