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Epic German 30 second TV spot

Tintin movie news can come from ANYWHERE, and this time it came from the land of ”Tim and Struppi”. This trailer is only 30 seconds, and of course it’s in German, but the images speak for themselves. However, if only because there is just one more month until the movie comes out and old habits die hard, I just HAVE to do a slightly long trailer post with screen shots. It’s too great an opportunity to pass up…

To watch the tv spot, click here

The trailer is targeted towards, I think, teenagers and above. The idea looks like it was to prove that this isn’t just your average Pixar or Dreamworks animation movie. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE many of those films! But some people may wrongly associate anything animated or cartoon looking as being intended for just children and whatever parent gets stuck taking them. Tintin is intended to appeal to all ages.

The trailer shows a good amount of the action that we can expect from the film. Truth be told, ”The Secret of the Unicorn” was not the most action packed album in Hergé´s ”canon”. And even if every single thing was maintained exactly as he painted the book, the movie would still be fairly short. I’m just glad that what they’ve inserted seems to fit in with the world Hergé drew. The locations and things thrown in were designed to make Tintin fans feel at home and remind them that while the action they are seeing (which looks AWESOME by the way) is a classic product of Hollywood and specifically Spielberg, it’s still all happening in Hergé’s world and to his characters as a few action packed extra pages of the original stories that I think even Hergé would be proud of. Still,some understandably see this and ask themselves ”what is THAT doing THERE?”. I see where you are coming from but I think you’re missing the point. Those moments are just supposed to enhance the experience,especially for Tintin fans. The average movie-goer, while perfectly capable of enjoying the movie, will never see everything in the movie that we will see.

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Our first blurred look at the pirates. It looks like the flashback is in for worse weather than the version we know had. I have been looking forward to this scene for years…when it ends in the movie I may almost cry. When the movie itself ends I don´t know what I´ll do…

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I love how fast the camera moves here! The virtual computer cameras suited this movie well as Tintin is almost hit by a car.

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Whatever Tintin’s looking at, it isn’t good. Parts of Tintin’s face, while mostly the same, somehow have changed since our first Empire picture. They almost seem to change from image to image, expression to expression. I can’t wait to see him throughout the whole movie. It’ll almost be like spenidng 2 hours with an old friend you haven’t seen in a long time…

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I´m not sure where this is. Brussels? Maybe Morocco? Wherever it is, a huge crane is about to fall on Tintin, Haddock and even the Thomp(s)ons. How does a crane just fall down?

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There it is, in Omar Ben Salaad’s palace. This looks quite different from the videogame setting for this Unicorn.  The weird abstract art on the left reminds me of Hergé’s love of that style in his later days. He would have appreciated that.

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This looks incredible! It’s way darker than the original battle and looks an awful lot like Pirates of the Caribbean. But I think that is a good thing. That’s what I always wanted it to look like. Nice job on the water! I’m curious how all that fire got there from the cannon balls, but I’ll admit it does look cool…

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What a view of Omar Ben Salaad’s palace! Look at the detail! Beautiful. I want to live there…

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I love the look of the mountains, the lighting, the general feel of the shot…Very real looking camels by the way.

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I´m not even going to try to guess the exact context of this scene. I just think it’s typical, Tintin all ready to crash through the bush and  Haddock hanging half way out getting clobbered…

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Apparently I hadn´t noticed the parachute on Haddock´s back in the shot we saw before in the other trailer. Silly Haddock…I hope this movie teaches kids not to get drunk or they might grow up to climb on planes and nearly get shocked to death or chopped up by a propeller. While they are learning, we can just sit back ,try to put the bizarreness of the situation aside, and laugh. Or is the bizarreness what makes it funny?

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This is my own attempt of trying to make Tintin look more photogenic from this angle than he did in the recent gallery. While not perfect, it’s at least better I think than the last shot. You really have to see him moving. My favorite is still that French bread wallpaper of him screaming with Snowy. That’s my Mac’s wallpaper by the way…

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”Uh-oh! It’s broken!” (Is this before his parachute goes off? Does he take it off?)

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Personally, this was my favorite part. I was left watching the screen with my mouth open as Tintin’s motorcycle suddenly becomes a unicycle in midair. I just think that is the coolest idea, and what a cool angle too! I can’t wait to see this part!

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But what really got me was the miraculous landing on the rope sort of like Jack Sparrow would do that prevents Tintin from being killed. Just his luck! In any other movie it might seem ridiculous, but in this one it just looks amazing. I was left wanting to see more. I hope many others were too.

Who would have thought that so much could be packed into just 30 seconds? You hardly even pay attention to the lines, which I won’t to say sound like they are mostly quotes from the other trailer anyway, not that I know German. If anybody finds this, or anything else like this, in another language, please let me know. Great find Kalli!

I’m so jealous of you europeans. I’m still debating on how much of your comments to read after you have all seen the movie and love it or loathe it…We’ll see…


  1. Proman

    I just want to add to what Stephen was saying above about the fan’s concern about what they are seeing in the trailer. I think that, as a whole the movie itself will seem AS different as this TV spot. We can cut a minute trailer from Lord of the Rings that will seem incomprehensible to fans, especially if we used action scenes.

    So relax and know that Tintin the movie will play more like a Tintin movie then its trailer does ;).

