Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tintin and the Blue Oranges (1964)

Second live action film about Herge's classic character is a step in the wrong direction despite being written in part by Asterix the Gaul creator Rene Goscinny. Actually the film isn't a step rather it's like being hit over the head, put in a bag then locked in a trunk and sent off to the south sea in the bowels of some ship.

The film concerns Professor Calculus making a plea for the world's scientists to come up with a means of feeding the hungry by using the deserts for food production. Several days later he receives in a mail a blue orange which was sent by one of colleagues. It has the ability to glow in the dark. When the orange is stolen, Tintin, Calculus, Snowy and Captain Haddock head off to Spain to meet with the creator only to find he's gone missing. Soon Calculus is missing and Tintin and Haddock are on the run

About this time I was asleep. Actually I was zoning in and out since this film is deadly dull. Everything that the first film did right this one did wrong. Where the first film was real people in the real world this one is carton characters ins a make believe world.

The casting which pretty much replaces everyone except Jean-Pierre Talbot as Tintin is poor. It's not so much they act badly as they act like bad cartoon versions of the characters.

I was bored.

In all honesty Had I not picked up this film because I liked the first film and left a slot for it here I never would have mentioned this film here at Unseen Films.

The film is one to miss.

Currently out on DVD everywhere but in the US. There is a BFI edition from the UK which is nicely put together especially the insert book. It's not a reason to actually pick up the disc however...

...I do expect it to show up in December with the release of the animated films. Don't buy it then either.

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