As I child I read avidly, anything I could get my hands on. I particularly loved anything my older brothers read – what younger sibling doesn’t emulate the older ones in an attempt to be accepted? For me this included Goosebumps, Roald Dahl and (possibly my favourite at the time) Tintin. While the others were fun, Tintin has the added joy of pictures! Here was a wonderful story that, instead of giving you lengthy descriptions of location or character appearance showed you in full colour. They were big books so you really felt like you had achieved something, while still having the right amount of words that you could finish in a day or two.
From the books it was a natural progression to watch the television show, and it never disappointed. With little dialogue and incredibly fast-paced action it was just like reading the books all over again. Though the episodes were perhaps a little legthy at thirty minutes, they never felt like a struggle to get through. I find myself rewatching them now (even in university I find them exciting and fun) and easily watching four or five episodes in a row. The characters are wonderfully presented and the animation is charming and simple.
When the newest interpretation was announced I was excited. Perhaps a little too excited for something who was now in her twenties and who was probably too old to be watching cartoons. Nevertheless, it was something I had to watch (and ultimately pass judgement on). Thankfully it didn’t disappoint in any way. Rather than attempt to write something completely new, the wonder that is Stephen Moffat (who we all know and love in England for his contributions to the new Doctor Who series) stuck with one of the old story lines, adapting it perfectly for a feature length adventure.
The Secret of the Unicorn, having rewatched much of the original series, was always one of my favourite adventures. Not only is it the usual high standard of mystery and conflict, but Captain Haddock has many hilarious moments throughout. Finding out Andy Serkis would be bringing him to the big screen put me in no doubt that this film would be cast perfectly. Add to this Jamie Bell as Tintin himself, and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson and there’s little more they could have done to improve. Except perhaps including Daniel Craig as evil villain Sakharine. Perfection.
I was overjoyed that another generation would have the joy of Tintin’s adventures to grow up with. With so many forms now available to them the children of our time can join his adventures in any way. Perhaps all that’s needed now is a digital form for those of us a little older…