THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
The Legacy of Herge
In 1929, a 21 year-old Belgian illustrator created a new comic strip
featuring a bold cub reporter and his white Fox Terrier traveling in the Soviet
Union. The comic, known as Tintin, was an immediate hit with readers -- but the
fledgling artist known as Herge (a play on his given name, Georges Remi,
reversing the initials to RG) could not have foreseen the incredible, long-lived
adventure his character was about to embark upon.
Five decades and two dozen graphic novels later, Tintin has won millions and
millions of hearts of every age group in nearly every country around the world,
becoming a fixture of childhood in Europe and Asia, and establishing a cult
following in the U.S. Each year, the books continue to find new fans, most
recently being translated into Hindi. The phenomenon has spawned toys and
collectibles, fan clubs and publications, as well as adaptations on the stage,
radio and television - and now, at last, an inventive motion picture that brings
the characters to life as they have never been seen before.
What is the source of Tintin's seemingly limitless appeal? For many it comes
down to Herge's original concoction of the simple with the complex: his
relatable, recognizable characters with their multi-faceted human foibles, his
whirlwind escapades with their elements of intricate mystery, political
thrillers and sci-fi, and his drawing style that featured straightforward,
line-drawn characters in lavishly detailed, color-filled worlds that could spark
Herge famously said, "I couldn't tell a story except in the form of a
drawing" - and it was his artwork that drew so many into Tintin's world. But it
was also the core of the character that appealed across language, culture and
time, as almost anyone, anywhere, could envision themselves as this young man
whose compass through all his wild travels are his friendships and desire to be
on the side of good.
As time went on and Herge published one highly anticipated Tintin book after
another, the artist's expressive, uncluttered ligne claire style would influence
a growing list pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, the latter
of whom created a portrait of Herge at the artist's request.
In 1983, Herge passed away, leaving his 24th Tintin book (Tintin and the
Alpha-Art) unfinished. But it was clear that Tintin's legacy would only grow and
that he would continue to inspire and enchant fans around the world.
With The Adventures of Tintin, the filmmakers hope a new generation will have
the chance to discover a world as full of inspiration as ever. Sums up Kathleen
Kennedy: "For us, it's gratifying that first-time, casual and passionate Tintin
lovers can all have an entirely new experience with the characters and the
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