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Tintin and the Lake of Sharks (1972)

Tintin et le lac aux requins (original title)
Tintin and his friends visit Professor Calculus at his country laboratory, only to find him and a pair of local children threatened by criminals after the inventor's work.

Director:

Raymond Leblanc

Writers:

Hergé (characters), Michel Régnier (scenario) (as Greg) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Careuil Jacques Careuil ... Tintin (voice)
Georges Atlas Georges Atlas ... (voice)
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ... Le gardien du musée (voice)
Nadine Basile Nadine Basile ... (voice)
Jean Berger Jean Berger ... (voice)
Edmond Bernard Edmond Bernard ... (voice)
Claude Bertrand Claude Bertrand ... Capitaine Haddock (voice)
Jacqueline Brasseur Jacqueline Brasseur ... (voice)
Jacques Ciron Jacques Ciron ... Le directeur du musée (voice)
Pierre Collet Pierre Collet ... Le commentateur TV (voice)
Micheline Dax Micheline Dax ... Bianca Castafiore (voice)
Jacques Ferrière Jacques Ferrière ... (voice) (as Jacques Ferriere)
Georges Hubert Georges Hubert ... (voice)
Serge Nadaud Serge Nadaud ... Rastapopoulos (voice)
Maurice Nasil Maurice Nasil ... (voice)
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Tintin is sent to guard an absent-minded professor in a Balkan country, but a local criminal tries to lure him away by kidnapping two children. The professor, however, has invented a machine that can duplicate anything. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 December 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuifje en het Haaienmeer See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Most of the under water base is based on Dr. No's base from the first James Bond movie. See more »

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A travesty, don't bother
1 January 2004 | by Dave_PitSee all my reviews

If you are a Tintin fan then do not watch this. The only artwork that does credit to Herges' method and style is any illustrations that they can take from existing Herge material - if I could bear to watch this trashy attempt again I'd go through and pick out where they used existing Herge illustrations without modification from the Herge albums. This is not based on a Herge album at all.

It is peppered with godawful sing-a-long songs and does not have the seriousness of a Herge plot ( being a rip off of a James Bond film ).

To give you an example of how this film is a mismatch, compare any character that there does not exist a Herge template for with the Herge characters:

1. The local children that "save" them at the start in an unrealistic fashion are drawn in a disney style, the dog is drawn in a hanna-barbera style and the gags are Tom and Jerry.

2. Captain Haddocks voice is that of Popeye the Sailor man. I keep expecting him to break out the spinach.

3. The character that cuts the telephone wires uses actual Muttley sniggering from Wacky Races.

4. Any non Herge character is drawn in harsh primary colours, did they pay him any respect in this film?

Other things that may annoy:

1. Tintin fails to call the police even though they nearly die in a plane crash at the start ( shades of Ottokars Sceptre ).

2. Calculus goes between not being able to hear clearly ( as his Herge character does ) to having precise hearing randomly throughout.

3. Herge prided himself on drawing realistic vehicles from the period and making as much "real" as possible, Rastapopolous's spider craft? Calculus's laboratory?

4. The jokes about Captain Haddock in Tintin revolve around his drinking, aggressiveness and comedy timing, apart from an incident with golf clubs on an elevator his character is out of character.

This is an appalling sin against Herges' characters, if you value Tintin beyond being a "boy's own" style of story then just give up now and watch infomercials instead. If you are new to Tintin, this is the worst place to get your introduction. Appalling, how some could give it a 10 is beyond me, save those for the French-Canadian TV series which did Herge some justice.

I defy anyone to watch the English dubbed version and not want to sing out "Im popeye the sailor man toot-toot" everytime Haddock opens his mouth.

Herge could draw, the animators obviously couldn't. Herge had his own style, the animators clearly wanted to work for Disney.


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