As the legendary boy icon Tintin turned ninety on January 10, he continues to be a favorite almost a century after his creator Herge brought him and his pet dog Snowy to life in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets in 1929. Here is why Tintin still appeals to the new generations:
Casterman the publishers for the Tintin comics have confirmed that a new film on boy hero is in the offing with director Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings fame. The film is likely to be based on two stories, King Ottokar’s Spectre and The Calculus.
A brand new Tintin story is also on the anvil.
Tintin’s character is close to Indiana Jones whose films are a big hit now.
A compelling narrative and visual detailing that appeals to the human psyche makes for an eternal appeal. The simplicity of the narrative gives it a universal appeal.
Tintin as an intrepid international journalist cum explorer and takes his fans on fascinating adventures around the world and his travels are wonderfully informative and entertaining keeping interest of readers alive through decades.
Moulinsart, the manager of Herge’s estate has announced a year-long celebration for Tintin whose comics have sold over 250 million copies worldwide.
A digitized version of Tintin in the then Belgian colony of Congo is to be released as part of the celebration.
Tintin’s persona of an investigative news reporter searching the truth is even more relevant in today’s milieu of fake news and questionable media credibility.
Every narrative is high on action, thrill adventure, and humour.
The depiction is extremely detailed precise, full of realism and meticulously researched.
And finally, Tintin always wins… and who doesn’t love a winner!