Steven Spielberg is such a generous guy. He came all the way to San Diego Comic-Con for the first time in his career to present The Adventures of Tintin. American’s may not know Tintin as well as the Europeans, but we know what a Spielberg movie is. At a press conference in San Diego, Spielberg promised he made this movie for each and every one of us personally. Not many A-list directors are at our personal disposal.

{post-video postid="219581"] “This movie I’m making for all of you,” Spielberg said. “Some I make just for myself. I do that sometimes when the subject matter is very sensitive and very personal. I really can’t imagine I’m an audience. I would lose myself too much if I thought of myself as an audience. There are other kinds of genre films I need to be able to make as an audience sitting right with you. Tintin is such a movie.”

So we may count on the Spielberg touch, but if we’ve never read Herge’s books, we’re still wondering what Tintin is and what’s so adventurous about him. Well, he’s a reporter who gets into trouble and has to find a way out. Here’s one example of such trouble, and also the unique approach to the characters in Tintin.

“Tintin does fall in a hole in our story but he gets out quick enough to allow the story to continue,” Spielberg said of a famous Tintin story he recreated on film. “So we don’t spend too long in the hole. There’s a lot of plot. Look at the Herge books. What makes it delightful [is] in the middle of that forward motion, we take time for the characters to have a relationship with each other. We take time for Capt Haddock to moan about what brought him to drink. In the first movie, we go back to Captain Haddock’s ancestors. We get to know a lot about why Captain Haddock is the man he is today. We’re very concerned with keeping the narrative moving because Herge was too, but in honoring Herge it was important to take the rest stops.”

The Adventures of Tintin opens this December.