Tintin Fans
 
The list of 18 entries of the best animated films for Oscar 2012 has just released! And The adventures of Tintin is one of them. The nominees for the Academy (which may reach up to five) will be announced at the beginning of the year, and the 84th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 26, 2012. Below is the full list, and place your bets:
The Adventures of Tintin (The Adventures of Tintin) 
Alois Nebel (untitled in Portuguese) 
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks (Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked) 
Operation Present (Arthur Christmas) 
Cars 2 (2 Cars) 
The Cat in Paris (no translation) 
Chico & Rita 
Gnome & Juliet (Gnomeo & Juliet) 
Happy Feet 2 (Happy Feet Two) 
Epic in Hood 2 (Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs.. Evil) 
Kung Fu Panda 2 (Kung Fu Panda 2 - in Portugal) 
Mars Needs Moms (Mars Needs Moms) 
Puss in Boots (Puss in Boots) 
Rango 
River 
The Smurfs (The Smurfs) 
Winnie the Pooh (Winnie the Pooh) 
Wrinkles (untitled in Portuguese) 

From the above list, the films are practically discarded "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3" (not yet debuted in Brazil) and "The Smurfs" because it mixes animation with real actors. "Mars Needs Moms" was a resounding failure of public and critical, both to arrive in Brazil directly to DVD. "Epic in Hood 2" has no "face" of Oscar, thanks to the (low) quality of the animation - technically speaking. Pixar nearly gave up the prize with "Cars 2" by far the weakest film in the history of the studio since Disney could well be shown by re-invest in traditional animation, with "Winnie the Pooh."
Among the other animations, some are not yet debuted in Brazil as "Alois Nebel," "Wrinkles," "Operation Gift", "Happy Feet 2" and "Puss in Boots," so we do not know what to expect. But among those that have already been launched, the highlights of "Rio," "Kung Fu Panda 2" and "Rango," the latter the best of three, in my opinion. If the Academy will consider "The Adventures of Tintin" such as animation, still do not know, but there is no doubt that this is the bet of tintinófilos ...

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Writer Anthony Horowitz says there is still a question mark over which Tintin book will be adapted for the sequel to Steven Spielberg's chart-topping film.

Horowitz said earlier this year he had penned a script based partly on Herge's Tintin story Prisoners Of The Sun.

"That was true a few months ago," Horowitz told the BBC, "but I can tell you that I think the second film is not going to be Prisoners of the Sun".

"What it is going to be is still under discussion."

He added: "I've had meetings with the directors and producers and we've talked about ideas and action sequences.

"At the moment I'm trying to put together a story that will please everybody. It's a very difficult one to do."

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is currently top of the UK and Ireland box office.

The motion-capture 3D blockbuster stars Jamie Bell as Herge's young roving reporter, alongside a largely British cast that also includes Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis.

The screenplay for the first film was written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish.

Peter Jackson, who produced the first film, is set to direct the Tintin sequel once he has finished work on The Hobbit.

Earlier reports had suggested that the second film would be based on both Prisoners Of The Sun and its predecessor The Seven Crystal Balls.

Horowitz, whose Sherlock Holmes novel The House of Silk was published this week, confirmed that he would be writing the second film but was yet to begin work on the script.

He said: "I am a huge Tintin fan I grew up on him and I'm looking to getting stuck in on this, but we're a little distant yet from actually having a script...

"The good news is if [Prisoners Of The Sun] is not the second film it'll be the third film so actually I could end up with two Tintins under my belt."

Horowitz's TV writing credits include Midsomer Murders, Poirot, Robin of Sherwood and Foyles War.

He is also the writer of the Alex Rider series of spy novels, and adapted the first - Stormbreaker - for the big screen in 2006.

 
Valery de Theux de Meylandt, a Belgian Procureur du Roi whose opinion is requested and typically followed by the court, advised judges in a written statement to rule against campaigner Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo's application to have Tintin in the Congo banned for racism.

De Theux de Meylandt said in the document seen by Reuters that Tintin author Georges Remi (better known as Hergé) did not intend to incite racial hatred when he depicted his cartoon hero on an adventure in the former Belgian colony in a 1931 work that was updated in 1946.

"The representations (of African people) by Herge are a reflection of his time," De Theux de Meylandt wrote.

Intention is a key criteria in substantiating a charge of racism. The court is expected to deliver a judgement rejecting or accepting Mondondo's argument that the book's depiction of Africans is racist.



"We see in particular that Tintin in the Congo does not put Tintin in a situation where there is competition or confrontation between the young reporter and any black or group of blacks, but pits Tintin against a group of gangsters ... who are white," De Theux de Meylandt also wrote in the statement.



Tintin in the Congo was one of a series of comic books about the adventures of a boy journalist and his dog Snowy, which were first published in 1931. Mondondo has taken aim at the modern version of the updated 1946 book.



The court case comes at a time when Tintin's popularity is on a comeback with a new Hollywood film from director Stephen Spielberg about the intrepid Belgian boy journalist on an adventure alongside Snowy, Captain Haddock and Inspector Thompson.

 
"The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" doesn't open in U.S. theaters for nearly two months, but the Steven Spielberg-directed film already has the makings of a hit overseas.

This weekend, the animated 3-D film opened in 19 foreign markets and collected $55.8 million, according to an estimate from international distributors Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures.

The studios decided to launch the Peter Jackson-produced film so far ahead of its U.S. debut on Dec. 21 in part to boost ticket sales in Europe, where the 82-year-old Belgian comic book series is a beloved part of the cultural history. If the film is successful abroad, the studios are hopeful that it will fare well domestically, where the cartoon character is foreign to most moviegoers.

This weekend, the film about a young reporter seeking hidden treasure was No. 1 in 17 of the 19 markets in which it opened. The movie had the strongest debut in France, where it grossed $21.5 million, marking the second biggest debut of the year behind the eighth and final "Harry Potter" film. It also did solid business in Britain, Spain and "Tintin's" native Belgium, where the movie grossed $2.1 million.

Despite its respectable start abroad, the movie still has a long way to go before it can be considered a success. The picture cost its financial backers between $150 million and $175 million after tax credits, according to people close to the production. The studios will also spend more than $100 million to market and release the movie worldwide, and about 30% of "Tintin" revenue will go directly to Spielberg and Jackson.

 
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One of the paradoxes of animation says that if you make a character too lifelike, it crosses a line from cute to creepy. Does Spielberg's Tintin movie cross that line?
 
Enjoy some first clips of the fillm!!
 
Moulinsart S.A., the public limited company created to protect and promote the works of the iconic Belgian artist HERGÉ, is delighted to announce the launch (phase 1) of a new English-language website hosted at Tintin.com.

Tintin’s growing popularity, ever since his first appearance all the way back in 1929, is simply astounding. Today 250 million books have...
 
Enjoy the following videos and some pictures of the premiere in Brussels!!

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