'Tintin' star: Tintin is a beacon of excellence
November 11th, 2011
04:16 PM ET

'Tintin' star: Tintin is a beacon of excellence

It's not that family-friendly movies these days don't have nostalgic appeal - see, "The Smurfs" summer box office dominance - it's that those throwback theatrical releases often still carry a 2011 sheen - see, "The Smurfs" summer box office dominance, and note that it was in 3-D.

But with Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," his animated take on the beloved Belgian boy reporter whose adventures author and illustrator Herge chronicled to the delight of the young and old, star Jamie Bell argues that the message, at least, keeps it old-school.

The character Tintin, 25-year-old Bell told CNN at the movie's L.A. premiere this week, "is a hero but he's not a superhero. You know, he doesn't rely on all these really special powers or advances in technology to make him great; he's great because he just is. And I think that's a great message for kids."

Bell, who plays the curious, adventurous lead, continues that Tintin is "very much a beacon of excellence. He's intrepid, and he's really old-fashioned as well, and I think that there's something about that mix. Especially bringing Steven Spielberg into this, who is a great traditionalist when it comes to his action adventure films. I think that quality makes this a great family movie."

See for yourself when Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" opens December 21.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Sobhan

    Am a diehard fan of the Tintin comics. I'm going for this movie is .... I hope it will not let down .... 🙂 Thanks for rview

    November 30, 2011 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. maggie

    @ Sokman....you are joking, right? You do know that Tin-Tin has nothing to do with Rin-Tin-Tin? Tin-Tin is a young Belgian reporter, aided by his dog, Snowy (Milou in French) from a comic book series. Rin-Tin-Tin was a dog adopted from a WWI battlefield that went on to star in 23 Hollywood films. His descendants continued acting, including in the t.v. show Rin-Tin-Tin and Rusty in the fifties. The bloodline has continued, and the current Rin-tin-tin, the twelfth, makes personal appearances across the country to promote responsible pet ownership. Others in the line are trained as service dogs for special needs children.

    November 12, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sokman

    I remember Rin Tin Tin. Cool dog

    November 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hELEN

    Check out his interview at CELEBU R.COM

    November 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |

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