IMDb review link: www.imdb.com/title/the-adventures-of-tintin
Last Sunday, sister 28, brother-in-law 32 and me 24; three of us all adults went to watch the latest Spielberg film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn in Gopalan Innovation Multiplex, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore. We put some extra-large glasses in our eyes; the experience to watch a WETA digital animated motion picture technology in 3D is superb. John Williams’ sound composition for the motion picture purpose is awesome.
Tintin is a legendary detective and journalist boy character by Herge. I was a kid, only 3, my sister and neighbor sister Lucy, both were 6 and they were good playmates. Lucy was my first love to introduce and love Tintin. Her father has two children, both are beautiful girls and every year they go to Calcutta international Book Fair, they bought TINTINs. It was in 1989; I was first introduced with the Belgian friend, “The Calculus Affair” or Calculus Er Kando – in Bengali is the first face-to-face introduction with all the evergreen characters from the history of creation.
In those days I was too little to understand the heavy ideas that Herge put into those large glossy papers. I like Tintin, his looks; Captain Archibald Haddock, “Billions of blue blistering barnacles!“; Thomson and Thompson, their foolish intelligence and the smartest little Snowy or Kuttus is better known to me. I draw several poses and still keep those paintings with care. “Tintin in Tibet” was my first self-collection, that I saved from daily tiffin money in the school days to buy one by one in every month, it last only up to 6 of the books. Then a partnership collection with my classmate Arunava Roy, we pay half and half to read the complete series. “Tintin and the Lake of Sharks”, was the last book we bought together.
I always look for the cheapest collection of Tintin and it was “Anandomela” – a leading teenage monthly in Bengal. They publish in two or three bunch edition in their magazines. I unpin those pages and set them into one single comic book edition. It was also a huge part of my collection!
Dibyendu Nandi, my neighbor brother, he has the book “The Castafiore Emerald” (Panna Kothai – in Bengali) I took it and didn’t returned him for several months, finally he asked for the branch. I was intentionally waiting for his forgetfulness to grow up my collections but the trick didn’t worked. The last book I read when I was 17, “In the Land of the Soviets”; it takes time because it was the costliest of the whole series.
Recently, it was an exciting conversation with Premjit Nath, on 13 November at 14:38
Me: “Yesterday I see both The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Immortals in 3D and my suggestion, attend them only in 3D… the experience, just unforgettable!”
Premjit Nath: “If pocket allows only one; then which one?”
Me: “Premjit da, Tintin… TinTin… I grow up enjoying this character so much, and Spielberg always fulfills the huge expectations of entertainment. Lots of unforgettable memories and emotions related with our Belgian friend… 🙂 Can’t betray TINTIN!” 😀
Premjit Nath: “Agreed… can’t betray our childhood friend.”