Meaning the new movie. I just saw this with a nonzero number of underage children and I have a few thoughts.
Minor to massive spoiler alert so I'll use the jumpcode.....
lifted from hereI loved the TinTin graphic novels when I was a kid. Loved em. Great stories and great characters. Characters such as that loveable, foulmouthed* scamp Captain Haddock. Who is throughout the TinTin canon the sidekick, partner in shenanigans and all around second non-dog fiddle to the protagonist. Captain Haddock is, to put a fine point on it, a raving alcoholic. A souse. A drunk. Constantly drinking or seeking to drink his beloved whiskey.
The Tintin strips, later books, were penned from 1929 until 1986. So you can imagine that having a major character with a serious drinking problem was still viewed as legitimate and unharmful for much of the author/illustrator's career. Times change, though.
The movie, just released this month, has been created true to the original characterization of the loveable foul-mouthed Captain. VERY true. His alcoholism is a major plot point of the movie. To the extent that it even verges on some fairly interesting and current areas of research on the lasting effects of alcohol on the brain. I digress. The real point was my wonderment that a movie directed at children would be created for release in 2011 that features such a major thematic element. Maybe I just haven't been paying attention.
My query for you, dear reader, is what characters from film in the past 10 years or so were alcoholics, how was the story treated and was the film directed at adult, general or child audiences?
*A parent of my acquaintance had heard that Captain Haddock was a bit of a curser and was correspondingly worried about suitability. HAHAHAHHAHA.