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The Adventures of Tintin Reviewed: ‘Tintin for Morons’

The Guardian has published an early review for Steven Spielberg‘s The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, and the critic was not kind to the movie. Above, we’ve embedded the trailer.

Here’s more from the literary-infused movie review: “the film has turned a subtle, intricate and beautiful work of art into the typical bombast of the modern blockbuster, Tintin for morons, and the nicest things one can say about it are that there’s a pleasing cameo of Hergé himself in the opening scene, the cars look lovely, indeed it is as a whole visually sumptuous, and (after 20 minutes or so of more or less acceptable fidelity; and the 3D motion-capturing transference of the original drawings is by far the least of the film’s problems) it usefully places in plain view all the cretinous arrogance of modern mass-market, script-conference-driven film-making, confirming in passing that, as a director, Spielberg is a burned-out sun.”

What do you think? The adaptation of Herge’s beloved Tintin series hits theaters December 23rd. (Via Publishers Weekly)

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Tintin Meets H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu

Artist Murray Groat has drawn an great series of imaginary book covers mashing up the Herge’s  Tintin with the horror novels of H.P. Lovecraft.

io9 has more: “Tintin is known for visiting exotic locales, and artist Murray Groat has plopped the adventurer in such fantastical destinations as Innsmouth and R’leyh. Watch Herge’s boy adventurer run afoul of the Reanimator and Cthulhu. Seventy-seven shuffling shambling shifty-eyed shoggoths!”

See all the images at this link. If you want to read the stories behind the art follow these free digital links: “Herbert West—Reanimator,” At the Mountains of Madness, “The Call of Cthulhu,” and “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.”

UK Booksellers Urged to Ban ‘Racist’ Tintin Book

The Telegraph reports that comic book character Tintin was at the centre of a race row last night after Britain’s equality watchdog accused one of the books of making black people “look like monkeys and talk like imbeciles”. The Commission for Racial Equality claimed TINTIN IN THE CONGO depicted “hideous racial prejudice” and that it should be removed from sale.

“This book contains imagery and words of hideous racial prejudice, where the ‘savage natives’ look like monkeys and talk like imbeciles. It beggars belief that in this day and age Borders would think it acceptable to sell and display Tintin In The Congo. High street shops, and indeed any shops, ought to think very carefully about whether they ought to be selling and displaying it.”

TINTIN IN THE CONGO had long been banned in Britain because of its content. Egmont, the comic strip’s current publisher, issued a colour version of the book in Britain in 2005, but included a foreword which tried to explain the colonial attitudes prevalent at the time it was written – which resulted in attracting the CRE’s attention. Last night, the Borders chain of bookshops agreed to move it to the adult graphic novels area of its shops, but the official Tintin shop vowed to keep selling it, as did Waterstone’s and WH Smith.

Spielberg & Jackson Team up for Tintin

The Guardian reports that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are teaming up to bring the adventures of Tintin, Belgium’s famous globe-trotting reporter, to the big screen, the end of a 25 year hunt on Spielberg’s part to secure the rights to the comic strip character. Spielberg and Jackson will joint-produce three back-to-back features, based on Herge‘s comic book character, with each directing one film. It is as yet unclear who will direct the third movie. The films will be shot in 3-D, using motion capture technology, a technique by which an actor’s movements are recorded and used to create an animated character. Jackson used the technique on the Lord of the Rings films to create Gollum.

Production could begin as early as this autumn, when Spielberg has wrapped filming on Indiana Jones 4. Jackson is expected to complete production on The Lovely Bones, his adaptation of the Alice Sebold bestseller, at the end of this year.