After Professor Calculus (Félix Fernández) appealed to help end world hunger on TV, he receives a blue orange from a fellow Spanish professor. He, Tintin (Jean-Pierre Talbot), his dog snowy and Captain Haddock (Jean Bouise) go to Spain in the film directed by Philippe Condroyer.
When a film makes money, what do you do? Make a sequel! That is not only true in Hollywood, but in Europe too. Again, the audience was asking for more Tintin stories and this film follows an original plot just like the first one. Is it as good as the Mystery of the Golden Fleece? No. For starters, I like that they kept Jean-Pierre Talbot as Tintin, just because he feels like the real Tintin to me. But they changed the whole cast around him. Why do that? Georges Wilson made a perfectly fine Haddock. Jean Bouise gets ever more over-the-top in this one, making the character even so hardly likeable.
The film is shorter that the first film, by about 5 minutes, but feels longer. It makes uses of Marlinspike more in the first segment of the story, but after they fly to Spain they’ve already reached their final destination. The film is not as fast-paced and focuses more on the characters. This sometimes ends-up in over-the-top situation like the scene with Thomson and Thompson being chased. Or Haddock playing with swords in a corridor. Or Haddock tries to drink alcohol while Tintin speaks to him. Or Haddock… OK, I’ll stop with Haddock. You got it, he’s the comedic character here. I never thought of him that way in the comic book. For me he always was the “real side” of Tintin. The character with flaws. Tintin doesn’t have any flaws. That makes Haddock my favorite character. He’s on Tintin side. He is here to help. I love when he always comes back in Tintin in Tibet even though he cannot understand why Tintin keeps pursuing researches of his friend Chang who is thought dead. Haddock simply is not a buffoon.
I like that they kept Jean-Pierre Talbot as Tintin, just because he feels like the real Tintin to me.
Once again, they used details from the comic books to remind the audience that they are watching a Tintin story. For instance, Tintin and Haddock visit Bianca Castafiore and hide just like in the Calculus Affair. Of course, this end-up in an over-the-top performance of Jean Bouise as Haddock, but enough on that. Calculus also uses his ear trumpet from Destination Moon, which is a nice detail. But the plot doesn’t make more senses. Too many plot twists are used to try to make the story interesting when they should have gone with a straightforward story like the first comic books. Maybe this had to do with Georges Remi trying new things and making his plot thicker at that time, but it doesn’t quite work here. I like that Tintin appeals to a younger audience in the film to help him in the final scene. Tintin is portrayed like the hero everyone knows, and even do performances are still off from time to time, I really like Talbot’s portrayal of the character. I would have loved to see him in the planned third film, but it got cancelled.
The film overall is… alright to watch. Kids will like it. I liked it as a kid, even though I always felt that the Mystery of the Golden Fleece was a much better film. The comedic parts feels so off. Even in the music, which had and adventure texture in the first, is much more gargantuesque in the comedic sense here. This wasn’t the end of Tintin on screen, though. The character came back at the end of the 1960s in what I consider to be the greatest adventure of Tintin ever put to screen: The Temple of the Sun, and later The Lake of Sharks which is the last original story of Tintin not written by Hergé.