The Broken Ear
The Broken Ear
Director(s) Stéphane Bernasconi
Unit Director(s) Peter Hudecki
Storyboard Artist(s) Raymond Jafelice, Jean-Charles Finck
Orig. airdate 13 & 20 January 1992
Episode no. 15 & 16

The Broken Ear 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

Rodrigo Tortilla is completely missing from the plot, and is replaced by A.J. Walker's aide, Lopez (who is not mentioned as a half-caste). Further, Colonel-turned-Corporal Diaz is completely absent from the story, as are the numerous assassination attempts perpetrated by himself and R.W. Trickler.

The entire subplot involving the rivaling petrol companies is removed, and accordingly, Tintin never falls out of favour with General Alcazar, and Alonso Perez and Ramon Bada never find Tintin in the Amazon. Instead, they disappear from the storyline after Tintin escapes from them in San Theodoros, and do not appear again until the climax aboard the S.S. Washington.

In the book, Tintin disguises himself as a black African to spy on Ramon and Alonso, while in the adaptation, Tintin's disguise is that of a steward's assistant wearing a false moustache, glasses, and a black wig. The steward himeslf appears to be quite more sober when he was talking to Ramon and Alonso, while in the book he drank Alcohol in a dining cabin. While in the book, Tintin walks back to Sanfacion, Nuevo-Rico, alone, after being caught by Alonso and Ramon, he is instead escorted (off screen) by Dr Ridgewell and the Arumbayas to San Theodoros. At the end of the episode, Tintin saves Ramon and Alonso after falling overboard, whereas in the book they drown and are dragged into Hell by daemons.

Also Pablo does not appear.

Voice cast


The Adventure Of Tintin The Broken Ear

The Adventure Of Tintin The Broken Ear

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