”The Secret of the Unicorn” gains Belgian approval.

It would be a mistake to think of Tintin as Belgium’s only major comic character, or even to say Tintin and then the Smurfs are the only big names. True, nobody outside of Belgium knows about many of them, but Belgium really has hundreds of different comic strips, albums. The Belgians don’t just know Tintin…they know comics. It’s a huge part of their culture. But Tintin is the king of all their comic characters, the best of them all. So it was vitally important to the people of Belgium that the Tintin movie be done right. Nearly any adaptation a director does of a story will always upset some fans, but if this was done wrong it would do nothing less than slap Belgium in the face.

Of course we KNEW they had nothing to worry about. But here’s some of the stuff they’ve said about it. Reporters from both the Dutch and French sides of the country were invited to a private screening (what a unique priviledge!) and they loved it. The Dutch newspaper ”De Standaard” called the film a ”bull’s eye”, and the age old French ”Le Soir” newspaper Hergé used to work called the film a ”pure jewel”. Spielberg, Jackson,Weta…if you can impress Belgian reporters, you can impress anybody. Certainly you would have impressed Hergé.


The movie has also recently been rated by the British Board of Film Classification. The film will run for one hour and 47 minutes. The film has been rated PG for ”moderate action violence” and, while it doesn’t mention it on the official site, Haddock drinking alcohol is definitely a reason as well. But for those of you who don’t know much about Tintin, know that the movie will not be encouraging children to drink. It’s just a humorous and very real side of Captain Haddock. In ”The Crab with the Golden Claws” most of Haddock’s humor is in how drunk he gets, and later on it’s more about how ridiculously obsessed he can get with getting a drink at any given moment.

The PG rating will hopefully show people that this movie is for ALL ages. It’s rather sad that many people don’t see a ”Family” movie as anything they should spend their money on because it’s a ”kids” movie. No! This is not a kids movie! Kids will love it because it is intended for ALL ages, and they fall under that category. Children under 7 might find it a bit scary. But I’d say, and Hergé would agree I’m sure if you’re anywhere between 7 and 77 you WILL enjoy this movie. Unless you’re the kind of guy that just doesn’t like a good story with good characters, action and humor at all, in which case you probably aren’t reading this blog.



  1. Lilla My

    I find it good that they have 11-years rating here in Sweden (7 years with a grown up). The higher rating would be 13/15 years and that would be too high, but I feared all along that they would make it to a 7-year old rating (with pretty much means that all ages are welcome). Sweden loves to make things for children to keep being just for children, but I guess they realized that this movie isn’t just for kids.

    Lesser than 2 weeks left now, I can hardly wait 😀

  2. Mike Dutton

    The review website Rotten Tomatoes currently lists Tintin as 67% fresh.

    That’s a good thing, because the film has only been screened privately to some critics, and this means that if the majority of the few people who saw it are giving it an above average raiting, then there is indeed hope for the movie, once the film is released wide.

    There are only ten days to go, and I’m still feeling highly impatient. I want to see the movie now! 🙂

  3. I have a ticket on oct.30. so there are 2 weeks for me. But I’ll be busy as a bee until then so it will be OK.

    But I will definitely get the soundtrack as soon as it’ll be available. And I think it’s just a matter of days now. I know the critics have already gotten their CD.

    Just a matter of days!

  4. @ Mike, I think it’s too early to tell what the ratings will be on review sites such as Rotten Tomatoes. Not enough people have seen it yet.

    Regardless of what the critics say though, I’m going to go see it 🙂

  5. Proman

    @Mike, the RT rating is wrong. I am not even talking about the fact that it doesn’t take into account the Dutch and Belgian reviews.

    I am talking about the fact that it labelled a fresh review from Daily Telegraph (3/5 is good enough to be fresh) as a Rotten review. Same can be arguied for the Guardian’s review but I won’t go there. The Guardian is a worthless piece of junk.

    There is also the fact that they are not including the positive review from Variety.

    I am confident that the rating will be in the 90s once you more critics will start chiming in.

  6. Proman

    Keep in mind, also that the Guardian is the only paper to really bitch about the animation style. Everyone else found it gorgeous, these fools are just predesposed against it and the fact that it’s 3D.

