Most things from childhood become less compelling with age, like that book you loved ("Where the Red Fern Grows," in my case) and subsequently ruined when you reread it 10 years later. "The Adventures of TinTin," the comic-book series authored by Belgian artist Hergé, is not one of those things -- with its sophisticated, yet endearing illustrations and smart historical/cultural references that sometimes go beyond a child's understanding, it has the makings of a comic that can stand the test of adulthood. But what would Hergé say now to a new film adaptation by Steven Spielberg that looks to threaten what makes it timeless?
The trailer for Spielberg's film, "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," was released on Monday, revealing a film that turns the classically illustrated comic into a special effects spectacle using motion capture technology:
Strangely, the film we would have voted most likely to fall into the lose-its-charm-with-age category looks like it might know how to pull the right heartstrings. The "Winnie the Pooh" movie comes out this Friday, and couldn't be more opposed to "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn":
In this case, the filmmakers opted for a style that's as classic as it gets. According to the AP, "directors Stephen Anderson and Don Hall sought to faithfully return Pooh to his hand-drawn origins for a feature film reminiscent of the 1960s' Pooh shorts."
In this culture war, will the faithful representation or the special effects ultimately resonate better with audiences?