On December 21st, director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson will bring Hergé's internationally iconic comic book characters to the big screen with the motion capture mystery The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

But this isn't the first time Tintin, his faithful dog Snowy, Captain Haddock, and the rest of the gang have been immortalized in a big screen outing. The beloved characters were first brought to cinemas in the rarely seen 1947 black and white stop motion animated film The Crab with the Golden Claws. This was followed by two live action family movies: 1961's Tintin and the Golden Fleece and 1964's Tintin and the Blue Oranges.

Both movies have served as inspiration for director Steven Spielberg, not only in bringing Tintin and his pals to life once again in theaters worldwide, but also in his earlier work. We have trailers for both live action Tintin movies below, and in the first clip, you may note that Steven Spielberg lifted a scene from Tintin and the Golden Fleece for his own 1982 classic Raiders of the Lost Ark. Is that Rene Belloq aiming a gun out the window at Tintin? Is there any question as to why The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn seems to hold the same spirit as the Indiana Jones movies?

Check out the two films that served as inspiration for both The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn and director Steven Spielberg's other work below.

B. Alan Orange