Destination Moon

by David Dedrick on July 8, 2015

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This week on Totally Tintin: everyone is going to the moon…or making devious plans – except for Ian and Dave, they’re just playing the goat. Let’s take a look at Destination Moon!


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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Will July 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Hi guys,

Couple of things:

Loved the Beatles podcasts. I do like sneaky dragon too, but I sort of dip in and out of it. I was then delighted to find that you were doing Tintin (so to speak). I know you can’t/won’t change it now… But what was the thinking behind the theme tune?! it sounds like something rejected by Atari in 1982!

Keep up the good work though!

Kind regards etc


David Dedrick July 9, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Hi Will,


Ha ha – no, not a rejected Atari theme, but the theme to the Nintendo C64 game Tintin on the Moon! Now that you know, you’re gonna dig our jam!


Andrew July 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm

No! Disagree! The theme tune is frikkin great and it’s maybe the only podcast where I listen to every last second including the outro music!

Now that I know it’s a reference to an actual Tintin video game, so much the better.


David Dedrick July 9, 2015 at 1:12 pm

PS. I dip in and out of Sneaky Dragon too.


Thomas Callaway July 9, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Whenever Hergé’s depression or PTSD is talked about on the podcast, I can’t help but think of J.D. Salinger’s great short story “A Good Day for Banana Fish.” If you’ve never read it, I would highly recommend you do. It is very short and can easily be found on the internet for free.


Will July 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Ahh! I’m grateful that you have contextualised the intro Dave! I dislike it slightly less now.

As I always say. I like sneaky dragons; but I can’t eat a whole one… Or something.



Andrew July 12, 2015 at 6:41 pm

You guys mentioned movies with tintin books in them, I just watched Hector and the search for happiness, with Simon Pegg. In the film you see ‘tintin and the blue lotus’ and later Simon Peggs character, goes on a rant about Tintin.

Simon Pegg also did voices in the latest tintin movie as well.


David Dedrick July 12, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Thanks, Andrew! We’ll add that to the list. I’m sure European listeners can come up with more!


Colin Upton July 14, 2015 at 2:25 pm

I wrote you a long comment but the internet ate it…


Colin Upton July 14, 2015 at 2:38 pm

The Thompson’s are in fact in the dress uniforms of the Evzones, the Greek armies elite light mountain infantry first formed in the 1860’s and fought in Greece’s wars until they were devastated by the Balkan Wars and World War One. They continue as a mainly ceremonial unit (until no doubt they are privatised by the EU and sold to Kuwait).


Colin Upton July 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm

The helicopter (possibly gyrocopter?) looks frustratingly familiar to me although I can’t place it. It’s tailless configuration looks similar to the German Wagner SkyTrac.


Colin Upton July 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm

I can understand Ian’s frustration (although I begin to wonder if he is biased against Calculus) about all the slapstick and comedy. In a way you can see that as padding, after all Herge had 62 pages to fill before reaching a natural break point before the actual trip to the moon. There is also a lot of science and technology information, we all know how important this was to Herge to get it right, that might bore children and the comedy helped to keep them engaged.


Colin Upton July 14, 2015 at 2:49 pm

If I was a reader when the book came out then I might be a bit alarmed at the resemblance of the rockets to the V2 rockets from World War 2 that rained down on London, Antwerp and Liege, designed by the lovable Wernher Von Braun!


Ian Boothby July 14, 2015 at 3:40 pm

For the record I never really got into Mr. Magoo’s bad vision humour and I put hard of hearing jokes into the same category. When you have a character who’s comedy angle is they can’t hear and then throw in that they’re also an absent minded professor and also that they believe in magical divination it becomes a bit of a mess to me.

I did like his losing his temper, it gave him a human moment while his descriptions of the work he’d been doing pushed the story along.


Dylan July 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm

I always found the ‘deaf’ jokes and most of the Thompsons pretty tiresome too, other than the occasional ‘To be precise…’ line. Even as a kid. My 6 year old, though, thinks the Thompsons are the funniest part…


red December 28, 2015 at 5:07 pm



David Dedrick December 31, 2015 at 2:25 pm

To the moon.


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