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The Adventures of Tintin is a 3D motion-captured animated film adaptation of the comic book of the same name.


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Tintin (Jamie Bell), a young journalist, and his dog Snowy are browsing in an outdoor market in a European town (scene starts off with a cameo of Hergé doing Tintin's portrait). Tintin buys a model of a three-masted sailing ship, the Unicorn, on the cheap, but is then immediately accosted by the sinister Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig), and the mysterious figure of Barnaby (Joe Starr), who both try to buy the model from Tintin, without success. Tintin takes the ship home, but it is broken during a fight between Snowy and a neighbor's cat. As it breaks, a parchment scroll slips out of the ship's mast. Snowy spots it but is unable to alert Tintin. Meanwhile, incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson (Nick Frost and Simon Pegg) are on the trail of a pickpocket, Aristides Silk (Toby Jones). Tintin visits Sakharine in Marlinspike Hall, where he learns that there are two model ships. Tintin puts the scroll in his wallet, only to have his wallet stolen by Silk.

Later, Tintin is shot at, then abducted by accomplices of Sakharine, and imprisoned on the SS Karaboudjan. On board, Tintin escapes and meets the ship's nominal captain, Haddock (Andy Serkis). Haddock has been supplied with whiskey by first mate Allan (Daniel Mays), who is working for Sakharine, and the captain is permanently drunk, and doesn't know what's happening on board his ship. Tintin and Haddock (and Snowy) eventually escape from the Karaboudjan in a lifeboat. Sakharine sends a seaplane to find them, but Tintin is able to capture the plane, and fly towards the (fictitious) Moroccan port of Bagghar, but they crash in the desert.

Dehydrated in the heat, and suffering from a sudden lack of alcohol, Haddock hallucinates, and starts to remember stories about his ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock (Andy Serkis), who was captain of the Unicorn during the 17th century. Sir Francis' treasure-laden ship was attacked by a pirate ship, led by the masked Red Rackham (Daniel Craig), and, after a fierce battle and eventual surrender, Sir Francis chose to sink the Unicorn, and most of the treasure, rather than allow it to fall into Rackham's hands. 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 third model ship is in Bagghar in the possession of the wealthy Omar Ben Salaad (Gad Elmaleh), but it is encased in a bullet-proof glass display case. Sakharine's plan is to stage a concert involving famous diva Bianca Castafiore (Kim Stengel), the "Milanese nightingale", whose penetrating singing voice will be able to shatter the glass case, allowing Sakharine's trained hawk to fly down and steal the third scroll. After a chase down to the harbor, pursued by Tintin and Haddock, Sakharine finally escapes with all three scrolls. Tintin chases him back to Europe and arranges a police reception for him on the dockside. Haddock and Sakharine, who is revealed to be the descendant of Red Rackham, replay their ancestors' swashbuckling sword fight, using dockside cranes, swords, and even bottles of whiskey. Haddock is eventually victorious and Sakharine is promptly arrested by Thomson and Thompson.

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. Both men agree to continue the adventure.


  • Jamie Bell as Tintin
  • Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock and Sir Francis Haddock
  • Daniel Craig as Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine and Red Rackham
  • Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as Thomson and Thompson
  • Enn Reitel as Nestor
  • Tony Curran as Lieutenant Delacourt
  • Toby Jones as Aristides Silk
  • Gad Elmaleh as Omar Ben Salaad
  • Kim Stengel as Bianca Castafiore
  • Joe Starr as Barnaby
  • Sonje Fortag as Mrs Finch.
  • Cary Elwes as Phillip Rhys
  • Ron Bottitta as a Unicorn Lookout
  • Mark Ivanir as Afgar Outpost Soldier/Secretary
  • Sebastian Roché as Pedro/1st Mate
  • Sana Etoile as Press Reporter

Critical reception

The Adventures of Tintin received generally positive reviews from critics. Based on 195 reviews collected by review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, the film scored a 75% "Certified Fresh" approval rating, with an average rating of 7/10. The site's critical consensus is, "Drawing deep from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Steven Spielberg has crafted another spirited, thrilling adventure in the form of Tintin."[1] Metacritic, another review aggregator which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, calculated an average score of 68, based on 40 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[2]

Home video

Cover Format Released
The Adventures of Tintin DVD DVD March 13, 2012
The Adventures of Tintin Blu Ray Blu-ray March 13, 2012
37365 front Blu-ray 3D March 13, 2012

Television broadcasts

Channel Premiere date
Nickelodeon August 2013
NickToons October 2013
TeenNick November 2013
Cartoon Network November 2014


  • This is the second Nickelodeon film to be released in IMAX and the first to be released in IMAX 3D.
  • This is the fourth Nickelodeon film to be nominated for an Academy Award, after Rango, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Wild Thornberrys Movie, and Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius. It was nominated for Best Original Score.
  • This was Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's first Nickelodeon film.
  • This was Nickelodeon's first animated film released in stereoscopic 3D.
  • The first Nickelodeon film to ever win a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature, and the first animated film to do so.
  • This is the fifth Nickelodeon film that doesn't take place in the United States; this film is set in Europe.
  • This film combines the Tintin tales 'The Crab with the Golden Claws' (Tintin befriends Captain Haddock whose ship has been hijacked by smugglers) and the two-parter 'The Secret of the Unicorn' and 'Red Rackham's Treasure' (Tintin and Haddock search for pirate treasure).
  • The Nickelodeon network aired The Adventures of Tintin animated series in 1993, almost two decades before producing this movie.
  • Columbia Pictures' second involvement with Nickelodeon Movies, following Yours, Mine & Ours.
  • This is the fourth Nickelodeon Movies' computer-animated film, after Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, Barnyard and Rango.
  • This is Nickelodeon Movies' third computer-animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Barnyard and Rango.



  1. The Adventures of Tintin (2011). Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved on March 28, 2012.
  2. The Adventures of Tintin. Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved on February 9, 2012.

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