on 25 March 2012
Cashing in alert, you might think?
Always happens. Big new movie (inevitably a remake, because nobody in Hollywood would touch anything original, these days...) gets released, and a forlorn cheapo (3 quid in a supermarket) release of the usually dire original gets shoved out to make a few extra pennies.
Yet I grabbed this one. I had seen stills from Blue 0ranges years ago, and loved the look.
This was dubbed, but I am of a sufficient vintage to remember British holiday TV staples like The Flashing Blade, The Aeronauts and (Da-da-da daaaah-da-daaaaaaaaah ) Robahnsern Creuseau, for it to hold no terrors for me. (Unlike the Singing Ringing Tree, which still does...)
This is cracking. Live action cartoon done with real style, and absolute attention to detail. None of your "Tom Cruise will do as Jack Reacher, no-one will notice" nonsense here.
Jean-Pierre Talbot is uncannily good, and gives you an extra name for your "Famous Belgians" list. He pulls off the "clean-cut boy scout, yet well able give villains a good kicking / hail of hot leaden death" thing perfectly.
Snowy is exactly right. Professor Calculus's goofy green hat, all present and correct. For goodness sake, Nestor even had the right haircut and shape of skull!
However, Haddock's beard is a bit suspect. There again, you must remember this was 1961 and there was no technology then. But the stuff they used to make Action Man's hair is right there on the screen, even if not quite as firmly glued on.
And it was a good story too. Everyone should get this. It is genuinely odd and utterly charming.
(I only wish they had been able to include Bianca Castafiore, and the Professor's totally trippy LSD-powered colour TV.)
I may get round to watching the new one, but I'm still a bit resistant to the idea of using tons of CGI to make a (non-)cartoon, that could possibly have been managed a lot easier by using, you know... actors, like...
The trousers are never explained, and I, for one, am profoundly grateful.
on 2 April 2014
This relatively little known French live action film from 1961 was the first time that Tintin (the famous boy reporter created by Belgian cartoonist Herge) was brought to the silver screen. It is also probably the best, certainly capturing better Tintin’s spirit than the recent Spielberg film. It obviously helped that Herge has creative input in this, unlike with other movies based on Tintin (though this was not based on any particular book but was rather an original story for the screen). The story has Captain Haddock unexpectedly inheriting a boat in Istanbul. When he goes there with Tintin to retrieve the boat, not only it turns out to be a rotting barge, but also there are a lot of baddies trying to pursue them and the boat. It soon becomes clear that the boat is involved with some treasure. Jean Pierre Talbot and Georges Wilson are perfect as Tintin and Haddock. And the attractive locations (Istanbul, Athens, Meteora in Greece) filmed with lush color certainly help a lot.
on 17 November 2010
It was once shown on tv many years ago & having picked up a mag in wh smiths i discovered by accident this film released by bfi
and available from amazon last week!
Naturally i could not resist & am highly delighted The picture and sound quality on my Std Def only Tv is superb.
The colours,contrast and image detail is acurate sharp and vivid,yes its amazing...Really
complete with original dialogue or english dubbed soundtrack,overall i am impressed 10 out of 10...