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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn [Soundtrack]

John Williams Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Masterworks
  • ASIN: B005KWAWJ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,695 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Adventures of Tintin
2. Snowy's Theme
3. The Secret of the Scrolls
4. Introducing the Thompsons, and Snowy's Chase
5. Marlinspike Hall
6. Escape from the Karaboudjan
7. Sir Francis and the Unicorn
8. Captain Haddock Takes the Oars
9. Red Rackham's Curse and the Treasure
10. Capturing Mr. Silk
11. The Flight to Bagghar
12. The Milanese Nightingale
13. Presenting Bianca Castafiore
14. The Pursuit of the Falcon
15. The Captain's Counsel
16. The Clash of the Cranes
17. The Return to Marlinspike Hall and Finale
18. The Adventure Continues

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Original score to the 2011 motion picture composed by John Williams. Sony Classical.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The return of the king December 14, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I think you have to be Belgian, or at least a Francophone, to fully appreciate all the subtleties and nuances of Tintin. Created by the Belgian artist and author Georges Rémi under his pen name Hergé, the character first appeared in print in 1929 and went on to appear in 23 adventure novels spanning a 46-year period up until 1975, followed by the posthumous publication of a final story in 1986, three years after Hergé's death. Not only that, the stories have been adapted for radio, theatre, and a popular 1960s animated television show with its famous voiceover proclaiming that you are watching "Hergé's Adventures of Tintin!" Despite all that, and for reasons I have never fully understood I was never a fan of the franchise - unlike Hollywood giant Steven Spielberg, who is not a Francophone, but who is adapting the story for its first major big screen adventure using state of the art-motion capture technology.

The plot of the film - which combines elements of three of Hergé's stories (The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure) - concerns a young reporter named Tintin (Jamie Bell), his dog Snowy, and his friend Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), who discover a series of clues left by Haddock's ancestor Sir Francis Haddock, which could lead them to the hidden treasure of the pirate Red Rackham (Daniel Craig). In order to unravel the riddle, Tintin and Haddock must obtain three identical models of Sir Francis' ship, the Unicorn, but discover that criminals are also after these model ships, and are willing to kill in order to obtain them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best (Also Only) Williams Score in Four Years! December 13, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is John Williams first score since 2008 when he wrote the music for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I liked that score, although it was far from his best work. I do feel that the problem was with the film (duh) and not so much with his music. The opportunities for writing a big epic score just weren't there like they are with Tintin. This movie is fun, playful, and features numerous quirky characters and exciting action scenes. The scale seems somewhat larger than the latest Indy with adventures in Brussels, a 17th Century sailing ship, Bagghar (a Moroccan city), and a dockyard. On the whole this album is good. Very good. This film seems to have rejuvenated Williams in the same way it rejuvenated Spielberg. The tracks are exciting and memorable and the style is distinct enough that it sets the tone for the series.

To go into more detail on some of the tracks:
"The Adventures of Tintin" sets up some of the themes which will be displayed later in the album. It seems very jazzy and chaotic, changing tone numerous times throughout. If I had to describe this track in one word it would be "fun." They use this for the opening titles which are a quite excellent traditional animation and tell an entirely unrelated story of the theft of some sort of glowing globe.

"Snowy's Theme" is a nice an perky number that hopefully fits in quite well. It sounds like a theme set up to establish a cheerful and innocent setting shortly before everything goes crazy. It has a screeching violin giving just the right hint of excitement popping up when needed. I really like this one and am glad to see that hints of it appear throughout the album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I am not often a movie or music critic, or reviewer, but the very fact that I had to see if I could purchase this recording from Amazon speaks for itself. LOUDLY. I was really taken with the skillful storytelling in the score. Mr. Williams really helps to present the story to the audience. I know that is his job, but it is done so wonderfully. I really love the interplay of the various WOODWIND instruments, including, as I could tell, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, and even Accordian. (I don't know if accordian is classified as a woodwind, but I believe it has reeds to produce the sound.) The Kettle Drums also add significantly in punctuating different scenes. -- This score in totally not overdone , in that it doesn't take over the movie. It does however AUGMENT it nicely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy 80th Birthday, John Williams! February 8, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Today is film composer John William's 80th birthday, and what a legacy! But here's the problem with his heritage, as I see it. He won't stop creating it. How is it that Williams could ride into the sunset years of his life, retirement long overdue, and still manage to tickle the best compositions in Hollywood today? There's a plethora of young talent out there, and respectfully, none of those guys are coming close to the rich tapestry, multi-dimensional scores of William's piano ivory. Stories have it from contemporaries that Williams is a musical hermit too, relying solely on his own influences for inspiration.

I haven't seen the movie, but The Adventures of Tintin was clearly the best score of 2011. It ranks right up there with his career best, Jurassic Park and E.T., resonating like a vintage rewind through all four of his Indiana Jones movies. There's little time for rest when listening, but plenty of wiggle room. Tintin is always in pursuit. Williams flickers his baton through the dark alleyways and exotic rooftops of his melodious soul, utilizing shadowy figures, comedic improvising, window shattering voices, and romantic intermissions to construct another fine musical masterpiece. Really, there's surprises around every corner.

- Noel J Hadley (200 Word Reviews)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars John Williams has done it again...
How does John Williams manage musically to capture the mystery and suspense of this adventure story, and at the same time, with tongue firmly in cheek, pinpoint precisely the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by
5.0 out of 5 stars The adventure continues..................
A beautiful score, filled with great selections (not brief snippets like some original movie scores of late.). Read more
Published 17 months ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Why does every John Williams score have to be a classic?
Is it on his contract that whatever he writes must become a work of genius?
Thank the lord for "sleepers", "JFK" and "born on the fourth of July". Read more
Published 18 months ago by Chad A Olivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect score for an introduction to Tintin
John Williams doesn't need my puny tribute, but to the reader: You need to get this soundtrack if you've seen the movie. If you have not seen the movie yet, please rent or buy it. Read more
Published on August 28, 2012 by Jim R. Whitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Williams' most memorable work, but reinstates classical back into...
I may be stretching that Title a bit much for it's not a hit in the USA as it was in Europe, but the fact remains that people are wanting a return to a higher standard. Read more
Published on August 23, 2012 by Robski
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome soundtrack
This is an awesome soundtrack it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this cd are all of them. if you have not listened to this cd then i recommend you do
Published on July 26, 2012 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars John Williams shines
It's great to have John Williams back after 3 and a half long years since his previous score. And what a return it is! Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by antaylor
5.0 out of 5 stars John Williams' Surprise, Surprise with Tin Tin
In a time when a single film score by the great John Williams would be cheered as a welcome present we have a year where we have two and virtually at the same time. Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by G M. Stathis
5.0 out of 5 stars Williams Channels Indiana Jones in Tintin
I must begin by saying that I'm a big John Williams fan and that my excitement and anticipation for this score were so great that I imported the CD from the UK to get it earlier... Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by Max Moseley
5.0 out of 5 stars Williams' first animation score rivals his best work
One thing you have to do to enjoy the score for "The Adventures of Tintin" is let go of your expectation of getting a great John Williams theme like the ones he wrote for Star... Read more
Published on December 31, 2011 by R S
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