Parents' Guide to

The Adventures of Tintin

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Faithful adaptation has some old-fashioned values.

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age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

Great adaptation of a comic book classic

Tintin was one of my great comic book passions as a kid (the other was Asterix); this series, unlike the Spielberg movie, is an extremely faithful adaptation. The protagonist, reporter Tintin, faces many adventures in various settings. While the tone is lighthearted and there is no graphic violence, this isn't for toddlers: there are lots of references to crimes (smuggling, forgery, theft, piracy, even drug trafficking), wars, plane crashes, a few mildly creepy moments (involving, for example, a curse, a yeti, etc.), plenty of fistfights, shootouts and car chases (although without any blood). Call it Indiana Jones for kids. The body count of the whole series is extremely low and I don't recall any character dying onscreen (although some offscreen deaths are very clearly implied). No sexuality. One of Tintin's friends, Captain Haddock, famously swears a lot but only with humorous "fake profanities" ("Anthropithecus! Certified Diplodocus!" etc) and is a heavy drinker - while his addiction (which gets better through the series) is a source of humor, it isn't glamourized in the least (it always leads Haddock to huge mistakes). Tintin is a fine role model, honest, righteous, exceptionally brave and skilled, almost superhumanly selfless - so perfect, in fact, that most viewers/readers end up identifying with flawed, short-tempered Haddock, the gruff sea wolf with a heart of gold. Recommended age: 6+.

This title has:

Great role models
age 7+

Great! Just like the books!

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

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The global phenomenon that is Tintin finds a mostly faithful adaptation in the lovingly animated series The Adventures of Tintin, which originally aired in the US on HBO during the late '80s. For European audiences, Tintin is perhaps as popular as Mickey Mouse in the states, a beloved icon whose history has stretched over decades and whose books have sold hundreds of millions of copies.

American audiences may find a bit of culture shock in trying to understand the appeal of the brave reporter and his faithful canine sidekick, Snowy. Tintin himself is almost a blank slate, moving through his adventures with bravery but more often than not enlivened by the presence of eccentric villains and a creative cast of supporting characters. For kids, this may not prove an issue, as the momentum of the action will be enough to engage their imaginations. Teens and adults, however, will have to adapt expectations to fit the show's more esoteric storytelling and characterizations. It's a worthwhile series, but definitely a faithful adaptation of a bygone era in children's books.

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