The Adventures of Tintin is an animated series based on the famous comic book stories by Hergé about the young Belgian reporter and his incredible journeys and thrilling adventures.
In each episode Tintin has great adventures such as getting involved in investigating a jewel theft, tracking kidnappers, solving murders and finding sunken treasure in journeys ranging from around the world to his own backyard with his dog Snowy, friends Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus and the bumbling detectives, Thomson and Thompson.
The series was produced by Ellipse (France), and Nelvana (Canada) in 1990 and considering that today’s modern computer animation methods were not available back then, the animation, choice of appropriate actors to voice the characters, musical score and general style of the TV series are of high quality and very faithful to the original comic books.
In Australia the national broadcaster ABC has had the rights to the 39x twenty-five minute episodes which make up the series and has repeated them several times since its debut in 1991.
Most of the books eg: Tintin in Tibet are told in 2 episode parts but some like Tintin in America are shown in 1 episode. The episodes were initially broadcast in 3 series (as below)
- The Crab with the Golden Claws (2 episodes)
- The Secret of the Unicorn (2 episodes)
- Red Rackham’s Treasure
- Cigars of the Pharaoh (2 episodes)
- The Blue Lotus (2 episodes)
- The Black Island (2 episodes)
- The Calculus Affair (2 episodes)
- The Shooting Star
- The Broken Ear (2 episodes)
- King Ottokar’s Sceptre (2 episodes)
- Tintin in Tibet (2 episodes)
- Tintin and the Picaros (2 episodes)
- Land of Black Gold (2 episodes)
- Flight 714 (2 episodes)
- The Red Sea Sharks (2 episodes)
- The Seven Crystal Balls (2 episodes)
- Prisoners of the Sun (2 episodes)
- The Castafiore Emerald (2 episodes)
- Destination Moon (2 episodes)
- Explorers on the Moon (2 episodes)
- Tintin in America
At the time this review was written the series can be seen at 10:05-10:30AM every Saturday morning starting January 6th 2007 on ABC2 Digital TV. If you like the opening theme music of The Adventures of Tintin you can download it in MP3 format.