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The Adventures of Tintin - Film Review

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by Jessica Valls (subscribe)
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Published March 1st 2012
Based on the French comic albums 'Les Aventures de Tintin', created by the famous Belgian artist Georges Remi (1907-1983). Also known under his pen name of Hergé, Georges Remi published his first French series of Tintin in a children's newspaper on the 10th of January 1929. The series achieved great success and Hergé saw his work published in many other newspapers until it was turned into 'Tintin Magazine'.
George Remi created his own studio in 1950, called Studio Hergé. By then the series were very popular and became one of the most popular comics in Europe, in the 20th Century. Studio Hergé produced a series of twenty-four albums of 'The Adventures of Tintin' which were translated and published in over 50 languages.

Set during the 20th Century, the hero is Tintin, a young Belgian reporter who always has his best and loyal buddy by his side, Snowy the fox terrier (Milou in French).

Later in the series, Tintin has help from other new characters such as Captain Haddock, the drunk ship captain, Professor Calculus (Proffesseru Tournesol in French), the highly intelligent but deaf professor, and finally Thompson and Thompson (Dupon et Dupond in French), the really incompetent twin detectives.

Hergé himself features in some of the comics as a background character.

The Adventures of Tintin has been admired around the world, thanks to Hergé's clean and expressive drawings. His style is simply engaging; the plot is well researched and includes a variety of genres. Each comic book has a different adventure with elements of fantasy, mystery and science fiction, always accompanied by a touch of humor of political and cultural comments.

1. Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (1930)
2. Tintin in Congo (1931)
3. Tintin in America (1932)
4. Cigars of the Pharaoh (1934)
5. The Blue Lotus (1936)
6. The Broken Ear (1937)
7. The Black Island (1938)
8. King Ottokar's Sceptre (1939)
9. The Crab with the Golden Claws (1941)
10. The Shooting Star (1942)
11. The Secret of The Unicorn (1943)
12. Red Rackham's Treasure (1944)
13. The Seven Crystal Balls (1948)
14. Prisoners of the Sun (1949)
15. Land of Black Gold (1950)
16. Destination Moon (1953)
17. Explorers on the Moon (1954)
18. The Calculus Affair (1956)
19. The Red Sea Sharks (1958)
20. Tintin in Tibet (1960)
21. The Castafiore Emerald (1963)
22. Flight 714 (1968)
23. Tintin and the Picaros (1976)
24. Tintin and Alph-Art (2004)


Tintin and Alpha-Art was the intended twenty-fourth book of Hergé. He worked on it until his death and it was published in 1986 by the Hergé Foundation, despite it being unfinished. It was then republished in 2004 with more material.

Today, The Adventures of Tintin have been adapted for the radio, television and now for the big screens.

Steven Spielberg's adaption of Tintin, the first in a trilogy co-produced by Peter Jackson, has long been awaited for.

The Adventures of Tintin was shot using state of the art technology. Cirtics have grumbled about the characters being a bit too wax-like but I think it was just perfect.

The real actors were modified in post-production, but if you look closely into the characters you can find some reality in it.
If they had done an actual movie I don't think it would have had the same effect as Computer Generated Images. Everyone who knows about Tintin only know about the books and kids animation, so making a movie with actual people would have made it too real. The CGI is what creates the overall mood of the movie and has a greater impact than real actors, in this case of course. The CGI makes the film sharp and colourful, which makes it engaging just like the books.



The film beginnings with Tintin (Jamie Bell) buying an old model ship from a street market. Hidden in the boat is a clue to an incredible treasure. So begins a treasure hunt in which he and his faithful Snowy meet Captain Haddock on their adventure.

Originally, Tintin meets Haddock in 'The Crab with the Golden Claws'. So the movie integrates two of Hergé's books: 'The Crab with the Golden Claws' and 'Red Rackham's Treasure'.

The opening credits have the perfect Tintin by Hergé style. It really got me into the movie straight away and I went back in time, when I used to read Tintin all day long. The scenes in the movies are storyboarded and greatly executed.

Even though I have always known the French version on Tintin and am not used to Milou being called snowy and so on, I love the English version.

I would still love to see it in French.
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