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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn | Hollywood Animation Movie Reviews

The adventures of Tintin” is a famous cartoon strip which made Tintin popular over the mass. He is not any superhero nor he possess any supernatural powers. He is kind of guy next door with blessed with remarkably well intelligence and courage. Of course having skills to fight and conquer enemy is also there within him. The series was created by Belgian artist Georges Remi (1907–1983), who wrote under the pen name of Hergé.

Steven Spielberg is a fan of adventure tales and the entire Indiana Jones series is the proof of the same. He became fan of Tintin also, when he simply got introduced to the same. How he heard about Tintin is a something interesting. When his installment “Raiders Of the Lost Ark” from The Indiana Jones series was released, in a review about the same it was compared to Tintin. This made him curious to know more about Tintin. The Tintin books then made available to him. He despite of not knowing the language French, became fan of Tintin and he decided to make a film on him. This is how “The Adventures of Tintin : The Secret of the Unicorn” film thought about.

It is also worth to note that Hergé himself was interested in Spielberg making the film and both of them met for the same as well. Hergé was not that happy with the animation films made earlier because of his vision of the character and its representation. He however died before the venture with Spielberg could take off. His widow then finished the formalities of rights with Spielberg.

Movie : The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Director : Steven Spielberg
Based On : The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé
Cast : Jamie Bell (Tintin), Andy Serkis (Captain Haddock and Sir Francis Haddock), Daniel Craig (Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine and Red Rackham), Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (Thomson and Thompson), Tony Curran (Lieutenant Delacourt), Toby Jones (Aristides Silk, a pickpocket), Gad Elmaleh (Omar Ben Salaad), Mackenzie Crook and Daniel Mays (Tom and Allan, smugglers aboard the Karaboudjan), Kim Stengel (Bianca Castafiore), Joe Starr (Barnaby, an FBI agent), Sonje Fortag (Mrs Finch), Cary Elwes and Phillip Rhys (seaplane pilots), Ron Bottitta (Unicorn Lookout), Mark Ivanir (Afgar Outpost Soldier/Secretary), Sebastian Roché (Pedro/1st Mate), Sana Etoile (Press Reporter)
Producers : Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
Screenplay : Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish

The story is simple, adventurous, fascinating and no-nonsense altogether. Tintin is a journalist and he lives with his pet dog Snowy. We found them wandering in an European Market. After getting his portrait drawn, Tintin was browsing the market and he found small three-masted sailing ship named Unicorn. He liked it and found it affordable as well. He immediately bought the same. Snowy however was busy overlooking the people in the market and found a pickpocket doing his job with excellence. Snowy tried catching him and expose, which was not so successful though. Just following the incident, there was one other fellow came there to the vendor who was interested in buying the same.

However the seller refused to be of any help to them and said that now it is the property of the buyer Tintin, who may decide if he wants to hand it over to the newcomer. Tintin refused to sell the same despite being offered a very high price for it. Tintin takes the ship safely to his home and place it to the proper place. There enters a cat from the neighbor and between the fight of the cat and his dog snowy the ship falls on to the ground. During this a parchment scroll slips out of the ship’s mast and moves under the table. Snowy tries informing the same to Tintin but fails!

Tintin was alert by the incidents of getting the ship purchased from him by sinister Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine and Barnaby, and decided to know more about the ship. He found a lot information about the ship Unicorn when visited a library. But when he returned home he found that the ship was gone! He blames himself for being that stupid. Tintin visits Sakharine in Marlinspike Hall. He ultimately came to the conclusion that there are at least two identical versions of the ship Unicorn. He also questioned Sakharine that as he owns one model of the ship why he want to have the second one too. It makes Tintin even more suspicious and curios about Unicorn. When returned to the home, he found it was broken into and someone (or many) tried to find out some specific thing, he was ultimately be able to find the parchment scroll which was fallen out of the ship. He puts in the parchment in his wallet. The pickpocket who shown at the market was wandering the city followed by two genius(!) detectives Thompson and Thompson. The pickpocket was able to pick the wallet of Tintin too. So the parchment was now gone! Tintin and Snowy tried capturing the pickpocket without success! At last when Tintin came home he got kidnapped.

When he opened his eyes, he found himself in the custody of Sakharine on a ship!!! There a direct connection of the real captain of the ship and the Unicorn, what was that? What was the secret of unicorn anyway? Why Sakharine was desperate to get it? What will be the fate of Tintin, Snowy, Sakharine, Unicorn and the peoples associated with it? A journey in the child’s fantasy adventure tale begins from here. And it is worth watching with own eyes. Don’t look for much logic into, but just get with the flow and you will enjoy. It is a film for children of course, but we believe that there is always a child in everyone and it loves to explores such adventure with delight. A family film to watch.

It is the first animation film by Steven Spielberg proving that there is a child inside him at the best! The movie was nominated for Oscar for Best Original Score. It also nominated for BAFTA award for best animated film and special effects. The film was nominated for several other prestigious award, won a few of them as well. Here is a comprehensive list of some of the remarkable awards the movie was nominated for in alphabetical order.

  • Academy Awards
  • Alliance of Women Film Journalists
  • Annie Award
  • Art Directors Guild
  • BAFTA Awards
  • Chicago Film Critics Association
  • Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics
  • Empire Awards
  • Florida Film Critics Circle
  • Golden Globe Awards
  • Houston Film Critics Society
  • IGN Best of 2011
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association
  • New York Film Critics Online
  • Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
  • Online Film Critics Society
  • Phoenix Film Critics Society
  • Producers Guild of America Award
  • Satellite Awards
  • Saturn Awards
  • St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards
  • Toronto Film Critics Association
  • Utah Film Critics Association
  • Visual Effects Society
  • Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association
  • Women Film Critics Circle

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