When cars start exploding in their home country and it leads to a soon-to-be serious oil crisis. Tintin, along with Thompson and Thomson travel to the Middle East to get to the bottom of the situation.


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Episode credited cast:
Colin O'Meara ...
Tintin (voice)
Thierry Wermuth ...
Tintin (voice)
David Fox ...
Captain Haddock (voice)
Christian Pellissier ...
Le capitaine Haddock (voice) (as Christian Pelissier)
Henri Labussière ...
Professor Calculus (voice) (credit only)
Yves Barsacq ...
Dupont (voice)
John Stocker ...
Thompson (voice)
Dan Hennessey ...
Thomson (voice)
Jean-Pierre Moulin ...
Dupond (voice)
Snowy (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Denis Akiyama ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Robert Cait ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Graeme Campbell ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Liz Dufresne ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Elizabeth Dufresne)


Across Belgium, car engines are spontaneously exploding; a result of someone tampering with the petrol at its source. With Europe on the brink of war, Captain Haddock is mobilized into the navy while Tintin and detectives Thomson and Thompson set off for the Middle Eastern kingdom of Khemed on board a petrol tanker. Upon arrival, the three are framed and arrested by the authorities under various charges. Thomson and Thompson are cleared and released, but Tintin is kidnapped by the Arab insurgent Bab El Ehr. He escapes and encounters an old enemy, Dr. Müller, sabotaging an oil pipeline. He reunites with Thomson and Thompson and eventually arrives in Khemed's capital city of Wadesdah. When Tintin narrates the sabotage orchestrated by Müller to the Emir Mohammed Ben Kalish Ezab, one of the Emir's attendants, Ali Ben Mahmud, informs the Emir that his son Prince Abdullah is kidnapped. Tintin suspects that Müller is responsible and assures the Emir that he would rescue Abdullah* Written by KGF Vissers

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4 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Hergé has an animated cameo around the four-minute mark as a dock worker in overalls watching Thomson and Thompson board the Speedol Star. See more »

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Land of Black Gold (Part 1 of 2)
31 March 2007 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

After the sabotage of fuel, causing car engines to explode. It leads to a worrying state, which could lead to war around the world. The Thompsons experienced it first hand, and everyone is left baffled. When Tintin overhears two sailors talking, he gets suspicious and gets aboard the petrol tanker the 'Speedol' as the ship's new radio officer. Also joining him undercover are the Thompsons as deckhands. When they arrive there, Tintin and The Thompsons are arrested, but not to long afterwards Tintin is kidnapped by Arab insurgents who believed he knew of their arms deal. Finding out he knows nothing, his left in the desert. In the distance he sees some Arabs who blow up the oil pipe line. The voice of the leader sounds familiar, and it is, because when Tintin comes gets close it's Dr. Muller. After he finds out Tintin is on him, he gets away and hopefully left him for dead. But soon enough, Tintin comes across the just released Thompsons, who are also lost.

"Land of Black Gold" is writer and illustrator Herge's fifteenth comic strip album of "The Adventures of Tintin" and the tenth episode (part 1 of 2) of Season 2. This sedate premise seems to be far more political entrenched with high comical levels to give it that loose feeling. This accolade goes to the Thompsons, who cop a real pounding and turn up in their most ridiculous looking undercover get-ups ever. Pretty much they are played for fools and make it even more the merrier. The tight story gets straight into it with one incident after another occurring and the humorous interplay and punch-lines seem to be on a roll. The dialogues keeps it juicy with a nice dosage of irony within certain situations and holds the mystery rather well. Tintin is reasonably quick-witted and is always on his feet. After showing up in "The Black Island", the classy villain Dr. Muller is at it again, to only find Tintin is messing in his business. It's hard not to get swept on the outing we got here with its potent humour and cracking set-ups, which leads onto a whirlwind of adventurous sabotage and looming war.

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