“Before you start flipping through this beautiful collection of CG imagery and comic inspired artwork author Chris Guise leaves a note for his readers that begins: “The way I’ve written this book is unlike most ‘Art of’ books out there.” That is only the first inclination that what you hold in your hands is very much worth your time.
The Adventures of Tintin is the holiday baby of Steven Spielberg(Indiana Jones, Jaws, E.T.) and Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong). This dynamic duo directed and produced, respectively, bringing Georges “Hergé” Remi’s iconic character to life on the big screen. This film had the potential to be a flop, but in the hands of these brilliant creators, Tintin will undoubtedly be a success and this book is proof of such.
Spielberg and Jackson provide forewords themselves, giving their own stories of why this project was important to them; retelling stories I heard them speak about at San Diego Comic Con earlier this year. After, we are thrown into the world of this timeless character.
For new fans there is back-story on Hergé and the evolution of Tintin and his trusted companion Snowy the dog. A look at the original stories from the past 30 years gives you a deeper appreciation for how difficult it was to find the ideal look for this modern film. The evolution of the animation is what makes this book worth buying. We are shown step by step how Weta Workshop took the art from the original cartoon and experimented with many different styles until finally finding the perfect fit.”