  2. Dave

    2 months??? Two whole bloomin months before it is shown in the US (and Australia) after the premiere in France. That is terrible. I won’t do it myself but the movie industry need to stop whining as to why people download movies off the net. THIS IS THE REASON WHY!!! I am sure I’ll see all-sorts via this website and other means before I see the proper midnight session and I just hope it doesn’t ruin it for me.

  3. Vlad

    If case you want a translation for the spanish trailer, I can do it 😉

    – That yong man, what’s his name?
    – Everybody here knows him, that’s Tintin.
    – Look at this… the Unicorn. Snowy, that model contains a clue to one of the greatest treasures in all history, the secret of the Unicorn.
    – Thanks! I’m Tintin by the way.
    – Haddock, Archibald Haddock.
    – How’s your hunger for adventures, captain?
    – Excellent!
    – Find them. Find them both.
    – If Sakharine finds the ship before us it’s all over!
    – We’re saved! Ooh that’s a sign from God!
    – Captain! You’re doing fine!
    – Geronimoooo!
    – Did you hit anything?
    – Oh God.
    – Hang on Tintin!

  4. Steven (NL)

    If I’m not mistaken the multy stored building in the background at 0:03 is the Tintin building, where Hergé had his Studios in Brussels (and is still Moulinsart’s address), and that has the famous rotating Tintin and Snowy logo on the roof!

  5. Peter (the 2d fan)

    translation from the German text
    Tintin: Look at this….What secret do you hold…? (same as in the earlier trailer

    Unknown voice: You’re putting yourself in a dangerous situation

    Evil voice: Who was that?

    Thompson/Thomson: Tim!?

    Tintin: There’s a hint hidden in the model!

    Tintin (now speaking to Haddock and continueing the previous sentence):…[hinting at]one of humankinds biggest treasures

    Haddock: Hurry up Tintin! Our time is running out! (car scene)

    Sakharine: Find the two!

    Tintin: We can’t go back!

    Haddock: uaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Hold on Tintin

  6. Peter (the 2d fan)


    Evil voice: Who was that? —> my guess is that it’s Alan

    Thompson/Thomson: Tim!? (well, to be accurate, in the translation that should be “Tintin!” of course :D)

  7. Emily

    “The keys! Snowy! Not the bread! The keys!”

    I can’t wait to see this! I hope that by moving the release date in America to the 21st, they’ll do the same for Australia.

  8. Proman

    The best part by far – watch Snowy’s hind legs when Tintin’s trying to grab him. He does a hillarious shuffle that’s just adorable.

  9. Emily

    I love how Tintin grabs one of his hind legs and Snowy tries to kick him away. And the Captain’s double thumbs-up at the end with the ;D face. I’m WAY too excited to sit around waiting for 3 more months!

  10. TintinFan

    Wow! I love it 😀 especially the one with the camels, that’s a great pic! It really reminds me of a scene from the books! I can’t wait for 26 october 8D I’ll see the movie just the weekend after the release!

    By the way, where I live you can now collect points from the ‘Total’-gas stations to earn a Tintin-glass from the movie! You can have the Thompsons, Snowy, Tintin, Haddock, etc. I can’t find a picture of it, but I’ll search for and maybe I can send you

  11. Thierry

    @ Peter,

    No we are NOT, thanks for asking.

    Found this on the RTL website (first French Radio). You can win tickets to go to the theater in Brussels for the Worldwide Premiere of the movie.

    Here is the translation of the page: http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rtl.fr%2Factualites%2Fculture-loisirs%2Fcinema%2Farticle%2Frtl-partenaire-de-la-sortie-du-film-evenement-les-aventures-de-tintin-le-secret-de-la-licorne-7721908121%3FIdTis%3DXTC-DBMO-DPOTTX-DD-QGG9J-AS7S

    Too bad I’m not in France right now.

  12. Archibald


    This reminds me, I managed to buy tickets to the Premiere in Paris (a few hours after the Brussels one), and I didn’t talk about that yet.

    Will be at the Premiere :
    – Joe Letteri (WETA visual effects director)
    – Kathleen Kennedy (Producer)
    – Gad Elmaleh (Omar Ben Salaad)
    – Jamie Bell (Tintin)
    – Steven Spielberg (Director)

    Really excited. 21 days to go 🙂

  13. Emily

    Archibald, I have never been more jealous of anyone in my entire life than I am of you right now. *sob*

    And Kalli, I do the same thing.

  14. Proman

    Archibald, I guess it makes you Tintinology’s very special correspondent on the spot 😉 . I’m looking forward to your non-spoilery impressions.

    And as for how often I visit this page and watch various teasers – it’s simply obsene hahaha.

  15. Mike Dutton

    Congratulations, Archie. Glad somebody here got that privilege. You’ll be sure to tell us of the experience now, won’t you?

    I raise my hat to you, sir!… Well, I would if I had one, so I’ll raise my glass instead. XD

  16. Archibald

    Of course you will have my spoiler free review and report on the event. The Premiere is scheduled to start at 8:30 PM on October 22, Paris time. So look out for my post here probably the next morning 🙂

  17. Way to go Archibald. You will be our distinguished representative. I will see it on the opening day in Sweden (or Iceland, don’t know yet) almost a week after you but I’m looking forward to your report!

  18. Thierry

    @ Archibald,

    Sorry next morning won’t cut it. We need a review after the movie when you get home, like around midnight? 😉

    Joking, looking for ward to your impression about this new Tintin Adventure.

    Lucky you.

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