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The Legacy of Herge
In 1929, a 21 year-old Belgian illustrator created a new comic strip featuring a bold cub reporter and his white Fox Terrier traveling in the Soviet Union. The comic, known as Tintin, was an immediate hit with readers -- but the fledgling artist known as Herge (a play on his given name, Georges Remi, reversing the initials to RG) could not have foreseen the incredible, long-lived adventure his character was about to embark upon.

Five decades and two dozen graphic novels later, Tintin has won millions and millions of hearts of every age group in nearly every country around the world, becoming a fixture of childhood in Europe and Asia, and establishing a cult following in the U.S. Each year, the books continue to find new fans, most recently being translated into Hindi. The phenomenon has spawned toys and collectibles, fan clubs and publications, as well as adaptations on the stage, radio and television - and now, at last, an inventive motion picture that brings the characters to life as they have never been seen before. What is the source of Tintin's seemingly limitless appeal? For many it comes down to Herge's original concoction of the simple with the complex: his relatable, recognizable characters with their multi-faceted human foibles, his whirlwind escapades with their elements of intricate mystery, political thrillers and sci-fi, and his drawing style that featured straightforward, line-drawn characters in lavishly detailed, color-filled worlds that could spark every imagination.

Herge famously said, "I couldn't tell a story except in the form of a drawing" - and it was his artwork that drew so many into Tintin's world. But it was also the core of the character that appealed across language, culture and time, as almost anyone, anywhere, could envision themselves as this young man whose compass through all his wild travels are his friendships and desire to be on the side of good.

As time went on and Herge published one highly anticipated Tintin book after another, the artist's expressive, uncluttered ligne claire style would influence a growing list pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, the latter of whom created a portrait of Herge at the artist's request.

In 1983, Herge passed away, leaving his 24th Tintin book (Tintin and the Alpha-Art) unfinished. But it was clear that Tintin's legacy would only grow and that he would continue to inspire and enchant fans around the world.

With The Adventures of Tintin, the filmmakers hope a new generation will have the chance to discover a world as full of inspiration as ever. Sums up Kathleen Kennedy: "For us, it's gratifying that first-time, casual and passionate Tintin lovers can all have an entirely new experience with the characters and the story."


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