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‘TINTIN,’ THE BIG PICTURE: New poster is our Image of the Day

Paramount releases the first poster for December's "Tintin." (“The Adventures of Tintin” /Paramount)

Today, Paramount released the first poster for “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn,” the Spielberg-directed film adapted from Belgian creator Hergé's classic comic-book series about a boy reporter. Comic Riffs’s humble reaction, even from merely the mostly silhouetted figures: Our hopes are raised further still since last November, when Empire Online delivered a “first look.”

Paramount is counting on Spielberg’s ability to deliver on high hopes: The film — which teams Spielberg and his frequent producer Kathleen Kennedy with co-producer Peter Jackson — will be released Dec. 23 as the studio’s holiday “tentpole” event.

“Tintin” stars Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”) as the young journalist, and Daniel Craig is Red Rackham, the baddie who’s trying to foil his voyage. “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” director Edgar Wright co-wrote the screeplay with Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat.

Disney had similarly high hopes for Zemeckis’s “Mars Needs Moms,” the commercial flop from earlier this year that used 3D performance-capture to adapt the children’s book by Pulitzer-winning cartoonist/artist Berkeley Breathed..

In March, Breathed told Comic Riffs that “Tintin” “will be one of the last big tests maybe” of performance-capture animation.

Peter Jackson reportedly is "animating" Spielberg's live-action shots into CGI footage — creating a look more “cartoon”-like look than James Cameron’s “Avatar”or Zemeckis’s ”A Christmas Carol.”

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.


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