- Actor Allusion: Thompson and Thomson (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) remark that being policemen involves a lot of paperwork, in reference to Hot Fuzz, where paperwork was a running gag.
- All-Star Crew: Directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, and written by Edgar Wright and Steven Moffat.
- Approval of God: Won years before the movie's release or even its production. After seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark, Herge declared that only Spielberg could do Tintin justice.
- Awesome, Dear Boy: Cary Elwes basically begged Steven Spielberg for a part in this movie. He plays one of the two seaplane pilots.
- The Cast Showoff: Kim Stengel, who plays Castafiore, is an actual soprano. That's really her singing!
- Development Hell:
- Spielberg has owned the film rights to Tintin since the 1980s, when a friend pointed out to him the similarities between Tintin and Indiana Jones.
- The second and third film appear to be in development hell, seeing how moderately the first one performed in the USA (grossing $77.5 million there against a $135 million budget), and seeing how the Motion Capture film craze was brought to a screeching halt with Mars Needs Moms. That said, the second movie is apparently still being planned, so the film franchise might not be stillborn yet.
- Directed by Cast Member: The Mexican Spanish dub of the film was directed by Ricardo Tejedo, who also provided the voice of Tom, one of the crew members aboard the Karaboudjan.
- Doing It for the Art: The chase scene in Bagghar, from the point where Snowy jumps into Sakharine's jeep to the point where Tintin catches the falcon by the dock, is done as a single shot, over two and a half minutes long. And it's an action scene following multiple characters across an entire city. Great snakes!
- Fan Nickname: The shot of Tintin holding up Hergé's drawing of him in the 2011 film has been dubbed "Tinception" by fans.
- Playing Against Type: Daniel Craig plays a James Bond style villain.
- Promoted Fanboy:
- Director Steven Spielberg, producer Peter Jackson, writers Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright, actors Jamie Bell, and Simon Pegg and Cary Elwes... yeah, it was pretty much a prerequisite to be a Tintin fan if you wanted to be involved in this movie.
- A fan created his own Animated Opening Credits for the film and posted it online just for fun, and when Spielberg saw it he was so impressed that he flew the guy to the U.K. Premiere and offered him a paid position on his next movie.
- Real-Life Relative: In the Mexican Spanish dub, Thomson and Thompson are voiced by real-life brothers Ricardo and Luis Alfonso Mendoza.
- Short Run in Peru: The film debuted in Europe before opening in North America. Even then, it opened in Quebec one-and-a-half weeks before the rest of the continent due to the large Franco-Belgian comics market there. (And yes, if you were wondering, they got the original English version too, which allowed anyone from English Canada or the US willing to take the car trip to Montreal to catch the movie early.)
- What Could Have Been:
Trivia / The Adventures of Tintin