Adventures of Tin Tin, The
Just after buying a ship model of “The Unicorn”, Tin Tin sees his house get overthrown by people who were clearly looking for something that was inside the model. They clearly didn’t find what they were looking for, but little later, Tin Tin himself gets kidnapped by hoodlums hired by a man called Sakharine.
Sakharine has bribed the crew of an old cargo ship and revolt against the ship’s master, drunken Captain Haddock. Tin Tin and Haddock escape and Haddock tells how over three hundred years ago his ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock, was forced to scuttle the original Unicorn when attacked by a piratical forebear of Sakharine. Haddock managed to save his treasure and put clues to its location in three scroll he hid in seperate models of the Unicorn. With two of the scrolls having been accounted for, Sakharine is out to get the third and final so he can finally get his hands on the treasure and it’s up to Tin Tin and Haddock to stop him.
Sound and Vision:
When it comes to animation, Tin Tin is just amazing. The skin tones, the movement, and the general look of several of the characters is almost life-like. Technically, Tin Tin is a masterpiece and if it weren’t for the decors having a rather cartoony look, you would almost wonder if you’re looking at an animation or a real movie. Almost.
The sound also is a blast. The surround speakers get a lot of action and also the subwoofer gets a decent piece of work. This while dialogues never get overwhelmed and are crystal clear while positioning of effects is also perfect.
- The Journey to Tintin
- The World of Tintin
- The Who’s Who of Tintin
- Snowy: From Beginning to End
- Tintin: The Score
When we look at it from a technical perspective, Tin Tin is an amazing piece of work. Everything just looks fantastic and you feel like you’re in for a real treat.
However. Then the story starts and you rather quickly get the feeling there’s a ton of depth missing. We go from one scene to the other without really getting a feeling of coherence. We go from one “Indiana Jones”-like action scene to the next and never get the idea they’re actually connected. The scenes in between that are supposed to tie things together fail in this aspect and the fact that several elements from different books of Tin Tin have been put together in one story doesn’t help either.
All in all, Tin Tin is an animated action rollercoaster that lacks depth and coherence and falls short in the storytelling department. Kids may find it fun, but die-hard fans of Tin Tin will probably not be so convinced and neither were we.