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Tintin, Snowy, Haddock and the Unicorn


Tintin, Snowy, Haddock and the Unicorn

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One of the most anticipated films of the year is being unveiled in cinemas across Europe.

The Adventures of Tintin – Secret of the Unicorn is Steven Spielberg’s homage to the much-loved creation of Belgian artist Georges Rémi, otherwise known as Hergé.

It was down to the 25 year old British actor Jamie Bell to capture the essence of the intrepid young reporter.

“I think to an adult he’s a child and to a child he’s an adult,” Bell said. “I think the non-specifics is what makes it very interesting. I think part of the genius and legacy is that no one knows who this guy is but we know he’s heroic and we know he’s courageous and we know he’s a beacon of excellence and all of these great things but there is also so much we don’t know about him. That allows us as the audience to have a sense of ownership.”

The film was made using a technique called ‘performance capture’ where the performers’ actions are transformed into computer generated characters.

“We took a load of panels from Herge’s books and we blew them up to a big big size and we basically plastered them all over the walls the studio and I know those images so well in my head. I know the aesthetic of Herge so well, that imagining eventually what it would turn out to be, what it would look like in the end was not that difficult,” Bell went on.

Tintin first appeared in 1929, and since then his adventures have been translated into more than 80 languages.

Bell said: “I think to play a great heroic character that is straight laced, old fashioned and doesn’t rely on anything but just natural instinct, I don’t think we see those kind of heroes anymore. I think it’s a great thing for kids to see.”

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