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Still shot from the movie: Adventures of Tintin.

Adventures of Tintin

Tintin (voice of Jamie Bell) is a young journalist in search of a good story. With his faithful pup Snowy at his side, the youth sets out to discover the secret of the Unicorn (a sailing ship) and a lost treasure. This animation is based on a series of graphic novels by Herge. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B 3.5
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 107
Theater Release: 20 Dec 2011
Video Release: 13 Mar 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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Comic artist Georges Prosper Remi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé, authored 23 books chronicling the exploits of a young journalist named Tintin. Now the redheaded reporter (voiced by Jamie Bell) jumps onto the big screen with the directorial input of Steven Spielberg.

The story begins when Tintin buys a model of a three-mast ship from a street vendor (voiced by Alex Hyde-White). Before he even gets to his flat, Tintin is approached by at least two men (voiced by Daniel Craig and Joe Starr) wanting to purchase the miniature. When one of them is gunned down at Tintin’s front door, the budding correspondent determines to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the reproduction of the Unicorn.

What follows is a high seas caper that has Tintin searching for lost treasure with the inebriated Captain Haddock (voiced by Andy Serkis). Along the way audiences also encounter other well known characters from the book including the bumbling but amiable police inspector Thompson (voiced by Simon Pegg), his identical twin brother Thomson (voiced by Nick Frost), the opera singer Bianca Castafiore (voiced by Kim Stengel) and the nefarious Red Rackham (also voiced by Daniel Craig).

While the film will likely capture the attention of older children and teens, the frequent depiction of intense peril, hand-to-hand combat, weapon use and criminal activities may discourage parents from taking younger family members along. (Tintin is kidnapped, caged, shot at, tied up and hit over the head several times.) Captain Haddock’s love affair with the bottle is also problematic, especially when it clouds his ability to remember some important information imparted by his dying grandfather.

Fast-paced with hardly a moment to breathe, this galloping 3D animated whodunit proves to be lots of fun even if it lacks any real moral messages. The film’s best advice: buyer beware.

Adventures of Tintin is rated PG: for adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook
Studio: 2011 Paramount Pictures
Website: Official site for Adventures of Tintin.

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