As I mentioned earlier, 'Espionage' is the title of the first episode. Some internet sites' listings have mistakenly added it to the story title.
Oh, sorry, I wasn’t doubting you, just eliminating the possibility that it was the BBFC classification certificate which originated that error.Update!:
Having carried out further excavations in the spare room, I have now dug up my Virgin Video Moon
tape, and it mystifies as much as it illuminates.
There is no on-screen certificate to clarify things, but the first title card (part of the original cartoon) is in French over an image of the rocket blasting away, and says Les Aventures de Tintin d’apres Hergé
, over which a less impressive than normal voice (so possibly not Paul Frees) says with the familiar intonation “Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin!”.
This card fades to black, and as it does so, an electronic caption (therefore not original) is superimposed, which does indeed say on the first line Objective Moon
, and then on a second line in 50% smaller type, Espionage
. This is matched by the narrator’s voice over, which says exactly that.
Obviously this has arisen from an expedient decision to use the titles from the first episode for the edited version, but it therefore has to be said that those who suggest that Objective Moon Espionage
is the title of this release, have got something of a case.
However, I still
can’t locate the BBFC certification record for the Objective
section of the release.
The over-all duration of the story is 87 minutes, which is much longer than the Explorers
certificate allows for (twice as long, as it happens), so it hasn’t been judged as a whole, even though it is presented as a movie. Adding to the confusion, the gang are actually on the Moon by 25 minutes in, so a goodly proportion of the supposedly non-Explorers
is from Explorers
anyway (well in as much as any of the adaptation can be said to be from the books - given it has a wrecked rocket on the Moon, a flying car rather than the tank etc. etc.).
So for some reason an arbitrary decision seems to have been made to divide the length in two, and say the first half is the first book, and the second half the second; however how/ when this was classified I don’t know. The search goes on…End of update!Update update:
I’d missed finding an actual break in the story because I’d neglected to zero the digit counter on my VCR; I’ve now found it.
There are no end credits for the Objective
section, just a freeze frame on the conspirators, plotting to have their confederates do away with the goodies, and a voice-over asking, “What will happen in the next exciting story of Tintin - Explorers on the Moon!?”.
This is followed by a brief fade to black, after which the cartoon restarts with a moonscape superimposed with Explorers on the Moon
in electronic letters, and the story gets going again without any further ado.End of Update Update!
Obviously there were no home video recorders around in the late 60s.
Oh I don’t know…
…but at 9 feet long and $30,000
there won’t have been many… ;-) Still, you got a hi-fi and TV thrown in… It does have a certain je ne sais quoi
But yes, allowing for schools, colleges and a few enthusiasts, even early cassette systems like U-Matic and Philips N1500 didn’t appear until ’71/ ’72. Still, the broadcasts continued on the BBC during the seventies, and seemed to be a fixture of the school-holiday morning-schedules, so they might have been caught. Whether they were retained is another matter…
to my untrained eye and ear - most of what has been posted seems to be Nelvana rather than Belvision.
You’ll quickly know Belvision if you see it - it’s the one that looks less like Hergé. ;-)
I’d suggest if you can, that you try buying the Nelvana series, and the Anchor Bay box of Calculus Case
/ Lake of Sharks
- both are readily available (in the U.K. at least) and are often at knock-down prices. You’ll quickly see that the Nelvana series has a uniform, more developed style of animation, more closely modeled on the books (although it is adapted somewhat); the three Belvision entries are not so unified, and the animation is generally and obviously limited (a system developed by Hannah & Barbera, it uses repeated backgrounds and character movements, and reduces the number of frames used to complete actions, than say Disney might use - see here
If and when Speilberg's film finally gets completed, I'm guessing that there will be a massive surge of interest in the earlier incarnations of TinTin at that point…
I’m not sure that it will lead to a huge
take up on the old Belvision stuff - even the Nelvana episodes are greeted with mixed reactions when discussed on here, fewer people seem to go for the cartoon movies (which are available), and fewer still recall the serials, let alone like them. If us fans don’t have a generally high opinion of them, then how would the non-fan take them?