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.