Monday, July 4, 2011

Classic Animated Tintin – CoC Game Ideas and Shameless Escapism

As I had blogged before, Tintin was a great childhood favorite of mine and later my daughter enjoyed them as well. The new Tintin feature length movie, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, is due out 23 December 2011 and that’s a long time to wait.

To help with your wait, I have added links for the old Tintin cartoons made in the early 1990s and based closely on the books. Not seen are among the lineup are Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (1930), TinTin in The Congo (1931), and The Aleph Art (1986) as no episodes were produced. Note that I used YouTube links rather than embeds to keep the length of this post short and speed up load time for your browser. Here they are in the order of the publication of the original books.

Tintin in America (1932)\
Cigars of the Pharoh (1934)
The Blue Lotus (1936)
TinTin and the Broken Ear (1937)
The Black Island (1938)
King Ottokar’s Septre (1939)
The Crab With The Golden Claws (1941)
The Shooting Star (1942)
The Secret of the Unicorn (1943)
Red Rackham’s Treasure (1944)
The Seven Crystal Balls (1948)
Prisoners of the Sun (1949)
Land of Black Gold (1950)
Destination Moon (1953)
Explorers on the Moon (1954)
The Calculus Affair (1956)
The Red Sea Sharks (1958)
Tintin in Tibet (1960)
The Castafiore Emerald (1963)
Flight 714 (1968)
Tintin and the Picaros (1976)

Over the years, the Tintin books were updated and edited to keep up with modern times. If you read the Wikipedia article, you will have read about the controversy & etc. I have provided these cartoons as historical documents of publishing of the time. I won’t have any truck with rampant revisionism or PC gibber, they are what they are. As interesting as the animations are, I suggest you read the books, as frankly they are much better than the cartoons.

A pseudo Tintin adventure I would like to see
Tintin was a gun-toting, face punching supporter of the underdog and the scourge of criminals, dictators, smugglers, and war mongers all while under the guise of a reporter. He seldom looked for trouble, generally tried to run or alert the authorities whenever feasible and was the recipient of a good deal of coincidence and just plain dumb luck.

These books and cartoons are fertile ground for those putting together Lovecraft Call of Cthulhu RPG scenarios and as focus point for ideas as a number of the books were published in the 1930s and 40s. I will admit that I lifted certain elements from Tintin books for my scenarios and even used them in subtle in-jokes during game play. You might also check out my Scooby Doo post for other ideas.

By the way, the new Tintin movie is based on The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure so you can click on these two cartoons and get a pretty good idea about the movie if you haven’t already read the books.


Here are some links to Tintin fan sites: ), also a YouTube fan film pseudotrailer (in French with English subtitles)

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