12/21/2011 02:18 pm ET | Updated Feb 20, 2012

Mighty Movie Podcast: Steven Spielberg on The Adventures of Tintin

2011-12-21-24091311805432008_002_56_410.jpgTime to close the year off with some rip-roarin' adventure, so why not throw in a little, continental flair in the process? Steven Spielberg has decided to take that route, and make his debut in the animation field, with The Adventures of Tintin, a cg-animated film using Avatar's performance-capture process and based on the charmingly audacious comic books by the artist Hergé. Starting with a mysterious message found in a model boat and spinning out into grandiose tapestry of action that includes pirate raids, fictional Arabian kingdoms, motorcycle chases, and talented opera singers, the story takes the classic boy reporter/detective (performed and voiced by Jamie Bell) and gives him the kind of adrenaline-filled exploits that only Spielberg can orchestrate.

Click on the player to hear the press conference featuring Steven Spielberg (who fields most of the questions), producer Kathleen Kennedy, stars Bell and Nick Frost, and WETA effects master Joe Letteri.