Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Asterix Movies

A number of Animated Movies, none particularly distinguished, have been made about Asterix.

1. Asterix the Gaul Belgian/French movie (ot Astérix le Gaulois) (1967). Dargaud/Belvision. Dir Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo. Anim dir Willy Lateste. Screenplay Lateste. Based on the Comics by Goscinny and Uderzo. 67 mins. Colour.

Caesar has conquered all Gaul except one small village, which resists the Romans thanks to the magic strength-giving Potion brewed by the druid Panoramix (UK readers of the comics will discover several of the main characters' names differ in this US dubbing). The local Roman commander sends his dopiest soldier, Caligula Minus, into the village to uncover this secret, then captures Panoramix and tortures him hoping to gain the formula. Asterix, the most resourceful in the village, comes to Panoramix's rescue, and the two fool the Romans into drinking a different potion, one that makes hair grow uncontrollably. This is, at least in the Amerenglish-language version, a surprisingly lacklustre adaptation, with a particularly rebarbative musical score. It is, however, probably the best of the series, later members of which are listed below.

2. Asterix and Cleopatra Belgian/French movie (1968). Dir Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo. 70 mins. Colour.

3. The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (ot Les Douze Travaux d'Astérix; vt Asterix the Gaul 2: The Twelve Tasks of Asterix) French movie (1975). Idéfix. Dir Rene Goscinny, Matt McCarthy, Albert Uderzo. 82 mins. Colour.

4. Asterix in Britain (ot Astérix Chez les Brétons; vt Asterix in Britain: The Movie) Danish/French movie (1986). Gaumont/Dargaud. Pr Yannik Piel. Dir Pino Van Lamsweerde. Screenplay Pierre Tchernia. 89 mins. Colour.

5. Asterix and the Big Fight (ot Le Coup de Menhir) French/West German movie (1989). Palace/Gaumont/Extrafilm. Pr Nicolas Pesques. Dir Philippe Grimond. Screenplay George Roubicek. 81 mins. Colour. [JG]

Further titles are Asterix versus Caesar (1985) and Asterix Conquers America (1994).

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.