Tintin has been given the nod of approval by the Hollywood elite, taking out the Best Animated Feature Film award at the Golden Globes.
The Sir Peter Jackson-produced film beat other animated features Rango, Puss In Boots and Cars 2 for the accolade during the ceremony in Hollywood today.
The Adventures of Tintin director Steven Spielberg spoke to media backstage after accepting the award.
"Animation gives you so much rope to hang yourself with. You can get very complex in your choreography of the camera," he said.
"It's such a malleable art form."
With nominations for the upcoming Oscar's to be announced next week, the animated adventure is expected to make the same impact again.
The first of a planned series of films based on the comic books by the Belgian author Herge, Tintin has already grossed US$233m overseas, and captured the attention of worldwide audiences as the intrepid newspaper reporter travels the world with his fluffy companion Snowy.
The movie, which uses the same motion-capture effects James Cameron employed in Avatar, is filled with 3-D effects and astonishing animation thanks to Jackson's Weta Digital.
Filming of a Tintin sequel is expected to commence in the next 12 months.
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