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May 2nd, 2010 | EarthBound, Images

Not too long ago, ghostgirl21696 and Uraani mentioned some EarthBound similarities in an episode of The Adventures of Tintin, a cartoon from the 90s that I’d never heard of before until today:

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I think the cartoon predates MOTHER 2, so it’s just a coincidence. Really cool though!


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47 Comments to Tintin and EarthBound Coincidences

Bobbyjkl said on May. 2, 2010

Which episode?

Mato said on May. 2, 2010

Not sure, they didn’t say.

aipe said on May. 2, 2010

I’m going to reread all my Tintin comics now.

FinalstarmanDX said on May. 2, 2010

Purple purple. 😀

KingMike said on May. 2, 2010

Yes, I’m certain Tintin predates Mother 2.
I remember watching a dubbed version on Nickelodeon in ’94 (I THINK it was originally made in French, but I’m not sure).

MajereXYU said on May. 2, 2010

Tintin predates mother by almost a century…


He’s pretty as well known to the French-speaking folk as Bob Morane or Mickey Mouse are to the English-speaking.

Given the wide source of Itoi’s influences for Mother and given his cultivation, it does not sound so far-fetched to think he’s ever heard of Tintin.

Cocoanut said on May. 3, 2010

There’s a television cartoon? I remember treasuring my Tintin comic books, and now there’s a cartoon? Wow. Time sure goes quickly.

fnool said on May. 3, 2010

There were two cartoon series, actually — a Belgian one produced in the 50s and 60s, and a French/Canadian one produced in the 90s. Pretty sure the pictures up top are from Cigars of the Pharaoh. The original version of the story was published in 1934, believe it or not.

Alek said on May. 3, 2010

how do you know mother 2 didnt get ideas from tintin?

PKNuMan said on May. 3, 2010

Wow thats awesome

It’s like if earthbound became a cartoon 😀

missy said on May. 3, 2010

Haha, that’s pretty cool!

In French class, we love Tintin. I should tell my friend in my class about this. I’d say my teacher, but she’d just be like, “what?”

Indy1988 said on May. 3, 2010

Hey cool! I like Tintin! I remember watching those shows, and they’re excellent. Nice that you out that up, Mato!

neonix said on May. 3, 2010

Heh 🙂

lampi said on May. 3, 2010

Calling Tintin “a cartoon in the 90’s” is the same as calling Ness “a character in Smash Bros”.

Ailure said on May. 3, 2010

Wikipedia have a nice article about the exact comic that animated cartoon is based on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigars_of_the_Pharaoh

Both Earthbound and Tintin were obviously referring to Ku Klux Klan. 🙂

ghostgirl21696 said on May. 3, 2010

Just so you know, when I first saw it in cigars of the pharaoh,(The giygas looking thing isn’t in the book)I flipped when I saw it. But I never noticed the Happy-Happy cultists, which look similar to said above.

somaticdefilement said on May. 3, 2010

I guess it’s episode 5 I found a Thai Dub of it on youtube, but thats all I was really able to find, Around the middle of this part has the Happy Happy lookng guys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe-5U5GIkic

somaticdefilement said on May. 3, 2010

Oh the giygasy thing is at the end of part 1. they called em episodes for some reason, so it might not actually be episode 5

Tim Stoddard said on May. 3, 2010

The cartoon was based on an 45 year long comic strip starting in the 1930s, so it may or may not be a coincidence.

Commander said on May. 3, 2010

Another thing I noticed, on the wiki page, doesn’t Snowy resemble King a little? Like, as in the same species?

Tetra said on May. 3, 2010

Whoa, hold on. That was a cartoon? I love the comics, but I never knew that! x)

Ninji said on May. 3, 2010

@Commander, not really, if you keep up with the MOTHER 2 Novel Blog, LiarXAgerate talks about excerpts from Chapter 1, and one of them states King is an Old English Sheepdog, and they’re like huge! But, Snowy looks more like a white Schnauzer, or a Bichon Frise, or a Shin Tzu at the most 😛

Ninji said on May. 3, 2010

Whoops! Well, according to Wikipedia, Snowy is actually a white Wire Fox Terrier! Silly me! 😉

Commander said on May. 3, 2010

They do have their resemblances though, not to troll

lone ranger of ROCK! said on May. 3, 2010

I’m new here, and so when I saw that the very first post on a site dedicated to one of my favorite video game series referred to one of my favorite comic/graphic novel series, I said, “kiss my grits!” or something like that.

If Earthbound sustained me through the mid-90s, Tintin kept me going through the late 80s. I’m not sure how my parents got wind of the comics (as some of the comments indicate, the series is not super well-known in the U.S.), but boy, am I glad they did. Just like I’m glad my neighbor/fellow gamer growing up bought a then-unknown game called Earthbound.

