Sunday, 6 May 2012

The Adventures Of Tin Tin: Sex and Drugs and Adventures on the High Seas … !

Hmmm … 

You know, it’s not THAT often I settle in for a cartoon, of an evening, it really isn’t.

No, really, it isn’t.

It’s also — debatably — what I watched, last night.

Given that — and, yes, Kevin, Grub, I know I’m going to put the cat amongst the pigeons, with that last sentence — I had a night to myself.

And a copy of recent DVD release, the 2011 Steven Spielberg film, The Adventures Of Tin Tin.

Hmmm … 

Yes, let’s get moving on, shall we … ?


Co-written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Rice and Joe Cornish, directed by Steven Spielberg The Adventures Of Tin Tin sees Tin Tin — originally created by Georges Remi, under his Hergé pen-name — buying a model of a ship called The Unicorn, at a local market.

A purchase that immediately sees Tin Tin (Jamie Bell) being offered a seriously good price by the very dubious Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig), and by the very anxious Barnaby.

And a model that is mysteriously stolen, after Snowy gets into an argument with a neighbour’s cat*.

As it turns out … ?

As it turns out, hidden in one of the masts — and unnoticed by the burglars, as it fell behind a chest of drawers — is a scroll: offering clues to a hidden treasure.   A hidden treasure originally owned by Sir Francis, and stolen by the fearsomeº pirate, Red Rackham.

And that’s just where the adventure starts … !


Now … ?

I said cartoon, earlier … ?

That’s actually being rather unflattering, it really is.   In line with so many animated films, these day, The Adventures Of Tin Tin is a motion captured affair: and — if I’m any judge — quite a well done one, too.

So it should be, I think: after all, one of the production studios, co-producer, Peter Jackson’s WingNut, was responsible for the successful Lord of the Rings trilogy sunk a lot of money into the production, with Weta Digital also did much of the work.

So I think we can say it’s not a cartoon, then.

Except — possibly — in one sense.

And that’s the important one, I think.

That — if I’m any judge — that The Adventures Of Tin Tin is really a good old fashioned film that I think I could happily enjoy with my children, should I have any.

Hmmm … 

I think I’ll have to see what Jude thinks of it, when he gets older.

I’ll let you know.

And leave you seeing stars …
The Adventure of Tin Tin.

*        Which, if you followed my tweets, last night, will explain the references to amusing comedy pussies … 

º        Yes, I know: but it’ s a post about Tin Tin, remember?   I could’ve thrown in the word ‘dastardly’ … 


Anonymous said...

i thought it was an insult to the memory of Herge. and Moffat ran out on the writing after being offered Doctor Who, Wright and Cornish had to rescue it. So that's probably why it's so far from the original. technically a great achievement and Shannon (8) loves it but i'll stick with the fine box set published by Egmont. those are so faithful the animation even moves through frames from the strip!

Anonymous said...

the box set available from Egmont will appease all the Tintin fans who will hate this shit