After years of wondering what Steven Spielberg’s take on Tintin would look like, we finally get our first good, long gander today. (That atmospheric teaser back in May was just that: a tease.) The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (out Dec. 23) looks like an swashbuckling, globe-trotting, planes-trains-and-automobiles-packed adventure yarn that aims for the same kind of all-ages thrills provided by Spielberg movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark. The performance capture animation (done by producer Peter Jackson’s WETA digital) is bright and graphic — a far cry from the gauzy, uncanny-valley-approaching style of something like 2004’s The Polar Express. (Watch the full clip below.)
The trailer gives plenty of new plot info, too. It seems Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell) accidentally happens on a model boat that contains a clue leading to an enormous treasure — and sure enough, he’s not the only person after the loot. Then we’re off: zooming, flying, and wave-breaking our way through an impressive-looking series of Spielbergian action set pieces.
Oh, and fair warning to all unicorn fans out there: You’re out of luck — it’s just the name of the model boat.
Watch the trailer below, and let us know what you think in the comments!