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Gordon Werner
#1 · Posted: 11 Mar 2004 16:22
So I realize that Herge did not want any more Tintin stories created after his death… so what exactly is Tintin and The Lake of Sharks?

Was it a movie/ TV show, or what? Was Hergé involved at all with this story?


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#2 · Posted: 11 Mar 2004 16:44
It was a 1972 film written by 'Greg', or Michel Regnier, the editor (I think) of 'Tintin' magazine at that time. Hergé had no input into it and the story is highly inferior to the proper Tintin adventures. The film is still available if you look hard enough, and the book version is widely available.
Gordon Werner
#3 · Posted: 11 Mar 2004 17:19
Thanks! I have the book and I don't mind the story; at least it is another story!

#4 · Posted: 12 Mar 2004 08:08
Oh yes, I love my donkey!
I find Soviets and Congo more entertaining than Lake of Sharks. The comic book is alright, but the movie is not really any good.
I find it disturbing how many people think Herge wrote and drew it and then wonder why it is drawn differently and isn't very good.
I have the comic book and the dvd of it. The comic book you can buy at ebay.com, ebay.co.uk, ebay.com.au or amazon.com, amazon.fr, amazon.co.uk, the dvd off any ebay and any of the amazon have it also.
And as for the storyline of Lake of Sharks, it has more plot holes than Swiss cheese has... er holes.
#5 · Posted: 7 Sep 2004 23:43
Hi everyone,

I was surprised to find at a local video rental outlet a DVD titled ‘Tintin and the Mystery at Shark Lake’. I rented it and sure enough, it was the 1972 Belvision production which, until now, I hadn’t seen. I’d always assumed this would be titled ‘Tintin and the Lake of Sharks’.

I suppose I can understand them attempting to bring a Tintin style adventure to the screen, but I’d say this one would have appeal for small children only.

One final observation - this was the English language version, and they’ve managed to find someone not-of-this-planet to provide the voice of Captain Haddock. I swear the guy doesn’t even sound human!?

#6 · Posted: 8 Sep 2004 09:32
The DVD is available in France and Canada and has an English soundtrack if anyone wants to see it.

#7 · Posted: 8 Sep 2004 21:17
they’ve managed to find someone not-of-this-planet to provide the voice of Captain Haddock. I swear the guy doesn’t even sound human!?
indeed! he sounds like one of those people who have no vocal chords and has to talk with the vibrating thingy!
i wonder if the voices in the french version are any better?
i didn't mind the movie to be honest, it is definitely aimed at a younger audience. i thought the main weakness was probably the adaptation into english, the same could be said for the "asterix the gaul" movie (which i love), but the voices in that more suited in my opinion.
#8 · Posted: 23 Jun 2007 04:09
Hi, just found this old thread.
I've watched most of Lake of Sharks by now and just wanted to offer my 2c. This is in reference to the film version.

I know a lot of people don't like it because Hergé didn't create it, but given what it is, and who made it, it's pretty close to authentic Hergé.
The adventure and action scenes are awfully close to the type employed by the Master. (Full disclosure: I haven't seen the whole thing yet, but pretty close.)

The Captain's voice actor is not good. I never imagined him with that kind of a voice.
But it is what it is, and you get used to it.
What do you guys think of Tintin's voice actor? I think he's fine for the role.

Lake of Sharks is flawed, but I think the characterizations are pretty close to spot-on.
Here's a scene which I think is classic Hergé: about halfway through the film, one of Rastapopoulos's men is using binoculars to spy at Tintin and Haddock through the windows. But we then cut to a shot of The Esteemed Thompsons rolling dummies back and forth. That shows me that the creators of Lake of Sharks had their finger on Hergé's pulse.

And the animation is close enough to Hergé's drawings so as not to be too distracting. After all, Bob De Moor did most of the animation, and we all know how closely he worked with Hergé.

And you've got to love the chance meeting of la Castafiore and Tintin in the middle of the night on a deserted road. That's so Hergé! Again, it's not perfect, but the creators of this film understood what's special and unique about the Tintin comics.

Anyway, to conclude, I think it's the closest anyone has come to re-creating Hergé's work. And while it's far from perfect, it caught my interest; in fact, I'm going to go finish watching it now.
#9 · Posted: 3 Aug 2007 13:21
I got A VCD of Tintin and the Lake of Sharks in India.
#10 · Posted: 4 Aug 2007 09:17
what is the plot?

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