Shout! Factory // 1992 // 300 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // February 22nd, 2012
Let the adventures begin!
Americans may not be all that familiar with Tintin, but in Europe and many other parts of the world, the comic book character created by Belgian artist Hergé is a household name. Now that Steven Spielberg has decided to bring the adventures of the popular boy reporter to the big screen, Tintin may indeed find a new audience in the US, inspiring families to seek out Hergé's original comic albums and check out the famous 1990s TV series the movie is based on. After releasing the first season on DVD late last year, Shout! Factory is following up with The Adventures of Tintin: Season Two, which adds 14 more exciting episodes to your home collection.
For those not familiar with Tintin, he's an ambitious, courageous Belgian reporter/detective who embarks on perilous adventures that take him across the world. Along with his little dog Snowy and buddies Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, and Thompson & Thompson, Tintin spends most of his time looking for treasures, analyzing mysterious events, and going up against evil villains. Tintin first appeared in a newspaper supplement in 1929 and has been charming families ever since.
Episodes included on The Adventures of Tintin: Season Two run 20 minutes, following Tintin as he investigates a stranger meteor, tries to escape from a dangerous island, tracks down a precious artifact, attempts to retrieve a stolen sceptre, and embarks on a mission to rescue a dear friend. Other episodes follow Tintin to the fictional country of San Theodoros and to the Middle East, where he arrives amid a growing crisis over oil supplies. Needless to say, wherever he travels, Tintin always has his hands full.
The beauty and appeal of this series and the original comics stem from Hergé's unique ability to create fascinating characters and create adventures full of suspense, humor, and action. From colorful settings and energetic dialogue to intense fist fights and gun battles, Tintin's adventures hold all the necessary ingredients to pull audiences right into the middle of the actionÉ, despite the show's very simple art design. Although most episodes focus on Tintin's battles against villains, the show remains rather harmless, thus appealing to audiences of all ages.
Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin faced occasional criticism for caricatured portrayals of races and cultures, but as far as the albums were concerned, several stories were edited to further avoid potential outrage. What really makes Tintin such an interesting character are his intelligence, a desire to explore new places and help those in need, and a vivid imagination and playful behavior that instantly turn him into inspiring character.
As someone who grew up in Europe during the '90s fully enjoying The Adventures of Tintin, I couldn't be more excited to relive this amazing series on DVD. I'm sure loyal Tintin fans who used to bury their heads in the comic albums and watch the show will share the same level of excitement.
Episodes are presented in standard definition full frame with decent enough picture quality. Colors are a tad vibrant, but this issue is of minor concern. The Dolby 2.0 Stereo does its job, so no complaints there either. There are no bonus features.
The Adventures of Tintin: Season Two boasts some of Tintin's classic tales, including Tintin in Tibet and Flight 714. Viewers already familiar with Hergé's beloved character will certainly appreciate the DVD release of the '90s series, and those new to Tintin should definitely use the opportunity to get hooked. This wonderful adaptation of the classic tales is a must-have, plain and simple.
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Studio: Shout! Factory
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
Running Time: 300 Minutes
Release Year: 1992
MPAA Rating: Not Rated