Tintinology (formally Tintin Movie .org) is an independent news and analysis service on the Tintin movie and the works of Herge. (c) Chris Tregenza, Tintinology.poosk.com

Tintin, Tintin & Snowy, Captain Haddock, Thomson & Thompson, Professor Calculus and Herge are all trademarks of Moulinsart S.A. The text and images of the 24 Tintin albums (c) Herge / Moulinsart S.A.

2011 July

Tintin 16?

According to Andy Serkis, Tintin’s ageless character has been given an age. Of course it’s possible that he was only guessing the age, or that for the movie he’s 16 but the age will never actually show up. But all we know for sure is what Andy said in a recent interview about his character, Captain Haddock.

“When we meet Captain Haddock, he’s a chaotic, self-pitying shipwreck of a human being who has completely imploded and is carrying somewhere in his mind the guilt of the sins of his fathers and forefathers. He’s basically softened and numbed the pain with alcohol. He’s a big drinker.”

Serkis then commented on Haddock’s relationship with Tintin, the central relationship of the movie.

“It’s a bizarre relationship,” he said. “Tintin is this young, driven reporter with a very strong moral compass. He’s 16 years old. And basically, Haddock is unable to move forward as a human being. Eventually he begins to become more lucid about his past, and Tintin draws a kind of story out of him. Haddock becomes quite affectionate toward Tintin. “

On Haddock’s personality:

“The thing that’s really appealing about Haddock is that he’s very visceral. Underneath all that salt, his heart is 100 per cent in the right place. If he’s angry, he’s 100 per cent angry. He’s full of rage. He charges 100 miles an hour down the wrong alley. If he cries, he weeps and weeps. It’s a very full-blooded character.”

That’s the Haddock we all kmow and love! I’m interested as to why Haddock is guilty though…in the books he seems to only be guilty because he’s drunk all the time. Maybe his family is sort of like the Gates family in National Treasure, and have been looking for this treasure for years. As far as Tintin’s age goes, it doesn’t really matter too much what age they give him…I just wouldn’t highlight it in the movie. But it makes sense. If they had to tackle the issue of why Tintin never writes anything for his paper, why his only friend up to The Crab with the Golden Claws is a dog, and why he seems to have no contact with a boss, they might as well tackle something as basic as how old he is.

Celebrating 400 posts! New Tintin image.

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Tintinology (previously Tintin Movie.org) is celebrating it’s 400th post! To celebrate, here’s one more brand new image from MovieCityNews. This one’s quality can compare to those first HD images we got from Empire last year. I think Tintin looks considerably better than he has in many shots. He looks really really good! His face looks perfectly boyish, almost real and yet cartoonish. As Spielberg put it at Comic-Con: ”a hybrid between live-action and animation”. An even better example of this is Haddock. He’s got more cartoonish features to highlight than Tintin, and Weta did such a good job with them it’s incredible. The nose looks exactly like Haddock’s, as does the beard. Yet his hands look practically photo real. How long did it take you to find Snowy in the shot? He’s looking good too. The eyes in this image look great. Granted they’ve got some shadows on them, but they sparkle and glow very nicely. I can’t wait to see this in 3D. Some people have complained how they’ve taken Tintin, who was originally 2D, and made him a 3D character. Ironically, every image we’ve seen so far is a 2D image of a 3D character based off of a 2D character (unless you saw the trailer in theaters, which I didn’t get a chance to do). I can’t wait to see it’s final look in 3D. I for one really like the look, and so did thousands of fans at Comic-Con, as well as countless others that follow this blog online.

Once again I’d like to thank all of you who have continued to read this blog over the years. Most of the credit for the 400 posts goes to Chris, as I have only done 60 so far. Congratulations Chris for all the time and effort you put into keeping fans like me up to date on Tintin news and other Tintin stuff going on. As for me, I’m having the time of my life keeping the blog going.

If you want to see the picture above in a really high quality, right click on it and open it in a new tab. Thanks Proman for finding this pic!

