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Lake of Sharks: The film book

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tintin_fanatic
Member
#1 · Posted: 11 Jul 2004 09:11
Tintin and the Lake of Sharks is not even mentioned in the list of all the Tintin books in the Guides/Lists tab in the top bar. Why is this?
Richard
UK Correspondent
#2 · Posted: 11 Jul 2004 10:41
It's not actually part of the official series - i.e. Hergé didn't write or draw it - so it isn't included. Likewise, the filmbooks of "Tintin and the Golden Fleece" and "Tintin and the Blue Oranges" aren't included, as they're not Hergé works.

As a point of interest, I think it was Bob DeMoor who did most of (if not all ?) the artwork for "Tintin and the Lake of Sharks". It's mentioned in "Hergé & His Creation" about it taking so long to do, and he being glad to finish it.
jockosjungle
Member
#3 · Posted: 11 Jul 2004 10:42
It wasn't written by Hergé, it was merely the book of the film done in the style of a Tintin book

But i imagine it should be mentioned somewhere.

Rik
Richard
UK Correspondent
#4 · Posted: 11 Jul 2004 10:48 · Edited by: Richard
... done in the style of a Tintin book

Heh, that's being quite generous ! It features Tintin and co., and a number of ideas "borrowed" from other Tintin adventures (and also "The Secret Ray") - but even the drawing style is quite a distance from Hergé's - and I'll never forgive the bright spark who thought to use painted scenary for backgrounds ... it's the film*book*, dear, not the film.
jock123
Moderator
#5 · Posted: 11 Jul 2004 10:57 · Edited by: jock123
That did surprise me - I hadn’t noticed. I think it should be included, if only to say why it isn’t part of the regular canon.

tintin_fanatic, Lake isn’t generally thought to be very good by a lot of fans: it has the flared jeans for one thing; it has rather weak comedy; and then there are the annoying (to many) children and songs.

On the other hand, the animation is fair (Bob de Moore was originally an animator); the shark sub re-appears; and the art theft/ forgery plot would seem to have been dear to Hergé himself, so it isn’t all bad.

Over all though, I think many Tintin fans prefer to forget about it.

There are seemingly two versions of the Lake of Sharks book - the published one, which renders the settings and characters as they appear in the film, and a very similar one which was drawn by the studio in a style closer to the familiar Hergé one. I have a feeling this second one was done to run as a four panel newspaper strip, but I don’t remember if it did. Anyway, it was not released in favour of the one we now have.
Richard
UK Correspondent
#6 · Posted: 11 Jul 2004 11:08
I think the Hergé-style book wasn't ever released as a book (officially) because it could have been mistaken for one of Hergé's albums. I admit, that version is far better than the current one.

Apparently, Hergé did not want the book released, and went through quite some trouble to stop it. The result is that his name does not appear on the cover, and the inside says "Based on Hergé's characters", or something to that effect.
tintin_fanatic
Member
#7 · Posted: 11 Jul 2004 11:21
I wasn't aware of the fact that Tintin and the Lake of Sharks was not written by Hergé, the book must be a disaster then!
jock123
Moderator
#8 · Posted: 11 Jul 2004 11:53 · Edited by: jock123
tintin_fanatic:
the book must be a disaster then

I’m not sure it is a disaster, exactly, just not very good.

I could be being controversial here, but I actually think it is just part of the general decline in quality and originality towards the end, because I don’t think “Picaros” really is that much bettter, and I can’t imagine that “Alph-Art” would have been a classic either.

I agree that the movie book looks odd because of the style they have chosen; however the two books are otherwise frame for frame the same.
Harrock n roll
Moderator
#9 · Posted: 11 Jul 2004 13:54
Lake of Sharks is the only book I don't have of the "official" adventures - I have the cartoon which is marginally better. And as said above, the unreleased Hergé-style version of the book looks infinitely better - but the whole saga is DUFF, to put it politely.

I also have to disagree with Jock's controversial statement that Picaros isn't much better. I think that although it's not one of his classics, it's FAR superior to Lake of Sharks. I also think Alph-art COULD have been a classic - little point in debating that though, as we'll never know.
admin
Administrator
#10 · Posted: 12 Jul 2004 03:06 · Edited by: admin
There is an existing thread for 'Tintin and the Lake of Sharks'. I'll see if the two can be merged.

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