The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn tells the story of a young reporter as he follows stories wherever they may lead, even to the ends of the earth.
Tintin is a Belgian cartoon character, who has been famous for many years. He has a white dog named Snowy, encounters a lunatic pirate captain, a mad scientist, and most horrific of all, twins. Abomination.
The first of three planned Tintin films, The Secret of the Unicorn will be directed by Steven Spielberg, with the others directed by coproducer Peter Jackson. All three films will use similar motion capture technology and 3D to Avatar, so expect some of the most eye popping visuals ever in a kid’s film. No word yet on who the director for the third film will be, but they better get somebody good, because anyone following Spielberg and Jackson is going to have a lot to live up to.
Who’s It For?
It could go PG-13, but I’d guess PG.
Movie Release Date
First is scheduled to be released on December 23, 2011.
Who’s In It?
Daniel Craig … Red Rackham
Simon Pegg … Inspector Thompson
Cary Elwes … Pilot
Jamie Bell … Tintin
Andy Serkis … Captain Haddock
Nick Frost … Thomson
Tony Curran … Lt. Delcourt
Tintin spelled backwards is Nitnit. It really makes you think.
Avatar, Lord of the Rings, ET, Beowulf
What’s Good About It?
This looks like a passion project for both Spielberg and Jackson. I’m interested to see what they can do with the new technology.
What’s Bad About It?
Spielberg still makes solid films, but nothing really legendary in a while. Maybe he’s lost his inspiration. Also, Peter Jackson may end up directing the Hobbit films, which could delay the second entry in the series.
Our Clever Prediction
It will make big money. No doubt about that. I think critics will like it, and hopefully it’ll be fun. No doubt it will be able to visually capture the look and feel of the cartoon, since they’re using the motion capture tech from Avatar.