First Image from “The Adventures of Tintin” –

The notion of canine sidekicks seems to have gone out of fashion as of late, and that’s a shame.  After all, where would Dorothy be without Toto?  Who is Superman without Krypto the Superdog?  And who gives a damn about Turner without Hooch?  Luckily for dog-lovers everywhere, in Steven Spielberg‘s motion capture epic The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the UnicornHerges globally-beloved Belgian reporter Tintin will assisted by his trusty dog Snowy (so named not for his white fur, but on account of his voracious appetite for a particular Colombian export).  A new image from the film has Tintin and Snowy doing some research in an outmoded artifact that primitive cultures referred to as a “book.”

The image first dropped at Animatie.

The Secret of the Unicorn is directed by Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, and the sequel, Prisoners of the Sun, is directed by Jackson and produced by Spielberg.  This first entry is written by the British power-triumvirate of Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish.  Jamie Bell provides motion-capture performance for Tintin, and he’s joined on the mo-cap stage by the likes of Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones, and Cary Elwes.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn hits theaters in 2D and 3D on December 23rd.