The Adventures of TinTin: The Secret of the Unicorn is a film based on three of the original comic books of The Adventures of TinTin by Belgian Artist Georges Remi or Herge. The three titles were: The Crab with the Golden Claws (1941), The Secret of the Unicorn (1943), and Red Rackham’s Treasure (1944).
This motion capture 3D movie adaptation of the famous comic book is written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. Directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson.
TinTin a young journalist with his dog Snowy stumbled upon a model of a three-masted sailing ship called the unicorn. The plot thickens when a certain Barnaby and the sinister Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine became interested in the ship.
That ship took TinTin and Snowy to meet Captain Haddock on a wild goose chase around the globe with Sakharine. Haddock then later recalled stories about his ancestor ‘Sir Francis Haddock’ fighting with a pirate called the masked Red Rackham who turn out to be Sakharine’s ancestor.
It transpires that there were three models of the Unicorn, each containing a scroll. Together, the scrolls will reveal the location of the sunken Unicorn, and its treasure. The contest for the scrolls between Haddock and Sakharine fall in favor Haddock and TinTin.
With the three scrolls in their possession, Tintin and Haddock find that the indicated location is Marlinspike Hall, and that the hall had been built originally by Sir Francis Haddock. There, in the cellar, they find some of the treasure, and a clue to the location of the sunken Unicorn.
Jamie Bell as TinTin
Andy Serkis as Haddock
Daniel Craig as Sakharine
- Spielbergs obsession of making a TinTin story on film began in 1983 – 28 years later the film was released.
- Spielberg commissioned Peter Jackson and his Weta Digital company initially to do only the digital animation for TinTin’s dog snowy. But in May 2007, a collaboration between the two was announced and that the film would be in motion capture digital 3D.
- Depending on the film’s success, two more Tintin movies could be produced.
- Here’s the original comic book where the title came from:
RAIN CHECK’S THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
I saw this film on the new IMAX 3D Theater of SM Southmall.
This was great as a comic book and now even better as a live motion capture film. The film in 3D is very smooth and creatively done. If you want to know what a perfect 3D film should look like, this would be the perfect example.
The voices matched the characters, the scenes and colors used was outstanding. I heard somebody say in the theater that the film is even ‘better than live action – it’s more real.’
The drawing stayed true to the original look of the comic book character, and it makes your skin crawls thinking that your finally watching the characters come to life all in three dimensions.
It’s so awesome how they switch from scene to scene without seeing it as a fade in or fade out or cut. Each scene shifts while your still on the previous scene. Really awesome!
The effects were really made for a real detailed 3D experience.
I would say that this movie is an Indiana Jones movie in motion capture. It’s a non-stop roller coaster ride with a bit of English humor.
This is Signal Number 3 in my book! Not your average 3D movie.