The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn REVIEW

DVD REVIEW Raiders of the lost bark

Tintin and Captain Haddock in The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn.

This picture is even more exciting if you imagine Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis shaking hands in motion-capture suits.


Release Date: 19 March 2012
2011 | PG | 107 minutes | £19.99 (DVD)/£27.99 (triple-play Blu-ray)/£29.99 (triple-play Blu-ray 3D)
Distributor: Paramount
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast:Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig

2011 was the year of the dog. While the hairy heroes of Hugo and The Artist got most of the attention, let’s not overlook the canine capers of Snowy, who steals almost every scene in Spielberg’s first performance-capture movie.

He’s certainly more compelling than the baby-faced protagonist himself. But that doesn’t matter because this is a movie about adventure rather than character. In those terms it demolishes the fourth Indiana Jones film; while it shares the same DNA (international mystery, preposterous set-piece chases, soundtrack by John Williams) its Young Adult nature and animated style make the more preposterous turns easier to forgive. Even that dead-eyed look that afflicts CGI stars is forgotten amid all the scraps and slapstick.

Adapted mostly from 1943 comic The Secret Of The Unicorn, it sees the young reporter hunting a lost 17th century pirate treasure which belonged to Captain Haddock’s ancestors. And therein lies its only real problem: there are so many nods to its source material that if you have no love of Hergé’s creation from your childhood, its charm rapidly fades.

Extras: The DVD (rated) just has two featurettes: “Snowy: From Beginning To End” (10 mins) and the nine-minute “The Journey To Tintin” (which includes live-action test footage with Peter Jackson in the role of Captain Haddock!). The triple-play Blu-ray and the 3D version add nine more featurettes (totalling 77 minutes), on everything from design and the score to collecting Tintin.

Dave Bradley

For an alternate perspective on The Adventures of Tintin, read our review of the theatrical release.

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