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Explorers on the Moon
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Director(s) Stéphane Bernasconi
Unit Director(s) Peter Hudecki
Storyboard Artist(s) Gilles Cazaux
Orig. airdate 14 & 21 September 1992
Episode no. 37 & 38


Explorers on the Moon is a two-part episode of The Adventures of Tintin, produced by Ellipse-Nelvana, based on the book of the same name by Hergé.

Changes from the Book

Tintin's attempt to rescue Haddock from his impromptu spacewalk around the asteroid Adonis is made more dramatic and heightened than in the book, with both of them getting pulled into orbit and Tintin having to use a grappling iron to return them to the rocket. Despite that, the tense nature of the adventure is toned down somewhat with Snowy's rescue from the cave omitted from the story. The spymaster behind Jorgen has also been omitted.

It is less obvious to younger viewers that Captain Haddock is drinking alcohol to set up the following scene where he leaves the rocket in a drunken state. His book is really and is not used to hide the bottle, as he did in the book. Instead he keeps the bottle in the refrigerator and refers to it as "a nice cool drink". What is more, different to the book, after getting splashed in the face, we also see the bottle land on the Captain's head making him loose his temper; this would give the impression that he also left the rocket out of rage, rather than just because he was drunk.

Voice cast

Production errors

  • In part 1, when Tintin tells the Captain how he is going to get him back on board the rocket, the antenna of his space suit is missing.
  • Because of Wolff's background story in this version, there is no explanation as to why he was passing information over to the enemy in Destination Moon.
The Adventures of Tintin (TV series)

The Crab with the Golden Claws | The Secret of the Unicorn | Red Rackham's Treasure | Cigars of the Pharaoh | The Blue Lotus | The Black Island | The Calculus Affair | The Shooting Star | The Broken Ear | King Ottokar's Sceptre | Tintin in Tibet | Tintin and the Picaros | Land of Black Gold | Flight 714 | The Red Sea Sharks | The Seven Crystal Balls | Prisoners of the Sun | The Castafiore Emerald | Destination Moon | Explorers on the Moon | Tintin in America

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