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Dark and disturbing scene in the Tintin albums?

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#31 · Posted: 16 Jun 2007 15:12
I know that it does involve the villains, but the final scene of The Broken Ear, with the two thieves of the fetish, can be considered as being disturbing.
In the sense that death was so directly referred to (something that's not the norm with Hergé) makes it probably one of the darker Tintin books.
#32 · Posted: 30 Sep 2007 16:41
I don’t know quite how Hergé did it exactly, but the oppressive heat just shimmers off the page, and the strange use of shadow and light makes the whole sense of madness very real. That gets my vote for sheer eeriness.

Great description. I think this is exactly why The Shooting Star is one of my top favorite Tintin books (as discussed in the other thread.) As a kid, I kept coming back to that spooky opening, and getting sucked in, again and again.
#33 · Posted: 30 Sep 2007 16:51 · Edited by: Mirirocks67
For me is in Congo:when the rhino explodes,or any animal gets killed.

I had always wandered why Tintin looks so happy after he killed an animal.Like if he's celebrating a party or something.
#34 · Posted: 1 Oct 2007 07:38
I have not read blue lotus. But one day in my school library, i found somebody else reading it. As i stood behind him and peeped into the book, i found he was on the page, which showed a panel like this:

tintin was in chains with a large yoke around his neck and he was being escorted by a rather hostile looking native.
#35 · Posted: 11 Jan 2009 22:49
[Moderator - Merged two threads]

The animated series, with their double movement towards more dramatic action (punch-the-screen) and more childlike jokes (jar-jar-snowy) made me look back at the exact level of violence and "adulthood" in the original comics. Actually, those books are pretty hardcore at times, even though most of the violence is off-screen. I'm surprised the cartoons didn't exploit that angle for more dramatic effect, instead of adding silly fistfights and gesticulations here and there.

Anyway, the point of this thread is to look back at the most shocking moments in Tintin, those that make you go "woah" in retrospect, or those that haunted you ever since. Such as :

- Rascar Capac, quite a creepy mummy and a freaky apparition in Tintin (and others's) dreams. One friend of mine still hates being reminded of him.

- Barnaby getting gunned down just in front of Tintin and Haddock, in the "Secret of the Unicorn". I love that scene, it's pretty brutal.

- The spider on the telescope, in "the Shooting Star". All that episode's beginning is quite unsettling, but the magnified araneus diadematus traumatized more people than the real one at the end and Philippinus the Prophet combined (and that's saying something!). Speaking of what :

- "THE END OF THE WORLD, YES!" Arrrrh shutup shutup I'm not listening.

- My father confessed being a tad disturbed by Tintin falling in the corned beef factory, in America. He still mentions it from times to times (and then wakes up screaming).

- I didn't overly enjoy Haddock planting a corkscrew in Tintin's head, in "the Golden Claws". Frankly, Tintin should consult somebody about his dreams, one of these days.

Any Tintin-related traumas ?
#36 · Posted: 12 Jan 2009 01:20
Maybe it's because I first read it at a young age, but it still always alarms me a bit that TT gets shot on the very first page of The Black Island. Quite the intro! The mummy is definitely super freaky. I think it's creeped out whole generations. For me these also come to mind...

- Colonel Boris beating up and kicking Snowy down the floor hatch in the second moon book...

- In The Shooting Star, how that rival explorer goes and grabs a gun to simply shoot TT out of the sky as he parachutes onto the meteor. The guy next to him says it best: "What are you doing... have you gone crazy!?"

- The Captain tied and getting beat up in The Crab with Golden Claws.
cigars of the beeper
#37 · Posted: 12 Jan 2009 21:04
Definitely Rascar Capac. It was the second Tintin book I had read, and it made me stop reading Tintin for months until I found a copy of Cigars of the Pharaoh at the library... but that's beside the point.

-Tintin getting "executed" in Cigars
-Ramon and Alonso getting escorted into Hell by grinning demons
-The Sondonesian guards machine-gunning at a terrified Snowy
-The afore-mentioned incident with Colonel Boris and Snowy
-Colonel Boris telling Wolff that he was going to "Blow his brains out"
-Captain Haddock getting drunk and smashing a bottle on Tintin's head in Crab
-Several Indians getting rolled into snowballs and falling into a canyon

And many others that I will post as I think of them.
#38 · Posted: 12 Jan 2009 22:42
Yes, the little devils in "Broken Ear" are surprisingly traumatic. Maybe because they're a strange intrusion in a non-mystical universe, making them look unexpectedly 'real' ? I think that naive medieval iconography, if used well (in a "hey, it actually IS like that" fashion) can be much more efficient than Giger mutants.

Also the rifle part in "Shooting Star" is brilliant. I love when baddies won't do just anything to reach their evil goal, it makes them more realistic. But it also makes their violence, what they will do, more realistic and gritty. Here they don't shoot, because it would be too big a thing, but that precisely stresses how big a thing it would have been. It wouldn't have been cartoon violence.

Now, to add to the list :

"The Blue Lotus" is quite a disturbing album as a whole. Too many exemples in it. Its japanese teeth-filled mouths (like Mitsuhirato's) used to freak me out. The madness poison is a terrifying concept. Wang's insane son (calmly trying to convince Tintin to let himself get beheaded) is terrifying, and at the end of the story he's about to innocently execute his own family - just how twisted is that. Add the train catastrophy and Chang floating amongst debris, Tintin getting shot by a photographer (and bleeding black blood afterwards), and the Chinese imagined by Europeans ("hahaha, people from your country are so funny tintin" - yeah right, wanna see how they represent the Japanese too?)... It's an album that I used to read less than the others because of all that (ok, mostly because of the TEETH). Now of course I adore it, because it's one of the most complex and well crafted plots, but there's still a strange taste attached to it. Maybe the taste of poisonned tea...
cigars of the beeper
#39 · Posted: 14 Jan 2009 00:39
I actually have always found the scene with the photographer rather amusing...

" 'Ready now... Watch the birdie!' Bang! Bang! Bang!"
#40 · Posted: 14 Jan 2009 04:53
That drug-induced dream sequence in the tomb of Kih-Oskh has always disturbed me. Baby Tintin wailing in a crib, floating mummies, a man with Snowy's head: definitely not normal.

Frankly, Tintin should consult somebody about his dreams, one of these days.

And how!

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