Is Tintin Lost in the Uncanny Valley?

You guys, you guys! The first trailer for the Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson Tintin animated cinema spectacular is here! But while it's supposedly a gigantic step forward in motion capture technology, I can't help but notice something's missing. Something important.

As hyper-real as Tintin and Thomson and Thompson and that plane crash (my goodness!) look from a distance, we only get one brief close-up of a face. And, more forebodingly, we never get to see anyone actually, you know, talk. This makes me nervous! It's always been the eyes and the mouth that make motion capture people seem like freakish plasticine facsimiles. And you, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn trailer, you are hiding those things from us.

I could be wrong. I hope I am. But please, Weta Digital. Please tell me you didn't turn the boy hero of my youth into a zombified rubber glove. [io9]