In spite of my own queasiness, The Adventures of Tintin is getting pretty decent advanced reviews. This is obviously good for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, two guys who have had an uneven track record lately, and hopefully it’s good for fans of Herge’s original comic books. It’s also pretty good for the rest of us, since we’ll get a rare trip through the Uncanny Valley unscathed. And we could all use a win right about now.
Unquestionably, though, the big Internet and Life Winner of the Decade (yeah, I’m calling it early) is animator James Curran, also known as SlimJim, who was able to capitalize on the family film’s good word-of-mouth and get a job on Spielberg’s next project. That next project? Most likely a small production called Robopocalypse (or Lincoln, either way, radass). How did he do this? By animating his own, simple yet striking, opening credits sequence for The Adventures of Tintin, then having that featured on the A.V. Club’s Great Job, Internet!, and then having that seen by Steven Spielberg himself, who apparently liked what he saw so much that he called up Curran on the spot and offered him a gig.
If you haven’t seen the animation, I’ve done you the favor of embedding it below:
While it is impressive, for some reason I think the opening would work better for a Tintin cartoon series than as a feature film, but you should definitely check out Curran’s site for more videos. It’s not difficult to see what impressed Spielberg enough to hire the guy, so I guess it just goes to show that the old adage is true: Success is based on who you know. Or, who randomly sees your portfolio on the Internet and decides to embrace Its overall goodwill. Or, through hard work and determination, and being at the right place at the right time. One of those. It’s the exception that gives YouTube filmmakers, Etsy designers, webcomic artists, and independent creators of all stripes hope for the future.
So, yeah. Great job, Internet. Hats off.
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force and tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar. He always plugs himself at the end of an article, this most certainly is not a shameless plug to get attention. Well, not anymore than it normally is.