Two months before it is seen in US cinemas, Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” will open in France to huge anticipation from the thousands of devoted French fans of the famous cartoon character. The publicity for the event is so enormous that Speilberg himself was in Paris last week at the Gare du Nord to wave off a specially customised Tintin train travelling to Brussels.
Tintin is a boy reporter who journeys with his friends throughout the world in an unending series of adventures. The character was created in 1929 by the Belgian artist Herge.Over 300 million copies of the famous comic books have been sold, and the intense interest in everything Tintin is testament to the enduring cross-generation popularity of the stories.
This is Hollywood's first stab at the Tintin tale, and we must all wait to see how well Speilberg and Co. have succeeded. For those in the US and UK who have never heard before of the intrepid Belgian wonder-boy, then expect to get a bit more acquainted with him as well as characters such as Captain Haddock and Omar Ben Salaad.
If you come to Paris in the coming weeks, expect to see Tintin looking out at you from innumerable cinema billboards. And mindful of that, if you are visiting, here is an update promotion for hotels near the Champs Elysees ..........
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