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New 'Tintin' Website Adds Oomph to Your Day

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It's been a long week, right? Well, if you need a little pick-me-up, head over to the new website for "The Adventures of Tintin" and treat yourself.

The website itself is full of cool interactive tidbits like trailers, character biographies, a little history about the original "Tintin" series, details about the post-production process, and trailers. There's even a little video interview (appropriately labeled "Fanboys") with director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson that includes snippets from the motion-capture test with Jackson as Captain Haddock, and cool behind-the-scenes footage of the mocap process perfected by WETA.

But, you're saying, what if I need to, you know, work today and not just play on the new "Tintin" website? Well, you can also let it run in the background and pretend you are the hero of your own adventure accompanied by John Williams' soundtrack. Sure, cool kids like Trent Reznor ("The Social Network," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), the Chemical Brothers (for "Hanna"), and Basement Jaxx ("Attack the Block") are cranking out block-rocking soundtracks, but you can't get more old-school epic than John Williams.

The longtime collaborator with Spielberg is famous for scores like "Jaws," the "Star Wars" movies, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and the Indiana Jones films that were a sort of reverse inspiration for "Tintin." In the interview on the "Tintin" website, Spielberg explains how he discovered "Tintin" through a French article that kept mentioning the children's books in reference to Indy's adventures. Williams also scored a whole host of the "Harry Potter" films. If you're a fan of those films, chances are a John Williams score produces an almost Pavlovian response that will make you laugh, cry, or pee your pants with fear of aliens or sharks.

Clicking around on the site shows there are still some tidbits that haven't been revealed yet, like games and other goodies. So keep peeping it, and meanwhile enjoy your own epic Friday.

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