Calculus will NOT appear in The Secret of The Unicorn

We’ve been saying this for ages, but now it’s finally oficial. Spielberg, Jackson and Serkis were recently at Comic-Con, and while not much that’s been revealed online is huge ”news” for Tintin Movie Fans, there is definitely lots of stuff that was said that will appeal as simply interesting pieces of information to the fan like me who’s been following the movie for so long I can’t remember how many years it’s been. Spielberg and Jackson talked to a hall full of fans and then talked in several interviews. All together there must be over 3o minutes of fun for fans to listen to. It’s almost like getting the extras on Disc 2 of the Tintin movie DVD early. Or an expanded, live sequel to November’s Empire article. I’ll post more on that in the future.

But there was a question and answer time, and one of the questions raised by  a fan was whether or not Calculus would appear in the movie. Jackson answered:

”No, he’s not. Calculus doesn’t yet make his appearance in the cinematic version of Tintin. But, obviously if we are lucky enough to do more Tintin movies, there’s a lot of stories that Calculus features in so we absolutely look forward to seeing him hopefully in the future.”

And so we confirm what we’ve been saying all along: Calculus won’t appear YET. It wold be premature to add his character now…it would be like adding Calculus to ”The Crab with the Golden Claws”. You just can’t add to major characters like that at once. Both have an important friendship with Tintin, but this movie will focus on Haddock and Tintin. When ”Prisoners of the Sun” rolls around, you can count on Calculus showing up. And hopefully, many years down the road, if we get a Tintin 3, they’ll pick a story in which Calculus also plays a main part, or even a bigger one.

Tintin Trailer 2: the tintinologist's guide

I’m back from 2 magnificent weeks at camp. I will definitely miss the wilderness and some new friends I made, but at least now I should finally be able to give the new trailer the full scale commentary it deserves. I frantically tried to finish this post last weekend, but I was just too busy.  Something like this should not be done in a hurry anyway. So while this certainly isn’t the most recent commentary of the trailer on the internet, it’s probably the longest and most detailed. Don’t be scared by the length, it’s mostly screenshots. Hopefully it will point out all the most important parts of the trailer, all the news it reveals, what it means for the movie, and specifically the tiny details you may not have noticed the first time you watched the trailer. Ok, bring on the screenshots!

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The market is in the movie! The guy who sells the Unicorn is the same! And, unlike in the video game trailer, Barnaby is indeed asking how much the boat costs. Whether or not Sakharine will meet him later is unknown. Interesting ferris wheel in the background, by the way…

We now know for sure that the Unicorn at the beginning of the last trailer is NOT a substitute for the one at the beginning of the book.

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This is good news: Marlinspike is in the movie, down to the front gate! It’s interesting that, so far, every shot we have seen of Marlinspike between the trailer and the video game trailer has been at night. I don’t know when or exactly why Tintin will visit Marlinspike, but I can’t wait to see this scene…It doesn’t look like he’s been invited…

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Cool dramatic shot of Tintin and the ship…perhaps the same one he saw behind glass in the last trailer?

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This is clearly not in the same place the last shot was ‘‘taken’’…This is set in Tintin’s apartment. The mast has broken and the secret piece of the map is revealed. It should be interesting to see how Snowy breaks the mast of the ship (or however it breaks in the film) without the scene seeming a bit forced…how many pets climb up on the furniture and break a mast?

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Here Tintin makes a reference to ‘‘one of the greatest treasures of all time’’…To those of you who who say the plot has been ‘‘butchered’’, pay attention to this line. It sounds like they’ve actually improved the story here. When you think about it, compared to today’s high expectations for the treasure at the end of an adventure movie, a teeny tiny chest with some jewels doesn’t seem to be very impressive. Could it be really be ‘‘one of the greatest treasures of all time’’? Or is there something more impressive that Red Rackham had with him for the movie? As long as the possible new treasure doesn’t have supernatural powers, I’m game. In my opinion, the fun part of the story is the quest to find the treasure, not the treasure itself. Whatever it is though, it can’t make Tintin and Haddock TOO rich…just rich enough to buy Marlinspike and turn Haddock into a civilized ‘’Chateau’’ owner.

