The Adventures of Tintin: Season 1, Episode 1

The Crab with the Golden Claws: Part 1 (4 Nov. 1991)

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Tintin finds himself in the middle of a mystery involving a drowned man, a tin of crab meat, and a piece of paper with the name Karaboudjan on it. He follows the clues to a ship by the same... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Colin O'Meara ...
Tintin (voice)
Thierry Wermuth ...
Tintin (voice)
Christian Pellissier ...
Le capitaine Haddock (voice) (as Christian Pelissier)
Henri Labussière ...
Le professeur Tournesol (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)
Paul Haddad ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Graham Haley ...
Additional Voices (voice)


Tintin finds himself in the middle of a mystery involving a drowned man, a tin of crab meat, and a piece of paper with the name Karaboudjan on it. He follows the clues to a ship by the same name and finds its crew is using the crab tins to smuggle opiates out of the country, and all under the nose of the ship's drunken captain Haddock. Written by Anonymous

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Tintin creator Hergé has his first animated cameo takes place in this first episode. At almost seven-and-a-half minutes in, he is seen in a suit helping Tintin up. See more »


Allan Thompson: This way, gentlemen, watch your step.
Thompson: Right then, watch my step.
[bangs his head]
Thompson: Oh!
Thomson: Precisely, watch your step,
[trips over the threshold]
Thomson: Oh!
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The Crab with the Golden Claws (part 1)
29 March 2007 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

After a dead seaman is found in the waters of a seaport, Thompson and Thomson are put onto the case, but Tintin sees a bit of evidence from the victim that looked familiar. It was a bit of paper ripped off a crab meat tin. On the paper is the word Karaboudjan, which Tintin finds is a ship that's filled with drug smugglers moving opium in the tins. For getting to close, they lock him in a room on the ship when his checking it out with the Thompson and Thomson. When escaping into another cabin, he bumps into the ship's Captain Haddock. Who's alcoholic ways are being taken advantage by his first mate Allan, so he can carry the drugs without his knowledge. They manage to escape in a safety rowing boat, but they face trouble when a plane starts shooting, at them.

"The Crab with the Golden Claws" is Herge's ninth comic strip album of "The Adventures of Tintin" and the first episode (part 1 of 2) of Season 1. What makes this adventure a milestone, is for the reason that Tintin meets Captain Haddock, who would go onto be his main side-kick that basically more then so overshadowed him. From this beginning, you knew Haddock was a character to keep along, and the contrasting personalities between the two evened out nicely. The first encounter is a real hoot, and it crackles with his infamous cursing. On this outing Tintin is on the travel with most of action occurring out a sea on a shipping vessel. The opening of the story is pretty grim, hazy and atmospheric. This kinda stays like that throughout with the dark mystery creating tight spurts of tension and the occasional surprise within the drug smuggling foray. Although Tintin seems to take a few blows to the back of the head early on and some discoveries feel more like an accident, but that's just part of parcel on a Tintin adventure. Thompson and Thomson never disappoint with their reliable persona's making sure there's plenty of agreeably blundering humour to go around. Allen, the Captain's first mate would go on to appear in another adventure and makes for an exemplary foe. Pretty much a typical Tintin adventure with a little more menace, but Haddock's inclusion adds much more energy, colour and randomness to the whole event.

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