The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)

PG, 1 hr. 44 min.

Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family

Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Written By: Hergé, Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish


Just saw The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Anyone who used to read the Tintin comic books during their school days will love the feeling when the long gone Tintin suddenly comes to life and that too in high definition with astounding animation.

The movie is made using the motion capture technology and guess who directed it… none other than the legendary Steven Spielberg. Nice to know that even Spielberg loved the Adventures of Tintin that he went all the way to create an animated masterpiece for the comic.


The movie is based on The Adventures of Tintin, a series of comic books created by Belgian artist Herge (Georges Remi). Actually the movie is a mixed combination of on three of the original comic books: The Crab with the Golden Claws (1941), The Secret of the Unicorn (1943), and Red Rackham’s Treasure (1944). Its highlights of these three comics have been brought together in such a manner The Secret of the Unicorn becomes a completely new chapter in the Tintin saga.


This is the first fully animated movie form Spielberg. The groundbreaking visual effects is done by Weta Digital based in New Zealand. The very firm that has given stunning visual efffects in other mega hits like The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, iRobot, Avatar, King Kong, The Avengers, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and many more. Nothing less can be expected for Weta Digital for their exceptional recreation of the simple cartoon character to the 3D animated Tintin full of life and vibrancy. The movie is a fitting tribute to the artist Herge (who passed away in 1983) and his wonderful creation The Adventures of Tintin.


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