FILM: The Adventures of Tintin : The Secret of the Unicorn

by |July 20, 2011

The Art of The Adventures of Tintin
Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are teaming up to launch The Adventures of Tintin in late 2011.

The Secret of the Unicorn, the first of two films, brings to life the enormously popular books by Hergé in performance-captured, 3D form. The conceptual design and visual effects for the movie are being created by Weta, the multi Academy Award-winning company who helped create global blockbusters such as Avatar, The Lord of the Rings, District 9, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia and many others.

The very same Weta artists who are working on the movie will be launching The Art of The Adventures of Tintin book in October 2011.

Readers will get the inside story on how the movie progresses from the original works, through the movie design process, to the final look on the big screen.

Begin at the beginning with:

The Adventures of Tintin – Volume 1  by Hergé

Which contains:

Tintin in the Land of the Soviets

On 10 January 1929, a young reporter boarded a train from Brussels to Moscow accompanied by his dog, Snowy. It was the start of Tintin’s first great adventure and the beginning of Hergé’s career. The Adventures of Tintin, Reporter for ?Le Petit Vingtième?, in the Land of the Soviets, was published as a book in 1930. That year marks the birth of a legend and the start of one of the most engaging relationships between fiction and reality, of the twentieth century.

This adventure was issued in album form and the first 500 copies were numbered and signed by ‘Tintin et Milou’. The first edition of this comic book is now very rare and costs a fortune! With the exception of a reissue in 1969 for the personal use of Hergé, again limited to 500 copies, more than forty years elapsed before this adventure was published again in 1973.

Tintin in the Congo

First published in book form in 1931 (in black & white only), Tintin in the Congo reflects the colonial attitudes of that period in its depiction of African people. Herge himself admitted that he was influenced by the bourgeois, paternalistic stereotypes of the period. This is also true of the treatment of big-game hunting and the attitude towards animals. All copies of the book will be displayed with a belly-band advertising its content.

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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