The first Tintin animated feature (1947)

If only the new mo-cap Tintin movie had half the charm of this film, the first Tintin animated feature – a stop-mo adaptation of the The Crab With Golden Claws. Animated by Claude Misonne in 1947 with puppets, the film (embed below, in French no subtitles) closely follows the original story by Hergé.

(Thanks Johane Matte via Cartoon Brew’s Facebook page)


  • paolo

    Sorry for the off-topic, but I did not know where to post it: Zdenek Miler, the author of the Mole, passed away yesterday in Prague at the age of 90:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/zdenek-miler-animator-who-created-czech-children-icon-little-mole-dies-at-90/2011/11/30/gIQAfmtNDO_story.html

    • Chris Sobieniak

      How sad, I feel like watching those films again. :-(

  • http://youtube.com/user/Mesterius1 Mesterius

    I agree that this Tintin film looks extremely charming, primitive as it is:) The puppets actually look pretty wonderful, even if they’re not exactly on-model compared to Hergé’s drawings. So far, I’ve only seen small clips of this film, but I plan to watch the whole thing on DVD soon. (From what I know, it’s a pretty straightforward and faithful adaptation of “The Crab with the Golden Claws”, so once you’ve read that book, it shouldn’t be too difficult to follow the film’s story.)

    By the way, I should mention that the embedded video shows the film in a wrong, streched out aspect ratio. Here is the opening in its correct picture format: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WAghCxa4x8

  • http://stroeherz.blogspot.com Zach Stroeher

    I loved how inking was a simple as dabbing and swiping the pen!

    Other than that – it’s very charming. I would love to see this touched up and in color… though I doubt that would ever happen.

    • http://youtube.com/user/Mesterius1 Mesterius

      Restored would be great, yes… but why the heck should the film be colorized? As far as I know, it was never shot in color to begin with; and I much prefer watching it in authentic black-and-white.

  • Shecky

    I love the amount of screen time they give to the assistants.

  • swac

    This is coming to DVD? I’ll need to get a copy for sure. I first read about it a number of years ago, then saw a couple of clips in a TV piece on Tintin from Europe (French or Belgian, I can’t remember) that was a real treat for me.

    It’s also more fun than the two live-action Tintin films that were done in the ’60s (and are available on DVD from overseas, my copies came from Australia), although those have their charms (thankfully, Herge did the original poster art himself for Tintin and the Blue Oranges, I was lucky enough to find a one-sheet).

    • http://youtube.com/user/Mesterius1 Mesterius

      This IS on DVD – and I’ve got it already, just haven’t taken the time to watch it yet. It’s a French region 2 edition, so all you need is a region free DVD player (and if you haven’t got one, most players these days can be hacked easily with the help of sites like videohelp.com). Anyhow, here’s the French Amazon link to the DVD edition: http://www.amazon.fr/Tintin-crabe-aux-pinces-dor/dp/B00149TV5G/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1322771600&sr=1-2

      I should probably add, too, that the DVD has only French audio and no subtitles… but as I’ve said, if you’ve read Herge’s original “Crab with the Golden Claws” book, the story should be easy enough to follow:)

  • burkiss

    that is garbage. p u.

  • http://www.brooklynvoice.com Michael Troberg

    I have always been an ardent devotee to all good stories of adventure fictions genre. Though the two men,Hergé and Steven Spielberg are from two very dissimilar time and medium of work, their extraordinary accuracy and minuteness in every detail work put them on the same high pedestal.

    Read a review at http://www.brooklynvoice.com/?p=560