The Adventures of Tintin (1991–1992)
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The Secret of the Unicorn: Part 1 

Tintin gets more than he bargained for when he buys a model of a sailing ship for Capt. Haddock that the seaman finds is unexpectedly familiar.


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Episode credited cast:
Colin O'Meara ...
Tintin (voice)
Thierry Wermuth ...
Tintin (voice)
David Fox ...
Captain Haddock (voice)
Christian Pellissier ...
Le capitaine Haddock (voice) (as Christian Pelissier)
Henri Labussière ...
Professor Calculus (voice) (credit only)
Yves Barsacq ...
Dupont (voice)
John Stocker ...
Thompson (voice)
Dan Hennessey ...
Thomson (voice)
Jean-Pierre Moulin ...
Dupond (voice)
Snowy (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Denis Akiyama ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Graeme Campbell ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Liz Dufresne ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Elizabeth Dufresne)


Tintin buys an old model ship at a flea market as a present for his friend, Captain Haddock, but when the Captain starts telling him about the exploits of a famous ancestor and several other men have their eyes on the model and will do anything to have it for their own, our hero learns it's no ordinary ship. Written by Hailey-7

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11 November 1991 (USA)  »

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Hergé has an animated cameo at a little over six minutes into the episode playing a man talking to a woman outside of Captain Haddock's apartment. See more »


Sir Francis Haddock said he was in the service of King Charles I in 1676. If he was in the English navy at that time, then Charles II would have been the English king. Charles I was beheaded in 1649, after which England entered into a republican period. Charles II became king upon the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. See more »

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First half of a grand adventure
19 December 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN is probably one of the best-remembered of the Tintin adventures and it was the one that Spielberg helped to adapt for his disappointing CGI movie in 2011. This one's a two-part adventure that actually has a sequel in the form of RED RACKHAM'S TREASURE, so don't expect a resolution of sorts.

The story is vintage Tintin and involves our hero coming into contact with a mysterious model ship which may or may not hold the secret to a hidden treasure. There's a lot of back and forth antics with your usual criminal gang and as a whole this adventure works very well with a fast pace and, crucially, plenty of humour. Captain Haddock returns to the fold in this one and is a real scene-stealer. The Thompson Twins also supply effective comedy. The print I watched was noticeably deteriorated compared to the other episodes in this series so perhaps the elements weren't preserved as well.

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