Before Herge died, he gave the rights of a Tintin film to Steven Spielberg. Although the film deviated from the book plot, I think Steven did the young reporter justice. According to some sources, Steven first became aware of Tintin after someone told him he was similar to Indiana Jones. I really enjoyed the film. I also really enjoyed the little nods Steven put into the film as a fan. These nods are what I have included in this post.
As you can imagine all the Easter Eggs point towards the different Tintin books.
In Tintin’s room we can see the statue from the Broken Ear.
In the palace and the docks we can see two golden crabs. This is the logo found on the crab tins full of opium in The Crab with the Golden Claws book.
I love this little addition. In Red Rackham’s Treaure, Captain Haddock bumps into a news poster advertising the Daily Reporter with the same tagline; the News Which Hits You.
A running joke throughout the last few Tintin books plays on the fact that people keep calling up Captain Haddock at Marlinspike, when they really wanted E. Cutts the Butchers.
This one is an interesting nod towards one of Spielberg’s films. On the typewriter in the opening scene we see E T being typed.
This next one should be obvious. Its Herge!
During the opening scenes we see a lot of different elements of the many books. This wallpaper is actually the end papers of the Tintin books.
Surely that isn’t Mr T?
This shooting star must be a homage to the Shooting Star book!
Last but not least is also from the title sequence. The logo above the pub is the bird from the Syldavian flag.
It was nice to watch the film though again. I know I missed some, but I found a great site that has gone through the film with a fine tooth comb. You can see this site here.