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I like this shot. I absolutely LOVE the lighting in this movie. This is a movie that will not only be fun to watch, but fun to look at. Interesting detail you might have missed: even the frames on the walls are crooked.

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Ha ha ha ha ha ha what a face! Poor cat…poor Thompson…Tintin has this face like ‘‘where’d he go?’’. I wonder who the cat is supposed to belong to. It’s clearly the same one that hangs around Marlinspike, it would seem odd that Tintin have two pets, and Haddock almost definitely hasn’t appeared in the story yet. Note that the frames on the wall are still crooked. I love the eyes of the cat in this shot…pick on the Tintin movie if you will, but admit that they did the eyes perfectly.

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Thomson looks absolutely perfect.

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It’s just perfect!!! Who remembers that exact pose from the books? I could not stop laughing! What a magnificent tribute to the original! The extra line ‘’do try to keep up’’ just makes it even funnier…

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Marlinspike!!! Based on the plants growing on the side, I’m guessing this is the back of the building.

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Yet another Tintin face shot!


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Here’s a new shot of our ‘‘new’’ character, Red Rackham’s descendant/ Sakharine/ other. He’s probably another guy named Red Rackham (did you notice he’s wearing red?). He’s clearly portrayed by Daniel Craig. You can even see bits of his face in that shot. Apparently he wants Tintin’s scroll, and has locked Tintin up on the Karaboudjan.

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Silly Rackham…he forgot about Snowy…

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Yes! This time around Haddock was in this trailer a lot! Tintin gets in a fight and Haddock comes to his aid…apparently without hardly even knowing who he is!

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‘‘Haddock…Archibald Haddock’’. Yeah!!!! The start of a long lasting friendship…

I guess now is as good a time as any to tackle the Scottish Accent. Personally, Haddock speaking with a Scottish accent doesn’t bother me. While different than what most of us imagined, It adds to his gruffness when he’s mad and to his foolishness when he’s drunk. Yet it seems a lot of people, mainly british people who watched the TV show or read the comics, have commented on how they dislike the new Haddock. They need to remember that Hergé never made Haddock Scottish OR British. He pictured all his characters speaking in French! Tintin REALLY lived in Brussels, not in London. The Union Jack never actually flew from the Unicorn in the original version. And Marlinspike is based off of a french chateau. I think the accent suits Haddock, especially when he´s drunk. However, when Haddock starts acting a bit more ‘‘high class’’, I think it would be nice if the accent not be very strong, similar to how they kept Tintin’s voice british without making it a very strong accent. The more drunk Haddock be, the stronger the accent.

By the way, somebody wrote an entire article just on the fans dislike of the accent. The movie looks so incredible people can’t complain about the eyes, the frame rate, unnatural movements, uncanny valley, etc anymore without looking foolish. They have to limit themselves to pick on a character’s voice? Oh, brother… Don’t let it get to you guys…


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Here’s another good shot of Rackham. Cool looking eyes, by the way…

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Allan’s nose is just so much like the original drawings it’s ridiculous…

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This is quite possibly my favorite frame in the entire trailer. I have to see this on an imax screen…

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This looks like Morocco. Here we hear Haddock talk about how much he wants the treasure. It sounds personal for him…it’s not just a hunt, it’s a hunt for HIS treasure. Of course, from Rackham´s perspective you could say that too. This should be very interesting…

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This a cool shot of Tintin, but it’s also the only other place in the trailer we find Nestor (sorry, i forgot to take a screenshot of the other time). What are Nestor and Haddock doing I wonder? Nestor looks incredible. I love how easy it is to recognize the original characters! Never do you ask the question ”is that REALLY supposed to be ____?” You know immediately who the characters are, and they look fantastic.

