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Tintin in America (1932)
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The Adventures of Tintin (Les Aventures de Tintin), drawn and written by the Belgian writer-artist Georges Remi a.k.a. Hergé, is one of the most popular 20th century European comics. According to BBC magazine, over 200 million copies of the comic books have been sold to date, with translations into over 58 languages.
The hero of the series is a young reporter and traveller named Tintin, aided by his faithful dog Snowy, Captain Haddock and a variety of colourful supporting characters.
The comic book series has long been admired for its clean yet expressive drawings executed in Hergé's signature ligne claire style; their engaging plots; and the painstaking research done while creating the later stories. They straddle a variety of genres: swashbuckling adventures with elements of fantasy, mysteries, political thrillers, and science fiction. All the titles in the Tintin series include plenty of slapstick humour, offset in later albums by dashes of sophisticated satire and political/cultural commentary.
Tintin lives in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium and the birthplace of Hergé. This is evidenced most notably in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets where the text states that Tintin arrives in Brussels as he returns home after his adventure, and in Tintin in Tibet, where the letter sent to Tintin by his friend Chang is addressed to Brussels. There are other more subtle hints in some of the other books, such as recognisable locations, car numberplates, etc. However, after Red Rackham's Treasure Tintin moves into Marlinspike Hall, whose geographical location is debatable, although some tintinologists believe it to be situated in Enlgand.
Tintin and the Golden FleeceTintin and the Golden Fleece (originally known as Tintin et Le Mystère de la Toison D'or) is a film first released in France on December 6, 1961. It is a live-action adaptation of the Tintin comic book series written and drawn by the Belgian writer-artist Hergé. It was about Tintin, Haddock and Snowy going to Istanbul to collect an old ship left to Haddock by his old friend. However, some crooks know the secret of the ship as it contains treasure and they will do anything to get their hands on it. Tintin was played in this film (and its sequel) by Jean-Pierre Talbot. It was then made into a book form, the english version of which is very rare. Dario Moreno makes a guest appearance in the movie.
Tintin and the Blue Oranges
Tintin in Tibet (1960)
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Tintin and the Blue Oranges (originally Tintin et les Oranges Bleues) is a 1964 French film. It was the second live-action movie based on the Tintin comic book series written and drawn by the Belgian writer-artist Hergé. In the film, Professor Calculus (Feliz Fernandez) develops a blue-skinned orange that can grow on any kind of land and survive harsh weather (in the manner of Lue Gim Gong). The Professor and his friends, however, run afoul of gangsers who also covet the fruit.
Tintin was played by Jean-Pierre Talbot, who also starred as Tintin in the prequel, Tintin and the Golden Fleece. The term of the "blue orange" is a moderately popular image among the French, which was originally inspired by Paul Eluard's strange quote "Earth is blue like an orange". The book form is rarer than it's predecessor, the english version particularly so.
Tintin and the Lake of SharksTintin and the Lake of Sharks (originally known as Tintin et le Lac aux Requins) is a Tintin story that was originally an animated film, directed by Raymond Leblanc (1972). It was written not by Hergé but by the Belgian comics writer/artist Greg. It was later adapted into a comic book, where word balloons were added to still images from the movie.
Tintin, Snowy, and Captain Haddock head out to Cuthbert Calculus' estate on a mysterious lake in Syldavia. They end up discovering a large criminal gang in a base on the bottom of the lake ruled by Tintin's old enemy Rastapopoulos. Calculus has invented a machine which can reproduce objects in three dimensions, which Rastapopoulos tries to steal to use in an art forgery racket. He tries to drown Tintin, but Tintin escapes. Rastapopoulos is apprehended by Tintin and Haddock.
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