  7. Tintin Fan

    ‘Tintin’ Triumphs in London

    The highly-anticipated 3D motion-capture/animated film The Adventures of Tintin, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, was unveiled for the first time today in London, where it screened for the press in advance of its Paris premiere next week. The rollout couldn’t have gone better, thus far — to cite but just two raves, THR says that “Spielberg brings the slightly antique world of the famed European comic-book series to splendid, action-filled life as only he can,” and Variety calls it “a rollicking return to action-adventure form… a whiz-bang thrill ride… [that] should do thundering typhoon biz globally.”

  8. Tintinrulz

    These reviews are (mostly) very positive. That’s a good sign. What are the ratings for Tintin in other countries. I’m presuming it will get a PG in Australia.

  9. Dinesh

    Variety also has a review out on Tintin! You have to register before you can read it, but the review is very positive. I cite: ” Pic should do thundering typhoon biz globally, but will whirl especially fast in Europe. “.

  10. Mike Dutton

    Despite the fact that the fan’s fears of Spielberg and Jackson ruining Tintin is long gone, I still wish to say that, no matter what they did, the film could never be as bad as Tintin and the Lake of Sharks from 1972.

    I remember really disliking that film, because of its horrible American dub, and its sloppy animation that seemed more interested in ripping off Walt Disney than trying to be its own thing.

    Why am I bringing this up? Because of an online video review that was released recently:

    This series features two American Tintin fans, Morgan Leger and Sam Flemming respectively, sitting through the film and giving it a comical, but serious negative review because of its lack of faithfulness to Hergé’s material, and how the dubbing and animation make the movie fall flat. Expect to see a lot of bad language from the two, as they were not happy! XD But if you don’t like that sort of thing, there is also a censored version on the same account.

    The reason I am linking this video is because the two are good friends of mine, and I donated the movie for the review, as well as consulted part of the script. Enjoy!

  11. Tintinrulz

    American classification for Tintin:
    PG for ‘Adventure Action Violence, Some Drunkenness and Brief Smoking’. Nevermind that the series doesn’t encourage heavy drinking.
    Didn’t see that coming. ;P

  12. Tintinrulz

    Reports suggest that Red Rackham’s Treasure will be the next movie (and that makes sense). I’m just wondering if people have any ideas what other albums they might incorporate into the story to make it longer. The third movie will likely cover The Seven Crystal Balls/Prisoners of the Sun.

  13. Mike Dutton

    The second film will cover The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun, as well as Red Rackham’s Treasure. From what I’ve heard Peter Jackson say, the only reason Red Rackham’s Treasure is a part of it is simply to introduce Calculus.

  14. Mike Dutton

    I just discovered that Vue Cinema in York is showing Tintin on the 24th and 25th. How peculiar. I have a right mind to book tickets for it.

  15. Mike Dutton

    Guess that’s Britain… Impatient to the end. 😀

    No offence to anyone, since I myself am British. Just playing it safe, people.

  16. Tintinrulz

    Mike, are you sure about that? I’ve heard reports that Red Rackham’s Treasure is only hinted at in the upcoming movie and the Professor won’t be in it at all. Jackson has also said that Red Rackham’s Treasure is likely to be the next movie.

  17. Mike Dutton

    Jackson has also said that he’s covering Prisoners of the Sun. Anthony Horowitz, the writer, also said that too. They’re incorporate elements of Red Rackham’s treasure into the story to get Calculus into the picture, and then the Crystal Balls story’s gonna pick up. That’s what I heard.

    If Red Rackham’s Treasure was such an important story, it would have been a part of the Unicorn film. I do not see them making a whole movie about finding a sunken ship that will also have the same level of adventure and intensity of this film. Prisoners is likely to be the main focus, because it’s a fresh new storyline, whereas the Red Rackham story is a repeat of the last one.

    Sure, in some aspects it sounds like a good idea, but imagine that Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade cut off with a cliffhanger after they escape the airship, and then the next film opens with them chasing the Nazis in the Holy Land. It’s not that great a transition, and seeing as Unicorn and Rackham are one big story, it seems strange to cut them into two separate films.

  18. Tintinrulz

    Ah, that’s true. So it’ll be a hint of Red Rackham’s Treasure and then incorporate The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun? That should make for a very interesting film! I’m not sure how they’d make that work but I’m looking forward to it already.

  19. In Sweden this film has been given an 11 classification, meaning children under 7 cannot see it even if accompanied by an adult. Here in Spain the film has actually been recommended for young children. I´m with the Swedes on this one, 5 and 6 year olds should not be exposed to this much violence on the screen.

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