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Adventures of Tintin movie review

I’ve been looking forward to seeing The Adventures of Tintin since I heard the movie was being made, so I went to the very first screening on Boxing Day.  All of the pictures and movie trailers I’ve seen for the film made it look amazing and I wasn’t disappointed. 

The Adventures of Tintin is a mish-mash of three different Tintin stories, Secret of the Unicorn, Red Rackham’s Treasure and The Crab with the Golden Claws, so there are locations and characters from each of these books (minus Professor Calculus).  The opening credits really set the scene with an endless action sequence that highlights lots of different Tintin stories.  The movie opens with Tintin’s creator, Herge, making a guest appearance in the market where Tintin discovers the model of the Unicorn.  The story rockets along like all good Tintin adventures and you meet some of your favourite Tintin characters, including Captain Haddock and Thompson and Thomson.

The motion capture animation is amazing, making the characters look real while still looking like Herge’s illustrations.  The characters use their catch-phrases, including my favourite ‘Billions of blue, blistering barnacles!’  There are some brilliant action sequences throughout the movie, especially in Bagghar (this part made me crack up laughing as well).  I saw the movie in 3D but I’m sure it’s just as great in 2D.  Whether or not you’re a fan of Tintin you should go and see The Adventures of Tintin for your dose of action, adventure, and laughs.   It’s perfect for anyone from 7-107.   10 out of 10 – my favourite movie of the year!

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Books at the Movies these holidays

Our Summertime Reading Club starts on Friday, giving you the chance to win prizes just for reading books.  You can read all about how to join the Summertime Reading Club here on the blog.

Throughout the Summertime Reading Club we’re going to be highlighting some of the great movies that are coming out these holidays.  You may have noticed that there are lots of movies based on books – Hugo (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, and War Horse (based on the book by Michael Morpurgo).  We’ll be having lots of exciting giveaways where you can win copies of the books and movie passes.

Our first competition, starting Friday, is all about Tintin, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Books at the Movies – The Adventures of Tintin Competition

There are so many great movies coming out in cinemas in the Christmas holidays, and the one I’m most looking forward to is The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.  The movie is based on three of Herge’s Tintin books – The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure.

Thanks to HarperCollins NZ, Random House NZ and Hardie Grant Egmont we have a MASSIVE Tintin prize pack to give away.  The winner will get a copy of the amazing book, The Art of the Adventures of Tintin, a set of the Tintin movie tie-in books, a Tintin poster and a movie pass to go and see the movie at Hoyts.  One runner-up will win a Tintin poster and a movie pass.

Thanks for entering our Tintin Competition.  Here are our lucky winners:

Main prize winner is – Leo
Runner up – Bryn

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A thousand Tintins

Kia ora and thanks to all the cool Christchurch kids who entered the Tintin colouring competition. We got nearly a thousand entries, and look how fabulous they are!
Paris's entry Leni's entry
Laura's entry
Amelie's entry

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The Art of the Adventures of Tintin

If you’re as excited about The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn as I am you’ll be watching all the different movie trailers, looking at images from the movie, and maybe even wishing you were Tintin.  I loved the cartoon series of Tintin as well as the books and the movie looks amazing.  While you wait for the movie, there is an amazing book that you should check out called The Art of The Adventures of Tintin.

I find it really interesting finding out how movies are made, how they choose the actors to play the characters, what costumes they choose, and how they decide where to shoot the movie.  The Art of the Adventures of Tintin is overflowing with all this information about The Secret of the Unicorn.  There are introductions by the brilliant Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson who are directing and producing the movie.  They talk about why they decided to make this movie and how important it was to get the details correct.  The author of the book (and Lead Conceptual Designer for the movie), Chris Guise takes you on a kind of tour of the movie, showing you some of the amazing art work and design from the team at Weta Workshop that has gone into the movie.

The book is split into four sections: The Film Makers, The Beginning, The Characters, and The Environments.  The Beginning gives some background on Tintin’s creator, Herge, and shows you how the designers came up with the look of the movie.  My favourite section of the book is The Characters.  You get to see what Tintin could have looked like in the movie, and I really think they picked the right image for the movie, because some the early images look pretty strange.  You see how they created all the main characters and find out how they made them look so realistic.  The Environments shows you how the designers made the sets, props and vehicles look exactly like Herge imagined them.

