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Posted on Fri, Dec 23, 2011 : 4:29 p.m.

'Tintin' hits America - and we still don't care

By Freelance Journalist

The Adventures Of TinTin
Now showing at Rave, Quality 16, Brighton
Review by Corey Hall of the Metro Times
Grade: C+

Recently, in a shameless bit of product placement, contestants on "The Amazing Race" were asked to find an actor dressed as Tintin hiding somewhere in Brussels, Belgium. The Yanks had no clue who the world-famous little character was, though it took only moments for passers-by to ID the intrepid boy journalist with the upswept Conan O'Brien-like ginger 'do, whose exciting illustrated exploits spanned the '20s to the '70s. Europeans of all ages know and adore the famed creations of Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, aka Herge; but, over the decades, repeated efforts to infest the colonies with Tintin-mania have failed. This time the strategy is more impressive; recruiting the heavyweight skills of exec producer Peter Jackson and director Steven Spielberg, our nation's royal mythmaker, to sprinkle his pixie dust and adapt the page to the screen.

Read the full review here


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Fri, Dec 23, 2011 : 10:06 p.m.

How very provincial of you Corey Hall (the byline in the linked review, which I did not read because " I don't care" to read a review before seeing a film myself ) to claim that only Europeans know Tintin! My children have read and enjoyed these books, and while they surely are known by many many Europeans, I think readers even in the good ol' US might know and like the strips/stories.... A couple people on "The Amazing Race" do not an entire nation make, just to say ;-)