'Tintin' to screen at AFI Fest

Nov. 1, 2011 at 10:15 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The animated movie "The Adventures of Tintin" has been chosen to close out the 2011 American Film Institute Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

The Steven Spielberg-Peter Jackson collaboration is to screen in 3D Nov. 10 at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The screening will mark the movie's North American premiere.

Based on the beloved comic-strip characters created by Belgian artist Georges Rimi who wrote under the pen name Herge, the movie stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Longtime Spielberg collaborator John Williams scored the film.

The story follows "the unquenchably curious young reporter Tintin and his fiercely loyal dog Snowy as they discover a ship carrying an explosive secret that may hold the key to vast fortune ... and an ancient curse," AFI said in a synopsis.

"Steven Spielberg is a national treasure," Bob Gazzale, AFI president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. "He has written this nation's cultural legacy over four decades, he inspires artists and audiences alike and he honors us all by premiering 'The Adventures of Tintin' at AFI Fest, where we celebrate the very best the world has to offer for 2011."

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