Tuesday, April 26, 2005


I thought the Tintin exposition was really wonderful. If you are a fan of Tintin, or you have children who like the stories, go to Cheverny Chateau to see this exposition. It is a very interactive exhibit.

Tintin was created in 1929 by comic-strip artist Herge. Tintin is a reporter and has a faithful dog, Milou. There are 24 Tintin books, including one of Tintin in America.

The exposition references many of the books. The exhibit begins with a video from one of the stories. Then you enter a room that is a complete re-enactment of the room in the movie you just watched. Unlike a museum, the kids could actually touch everything. There were secret panels on the wall to find scenes from the book. One panel had a model boat from one of the stories. One room, from a story in the Calculus Affair (L'Affaire Tournesol), I believe, was essentially a haunted room.... lightening and storm sounds, the lights go out, noises from behind doors.... The kids loved it. The phone even rang and my son raced to answer it! No one was there.

Here is a picture of my son pretending to brush his teeth at the sink. This was a scene from TinTin L'Affaire Tournesol.

Here is my son with a prop from The Red Sea Sharks (Le Tresor de Rackham le Rouge).

A final message from Herge. This is part of a large banner at the end of the exhibit.

This was one of the best exhibits I've seen in a while. Go see it!

-- said Auntie M in Paris
11:13 AM



That looks cool. Thanks for letting us know about this. My husband might be interested. He grew up collecting Tintin comics.

# posted by Anna : 1:19 PM  

Ooooh! Tin Tin! Lucky you were able to see this exhibit. Alot of times when I wear my Tin Tin t-shirt there will invariably be someone who comes to me excitedly and explains how they used to read Tin Tin when they were young and how much they still adore him and Milou. Then there are some who ask who that is on the t-shirt and (too bad) never knew of Tin Tin and Milou.

Tin Tin and Milou - an excellent example of loyal friends.
thanks for the post! Terry in SF

# posted by Anonymous : 1:51 PM  

That looks like fun! I'll be sure to go there, if we ever get to the Loire Valley (we've been trying to go since October, and one thing or another keeps us close to home).

# posted by ViVi : 2:55 PM  

i love tintin! i learned how to read in french reading tintin and asterix.

# posted by maryse : 5:21 PM  

Auntie M, you're a genius. i don't know how you do it, but you make living in Paris a fantastic adventure and i learn so much from you every day. thanks for your posts.

# posted by irene : 8:03 PM  

When I get to France I'll definitely make a point of going to see this. I really liked Tintin. It's a shame they don't show it anymore here, though maybe they will again, who knows. I just was glad I got to see it myself (and I mean it wasn't even that long ago, yet I feel old now...)

In the English version they always called Milou "Snowy".

I know at the library still they have huge Tintin complilation books. One was actually all in the original French. Now I can read it!

# posted by Joe : 9:52 PM  

Hi Auntie M-I have been enjoying your days...my entire family is (17 of us)going to Paris in July. What part of town would you recommend with kids ages 4-16?

Near the Louvre
85 rue Saint-Honoré

Near Gare de Lyon
Hotel Mistrel

# posted by Anonymous : 10:27 PM  

Anna, I think it would be a fun trip for you... and of course you could see some of the other chateaux while you were there!
Terry, I really want a Tintin shirt. I might just buy one next time.
Vivi, The Loire is great, but best to go off season since you have the option.
Maryse, So many people have said the same thing to me. That's why I'm glad my son is so interested in the book. He needs to practice his reading.
Irene, It's because I love Paris and I know I won't be here forever.
Joe, I hope one day I will be able to read Tintin in French too. That's great that you can.
A, Email me on mraparis@gmail and I'll think about your question some more.

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 10:58 PM  

Auntie M, thanks for yet another wonderful tour.

# posted by Amy Alkon : 1:24 AM  

OMFG.... It's real! That's shark underwater vessel is real! That totally f*&^ing rocks!

# posted by NARDAC : 4:15 AM  

My children LOVE Tintin. They were totally jealous to see there is an exhibit. No one here ever knows who Tintin is and they are always explaining.

Very cool photos btw.

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