It should be noted in the introduction that The Adventures of Tintin is a great cartoon, most of the time extremely faithful to Hergé’s work, erasing only certain digressions and replacing exposure scenes with flashbacks or prologues, as in The skull with the golden claws, for example. Here are the only 3 episodes that change so much that they carry, according to us, damage to the original work of Hergé, the creator of Tintin. All the others are to be devoured without sulking his pleasure!
Tintin in America
Last album adapted by The Adventures of Tintin, Tintin in America takes great liberty with Hergé’s narration. The episode focuses on tracking down bandit Bobby Smiles and his gangster friends. The whole intrigue in the American West is limited to the fact that Tintin decides to track down Bobby Smiles until the end but all the “western” parts are amputated.
All the scenes with the Amerindians disappear, as do all the typically “cowboy” adventures of the volume. Some dangers are even ruled out, such as the attempted drowning of Tintin by the mobsters. These drastic decisions force the episode to be limited to a single part of 20 minutes instead of the two usually provided by album.
The broken ear
Obviously, Tintin’s “black face” aboard the boat that takes him to South America to escape those who want his life is removed, for easily understandable reasons. On the other hand, the fact that all the intrigue around the masked terrorist who attacks General Alcazar by laying bombs and trying to assassinate him no longer exists.
This also causes the disappearance of all the military sub-plots that result from it, a little more than 16 pages in total from the album. It must be recognized that the episode is gaining in efficiency, but losing on the way the political and cultural aspect dear to Hergé.
The Mysterious Star
As for Tintin in America, an episode in a single part of 20 minutes since many sub-plots are removed to keep only the main arc of the discovery and the search for the fireball. Exit therefore the character of Captain Chester (friend of Captain Haddock who supplies fuel oil to the expedition when it is in very bad shape), the intrigue of the false S.O.S. (shortened) and the arrival of the crazy Philippulus aboard Dawn.
Some members of the expedition are also removed from the plot, as are the Snowy raids in the kitchen during the crossing. To create a strong dramatic moment, the creators of the cartoon felt compelled to add a giant spider on the fireball, where that of the comic is smaller than Snowy. All these cumulative changes make The Mysterious Star one of the most distant episodes from the original comic.