If you’re a Tintin fan or even just like seeing how movies are made, The Art of the Adventures of Tintin is the perfect book for you.  There is so much detail and so many images in this book that it will keep you entertained for hours.  I can’t wait to see how all these aspects of the film have come together when The Secret of the Unicorn is released in New Zealand on 26th December.

10 out of 10

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Celebrate Tintin Month these school holidays

This month Christchurch City Libraries is hosting a month-long celebration of Tintin and Belgian culture. There are lots of events that you can come along to during the school holidays including:

  • Tintin and Belgian culture corners in community libraries
  • Tintin readings by members of the Belgian community
  • A Tintin colouring competition for children
  • Screenings of original animated Tintin films
  • Previews of the new movie

We are showing Tintin in Tibet at Shirley Library on Tuesday 18 October from 2:00-2:45pm and I’ll be dressing up as my favourite character.  To find out what is on at each library, check out the library events page.  Here’s the latest Secret of the Unicorn Trailer for you to enjoy.

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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

This is the first full-length trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn movie, directed by Steven Spielberg.  The movie isn’t due out until December 26th 2011, but you can borrow all the Tintin graphic novels from your library.

If you’re a Tintin fan like me you could also go to The Adventures of Tintin story readings on Thursday, July 21, 2011, from 10 – 10:45am at New Brighton Library.  Check out the Christchurch City Libraries website for more information.

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The Adventures of Tintin movie trailer

I’m so excited about this movie!  I’ve loved Tintin since I started reading about his adventures when I was 8 and the movie looks amazing.  We have all of Tintin’s adventures for you to read in the library and you could read The Secret of the Unicorn before you see the movie.

Want to win some Tintin books?  Make sure you tell us about your favourite graphic novel for your chance to win this week’s Reading Crusade Challenge prize.

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Reading Crusade Challenge – Week 6

Week 6 Challenge – Graphic Novels

Try a graphic novel, comic book or manga this week.  There are lots of different ones to choose from, whether you like Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke, Avatar: The Last Airbender, X-men or Spiderman.

Tell us about your favourite graphic novel and you’ll go into the draw to win Volume 1 of The Adventures of Tintin and a book about the author and characters behind the graphic novels.

See below for Terms and conditions  Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s your favourite graphic novel?

Cover imageThere are so many different types of graphic novel (or comics) that we have in the library and everyone has their favourites.  My favourite graphic novels are the Tintin series by HergeTintin is one of my favourite book characters and I love the stories because they’ve got lots of action and adventure as well as interesting characters, like Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus.  A new graphic novel series that has just come out, called The Rainbow Orchid, is also really cool (you can read my review of it here on the blog).  The Asterix series has been really popular ever since it was written and I’m sure your parents read them when they were kids.

Some of the most popular graphic novels in the library are:

Do you like graphic novels or do you find them confusing?  What’s your favourite graphic novel?

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My new favourite graphic novel – The Rainbow Orchid

Cover imageI have just discovered my new favourite graphic novel – The Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing.   It’s an old-style graphic novel, similar in style to the Tintin comics by Herge, with loads of action and adventure, and that’s the reason I love them. 

Set in Britain in the 1920s, The Rainbow Orchid is the story of the search for a mythical flower that was last mentioned by an ancient Greek philosopher hundreds of years ago.  There is a huge cast of quirky and sinister characters but the main story centers around Julius Chancer, the assistant to the great historical researcher, Sir Alfred Catesby-Grey, who sets off on a quest to find the Rainbow Orchid which lies somewhere in the mysterious sub-continent of  India.  However, there are others willing to stop at nothing to make sure Julius doesn’t get his hands on the orchid, including the slimy Urkaz Grope and his sinister personal assistant, Evelyn Crow.   Their journey starts in Volume 1 and continues in Volume 2 with Julius and his companions in India, with Volume 3 is due out next year.

If you love old-school adventure stories, with detailed illustrations, quirky characters, narrow escapes and car chases, then you should try The Rainbow Orchid.  Garen Ewing also has a fantastic website where you can learn more about the characters and find out what it takes to create a graphic novel.

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