Tintin is a young person Reporter fiction. He is the main character of the cartoon the Adventures of Tintin and Milou , of the Belgian George Remi alias Hergé.
NameIt seems that Hergé baptized its character in homage to the album of Benjamin Rabier writes in collaboration with Fred Isly, Tintin imp (1897), the graphics being inspired of a character of this album ( Onésime , which carries plus fours and a bunch).
Tintin which was born graphically with the public in 1929 is always indicated by this name. It seems that it is a Surnom or a Family name, but he is never question of a Prénom, which is however traditional thing in the Franco-Belgian cartoon of this time (and any other kind of media), where the heroes usually have an eccentric single name (being used at the same time as first name and family name) as in the actors or singers of " between two guerres".
It will be noticed that the name of Tintin, like that of the other characters of this cartoon, will vary according to the national and linguistic editions.
See also: List of the names of the characters of Tintin in foreign languages
Physical aspect and ageIts famous cowlick appears in a box of Tintin to the country of the Soviets . Hergé will decide to preserve thereafter this physical feature which makes its hero so recognizable. Moreover, one voyage of Rabier in motor bike until Moscow will be used to him as model to the character. It is noted however that in the albums colors, the color of its hair is not always the same one: in much of albums, it appears russet-red, but in others, it seems châtain, or even almost fair (in the Broken Ear , for example).
Its age is rather difficult to determine. It is not a Adulte, as leaves it think its small size and its weak aspect, but is not a Adolescent either, and even less a Enfant (he only lives in his own apartment with his dog Milou, is journalist although one never sees it with work, seems to provide only for his needs and is extremely physically). In an interview with the radio, Hergé just answered that " it is jeune" . This ambiguity is probably intended to help the reader, child or adult, to be identified with him.
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- Objectif the Moon
- One went on the Moon
- 7 crystal balls
- the temple of the sun
- the treasure of Rackham the Red
- the secrecy of the Unicorn
ProfessionAs of the first album, Tintin with the country of the Soviets , Tintin is presented like a Reporter working for Small the Twentieth, the newspaper publishing its adventures. In the first albums, this profession is used as starting reason with its voyages: in Tintin with the country of the Soviets , it will make a to the USSR Reportage on this country, and will have to face Bolsheviks ready to kill it to prevent it from making known with the Westerners the reality of the Soviet Union of the time. In Tintin in Congo , it makes a report on the Congo, then still colonized by the Belgium, which involves it in multiple adventures and it is then sent on mission by its newspaper in North America.
But in the majority of the albums, the profession of Tintin hardly has importance. One very seldom sees it exerting his trade, and it is mainly its curiosity and its desire of justice which push it to launch out in insane adventures. Thus, in the Broken Ear , it decides, without nobody asking him to do it, to find itself a statuette which was stolen in a museum; its investigations will involve it in a tour in South America. In Tintin in America , it goes to Chicago, less to make a report that to remove the city from its gangsters. In the Temple of the Sun , it is its friendship for the Professor Tournesol, which was removed, which pushes it to leave to its research to the Peru.
CharacterTintin fights against all that is Mal, or all that it estimates to be able the being. In the Cigars of the Pharaon , the blue Lotus and the Crab with the gold grips , it faces drug traffickers. In Coke in Stock , he fights against merchants of slaves. In the Business Sunflower , it seeks to prevent two imaginary states, the Syldavie and the Bordurie, to seize a weapon which could prove even more destroying than the atomic bomb. Never it will be let corrupt, but the border between the good and the evil will become increasingly moderate with the wire of the albums.
Moreover, Tintin is curious (with the positive direction of the term), which pushes it to seek to elucidate all kinds of mysteries. Courageous, it always takes the defense of weak and never hesitates to defend of the children (Tchang, Zorrino…) or to save lives with the danger of his. Thus, in Tintin in Tibet , it launches out in a dangerous forwarding in the Himalayan mountains to find and save his friend Tchang. It also expresses a great fidelity towards his friends and is always ready to forgive. Moreover, it is of a temperament calm and posed, and prefers to analyze the situation before acting.
Tintin is a prototype of the ideal child, without defects nor states of heart. Hergé introduced beside this angel a character who puts questions: his/her canine companion, Milou, which knows the difficulties of the choice and temptations.
Finally the human depth with the errors and the redemption, the relapses and the acts of courage, the interrogations and the weaknesses will be made available of the readers by the character of the Capitaine Haddock, while Tintin will remain the immaculate hero.
Physical and intellectual capacitiesTintin is an intelligent character extremely and imaginative. Moreover, it seems to have a certain facility with the foreign Langue S and reads much. It has a power of not very common Déduction and a trick. Moreover, Tintin is at ease in any disguise and can there be shown very convincing (even if its small size and its weak corpulance do not make always credible when he imitates an original much larger and broad). It can as well lead Automobile S, Motocyclette S, Locomotive S and Tank that to go up to Cheval, to hold the bar or to control a helicopter as much as a plane. Although it is of weak appearance, it shows a great physical force. It is able to embank adversaries much larger and broad that him: thus, in Tintin with the country of the black gold , one sees it striking of only one blow of the right an enormous sufficiently powerful sailor to smash a sleeve with metal air with its fist. To the body with body, it will leave always victorious (including when it is a question of fighting against a bear, in Tintin with the country of the Soviets ). He knows the Savate, is a very good swimmer and gunner, practical the Gymnastique and later the Yoga. Even if it does not have any particular capacity, one saw it easily recovering of rather incredible situations like surviving a drawn ball quasi with bearing end (cf the black island , with the whole beginning), or from falls which would have probably broken no matter whom.
