I take a break from my usual posts to get incredibly fangirly and nostalgic.
When I was a little girl, I watched Tintin on TV. It was my favorite cartoon of all time. I grew up in the 90s. I watched A LOT of television and cartoons. Though I was really quite young when I watched it, Tintin was my favorite show of all of them. But eventually I couldn’t find any more episodes. They stopped airing it. They stopped showing reruns.
This was—wait for it—before the Internet. At least as far as I was concerned. My first venture online was with my dad, in the library of a community college. We searched for “Ren & Stimpy” on Yahoo.
I had no idea that Tintin was a comic book. That it was books and books of adventure. I’d ask people about Tintin, and each one would say, “You mean RIN Tin Tin?”
No, old lady. Don’t patronize me. Just because I’m young doesn’t mean I’m stupid.
Sadly, Tintin got filed into my long term memory, buried under Clarissa Explains it All and Rugrats.
Years passed. Nearly 2 decades. I can’t remember when I first heard the name “Tintin” again, but when I heard it, and I heard later that it was going to be a movie, I pretty much freaked out.
And then I saw a trailer, and I freaked out some more. Squealing and jumping up and down in my seat sort of freaking. Like, if I did a freak out challenge among Twi-hards and Beliebers, I WOULD CONQUER THEM WITH MY EXCITEMENT.
Because, let’s face it. Twilight and Justin Beiber are famous and popular due to infatuation. But nostalgia is far, far more potent an emotion than infatuation. You know it to be true. So does Disney, which is why they keep churning out crappy sequels and they keep selling.
Anyway, I am writing this post for the following reason:
You should be excited about this movie, too.
That is the reason.
Let me just drop a sampling of names of the crew:
Steven Spielberg. Peter Jackson.—if you don’t know these men, just stop reading right now. Just stop.
Steven Moffat—writer of Doctor Who and Sherlock
Edgar Wright—writer of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz
And the cast:
Jamie Bell—Billy Elliot
Daniel Craig—James Bond
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost—of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul, etc. Simon Pegg was also the voice for Reepicheep in Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Cary Elwes—Wesley. THE Wesley.
And a host of more British comedians fleshing out the other voices.
Psh. Names don’t make the movie.
I heard a story recently.
“A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said, ‘I love your pictures – they’re wonderful! You must have a fantastic camera.’ He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: ‘That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove.” – Sam Haskins
Names don’t make the movie, it’s true. Neither does a budget. But people do. And an animated film needs extremely talented writers, directors, and producers to make the story interesting, the filming engrossing, and the animation undistracting. Okay, so I just made up “undistracting”—but you know what I mean.
How about genre?
If you like action movies, adventure stories, comedies, mysteries, thrillers, pirate movies, Noir films, animated movies, or period films, then I am pretty sure this movie is going to be enjoyable for you.
How about legacy?
Tintin was created in the 1920s. It is still ridiculously awesome. I don’t know about you, but timelessness says something to me. Hergé continued to create Tintin comics until his death in the mid 1980s. How many other casts of characters have lasted so long? Tintin came nearly a decade before Superman. Who knows how many comics were inspired by the story lines in Tintin. Spielberg and Peter Jackson were and are both huge fans of Tintin, and considering some of the films they have cranked out, that says something to me.
Have I seen it?
No! I wish I could see an advanced screening. I’m going to have to wait until it comes to our town theater. I probably can’t even go see a midnight showing because I am a mother now and am exhausted at 10 pm. So I’m making LT take me for our anniversary.
I have really high expectations for this movie. If it fails even half as much as Captain America: The First Avenger did, I will be sorely disappointed. I may not leave my house for a week.
(I was really excited for Captain America. After watching it, I felt like it was very sloppily thrown together in haste. It came out more like a prologue than a prequel, and it certainly can’t stand alone as a story. They should have made the movie after The Avengers and actually taken time to write and film it well.)
Still not convinced about Tintin?
Well, there may be hope for you yet.