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‘’I built a wee fire!’’…’‘in a boat!?’’ ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…never sail while drunk…not a good idea…

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I’m not sure how he did it, but Tintin put out the fire and sent a huge mushroom cloud into the air…

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Well this is a fine mess…good thing there’s not a big armed seaplane hunting around looking for you…

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Oh there IS an armed seaplane flying around these waters looking for you? Well that stinks…anyway, I wouldn’t worry about it too much, after all, this pilot’s as dumb as they come…he couldn’t hit you with machine guns at point blank range…in fact, you could probably even figure out a way to highjack the plane from the guy and fly to safety…

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No way! You did it! Good job Tintin! One thing though…I know Haddock is drunk…but shouldn’t he at least get inside the plane? He could hurt himself…

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…a lot…I guess it’s not a big deal…after all it’s Haddock…he can survive anything…even the plane crash down…I’m really wondering how he got out there in the first place…

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Who doesn’t love this line? ‘‘Excellent!’’ Best part of the trailer…You have just got to love his face…I see a little bit of Gollum’s face in this shot, actually, when he’s acting like Smeagol…this is going to be so much fun to watch…

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Once in Morocco, they’ll some how get in trouble with the law and have to jump out of a window…from Gad Emaleh’s palace, maybe?

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There’s always a big cart full of hay when you need one…(those who play Assassins Creed will know what I mean…this is actually very similar to one of Altair’s leap’s of faith…maybe Spielberg has been hanging out with Ubisoft more than we thought?…).

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Snowy,not to be outdone, makes sure to have his share of jumping through windows too…but this is back in Brussels. Maybe he’s chasing the chloroformed Tintin, to be taken onto the Karaboudjan by Rackham instead of the Bird Brothers…who are almost definitely not in this movie now.


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Those who like to complain about any changes Hollywood made to the original story should stop for a moment and look at this. They actually kept the scene with the elastic wallet protector in the movie! What’s actually more interesting to me is that the store behind the Thompsons is in French. I am convinced the city in the movie is Brussels, not London, and the french just adds to the look. But I think it’s also a marvelous tribute to Hergés original artwork that Tintin fans, especially from France and Belgium, will appreciate. I wonder if they only left those shots in for the trailer, or if they will indeed be in all the versions. Those years of french I took in high school may just pay off…

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Here’s another shot with french in the window. Poor Thomson…

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Haddock looks so cool! I’m not sure why he’s got a bazooka, but that’s such a funny idea…

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People are already saying ”Indy 5” will never happen. Tintin is to be the new Indy. There’s a definite tribute to Indy that Americans who are not familiar with Tintin will like. I can just see them looking up in the cinemas going ”Hey, it’s just like Indiana Jones!”.

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Tintin has a smile on his face. He’s enjoying this. I’m not sure what Haddock hit…looks kind of like scaffolding…it’s also interesting no guards have shown up chasing them yet…but from the videogame we know Haddock will convince Tintin to let Haddock drive, and guards will come…I’m looking forward to this scene!

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When you don’t have time to untie your life boat…just shoot the rope…it’ll be more dramatic in the movie anyway…

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Awesome…

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What a way to end a trailer! Just when you think it’s over, you have Tintin running and sliding down a ship, getting shot at, dodging every obstacle. Escaping the Karaboudjan won’t be easy…

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I’m more excited about this than I’ve ever been. This is almost definitely going to become my favorite movie ever…They’ve mastered the style, stayed true to Herge’s art and wonderful characters, balanced out humor, action and mystery, and figured out a way to tie it all together in the most dramatic way possible. What more could we possibly ask for?


New Trailer!!!!!!!!