AddressesTintin lives with the 26, rue du Labrador with Brussels. This street really exists, not far from the flea market of the play of ball, under the name of the street of Tervuren. Tintin places there to the album With the country of the black gold. Then, it seems that he moves with the Château of Moulinsart of which he is not any doubt today that he was inspired by that of Cheverny, where he cohabits with the Capitaine Haddock and the Professor Tournesol.
Passed of the characterTintin also without passed: practically at any moment during its adventures - except by suggestion of its creator: a passage in the plane above the Spain the July 22nd 1931 on its return of the Belgian Congo to join Brussels, and a stay with Toulouse during all of summer 1940 after a precipitated return of the desert of Arabia - it does not mention event being unrolled in a situation out of those, and never it does not re-examine characters whom it could have known apart from the albums. Nothing in its adventures refers to a between-two-books or an event former to Tintin with the country of the Soviets . In addition, no character seems to have of real catch with the Temps, whereas the outside world evolves/moves notably from one album to another, enough in accordance with the real-world. In fact, no important character, as much among the goods that among the bad ones, does not seem to have of concrete fastener to the real-world: they are solidified and never evolve/move, as well physically as mentally, they remain equal to themselves. Nothing in the albums lets suppose that one period ago when they could be different from the fact that they are (except notable, although partial, of the Haddock Captain).
It seems not to have any family. His/her only companion of the every day is his small white Chien, Milou.
The magazine Catholique for youth Valiant Cœurs, for this reason, did not regard Tintin as eligible in its pages in example for youth. They are OJ, Zette and Jocko , which have a family, that Hergé will publish one moment in this magazine. But Valiant Cœurs nevertheless published Tintin with the country of the black gold with mottled chestnut Milou and new boards in album.
Tintin, his/her friends and womenOne will never see Tintin maintaining a friendly relation, and even in love or sexual, with a woman. Indeed, the Adventures of Tintin almost entirely ignore the female characters, if one exclude Bianca Castafiore and the woman of the Général Alcazar, both of ripe age, little attracting and caricatural with excess; one can also mention Irma, the chambermaid of Bianca Castafiore, pleurnicharde and without much charm. It seems that the only friends of Tintin are male sex, to start with the young Chinese Tchang Tchong-Jen, that he will save drowning in the album the blue Lotus . It is also very close to the Capitaine Haddock, marine recluse who will intervene in all the adventures starting from the album the Crab with the Gold Grips .
The friendly reports/ratios that Tintin with other male characters maintains (the captain Haddock and especially Tchang, but also the Professor Tournesol, the Dupondt or the young Peruvian Zorrino) were interpreters by certain like a homosexual character . Questioned on the subject, the author refuted that, according to which the adventures of Tintin told simply stories of male Amitié, and that the love affairs did not find there their place. Tintin is an modest universe with excess, where emotional reserve is manifest and where impulses, sexual or in love, do not exist quite simply.
It seems indeed that the characters of Hergé are particularly asexual (and not asexual, which is a little different) and in particular from the rules of the time relating to the publications for youth which were then extremely strict. There was indeed on the matter hardly latitude left to the scenario writers vis-a-vis committees of censure extrémement sourcilleux. At this time youths male and female were in Europe clearly separate as well in the school life as in the publications which theirs were intended. This treatment is not specific besides to Hergé, since many authors of novels, following the example William Golding in Its Majesty of the flies , choose not to put in scene the relations between the sexes, this making it possible the artist not to disperse his matter towards more complex problems.
This decency and this timidity towards the things of the sex logically brought several authors and graphic designers, Belgians especially, to transgress the censure while putting in Tintin scene in completely contrary situations at those which he knows in his albums. Were thus published Tintin and the Drogue, Tintin evolving/moving in a world of transvestites, Tintin having a sexual relationship impassioned with Bianca Castafiore, certain authors even were until putting in scene a homosexual relation between Haddock and professor Tournesol. The Foundation Hergé was brought in a repetitive way to raise itself against these parodies by trailing their authors in justice. But this one almost always gave reason to the parodied versions of the Adventures of Tintin. Because even if the situations in which these authors make evolve/move the hero appear obscenes particularly, they are it relative with the decency of original work, but objectively, the parodies are not as intolerable as they do not appear it.
Also let us note the great experiment of Hergé as regards Scoutisme. The friendly relations that it maintained throughout its adolescence were only male, which was there still the common batch in first half of the 21st century.
- Knight about the Gold Pelican (Syldavie - the Sceptre of Ottokar)
- Colonel in the army of the San Theodoros - (the broken Ear)
In the year 2000, La Poste emits a stamp with the effigy of Tintin at the time of the festival of the stamp.
With the cinema, the role of Tintin was interpreted by Jean-Pierre Talbot (in Tintin and the mystery of the Golden Fleece and Tintin and blue oranges ). A quarter century after the first contacts with Hergé then with its having right, the realizer Steven Spielberg finally (October 2007) will be able to adapt the adventures of the young person to defer on big screen. Very little information is available for the moment, if it is not that this adaptation will be based a priori on an existing history and not on an original screenplay and that, if success is with go, of the continuations will be turned. The exit of film is planned for 2009 or 2010.
Every two years since 2005, a “Tintin festival” is organized in Europe. The first festival took seat with Brussels from July 20th to 23rd 2005; the 2nd edition took place with Lausanne July 7th and 8th 2007.
The adventures of Tintin having taken end officially with the death of the creator, of the very sourcilleux heirs on the royalties manage the derived rights. Nevertheless of many pastiches, parodies or continuations, which constitute a form of homage and are carried out with more or less talent, circulate apart from the trade-circuits.
Tintin.com - the official site
- Tintin Category of Directory DMOZ
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