After a couple of snags, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will finally hit the big screen next month. The computer-animated motion-capture film is an adaptation of the series of comic books, The Adventures of Tintin, created by Belgian artist Hergé (Georges Remi).
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Its road to the theaters started more than twenty years ago in 1983. Steven Spielberg had been an avid fan of The Adventures of Tintin comic books and he was set to meet Hergé. Hergé, who didn’t like the previous live action film versions and the cartoon, had become a fan of Spielberg and thought he was the only person who could ever do Tintin justice should it be made into a movie. But, alas (I don’t know why I’m feeling so dramatic today), on the week they were supposed to meet, Hergé passed away. But his widow gave Spielberg the rights to the characters. But after unsatisfactory scripts, choosing the best way to film it so would do justice to the original art, filming delays, change in the lead actor, Writers Guild strike and Universal deciding to turn down their option to co-produce the film, it’s finally ready for release.
In The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, we follow the junior reporter Tintin, who has a nose for a good story and a talent for attracting trouble with his trusty dog, Snowy. They stumble into another mystery when Tintin purchases a model of a three-masted sailing ship in a European town outdoor market. The ship model leads him to a ship model collector, an alcoholic ship captain, centuries-old hidden treasure and a thrilling action-packed and wildly funny adventure.
The film is directed by Steven Spielberg who employed employing state of the art performance capture technology. It is produced by Peter Jackson and written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is based on three of the original comic books: The Crab with the Golden Claws (1941), The Secret of the Unicorn (1943), and Red Rackham’s Treasure (1944) and it is the first of the Tintin trilogy adaptations.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Movie Release Date
The adventure begins on December 21, 2011 with The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Pictures
Who’s In It?
- Jamie Bell as Tintin
- Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock
- Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
- Daniel Craig
- Tony Curran as Lieutenant Delacourt
- Toby Jones plays Aristides Silk
- Gad Elmaleh as Omar Ben Salaad
- Mackenzie Crook and Daniel Mays play Ernie and Allan
- Sebastian Roché as Pedro
- Cary Elwes and Phillip Rhys appear as seaplane pilots
- Ron Bottitta as Unicorn Lookout
The Good Stuff?
I vaguely remember watching The Adventures of Tintin on TV with my big brother when I was a kid. I was a bit too young to understand much of the stories and plots, but I do know he went on wild adventures and I can’t forget that he has a cute little white doggie and an unusual hairstyle. So watching this film will be a trip back to memory lane for me and this time I’ll be able to understand the story.
But if that’s not enough reason for you, how about this: Steven Spielberg. Lately, he’s been producing, rather than directing, a lot of movies. The last time he directed a film was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008 and the one before that was three films that came out in 2005. But with The Adventures of Tintin, he is back on the director’s chair and he sees Tintin as “Indiana Jones for kids.” The film was already released in Europe to mixed reviews but its performance in the box office shows that it has already earned at least $125M so far in international ticket sales.
The Bad Stuff?
If you were hoping to bring your little kid to watch The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, be aware that it has some adult themes to it, like Tintin being shot at and there’s an alcoholic ship captain. So if you haven’t had the “guns and drinking is bad” talk, I suggest you do it before watching the film.