I've been watching Tintin on Blu Ray recently, and as someone who hasn't read the books - am I missing out on much?
So (in my very biased opinion!) I heartily recommend buying the books.
Hi Torz, and a warm welcome to the forums. Personally I'm with Colonel Jorgen on this, though no doubt it comes down to personal preference. It depends on who you ask, and all opinions and preferences are welcome and respected here.
To me, the TV cartoon episodes I've seen seem to miss most of what I like about the original books: the drawing ability, visual style, the background detail, the subtle humour, Hergé's ability to pace a story, the narrative sophistication, most of the interesting political satire, social observation and moral themes. Of course, some fans of the TV series (and its producers) might argue that these aspects are things you appreciate more as an adult reader and that they're therefore things that a TV series for children could afford to lose. But it's actually the things that most drew me to the Tintin books as a child - the crisp clear-line visual style and the richness and sophistication of the pictures and stories - that I most miss in the TV series.
But obviously to other people, particularly those who watched the series when children, the TV series has it's own merits - the music, the voices, its own style and charm, etc - and, as I said earlier in this thread, I wouldn't want to trash that.