Carl Barks et Picsou ont influencé "Les aventuriers de l'Arche perdue"

Publié le 17 Décembre 2007


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C'était comme on le dit parfois une "légende urbaine". On murmurait parmi les fans de Carl Barks que George Lucas avait été inspiré pour les aventures d'Indiana Jones par les aventures de Picsou créées par le fameux "Duckman". Mais désormais, cette légende n'en est plus une : c'est une réalité.

 

 

Brian Cronin, dans son article "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #133" daté du 13 décembre 2007, a cherché les indices lui permettant de prouver que la scène d'ouverture des "Aventuriers de l'Arche perdue" était bien un hommage de Lucas à Carl Barks.

 

 

Il a contacté Edward Summer, auteur, réalisateur de films et journaliste qui a participé à l'élaboration du livre hommage à Carl Barks "Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge McDuck : His Life and Times" dans lequel George Lucas signe une préface.

 

Voici le texte original de la préface écrite par George Lucas.

 

 

AN APPRECIATION

 

By George Lucas

 

 I think the reason Carl Barks's stories have endured and have had such interna­tional appeal is primarily their strength as good stories. Yet on a deeper level, they display American characteristics that are readily recognizable to the reader: ingenuity, integrity, determination, a kind of benign avarice, boldness, a love of adventure, and a sense of humor. Even the foreign reader is given a certain perspective on American culture.

 

 

 

Sociologists have studied comics as reflections of the society of their times. In addition to the artistic pleasure given by comic stories and drawings such as Carl Barks's, comic art has something to say about the culture that produces it.

 

 

 

What I think I enjoy most about Uncle Scrooge is that he is so American in his attitude. These comics are one of the few things you can point to that say: like it or not, this is what America is. And it is for just this reason that they are a priceless part ofourliterary heritage.

 

 

 

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 I grew up in a time when television was just beginning to present itself in the American living room. Prior to that, comics were my main form of home entertain-ment Sort of the very first comics I obtained were written by Carl Barks. I had a subscription to Walt Disney's Comics and Stories and liked the Scrooge character so much that I immediately went out and bought ail the Uncle Scrooge comics I could find on the newsstand.

 

 

My greatest source of enjoyment in Carl Barks's comics is in the imagination of his stories. They're so full of crazy ideas— unique and special and bizarre—not in the contemporary sense of bizarre but in the sense that, to a child during the fifties, they were extremely exotic.

 

 

The stories are also very cinematic. They have a clear beginning, middle, and end, and operate in scenes, unlike many comic strips and books. Barks's stories don't just move from panel to panel, but flow in sequences—sometimes several pages long—that lead to new sequences.

 

 

Carl Barks's world view involves poking fun at the materialistic tendencies that ail people have and praising their more so­ciable, brotherly aspects. Donald Duck and Huey, Dewey, and Louie (especially as Junior Woodchucks) are ail other-oriented, generous, and charitable. While Scrooge is an individualistic miser, the others participate more in the family relationship. Scrooge uses Donald and the nephews for help, but he is really separate—yet never really opposed to them. (There is the example of the Beagle Boys as real thieves for contrast. ) The lure of material things is clearly a main theme throughout ail of the Scrooge stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A cette époque, George Lucas lui avait affirmé que la scène de l'énorme boule au début du film "Les Aventuriers de l'Arche perdue" était bien un homage conscient à l'histoire "Les Sept Cités de Cibola / The Seven Cities of Cibola” de Carl Barks.


 

 

Par ailleurs, dans l'histoire "The Prize of Pizarro / Sur la piste des conquistadores", on peut également retrouver des pièges similaires à ceux qu'on peut voir dans le film.

 

 

Y aura-t-il d'autres clins d'oeil à Picsou et à Carl Barks dans le quatrième épisode d'Indiana Jones ? Réponse en 2008 avec Indiana Jones et le Royaume du Crâne de Cristal !

 

 

Sources : Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed du site Comic Book Ressources
               Site officiel Indiana Jones
               The Internet Movie Database : Biography for Carl Barks

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Dvdrama.com : La Saga Indiana Jones : Les scènes cultes 
                        
Dial B for Blog : Duck Tales : Raiducks of the Lost Ark !
                        Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed du site Comic Book Ressources

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