Sailin’ the High Seas: The Adventures of Tintin


One of our family’s favorite movies is The Adventures of Tintin.

I took these shots using a digital camera while the movie was playing on our TV (this was our family’s way of keeping memories of movies we liked—we used it before we figured out how to take screenshots on the computer :)).

This is a picture overview of the movie The Adventures of Tintin (SPOILERS THROUGHOUT).

Young British reporter Tintin is out enjoying himself at market…

…when he acquires a model ship that is the start of his adventure.

Doing his research…

Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy soon find out the ship is part of something bigger than they had thought—a secret treasure that was lost years ago when Sir Francis Haddock’s ship The Unicorn went down.

A visit from a mystery man…

…an unfortunate run-in with a pickpocket…

…and being kidnapped…

…whet Tintin’s zeal for the answers.

Escaping from the ship on which he he is held captive…

…Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock, a down-on-his luck sailor with a penchant for drinking…

…embark on a quest to prevent Sackharine, the descendant of ruthless pirate Red Rackham, from getting to the lost treasure first.

By boat…

…by plane…

…and by foot through the desert…

All the way, Captain Haddock struggles to recall the stories he’d been told of his heritage, and what happened on that day when his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock’s ship went down.

Rescued at last…

…fresh clues set the trio on a course to the Sultanate of Bagghar, where they are joined by bumbling detectives Thompson and Thomson…

…and together they await Sackharine’s next move.

This turns out to include using a budding prima donna…

…as an unwitting accomplice to a dastardly scheme.

A fruitless chase ensues through the streets of Bagghar…

…and Tintin is ready to give up until Captain Haddock spurs him on.

Invigorated, they plan an ambush for Sackharine…

…and a final showdown leaves Captain Haddock the victor over both his arch nemesis and his drinking addiction.

Deciphering the messages of 3 cryptic notes…

…guides them to their destination.

The real riches gained, however, are for Tintin, the satisfaction of solving another mystery and ridding the streets of a devious criminal, and for Captain Haddock, a new appreciation for and desire to live up to the heritage and values of his honorable ancestor Sir Francis.

At the end of the movie, Tintin finds a clue which very nicely sets the stage for a sequel.

Here’s a cool song that has all the flavor of a high seas adventure (it also brings to mind Horatio Hornblower, Treasure Island (the 1950 version is the best!) and The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggietales Movie :D).

(courtesy of http://www.benbotkin.com/)

So what was your favorite part of the Tintin movie? 🙂

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