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Out of curiosity, is the street cartoonist/caricature artist who draws our protagonist at the start of The Adventures of Tintin (2011) a "cameo" by creator Hergé?

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Yes it is actually Hergé in the flea market, he has also appeared in various Tintin comic books as a cameo appearance. Here's a list of his appearances.

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Just out of curiosity, did you notice this, while watching the movie or did you read it in a website? – Lelouch Lamperouge Jan 3 '12 at 23:04
I thought it was herge while watching the movie, but confirmed it after I did a bit of google-ing. Peter Jackson and Spielberg are Tintin fanatics, so I dont think they would put some one who looks like Herge but is not herge. – karthik Jan 4 '12 at 6:01
nice observation. – Lelouch Lamperouge Jan 4 '12 at 6:08
@karthik -- I am having a hard time parsing your last comment. Hergé died in 1983, so although the animated character may indeed look like Hergé, it cannot be him; he cannot have done the voice, for example, or the mocap. – Ernest Friedman-Hill Jan 9 '12 at 4:12
@ErnestFriedman-Hill: yes, you are right, what I meant was, they would created an animation for Herge though he was not available for the mocap. And when I meant look like I was referring to his physical appearances. Should have framed that sentence a bit clearly, my bad. – karthik Jan 9 '12 at 6:27

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