Thankfully it was up when I got up, because I need to leave to help at a camp for the week any moment! I won’t be able to post any long post with screen shots until later this week. In the mean time, just keep watching the trailer, over and over again! My favorite part: when one of the Thompsons trips on the cat, falls down, and then tells Thompson to keep up. I laughed so hard…

Here is the link. So far I have only been able to find it here. It is SO awesome!!!!: http://video.pt.msn.com/watch/video/as-aventuras-de-tintin-o-segredo-do-licorne-hd-lancamento-exclusivo-trailer-2/zv5ldv0u?cpkey=d40cf8fa-6b92-49e1-b335-a206c4cdd0ef||||

UPDATE: Now on YouTube.

New Tintin Trailer coming soon!

As of  July 2011 (this Monday!!!) we should be able to see a new Tintin trailer!!! Probably they chose to release the trailer in time for fans and possible fans to see it before Comic Con. By the way, if you are going to Comic Con, make sure to check out whatever they have planned for the Tintin Movie on July 22nd, from 11:00 to 12:00 am.

I would expect this to be a full trailer and not a second teaser trailer, so this is really exciting news. What pains me is that I will be helping out on staff at a summer camp in the US and probably won’t be able to connect to the internet on Monday. Even if I can, I probably will only have time for a brief post until later. But I promise I will do everything I possibly can to post about the trailer. In case I can’t, I’m sure you will be able to find it without me…

Last time I said I was hoping Captain Haddock would show up in the trailer and as a result he appeared for…miliseconds at most. So maybe this time I’ll hope he doesn’t show up at all in the trailer and get lucky…By the way, we’ve been over this before, but for those of you who are new here, there is a high chance that Calculus will not appear until the next Tintin film, so I would really love to not get a thousand comments on this blog on Monday asking where Calculus went,etc etc. But hey, it’s a free country, so say what you want. I’m actually looking forward to reading the next ”tintin debate”…the last post about the teaser got 65 comments. How many will this trailer get?

Source: Trailercast Comic-Con 2011

Tintin Videogame Official Website

For most of us, there’s nothing new to see here…yet. But now we have an official place to learn things about the videogame. http://tintin-thegame.ubi.com/the-adventures-of-tintin/en-GB/

Midnight blue Tintin T-Shirt

Weta has released another Tintin related product, but this time you can wear it. While a bit pricy at 35 dollars a shirt, it would be awesome to walk into the cinema wearing one of these shirts the first time you see the movie. They are available in all kinds of sizes at Weta’s website.

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New Tintin image

YAY! Another image!

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My first thought was ”this is about to become my new favorite image of Tintin’s face”. It’s one of the few times we get to see Tintin’s face (from the actual movie) without a shadow covering most of it. Once again, seeing Tintin’s new face up close is an experience that’s hard to describe. The new face makes the same expressions Tintin made, but in a new way. Go back to your albums and flip around until you find a panel with Tintin reading something. It’ll be easy to see the resemblance between the expression on Tintin’s face and his new face above. I’ve got The Secret of The Unicorn open with me as I write this, and I’m noticing just how much work was put into the design of Tintin’s face,down to the proportions of the features. The shape of Tintin’s ears and the distance they are from the rest of his face is perfect. The hair and forehead match the comics exactly. And by the way I truly believe there is nothing wrong with Tintin’s eyes either. But I’ll admit the way they changed Tintin’s thimble shaped nose for a ”real” nose changes Tintin’s face quite a bit. But rather than miss the old nose, we need to realize how awesome the new look is.

Every live action Tintin movie to date has inevitably starred a person that looks like he’s simply dressing up as Tintin. Besides the fact that many seem too old, they just look silly. But the Tintin above looks like he could really exist…actually, he looks like he could have really existed. He fits perfectly in the 50′s, and given his hair style that’s impressive. He still looks like the young boy Hergé drew, but now he’s come to life. Everytime I see him I feel like shouting ”Look at that! It’s a real human Tintin!”

Everybody who made this movie has stayed true to the characters from the source material, true to the time frame in which the albums were set, true to the artist’s style, and at the same time turned Tintin into something brand new and exciting. and no matter waht ANYBODY says, I think Tintin looks amazing.Fans should be very pleased.

Source: Indiewire