October 24, 2011

Blistering Barnacles, here comes Tintin!

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Growing up, my Grandmother used to give hard copy editions of The Adventures of Tintin comics as birthday and Christmas presents. I have never been a fan of comic books, but I loved the artistic quality, colour, heart and humour of the Tintin series.

From the friendly and fair journalist Tintin, who was always in the pursuit of justice and a good story, to his loyal side-kick Snowy and the sarcastic, wise-cracking Captain Haddock. My personal favourite was Professor Calculus, the bumbling hard-of-hearing physicist who continually causes havoc.

The beloved Belgian comic books have undergone a number of adaptations over the years. Most noteable perhaps is the popular television series The Adventures of Tintin, which ran for three seasons from 1991 to 1992. Until now.

Over the weekend, the feature film The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn premiered in Belgium, the birthplace of the series.

There are big names associated with the film, and with big names brings huge expectations. The stellar cast includes Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell and Simon Pegg. Peter Jackson is the Producer and the Director’s chair is none other than Steven Spielberg (who has held the rights of the series since 1983).

Unfortunately, I’m already offside on this one… first to hit the cutting room floor was Professor Calculus! Hopefully room is made for him in the two planned sequels

It’s in cinemas 21 December 2011. Guest reviews welcome!

P.S. Just as a side note, doesn’t my dog Lucy look a lot like Snowy? 

My West Highland Terrier Lucy

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