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The Adventures of Tintin’s Nose

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Tintin’s nose

While watching Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, one thought kept flashing through my mind: why does Tintin (and Snowy) have cute little noses, while everyone else have noses that one must describe with words such as bulbous, hooked, huge, unsightly. This is the kind of nose for which the word “proboscis” was no doubt coined.

So here it is, The Adventures of Tintin’s Nose:

Will Tintin and Snowy's cute little noses survive their adventures intact?

The big nose threatens the little nose. Bystanders' noses add to the threatening atmosphere.

Tintin's nose meets Captain Haddock's nose. No contest. Even Snowy seems impressed.

The first mate, despite having an admirable nose himself, appears none too keen to gaze upon his captain's mighty proboscis.

Bad guy nose vs bad guy nose. Which one will win? Tough call!

Imagine this shot in 3D! Tintin appears to be doing just that.

The big unanswered question is this: What would Freud have said about this game of nose vs nose which Tintin’s nose is forced to play? Of course, to pose that question is tantamount to answering it. The same could be asked of one of my favorite films, The Nose by Alexander Alexeïeff and Claire Parker. It is about a man’s quest to find his nose. If you want to watch an animated film about noses, this is the one to watch. Here it is:


You have been reading my review of The Adventures of Tintin directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wrighy & Joe Cornish, based on the comic book series “The Adventures of Tintin” by Hergé.

Thanks for reading.


Written by David Kilmer

December 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm

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  1. I couldn’t agree more!! It is so in my face (on my face??) that I can’t concentrate on the plot (and that is saying a lot since the plot is so DUH!!). I am a fan of big noses and have one myself. Should I be offended by this movie?? On the one hand, it scares me a little that animation can be this real. The closeup shots of the eyes are truly astounding. But the noses are ridiculous! I have no experience with the comics version so please enlighten me as to some nuance I am failing to absorb.
    Honkin’ Big in Boise


    May 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

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