Now, some oldies may be surprised at my mentioning this, and most– if not all– readers my age will be wondering what the hell I’m talking about, but I have been waiting for this for a few years now… Since whenever it was that Spielberg announced he would be doing it.
Tintin is hitting the big-screen.
For those of you who have NO IDEA what I’m talking about… Tintin is a series of comic books by Belgian artist Georges Rémi that ran from 1907 to 1983. Tintin is a young reporter with a cute, white terrier named Snowy and sometimes accompanied by his good, grumpy friend Captain Haddock (my favorite character) and the nearly-deaf Professor Calculus… and often times having to deal with the moronic detective twins Thomson and Thompson (with a ‘p’ as in ‘Philadelphia’).
The comics are GREAT. Back when I used to spend summers with my dad, I hit up Zebulon Library in North Carolina with him a lot, and he was the one who spotted them and was immediately immersed into his childhood back in Nigeria. And so, he passed it onto me. I was around 8 or 9, and my dad was in his late 30s and ten years later we’d both still enjoy it (if we had the time).
But it gets better.
The movie’s in 3D. Why? Apparently so that this comic icon, this character that has lived on through the ages, can be introduced to the kids of this generation– particularly in the U.S., where Tintin hasn’t made as much of a lasting impact– in a way they’ll understand, a way they’ll be able to connect.
I think the new, younger generation is not being given enough credit. Part of being a CHILD is using your imagination… No matter how you tell the story, as long as it’s a good one, kids will eat it up. But hey, 3D is awesome, so I’m interested.
I highly recommend to those who haven’t read Tintin to find a copy and delve into his many hilarious and intriguing adventures. My favorites were The Castafiore Emerald and Tintin in Tibet. And come December 21, when it hits US cinemas (come on, really, that’s so unfair… Spielberg is one of us!), join me in ranting about how the movie just didn’t compare.
Ab imo pectore,
P.S. In case the link doesn’t work: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15371733