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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This film is intended to entertain, not educate.
With persistence and ingenuity, it is possible to escape difficulties that may arise.
Positive Role Models
Tintin is a brave boy who will do what it takes to save his friends from danger.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence. Lots of cliffhanging moments involving chases, houses set on fire, and escapes from prison. Characters fire machine guns and rifles, but no one is killed. A helicopter is shot down, but the two men inside parachute to safety. A bad guy throws nails on the road to stop a policeman on a motorcycle in pursuit. The policeman runs over the nails and rides his motorcycle off a cliff, where the motorcycle catches fire and the policeman is unconscious on some rocks.
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In a fit of rage, Captain Haddock says, "Dammit."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Captain Haddock smokes a pipe. Security guards in a prison smoke cigarettes. Early in the film, Captain Haddock is shown seated with a glass of wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tintin: The Calculus Affair is a kitschy slice of Cold War action and animation from Belgium in 1964. There is some cartoonish violence -- including machine gun fire -- and one of the main characters smokes a pipe and is fond of his drink. On the whole, Tintin: The Calculus Affair is an enjoyable story with a brave hero rooted in a time when the Cold War was at its peak. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like many relics from the Cold War, TINTIN: THE CALCULUS AFFAIR hasn't aged well, in spite of its natural kitschy charm. The inventions, as always, are creative (and nothing like what the "future" provided), the computers are over-large, and the demarcations between good and bad guys are clearly defined. As in other episodes from the Tintin series, there are lots of cliffhanging "How will Tintin ever escape this predicament?" moments, and unsurprisingly, the hero always finds a way to elude capture (or worse) at the hands of the Eastern European-accented antagonists.
While this could be nostalgic fun for parents who were kids in the 20th century, whether or not kids in the 21st century will enjoy this is another matter entirely. The animation, like much animation from the mid-'60s, is not the best, and the inventions might test the credulity of any kid in this day and age. Still, Tintin: The Calculus Affair is a fun (if dated) animated adventure in espionage.
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