Tintin and the Temple of the Sun is a 1969 animated film by Belvision, (a co-production between Belgium, France and Switzerland). The film was made made after the success of the Belvision cartoon series; Hergé's Adventures of Tintin of the late 1950's and early 1960's. The subject was to be The Seven Crystal Ballsand Prisoners of the Sun merged together. There was a lot of publicity for the movie (which was the first of two animated films, the second being Tintin and the Lake of Sharks).
When seven archaeologists find an old Inca temple, they become the victims of an old Inca curse. Back in Europe, one by one they fall into a deep sleep and only once a day, all at the same time, they wake up for some minutes and have hallucinations of the Inca god. The story begins with the sixth archaeologist being put into sleep by the contents of a crystal ball that are thrown into his car by Incas.
Professor Hercules Tarragon stays with Tintin and Captain Haddock in Moulinsart, when the Thomsons arrive, Tarragon learns that he is the last Councious Professor. A thunderstorm approaches and the lights go out. This is used by the Incas to put the last one in sleep and to capture Professor Calculus, who has proved to be a desecrater of the sanctuary by putting on the bracelet of the Inca sun god.
His friends Tintin and Haddock follow the track to Peru, up to the mountains through snow and jungle and finally discover the temple of the sun wheres they are captured, too. Their only choice is to choose the day on which they want to be burned to death by the sun. Tintin chooses wisely and is able use the a solar eclipse. At the end he achieves forgiveness and the archaeologists are cured from their curse and Calculus is released.
Changes from the Books
Many scenes from the books were deleted; in fact, the whole of the first book was condensed into just over fifteen minutes of the film. Events were changed and some were added. For example, the Great Inca's Daughter was introduced, who begged her father to spare the prisoners. She also had an attraction to Zorrino.
- Philippe Ogouz as Tintin
- Claude Bertrand as Captain Haddock
- Lucie Dolène as Zorrino
- Fred Pasquali as Professor Calculus
- Guy Piérauld as Thomson
- Paul Rieger as Thompson
- Jean Michaud as The Prince of the Sun
- Bernard Musson as Nestor