- Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Tintin a morally upstanding young man who is out to stop a villain from taking what isn't his or is he a Sociopathic Hero who only took up the cause because he was curious? And are he and Haddock Fire-Forged Friends or does he just see Haddock as The Load, treating him nicely when he's useful, and disparaging him and disregarding his feelings whenever Haddock's behavior irritates him?
- Americans Hate Tingle: As a European comic book, the film can be interpreted as a case of this, as the box office in North America left a lot to be desired.
- Animation Age Ghetto:
- The movie had outcries over it being "too violent for children".
- In the artbook, Jamie Bell (who plays Tintin) actually praised the cartoon for talking about more mature subject matter and getting him into the series in the first place.
- Award Snub:
- The Oscars ceremony that year included a rare five nominees for Best Animated Feature, but none of them include this movie. They said it was ineligible because the film used motion-capture rather than being animated. And yet they won't nominate motion-captured roles for Best Actor/Actress because they claim it's too close to animation.
- During the opening skit of the 84th Academy Awards, near the end where Billy Crystal, dressed as Tintin, riding a motorcycle, you can hear him then proclaiming "Should have been nominated!" We agree with you Billy.
- It didn't help matters that Tintin was nominated and won in the same category at The Golden Globes.
- Awesome Art: There were some people who honestly thought this movie was live action. Let that sink in for a moment, there were people who honestly to god thought this movie was live action. To see that the movie could not only avoid the problem with the Uncanny Valley but SURPASS it and make the characters THAT convincing speaks volumes as to how awesome the animation quality is.
- Awesome Music:
- From the trailers, there's Sands of Time and Sword of Omens by Audiomachine.
- From the soundtrack itself, there are many — the soundtrack emphasizes themes and motifs that run throughout the entire score, making the whole thing even more awesome when listened to as a set. Individually, there's "Sir Francis and the Unicorn", "Red Rackham's Curse and the Treasure" and "The Pursuit of the Falcon".
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: As an American adaptation of a European comic book, the film can be interpreted as a case of this, since most of the film's gross came from overseas. The movie was also very popular in one North American region - Quebec, due to Franco-Belgian Comics being a big part of its culture - where it was the highest-grossing movie of the year, even outgrossing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: During the final battle with Sakharine and Haddock using cranes, Sakharine swings the load on his crane to hit Haddock's control station from below. Fans of Casino Royale (2006) will get this one.
- Ho Yay: When Tintin trusts the Captain with their piece of the poem, the scene could be interpreted as nothing less than "You can't trust me with that!" "I'm sure I can. Just take it, and make me the happiest boy in Bagghar!"
- Moral Event Horizon: Red Rakham murdering Haddock's crew even after he promised to spare them. It's implied they were consumed by sharks.
- One-Scene Wonder: Bianca Castafiore
- Special Effects Failure: The human characters look almost live-action. The CG for Snowy is much less convincing, making him stick out like a sore thumb.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: This pretty much defines the reaction of the hardcore fans who got upset over the modifications of the books' storylines.
- Tough Act to Follow: John Williams' orchestral score, while excellent, gets flak from fans of older works, particularly the Ellipse/Nelvana series — whose main theme is particularly iconic. Also overlaps with They Changed It, Now It Sucks!.
- What an Idiot!: Played for Laughs. Thomson and Thompson don't realize that Aristides Silk is the pickpocket, even when they're inside his apartment surrounded by his wallet collection. (This is in contrast to the comic, where after Tintin clues them in on the cleaner's mark sewn into the pickpocket's coat, the detectives track down Silk using good old-fashioned legwork.)
YMMV / The Adventures of Tintin