Tin Tin was a journalist who first appeared in a comic book in 1929. Since then he, his dog Snowy, bumbling policemen Thomson and Thompson and the seafaring Captain Haddock have appeared in cartoons stop-motion features, live-action, and now, performance capture animation, and boy, does it look good! The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn is directed by Steven Spielberg, Produced by Peter Jackson and written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish… Truly an ultimate team, and it works. the film looks incredible and the story is funny and exciting. I haven’t seen a film like this in years!
The Secret of the Unicorn stems from three of the Adventures of Tin Tin comics, The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure. The story centres on hidden clues found inside three models of an old Man ‘o’ War ship, the Unicorn. The clues lead to a secret cargo that the unicorn was believed to have been carrying. Tin Tin stumbles in to the race to find the treasure when he buys one of the models. He begins to investigate which lands him in all sorts of trouble. After a series of captivating scenes, he meets Captain Haddock, a decedent of the Unicorn’s captain, and the last person alive to know the secret of the Unicorn… If only he could remember.
Jamie Bell (a grown up Billy Elliot) voices Tin Tin, Andy Serkis (Gollum in LOTR and this year’s Hobbit) brilliantly voices Captain Haddock, Daniel Craig is the Villainous Ivan Ivanovich, while Simon Pegg and Nick Frost voice Thomson and Thompson. The cast did brilliantly and in my opinion, the voices were spot on! The Animation (brought to you by WETA) should also get a nod for being amazing!
I thoroughly recommend this film. It’s a perfect one for the whole family. It seems the team will continue this film in a trilogy, with Jackson directing the second and a Spielberg/Jackson team up for the finale. With any luck these films will be in the same class as this one.
The Adventures of Tin Tin: Above Average