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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn Soundtrack


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Product Details

  • 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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,829 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

Editorial Reviews

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

Customer Reviews

And there are some more great themes that reach full development in the action cues.
antaylor
It is a throwback to some of Williams' best scores, including those of the Indiana Jones series and George Lucas' 'Star Wars'.
Richard Harborough
The music works perfectly on screen and is a surprisingly enjoyable and fun soundtrack.
G M. Stathis

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jon Broxton on 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 By Arch Stanton on 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 By BlessedRmeek on March 24, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
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 By Noel Hadley on 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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