A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain, not educate.
Essentially, this is an old-fashioned "spy versus spy" animated adventure, with clear good guys and bad guys.
Positive Role Models
Tintin is a brave hero, undaunted by the challenges he faces.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoonish violence. A character gets a golf ball shot into his mouth and starts to choke on it. A plane crashes; some of the characters parachute to safety while other characters escape the plane just in time as it teeters on a cliff after it has landed. Characters shoot rifles and machine guns, but no damage is visible.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine at a dinner party and make toasts. A security guard is asked if he has been "hitting the bottle again." Captain Haddock smokes a pipe and drinks from an unmarked bottle of alcohol. The leader of the bad guys is shown sitting in a chair, where only his arm is visible -- smoking cigars and pouring drinks.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tintin: The Lake of Sharks (also known as Tintin: and the Mystery at Shark Lake) is an animated story of espionage and adventure from Belgium in the early 1970s that is based on a popular television and book series from that time. There is cartoonish violence -- gun play and a plane crash, for instance -- and scenes where characters smoke cigarettes and pipes, as well as drink wine and stronger libations. The storyline and character voicings will be difficult to understand for younger (and perhaps older) viewers. Still, for nostalgia's sake -- and for parents who grew up following Tintin's adventures -- Tintin: The Lake of Sharks has a quaint charm. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
TINTIN: THE LAKE OF SHARKS has a certain charm and creativity that's missing from some modern animation. While certainly dated and difficult at times to follow, the film does have its good points, especially for those who grew up following Tintin's adventures on television and in books. There are lots of creative "futuristic" espionage gadgets that could only have come out of the mid-20th century, and plenty of cliff-hanging spills and chills. The bad guys either talk like bumbling fools, or else they have "sinister" Russian Cold War accents, and Tintin speaks in the forthright tones of one who knows that the good guys will always win in the end.
The problem, of course, is whether or not 21st century children will enjoy this. Crucial elements of the story are disposed of in a blink-and-you-miss-it way, and towards the end, it's easy to forget just what it is the bad guys want.
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