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The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

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Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.

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Steven Spielberg

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Hergé (based on "The Adventures of Tintin" by), Steven Moffat (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Bell ... Tintin (voice)
Andy Serkis ... Captain Haddock / Sir Francis Haddock (voice)
Daniel Craig ... Sakharine / Red Rackham (voice)
Nick Frost ... Thomson (voice)
Simon Pegg ... Thompson (voice)
Daniel Mays ... Allan / Pirate Flunky #1 (voice)
Gad Elmaleh ... Ben Salaad (voice)
Toby Jones ... Silk (voice)
Joe Starr ... Barnaby (voice)
Enn Reitel ... Nestor / Mr. Crabtree (voice)
Mackenzie Crook ... Tom / Pirate Flunky #2 (voice)
Tony Curran ... Lieutenant Delcourt (voice)
Sonje Fortag Sonje Fortag ... Mrs. Finch (voice)
Cary Elwes ... Pilot (voice)
Phillip Rhys ... Co-Pilot / French Medic (voice)
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Storyline

Having bought a model ship, the Unicorn, for a pound off a market stall Tintin is initially puzzled that the sinister Mr. Sakharine should be so eager to buy it from him, resorting to murder and kidnapping Tintin - accompanied by his marvellous dog Snowy - to join him and his gang as they sail to Morocco on an old cargo ship. Sakharine has bribed the crew to revolt against the ship's master, drunken Captain Haddock, but Tintin, Snowy and Haddock escape, arriving in Morocco at the court of a sheikh, who also has a model of the Unicorn. Haddock tells Tintin that over three hundred years earlier his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock was forced to scuttle the original Unicorn when attacked by a piratical forebear of Sakharine but he managed to save his treasure and provide clues to its location in three separate scrolls, all of which were secreted in models of the Unicorn. Tintin and Sakharine have one each and the villain intends to use the glass-shattering top Cs of operatic soprano the ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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ship | treasure | captain | dog | murder | See All (260) »

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This year, discover how far adventure will take you.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | New Zealand | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn See more »

Filming Locations:

Wellington, New Zealand

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Box Office

Budget:

$135,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,720,993, 25 December 2011

Gross USA:

$77,591,831

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$373,993,951
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Datasat | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| Dolby Surround 7.1

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the opening credits, there is a scene where a flip sign at a train station shows various destinations. Those are the places where Tintin has his adventures in the comic books (for example, Syldavia, Tibet, Black Island, Djakarta, et cetera). See more »

Goofs

On multiple occasions Captain Haddock drinks medicinal alcohol. Medicinal alcohol usually isn't the same as drinking alcohol, and has higher concentrations (one time he does drink what's labeled "50% alcohol") - drinking that would usually result in immediate poisoning rather than drunkenness. See more »

Quotes

[Tintin has escaped and stumbled into a room on the second deck of the ship, where he meets the eternally intoxicated Captain Haddock for the first time]
Captain Haddock: [brandashing a bent pipe; thinking Tintin is an intruder] So... you were trying' to catch me wi' my trousers down, huh?
Tintin: [dodging Haddock's blows] I would keep your trousers up, all the same to you.
Captain Haddock: [about Shakarine] He was planning all of this, trying to bump me off! He sent you here to kill me, huh?
Tintin: What are you talking about?
Captain Haddock: I knew he was going...
[...]
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Throughout the opening credits, artwork from the "Tintin" comics is seen (mostly locations Tintin has visited). See more »

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"I will find that ship. With or without your help!"
30 October 2011 | by jan_kalinaSee all my reviews

And Steven Spielberg has found that ship and that ship has sailed him to a brand new technology for filmmaking. Yes, I'm talking about motion capture or as Spielberg calls it "perfomance" capture. This technology is a like a new toy for Steven. You can feel the joy for filmmaking from every shot, every detail. He plays with the camera in a way he never could while making a live-action film. For example in probably the best scene of the film the main character, Tintin is gliding on a wire and the camera is following him throughout the whole scene in a continuous shot. But you can still say, you still see that this is a Spielberg movie. You know this is a Spielberg movie since the opening title credits that will remind you a lot of the opening credits in Catch Me If You Can. Even the music is very similar.

The main character is Tintin, who is a journalist who we never see doing any journalism though, but that doesn't matter because he is the textbook example of a heroic boy with boy scout qualities. The voice of Jamie Bell fits perfectly for the character. Andy Serkis gives here an incredible performance as Captain Haddock, the drunken sailor who to me was often reminiscent of a grumpy Harrison Ford. The story did seem as too much centered on Captain Haddock though, you could even say this should have been called "The Adventures of Captain Haddock" instead of Tintin. Daniel Craig is unrecognizable as the main villain Sacharine. Although his voice did jump to his normal voice in one line but otherwise you didn't know it was him. Of course I can't forget to mention the lovable dog, Snowy. He steals almost every scene that he is in. He is very realistic, he acts like a real dog and even gets his own chase scene. I'm telling you will adore this dog.

The animation is magnificent, the motion capture has gone a long way since The Polar Express. It looks very realistic, especially all the features on Captain Haddock's face. The beard, the wrinkles and the eyes, they all looked amazing. Especially the eyes, they aren't so dead-eyed anymore as in The Polar Express.

The action scenes are brilliantly written and directed, the angles of the camera, the drive of the action scenes, timing of all the jokes(physical or visual) is genius. Because Spielberg is a genius. He is the master of adventure movies and there never will be another genius in adventure movies like him.

Overall Spielberg has created an old-fashioned style adventure movie for the whole family to enjoy,where the important things are just the hunt for the treasure, the friendship two people can make and the most important thing of all that it is an entertaining ride. Spielberg never disappoints, it doesn't matter if you are a fan of Tintin or not, you will enjoy this film nonetheless


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