Creator and illustrator Herge's pen lines have been brought to life by 3D and performance capture techniques, in an animated movie that takes the comic book hero firmly off the page.
The young adventurer's famous quiff is lustrous and red and his face full of expression, as up-to-the-minute technology brings him alive and makes him eerily human.
But will traditional fans accept this new guise?
Actor Jamie Bell, who provides the voice and human movement for the Belgian icon, is adamant that Tintin "deserves" such treatment and calls Spielberg "the only guy who could have made this movie".
"I've never seen such a realistic Tintin in my life. In the comics the characters don't look like people - they're surrealist drawings," he adds.
The 25-year-old says that the film - which is produced by Peter Jackson - can be "paused at any moment and put back into a comic".
The Billy Elliot star reveals that while performing the actors, including Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig, had frames from the original cartoons pasted around their studio "so we could look directly at the source".
Bell believes that Tintin's transformation will draw in a fresh wave of fans - on their own terms.
"To try and bring Tintin to a new generation of children, you have to present it to them in a way they understand. Steven Spielberg they understand; they understand 3D.
"I hope they see this film and decide to go back to the source material," says the actor, adding that "this movie will hopefully branch out from Tintin's exclusive fanbase".
Bell also maintains that he will return for further Tintin movies, should they be made, so long as the character is "represented in the right way".
"When I was writing his biography I found among his papers a note he had written three months before he died [in 1983] which said if there's one person who can bring Tintin successfully to the screen, it's this young American director - and he meant Steven Spielberg," Mr Farr explains.
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- Two animated cartoon series made in Belgium (1956) and France/Canada (1991/2)
- Live action films including Tintin and the Golden Fleece in 1961
- BBC radio dramatisations in 1992/3
- Stage play at London's Young Vic in 2006, starring Russell Tovey as Tintin (pictured)