March 28, 2008

Tintin, the Movie!

Although movies rarely do justice to the books on which they were based, as a child I always wanted to see my favorite books turned into movies or TV shows. Some (most actually) were horribly disappointing.

Little House on the Prairie had nothing to do with the books. Ramona Quimby spoke with a Canadian accent and was blonde. And Tintin cartoons too were Canadian and in my mind Tintin always had a British accent (never mind that he was actually Belgian).

Hope springs eternal and once in a while a book gets turned into a good movie, even if not entirely faithful to its former medium. And so once again, I am excited and hopeful that the casting of Tintin and Captain Haddock for a new Tintin movie will be a good thing. I can only hope that they don't throw into messy love interests and other plot lines that will mess up an entirely good series of books, but that, of course, may be a vain hope indeed.


I have been anticipating this too, until I read that they were going to try to do it in a newfangled animated style that I am not so much a fan of.

Posted by: blair at March 28, 2008 09:43 AM

Meh - it's a Spielberg project. Expect over the top, and a girl thrown in to "balance the cast."

Madame Castafiore might be worth casting, but otherwise I wouldn't be hopeful on that point.

Posted by: skinnydan at March 31, 2008 06:37 AM

I will say this, Bridge to Terebithia got it right.

Posted by: Jeana at April 1, 2008 03:30 PM

I agree 100%: books are generally better than their film counterparts, Spiderman excepted. Frodo was effeminate, Mrs. Frisby was a weakling and Edmund was pitiful. I am a huge Tintin fan and have been since the fourth grade. I've always imagined Tintin with a British accent too, which is strange considering that he's Belgian and I'm Missourian.
Spielberg'd better not insert any modifications to the cast. I trust him on principle, but there is a strict no-romance policy in Tintin. It's one of the defining aspects of the series. Herge believed that Spielberg was the only director capable of putting Tintin onscreen. Let's hope his confidence wasn't misplaced.

Posted by: IvanIvanovitch at April 1, 2008 07:44 PM