Nice to see the connection made! If memory serves, Hergé (author) was constantly commenting on contemporary events through his comics, so yes, it’s quite possible that this is in reference to the Ku Klux Klan or maybe some other secret society (in the comic, it’s not a cult based on race supremacy).

Violet said on May. 4, 2010

Wait. I think the biggest issue is here that Mato had never heard of Tintin before. Madness.

Kyoo said on May. 4, 2010

I’ve never heard of tin tin till this article and I’m 28

Skye said on May. 4, 2010

I guess it never was popular in the US. In Belgium it was really popular back in the days.

Mato said on May. 4, 2010

Actually, I didn’t recognize the name but I did recognize pics of the comic when I looked at that Wikipedia page about it. Dunno where I came across it before but it must’ve been when I was really young.

Portal-Kombat said on May. 5, 2010

I have the comic this was based off of. I don’t remember that Giygas thing, so that must be unique to the cartoon version, then. Anyways, some of the TinTin novels are actually really good, although the ones he wrote during WWII are not so good thanks to the reich telling him what he could and couldn’t do.

Uraani said on May. 6, 2010

When I was watching this episode with my friends, I was surprised a little bit when I saw the giygasy thing there, and I was even more surprised when I saw those blue blue er, “purple purple” guys 😀 The episode can be found dubbed english on the google video.

Saturnome said on May. 6, 2010

I have good memories of the cartoon. A friend of mine have the whole Tintin comics collection. I think it’s incredible that a comic book series, made by a single man, lasted from the late 20’s to the early 80s (if considering the rare “Tintin and the Soviets” and “Tintin and the Alph-art”) ! And Tintin never ages during that time.
I think Tintin is indeed obscure in North America, except here in Quebec where it’s very well known (and, whatever your age is).

ghostgirl21696 said on May. 6, 2010

To think that when I first found the books, they gave me a nightmare about what the last bone book was going to be like. But my French teacher introduced these cartoons (this exact cartoon) to the class, and I fell in love with it.
I do have the final, incomplete book, and I would love to see the first one. It’s probably on par to e-bay as Earthbound is to it. I’d also like the second book, despite even the author hating it.
Plus Mato, I did say the episode when I mentioned it.

Leirin said on May. 8, 2010

Had no idea Tintin was made into a cartoon series. Heck, I don’t think I ever even read the comics…..

shibaru said on May. 10, 2010

I’ve noticed a few slight similarities in the anime series, Slayers, but they’re not as close as these

Susan said on May. 10, 2010

Wow! I’d never made this connection before, though I was kind of like “I’ve seen those purple guys somewhere before.” Thanks for posting this! I knew that they made one cartoon, called the Lake of Sharks or something like that, but I’d never heard about a cartoon series, or seen the Giygas-thing before. Whoa, wild!! 🙂

PlooKon09 said on May. 10, 2010

Cigars of the pharoh that’s the name of the episode

Pieeee said on May. 27, 2010

The guy,Tintin, reminds me of Lucas
coincidence?! I’m not sure.
One could also say that his dog dog is similar to the one in Earthbound, but that may be pushing it.

PKSTARMAN said on May. 30, 2010

Insane Cultists and an Afro-american getting possesed by Gyigas? Confusing.

The Bad Key Machine said on Jul. 7, 2010

In one of the Tintin comics, he goes to like Iraq on a boat. Refernce to the boat ride to Scaraba, maybe.

tintinophile691 said on Jul. 15, 2010

The TV series is based on a Belgian series of comic strips called the Les Aventures de Tintin. Les Cigars du Pharaon is the fourth book of the series, first published in Le Petit Vingtieme in 1932. It got published in book form in 1934, and redrawn in colour in 1955. The colour edition got translated into English in 1971, although Tintin fanatics can find the original B/W version in English (published in 2006).

I think this is just a coincidence, because Tintin’s really only moderately big in Europe-and-Australia and there is a fansite called Tintinologist.org. I don’t think Itoi would have heard of Tintin.

Matteomax said on Mar. 30, 2011

Oh no! Giygas posessed Tutahnkamun!! Run!

KoolAidNess said on May. 21, 2011

How did they get away with KKK reference?

Anonymoose said on May. 24, 2011

By being european of course!

angryreimu said on Jul. 10, 2011

I have a Tintin book.

Dal said on Oct. 25, 2011

Ness always reminded me of Tintin slightly. I don’t know why, but that’s just it.

Torino said on Jan. 15, 2012

The name of the episode is called “The Cigars of Pharaoh”


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