Hergé's Adventures of Tintin
- Not to be confused with the later animated series The Adventures of Tintin.
|Hergé's Adventures of Tintin|
The title sequence of "The Crab with the Golden Claws"
|Directed by||Ray Goossens|
|Voices of||Dallas McKennon and Paul Frees (US Version)
Peter Hawkins (UK Version)
|Country of origin||Belgium|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||104|
|Running time||5 minutes (approx.)|
|Original run||1959 – 1964|
Hergé's Adventures of Tintin (French: Les Aventures de Tintin, d'après Hergé) is the first animated television series based on Hergé's popular comic book series, The Adventures of Tintin. The series was produced by Belvision Studios and first aired in 1957. After two books were adapted in black and white, eight books were then adapted in colour, each serialised into a set of five-minute episodes, with 103 episodes produced (twelve in black and white and ninety-one in colour). The series was directed by Ray Goossens and written by comic artist Greg, who later became editor of Tintin magazine. It was produced by Raymond Leblanc, who launched Belvision and Tintin magazine.
Changes from the books
Most stories in the series varied widely from the original books, often changing whole plots.
In Black Island, Captain Haddock plays a leading part, whereas he wasn't in the original book. Professor Calculus makes a cameo. Puschov accuses Tintin of robbing him, but in an airport. Tintin and Haddock hide in post office bags to get to Sussex, but Haddock gets in the wrong bag, and they are separated. Tintin later finds Haddock in England examining the plane. Doctor Müller is older and white-haired, and has a goatee. And Ranko doesn't break his arm in this version.
In The Crab with the Golden Claws, Tintin sees Herbert Dawes being drowned and decides to investigate. In this version Tintin and Haddock already know each other, whilst the original book is their first meeting. Haddock is being drugged with actual drugs, rather than whiskey. And diamonds are being smuggled in the tins rather than opium. They have slightly different exploits in the desert. They are attacked by a desert raider named Ahmed the Terrible, and later by the pilot of the seaplane. And the ending has been re-written.
In The Star of Mystery (The Shooting Star), Professor Phostle is replaced with Professor Calculus. Coincidentally, the phostlite is renamed "calculite". Professor Philippulus is Calculus' assistant, and he predicts the end of the world, but his predictions are wrong. Calculus accompanies Tintin on the meteorite, and the Peary captain and a crewman chase Tintin and Calculus on the meteorite, but are chased off by the giant spider. Captain Chester has been deleted from the storyline, and Thomson and Thompson accompany them on the voyage, whereas in the book they only appeared in one panel.
In The Secret of the Unicorn, Barnaby and Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine are completely missing from the storyline. Marlinspike Hall has been renamed "Hudson Manor". Max Bird escapes in his car, but in this version he is pursued by Tintin, Haddock, and Thomson and Thompson. They fight him on a pumpkin farmers truck, and pursue him with help from a pilot. Also Aristides Silk (the pickpocket) has been renamed "Herbert Knill".
In Red Rackham's Treasure, they already know Calculus, who is not hard of hearing. Max Bird follows them, and attacks Tintin underwater and is nearly killed by an octopus. Haddock is the one who meets a shark underwater instead of Tintin. And there are natives on the desert island, who bear a strong resemblance to the Arumbayas from The Broken Ear. Thomson and Thompson are saved from losing their heads when Haddock pretends he is the Idol of Sir Francis Haddock speaking, similar to The Broken Ear. The group are captured by natives, but escape when a volcanic eruption sinks the Island (similar to Flight 714). Max Bird meets them at the Marlinspike Hall after they find the treasure, but they overpower him.
In Objective Moon (Destination Moon & Explorers on the Moon), Tintin breaks the fourth wall by introducing himself, Snowy and Captain Haddock to the audience at the beginning. The trip to the moon was all about rescuing Snowy, who was trapped in the (now white) test rocket. Captain Haddock's whiskey is replaced with coffee, and when he is pulled into orbit, he is not drunk, but his feet are hurting, so he takes his metal boots off. The tank is replaced with a hovering car called "the moonmobile". Professor Calculus, Haddock, and Thomson and Thompson explore the dark side of the moon in it, but get caved in by a meteor shower. Snowy rescues them by giving them dynamite. Colonel Jorgen and Frank Wolff survive, and at the end, the rocket crashes in the mountains.
The Calculus Case (The Calculus Affair) was the most altered series, the changes amounting to a completely different story altogether. Jolyon Wagg was entirely removed, and Calculus' ultrasound weapon is called "Silly the Silent" (or "No-Sound Nellie" in the US English version.). Thomson and Thompson's roles have been expanded, and Haddock is captured with Calculus in "Darkol Prison". Alfredo Topolino and Colonel Sponsz have been renamed "Professor Bretzel" and "Colonel Brutel".
There were notable changes in the characters too. Tintin's home is located in New York, Captain Haddock does not have a penchant for whiskey, and is seen drinking coffee, Professor Calculus no longer has hearing problems, Thomson and Thompson's moustaches are identical, and Snowy has a red collar.
Broadcasts and releases
- This series has aired in repeats on non-network syndication in the United States from 1963 to 1971. Several VHS releases were made, in both English and French. To date, no DVD set has been released, though The Calculus Case was released on DVD as a full-length film.
- Georges Poujouly – Tintin
- Jean Clarieux – Captain Haddock
- Robert Vattier – Professor Calculus
- Hubert Deschamps – Thomson and Thompson
- René Arrieu – Allan
- Larry Harmon - Tintin, Professor Calculus (Objective Moon and The Crab With the Golden Claws)
- Dallas McKennon – Tintin, Professor Calculus
- Paul Frees – Captain Haddock, Thomson and Thompson
- Lee Payant - All Characters (The Calculus Case)
- Peter Hawkins – all characters
- Objective Moon
- The Crab with the Golden Claws
- The Secret of the Unicorn
- Red Rackham's Treasure
- The Star of Mystery
- Black Island
- The Calculus Case
The Calculus Case was released in a DVD boxed set in movie format in the UK, accompanying Tintin and the Temple of the Sun and Tintin and the Lake of Sharks. The three have appeared on UK Channel 5 numerous times.
Despite the series' low popularity with Tintin purists, it is well known throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the United States. The "Hergé's Adventures of Tintin!" speech at the beginning of each episode has become an iconic trademark of the franchise in the UK. For example, on an Empire issue showcasing the film by Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg, the cover was captioned "Jackson and Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin!".
- HergeAndTintin.tk - see 'Film, TV and Radio' Section
- TINTIN Online.tk - more info and clips in the TV section
- Guide to screen adaptions of "Tintin" at Tintinologist.org