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Rats in The Adventures of Tintin

#1 · Posted: 14 Mar 2019 04:28
I thought of this topic mainly because I find rats amusing (Jerry, anyone?).

In page 1 of Soviets, you can find Snowy complaining about rats in the U.S.S.R. He does so again when he fell down into the sewer in page 47 and again in page 69, when Tintin and Snowy were detained for questioning. And the irony is that rats did not appear even once throughout this whole adventure.

But this lack of rats was amply made up for in Shooting Stars, where a whole legion of Brussels' finest rats got out of the sewers to proclaim the end of the world. Seems like Snowy did not have a right to complain about rats in the U.S.S.R after all.

Even Steven Spielberg crossed off Snowy with a rat in the Karaboudjan's radio room in his adaptation.

If you find any more rats in the adventures, be sure to report it here.

And in the meanwhile, here is the answer to a frequently asked question about rats:
Will rats one day rule the world?

Happy rat hunting!
#2 · Posted: 14 Mar 2019 04:50

Actually, when the duo are in the sewer, in one of the frames (I haven't got the book on me, sorry!), you can see a small creature floating in the water - possibly a drowned rat?

In Destination Moon, after Haddock experiments with the spacesuit, everybody - especially Snowy - experience a troop of experimental white rats, which frighten the Thom(p)son twins!

Oh, and while we're on the subject (and related to Bellangeon's remark about them)...
#3 · Posted: 14 Mar 2019 05:06

Good spot! It may indeed have been a drowned rat. However, it could just have been a rat performing backflip, you never know.

And if I am not wrong, then Captain Haddock also told someone a 'rat' once.
#4 · Posted: 14 Mar 2019 16:05
Charming subject. I cannot think of anything more creepy than a rat.

Anyway, there is also the scene in "Black Gold" when a sailor is beating a rat and Tintin punches him because he thought it was Snowy being beaten.

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