I'm glad that you liked it
Originally Posted by Ivy
The movie is actually a combination of three books, The crab with Golden Claws, Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's treasure. Spielberg played around with the plot of these three books a lot and made the movie and even added some 'cameos' I guess you could call it, from other books (like Castafiore breaking the glass). While it wasn't exactly 100% loyal to the books, I found it surprisingly loyal at the same time. Other than the new central villain and the order in which stuff occurs, Spielberg remained VERY loyal to the books.
Originally Posted by KnightofAncient
As for the second movie, they hinted out that Thompson and Thomson would take a larger role. I was hoping that this could be the rest of Red Rackham's treasure which they hardly included in the movie, but they didn't have such a big role in this one, so I'm a bit skeptical now. I guess it could be The Land of Black Gold?
Oh and I should also add, for those of you that watched the 90's cartoon or the movie and haven't read the comics, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING THE COMICS. The 90's cartoon is pretty loyal to them but there's just some things that you're missing out on, like Haddock's penchant for whiskey.
Or his short temper.
And his colorful insults are even better in the books.
Last edited by Kirbs; 04-20-2012 at 04:18 PM.
I literally forgot about Red Rackham's Treasure. Anyway in the movie they even replaced Professor Calculus (Tournesol) with Dr. Silk. Its not purely loyal to the books in my opinion, but it does justice and I loved it.
As for the second movie, more Thompson and Thomson? Interesting. I am still hoping for at least one of these: The Shooting Star, King Ottokar's Sceptor, or The Seven Crystal Balls + Prisoners of the Sun.
Hahaha, Haddock's insults are hilarious. I think we can fill a entire Forum page with Haddock's insults.
Anyway, I dont know if you noticed in the beginning of the movie, they had a scene with most of the book covers and titles.
Last edited by KnightofAncient; 04-20-2012 at 05:10 PM.
Dr. Silk? You mean the pickpocket? He's actually part of the books, he appears in "The Secret of the Unicorn" as the guy who stole Tintins wallet along with his parchment and the wallet of the Bird brothers along with their parchment. Calculus doesn't appear in the movie at all as far as I remember. I don't really recall any deaf jokes in the movie either, which is what would apply to him. His first appearance is in "Red Rackahm's treasure" and the only thing from that book that appears in the movie is them finding the treasure in the globe in Marlinspike's basement, so I'm pretty sure that Cuthbert Calculus isn't in the movie. That's why I thought that other than reordering of events and additions of a few things, Spielberg was 100% loyal to the events he used from the comics, which is admirable. Though one thing I'll say against the movie, is that Haddock sometimes felt a bit different to how he actually is. In the movie they portrayed him as a drunken moron even in the navigation situations that came up, while in the books he IS a hopeless drunk, but also an expert in everything that has to do with boats, seamanship and navigation. There's also the fact that he wasn't as cynical in the movie as he is in the books which kind of defeats the purpose of him being a deuteragonist to Tintin. For example, when he gives that speech to Tintin towards the end of the movie, I found that pretty un-Haddock.
As for movies, I'm guessing they will pick something that extends towards more than just one book like Prisoners of the Sun I guess, but something after Crab with Golden Claws. I don't think they can make a movie off one book alone, it would be to short. Ideally for me, I'd love to see Red Rackham's treasure in a movie, it was one of my favorite books (others include Tintin in Tibet, Explorer's of the Moon and Destination Moon, aw heck...anything past Crab with Golden Claws, that's when the series started getting good for me.)
I did notice that in the beginning of the movie they show you his previous adventures in newspaper titles, that was pretty neat since usually an adventure in one of the books ends like that =]
There's also Herge himself drawing him in the beginning of the movie, that was cool too. I love subtlety like that.
Here are two pages that details pretty much every Haddock insult ever.
And here's an insult generator if you're ever bored.
Last edited by Kirbs; 04-20-2012 at 07:58 PM.
Calculus wasnt in the movie.
About the movie, I remember reading a article that Spieberg was very precise in matching the automobile colors and model to the books.
I was upset about how Haddock was portrayed, his knowledge is shown in The Shooting Star.
Explorer's of the Moon and Destination Moon would be perfect in this day in age since we already went to the moon. It would be interesting to have people see how Herge thought we would go to the moon with a V-2 Rocket. When I read and watched Destination Moon when I was a kid, I cried in that one scene.
I know someone who would love to have Tintin in Tibet be one of the movies.
Haha, I just thought of what if one of the future movies was over the stories with General Alcazar.
Last edited by KnightofAncient; 04-20-2012 at 08:45 PM.
Really? Spielberg actually did that? Well I guess he was a big fan of Herge and Herge was a big fan of detail, so much that he sometimes made mistakes...like drawing bananas upside down.
You know whats interesting about the Moon books? I'm sure you know this, but Herge did research before writing any of his books because he felt he owed it to his readers after the first two books (which he wrote entirely out of the opinions of his boss) which turned out kinda racist due to the reasons stated in the parenthesis. Well....the moon chapters are one of those were you can actually tell he did his research. The rocket ship's design in those books isn't anywhere near what we have now (in fact Herge drew a skit about an actual nowadays exploration to the moon that I have somewhere in my PC later on in his life which is pretty accurate to how it works now) but you can tell that he based his rocket of some research done into this. As a student that has taken Astronomy, I was also astonished as to how much detail he put into issues regarding the logic of gravity in those book. It was very realistic, but conserved its taste of cartoonish qualities at the same time.
Also I wish I had read the books when I was young, I probably would have been able to feel sadder at that one scene myself...I am unfortunately a late bloomer to the series. It was a pretty touching scene after all the comedy they put you through.
Yes, he did research before writing. I think for Blue Lotus he actually went to China to do research.
The Rocket design chosen in the Moon books was the V-2 Rocket which Germany was using at that time. That makes sense as to why it was chosen. It completely differs from the Redstone Booster of Mercury, Titan II of Gemini, and Saturn 1B and the Saturn V of Apollo.
I believe Herge wrote the Moon stories before Wernher von Braun developed the Saturn Rockets for NASA.
If you can find that skit Herge wrote, I would be interested to see it.
Last edited by KnightofAncient; 04-28-2012 at 10:53 PM.
I'd love to show it to you. But its in PDF format and I'm unsure how I'm gonna send it to you.