Monday, November 21, 2011

The Adventures Of Tintin - A Hollywood Animation Movie

Film poster promotion. From Tintin Facebook group.

Last week, I watched The Adventures of Tintin and wow, I was so blown away by the spectacular animation techniques. 

Directed by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, the 100-minute long movie starts with Tintin buying a model of ship in a flea market. Tintin later learns that the model is a miniature of a lost ship called the Unicorn and that there is mystery behind it. 

A series of events leads Tintin to meet Captain Archibald Haddock, the last descendant of the Unicorn's commander. Tintin and Haddock team up to reveal the ship's mystery, but it is not easy as their enemies attack them from the sea, the air and on the desert. They get help from detective team Thomson and Thompson, but face another problem when the enemies take benefit of the beautiful yet ear-splitting, glass-breaking voice of Milanese Nightingale Bianca Castafiore.

Picture-wise, the movie offers the best computer generated imagery (CGI). You can marvel at how Tintin's flashlight pours light over a cloud of flying dust, or how the light from the flashlight creates glare effect on several scenes. You can see Tintin's facial expression, down to his freckles.

Story-wise, the movie merges three comic titles: The Golden Clawed Crab, The Secret of Unicorn and The Red Rackham's Treasure. In the comic version, Tintin's initial meeting with Haddock is in The Golden Clawed Crab, encounter Thomson&Thompson in The Cigar of The Pharaoh and stumbles upon Bianca Castafiore in King Ottokar's Sceptre. Of course, nothing beats the comic versions, but in my opinion, Spielberg and Jackson did quite well to introduce the characters.

I must warn all Tintin fans out there that the movie and the comics are two different types of art. Some may feel disappointed at the result, but it's Spielberg's interpretation. And one day, it's possible to see another interpretation of Tintin.

Have a magnificent Monday!

PS. Of the below picture, which is your favorite Tintin? I like him in kilt. :)


Herge/Moulinsart, 2011. Found here

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