Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Film Fest - The Adventures of Tintin

I finally got to see this animated Spielberg version of the '30s comic book adventures of Tintin.

The books themselves are a lot of fun - rolicking boys'-own adventure stories that seem, so many years later, both sweet-natured and completely un-PC.  The new film catches the fun and the tone perfectly and is appealingly animated.  I was very glad to see that the drunken Captain Haddock is still a classic Comic Drunk, and hadn't been PCed into a teetotaler.  Snowy the dog was terrific - exactly the kind of smart, faithful companion every boy wants at his side.  Tintin himself was well done, a smooth step from the simplified cartoon drawing of the books into a more realistic, but still stylized animation... there's a nice moment when a street artist shows this re-imagined Tintin a sketch... that is exactly his comix face.
The cast from The Adventures of Tintin by Herge', Wikipedia image

If you aren't familiar with the books, the film is a good introduction, or vice versa.  I can heartily recommend the books as good early texts for young boys who are maybe not entirely in love with reading yet.  They soon will be.

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