The Adventures of Tintin
The Adventures of Tintin, also known in the United Kingdom as The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is a 2011 3D motion capture computer-animated mystery action adventure comedy film based on The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by the late Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, and written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish, the film is based on three of Hergé's albums: The Crab with the Golden Claws (1941), The Secret of the Unicorn (1943), and Red Rackham's Treasure (1944). The cast includes Jamie Bell as Tintin, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock and Sir Francis Haddock, Daniel Craig as Sakharine, and Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as Thomson and Thompson.
While shopping at an outdoor market, young reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell), accompanied by his faithful dog, Snowy, buys a model of an old ship called the Unicorn. A shady character named Sakharine (Daniel Craig) and later an American named Barnaby (Joe Starr) try to buy the model from him, but Tintin refuses. The lad discovers that the ship contains a clue about a hidden treasure, but before he can locate it, Tintin is kidnapped and given over to the custody of drunken Capt. Haddock (Andy Serkis).
Why It Rocks
- Great voice acting from all characters, especially Daniel Craig as Sakharine and Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock and Sir Francis Haddock.
- Great animation that looks almost realistic, but still cartoony enough to be animated.
- Very unique action scenes, like a ship being flung over another ship, or sword fighting with construction cranes.
- Very good soundtrack.
- The film is like Indiana Jones, but since it's animated, it is able to go all the way with its action and adventure (see point 3).
- Amazing story that faithfully adapts the stories of The Crab With Golden Claws and The Secret of Unicorn with some changes to effectively blend them together.
- Captain Haddock is a hilarious character.
- This is a better film adaptation of a Franco-Belgian comic than AMW, which shares the same release year.
The Only Bad Quality
- Some violence may not suitable for young viewers despite being PG-rated.
The Adventures of Tintin got positive reviews from critics as well as universal acclaim from audiences and fans alike, who praised the stylized use of motion capture (particularly the faithful look to Hergé's works), visual effects, action scenes, performances and music, to which they compared one of Spielberg's previous works, Raiders of the Lost Ark. It holds a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 208 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. The site's critical consensus says "Drawing deep from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Steven Spielberg has crafted another spirited, thrilling adventure in the form of Tintin." The film also has a score of 68/10 on Metacritic based on 40 reviews and a 7.4/10 on IMDb. It is also one of the best movies of 2011 as well as motion-capture as computer animation.
The Adventures of Tintin grossed $77,591,831 in North America and $296,402,120 in other territories for a worldwide total of $373,993,951 against its $135 million budget, making it Paramount's highest-grossing animated feature.
In November 2011, Steven Spielberg announced a sequel to the 2011 film The Adventures of Tintin and was planned to be released sometime in the future. As of 2020, there have been little to no info about the film, but Peter Jackson is still involved with the project. The third Tintin film is also announced.