Meryl Streep was considered for Bianca Castafiore.

So, tell me. What, if anything, will you do to celebrate the first anniversary of the Tintin Movie? Will you at least watch the movie? Have you thought of anything special to do?

As always, this site is still running, and while Tintin related news is slow, Tintin is timeless and remains a part of our culture. And as that side of culture manifests itself,  whether through movies, the internet, or you guys, I’m happy to post about it and keep it all in one record.

Land of Black Gold, Trivia

In “Land of Black Gold,”  the letter sent to inform Ben Kalish Ezab of Abdullah’s kidnapping literally says:  “To Mohammad Ibm Khalil. If you want to see your son alive, you should sign the contract with the company Skoil. Signed: Bab El Ameer.”

The Broken Ear, Trivia

The Broken Ear: The Arumbaya fetish is copied from a pre-Columbian Peruvian idol. In 1979, the original and several copies were exhibited in Brussels as part of a Tintin exhibit. Ironically, the main copy was mysteriously stolen and has never been recovered…

The Blue Lotus, Trivia

The Blue Lotus: The Japanese invasion of China is based on the historical events of the sabotage at Moukden that Japan used in Sepember 18th, 1938 to justify an invasion.

Cigars of the Pharaoh, Trivia

Cigars of the Pharaoh: in the original black-and-white edition, there is an extra section that didn’t make the color cut. When Tintin finds the secret lair, he finds a bunch of snakes inside he has to pass. He throws a chocolate bar he has in his pocket in the corner and drives them toward it so he can cross safely. Indiana Jones ought to try that sometime…

Tintin in America, Trivia

Tintin in America: Outside of Hergé and some cameo appearances of his colleagues (such as the last piece of trivia), Al Capone is the only real person to appear in any of the Tintin albums. In the original black-and-white edition, Capone had a scarf covering his face, but in the 1945 color edition, Hergé chose to remove the scarf and draw all of his face.

There was one other real person in the book, but only in the black-and-white edition: the actress Mark Pickford is at the ceremonial dinner.


After following every single little detail for year after year after year…it’s almost impossible for me to believe it has been almost an entire year since The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn came out in theaters! Maybe, with luck, we’ll get some info regarding the next film soon? Either way, here at Tintinology we’ll be celebrating the anniversary of the film’s premiere as we slowly but surely await the next film’s release (and it is a long ways away, don’t be fooled). But the site is dedicated mostly to Tintin, not just the Tintin movie(s). So as you’ve no doubt figured out from the title, starting September 22 and going on until October 22nd, I plan to release 30 posts of Tintin trivia, with at least one piece of trivia for each book. I promised trivia when I joined this site, and it is high time you get plenty of it. Cause who doesn’t love trivia? And if it’s Tintin trivia…even better…

So make sure to check back here on Saturday to get the first piece of trivia! Here’s a sample piece of little-known trivia to get you started: Hergé wrote at least two Tintin plays, both with the help of a man named Jacques Van Melkebeke. The first, Tintin in India-The Mystery of the Blue Diamond (Tintin aux Indes-Le Mystère du Diamant Bleu) is about Tintin investigating the disappearance of the Maharajah’s blue diamond. It contains three acts, in India, on a ship, and in a castle in Syldavia. The second, The Disappearance of Mr Boullock (M. Boullock a Disparu) also contains three acts, with Tintin going from Brussels to Casblanca, Argentina, China and Tibet, and then again to Belgium. In both cases Tintin was played by a young girl. I have not been able to find anywhere online that the scripts can be found, and as far as I know Moulinsart has not published them. But Hergé did write them…They even sound more interesting then the Castafiore Emerald was! I would love to read them if anybody ever finds them.

Come back for more trivia this Saturday!