I guess this is one of the first American produced movies to be released in Europe first (in October 2011) - even though it's a Spielberg movie! I don't know about USA, but in Europe Tintin is one of the most famous and loved cartoons ever. Tintin's adventures were written in the last century by Belgian Herge in a span of over 50 years from 1929 (the best ones written around mid century). Still very famous and still liked by most children (in all ages and mostly by boys I guess). I'm certain adventures like Indiana Jones have been somewhat inspired by Tintin and his exciting trips to many parts of the world - in most cases with his dog Terry (appearently called Silk in USA) and his faithful friend Captain Haddock (a rude, loud character, but can also be quite friendly and has a heart of gold - the Haddock character has so much edge and is one of the most hilarious characters of all time). Tintin is a journalist and very straightforward (even quite boring at times - like Indy), but he is always surrounded by funny, exotic, mysterious and dark characters and always finding himself in mysterious and adventurous circumstances that make the stories about Tintin so exciting and interesting.
So here we go with the first real movie about Tintin. It's not that Tintin hasn't been filmed before, but that was a cartoon series broadcasted in television and they were not very well made by today's standards - but all true to the stories as we know them. However, the Spielberg movie mixes many stories to one story told by the movie and that was a little confusing to me, since I know all the Tintin stories very well. I recognized most of the bits and pieces put together and they were very well put together, but I'm not sure I loved it that way. I guess if I never read Tintin before, it would have been really great, but it was too hard to take all the rewriting of the different stories into one.
I must say the animations/effects were great and the characters were depicted very well and true to the original ones. So if Spielberg choose to show us the next Tintin story (I'm sure we'll see more!) more like the originally one (though some of the stories could be bettered some for sure), then it will be top class. For now it's just almost top class, but I'm very happy Spielberg did this! Herge's stories deserve all the attention they can get also today - pieces of gold never grow old! If you like adventures and cartoons, I'm sure you will also like "The Adventures Of Tintin". I did!