The Adventures of TinTin

Season 1 Episode 1

The Crab with the Golden Claws (1)

Aired Unknown Oct 18, 1992 on
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A mysterious label from an empty crab tin leads Tintin and Snowy to a dangerous encounter with a gang of ruthless smugglers.

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  • This full story is easily one of your favorites, because it was one of mine!

    "The Crab With The Golden Claws" is a very action-based story with a great start, middle and finish. It is also the most memorable episode in Captain Haddock's respects, as we as the audience are first introduced to him this time.

    So, based on the book, I loved the opening scene of Herbit Dawes getting caught and thrown over by Alan and his thugs. That opener wasn't shown on the comic book so it gained the episode an advantage. Other factors were just like the book, excellence, I loved and laughed at Captain's sobbing when Tintin first meet's him and talks about Haddock's mother. The fighting scenes such as in the desert, and etc are really well done.

    One negative aspect about this episode was the flying-in-the-place scene where there were mean't to be two bad guys tied up at the back, this episode, only had one, and the way he managed to escape was also different from the book. But okay, the rest was really cool. Alan is an excellent villain, and this is his second appearance on the series, one of my favorite villains if not the best.

    Overall, this was a very action-based, well written and touching story as well as it's all time humor by the Thompson twins when one of them forgot his cane, but more importantly, this was the first of Tintin and Captain Haddock's adventures together. I loved this episode and thought it was very well done.

    "The Crab With The Golden Claws" is the ninth book in the series (Chronological order).moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: The seven of diamonds card doesn't have the number and the suit drawn in the corners unlike the other cards the Captain is playing.

    • Goof: When the pilot is first seen prisoner on the plane he is tied with a rope that goes round his chest. Later on, when he manages to free himself, he only has his hands tied at his back.

    • Captain Haddock is first introduced in this episode.

    • Haddock is seen drinking in the series, but not as heavily as in the books. "The Crab with the Golden Claws" is the only adventure where Haddock's drunken state is not reduced.

    • Herge can be seen a total of three times in this episode: as a passerby who helps Tintin up after he is attacked by the goons, his picture appears in a newspaper Tintin is reading and as a reporter who asks Tintin "What it's like to be a hero?".
      Also, Herge's letterbox can even be seen next to Tintin's when Bunji Kuraki tries to deliver Tintin a letter.

    • Why would Thomson and Thompson let Tintin take an artifact from police evidence? Sure, they're good friends, but wouldn't it be against procedure to let someone borrow something that's been confiscated?

    • Tintin mentions that he is originally from Brussels, Belgium.

    • Tintin's adventures have appeared in more than 120 million books, published in 45 languages and 50 countries.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Captain Haddock: Who are you?
      Tintin: A prisoner on this stinking tub of yours.
      Captain Haddock: Whu, I'll have you clapped in irons! No one slanders Captain Haddock's stinking tub!
      Tintin: I've had the full tour, thanks. I particularly liked your cargo hold full of drugs.
      Captain Haddock: Drugs? In my hold!
      Tintin: You didn't know?.
      Captain Haddock: Of course not! I'm an honest man! Who would do something like that?
      Tintin: Your first mate, Allan for starters.
      Captain Haddock: Impossible. Allan's a good sailor. Loyal, devoted...
      Tintin: And generous with the whiskey! Face it, you've been doublecrossed. By keeping you drunk, Allan runs the ship the way he wants, that includes smuggling drugs.

    • Captain Haddock: Doublecrossed! Horn swoggled! Tricked by my own crew. The shame of it all! (Breaks out crying)
      Tintin: Come on, Captain. Get a grip on yourself! He is not going to get away with this. But I need your help. You have to promise: no more drinking!

    • Allan: Drink up, Captain. This will make you feel better.
      Captain Haddock: (Spits the whisky out) No! (About Tintin) I promised him I wouldn't drink any more.
      Allan: Who? Who did you promise?
      Captain Haddock: I don't know. I've never seen him before!

    • Captain Haddock: We must be 60 miles from land with no food and nothing drink. We're goners.
      Tintin: Relax, Captain. Snowy and l have made it through harder times than this.
      Captain Haddock: 'Relax, Captain?' Relax! We're going to die out here, you landlubber!
      Tintin: No we won't! I radioed our plans to the police. It won't be long now.
      Captain Haddock: A seaplane! We're saved. I told you not to worry!

    • Captain Haddock: (About Tintin) Thundering typhoons! Nothing stops this boy!

    • Captain Haddock: Blistering barnacles!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Throughout the books, Snowy is frequently seen to be "talking". It is understood that his voice is only heard through the "fourth wall", but this verbal commentary is completely absent in the television series.

    • This episode was the first in the second television adaptation of Herge's books, for over twenty years (previously, the Belgian animation company Belvision had been responsible for their loose adaptations).

    • "The Crab with the Golden Claws" was adapted into a stop motion-animated feature film of the same name in 1947. It was the first ever film adaptation of Tintin and reproduces the story of the original comic almost exactly.