The Adventures of Tintin is available on home video

Director Steven Spielberg discovered the The Adventures of Tintin comic books after he made Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, and had longed to make a film adaptation of the famous French comic series. Thirty years later, he got his wish.

In the comics, Tintin is a young reporter who embarks on a series of adventures, but what makes the series significant for dog lovers is the boy’s dog, a white Wire Fox Terrier named Snowy. The pooch is always at his owner’s side, and the two have a symbiotic relationship by saving each other’s hides – often in the nick of time. The Adventures of Tintin put the protagonists on the trail of a sunken ship and the treasure it was carrying.

Released in December of last year, Tintin was Spielberg’s first time directing a full-length animated feature, and Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) served as one of the producers, so talent and know-how was hardly in short supply. Yet the computer-generated 3D film was not a success in the U.S. (even Spielberg can’t win ‘em all), but it did huge business internationally. Today Tintin gets a second chance in America, as the movie’s available on DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D (MSRP $29.99, $44.99, and $54.00, respectively), but it costs less at Amazon, Best Buy, and other online or big-box retailers.

Watch the trailer for The Adventures of Tintin (overseas, the movie’s full title is The Adventures: The Secret of the Unicorn):