on 19 May 2006
The Adventures of Blake and Mortimer is one of my favourite comics, even though in the UK it is not as popular as Tin Tin or Asterix & Obelix. (In fact I believe Mortimer and Blake's adventures were initially published in the 50s in magazines alongside with Tin Tin)
The comics (and thus the series) follow Scottish professor Mortimer and Welsh officer Blake as they travel around the world (and even through time)! Sadly, because of the original author Edgar Jacobs' untimely death in 1987 the entire series was never completed, and so he never could have provided any input to this TV adaptation.
on 2 January 2008
I bought this dvd collection as an Herge fan. Before I read the comics I enjoyed the dvd. However, now having read the comics, I am of the view too many shortcuts have been taken, often at the expense of the plot. Some stories suffer more than others, but few manage to replicate the intricate plots of the originals. The major letdown is the accents of the voices. Blake is supposed to be Welsh and not Canadian. The Canadian accent is highly irritating. Mortimer is mildly better, as the actor is at least trying to do a Scottish accent, with some limited success. The minor characters are alright but again why have British characters portrayed with an Canadian accents. In TinTin this was forgivable as TinTin is Belgian and not English. Here there is no excuse. There are plenty of excellent unemployed British actors who could have done the voices very well. The brief booklet with the package describes Blake and Mortimer as the essence of Britishness (or something similar it is not in front of me) - sadly excellent animation has been let down by poor production values. In general the artwork and stories are entertaining enough to merit purchase. The package is pretty good value overall. Some proof reading of the text on the packaging would have been nice as the text was obviously written by someone whose first language is not English. I orignally gave this collection 4 stars which I am now downgrading to 3 stars.