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Why the best one-off characters belong to Asterix

Aliya Whiteley Nov 17, 2017

As Asterix And The Chariot Race goes on sale, we take a look at the series' wonderful one-off characters...

If you’re a fan of the Asterix books – and the latest, Asterix And The Chariot Race is available now - and somebody asks you why, you might find yourself talking about the gleeful, tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, or the iconic colourful illustrations. A big part of its ongoing success must belong to the main characters who live in that nameless indomitable Gaulish village - for me, it’s Obelix in particular. I’ve always loved Obelix, who can eat an entire roast boar in a second and carry a menhir on one finger, yet has a deeply sensitive side and falls in love far too easily. I also really look forward to those adventures where the pirates appear, led by Redbeard, and inevitably get shipwrecked after a
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Asterix feature animation in the works with Snd

Asterix feature animation in the works with Snd
Exclusive: Cartoon hero to return in The Secret Of The Magic Potion.

Snd has unveiled details of French animation duo Louis Clichy and Alexandre Astier’s 3D CGI animated film Asterix - The Secret Of The Magic Potion, the highly-anticipated follow-up to their 2014 collaboration Asterix – The Mansions Of The Gods [pictured] which drew three million spectators in France and also did well worldwide.

The new adventure sees Asterix and Obelix embark on a quest across Gaul to find a young druid worthy of learning the secret of the magic potion, after elderly village druid Getafix breaks his legs when he falls from a tree while picking mistletoe.

Partners on the production include Snd, M6 Studio, M6 Films and Editions Albert Renee, the publishing house set-up by Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo. The feature is being produced in France by M6 Studio and developed by Mikros Animation, the Paris and Montreal-based animation production house which also worked on features such as
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Asterix Returns With Mansions Of The Gods Trailer

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With a voice cast made up of some of the finest English comedian of today, including Jack Whitehall, Nick Frost, Matt Berry, and Harry Enfield, everyone’s favourite magic potion swigging, Roman bothering Gaul, Asterix, is on his way back to the big screen with Asterix: Mansions of the Gods. Based on the seventeenth book in Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s long running series of French comic books, the story sees Asterix’s village threatened with being absorbed into Roman culture when a massive estate is built beside it. The first Asterix movie in CG animation, it skews very close to the art style of the original books, while keeping much of the humour intact. For anybody who grew up with Asterix books, myself included, this seems to promise an entertaining hit of nostalgia. Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods hits our shores on August 19th.
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‘Asterix: The Mansions of The Gods’ Powers Up French B.O., Sells Worldwide

Paris– “Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods” is proving French animation still has the mojo.

The 3D animated feature, which is based on Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s cult Belgian comicbooks, has grossed 6.2 million Euros ($7.4 million) from 935 000 admissions sold during its sneak premieres and first week in theaters.

Released on 696 screens by Snd on Nov. 26, Louis Clichy and Alexandre Astier’s $46 million film surpassed the openings of such American blockbusters as “Frozen” and “Tangled.” It scored the fifth best bow for a French film this year, following the comedies “Les trois frères, le retour,” “Serial (Bad) Weddings” with Christian Clavier, Dany Boon’s “Supercondriaque”and Luc Besson’s actioner “Lucy” with Scarlett Johansson.

This early performance is a great feast in itself considering many French producers have given up on producing toons with budgets exceeding 15 million Euros ($18.5 million) due to the volatility of the French distribution market, the increasing
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‘Asterix: Mansions Of The Gods’ Animates French Box Office In Big Bow (Video)

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‘Asterix: Mansions Of The Gods’ Animates French Box Office In Big Bow (Video)
Asterix films are traditionally big winners at the French box office, although the most recent ones have been live-action and seen some decrease in traction. The latest, Asterix: The Mansions Of The Gods, is a 3D animated adaptation of the comic books created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Snd released the picture on November 26 on 696 screens with first-week grosses today coming in at a huge 6.2M euros ($7.64M) from nearly 780K admissions. The opening bests previous local performances of such animated hits as Frozen, Tangled, Monsters, Inc, and Cars. It was No. 1 at the weekend, topping the second frame of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and the fourth session for Interstellar. The first week puts it just behind Guardians Of The Galaxy and above Captain America: The Winter Soldier on the 2014 chart and makes it the 3rd biggest opening for a French animated film ever. The last Asterix movie,
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‘Mockingjay’, ‘Interstellar’, ‘Penguins’ Lead Frame; ‘Paddington’ Charms UK: Int’l B.O.

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‘Mockingjay’, ‘Interstellar’, ‘Penguins’ Lead Frame; ‘Paddington’ Charms UK: Int’l B.O.
Despite Mockingjay and Interstellar muscle, the current frame was down more than 30% on last week, but very close to last year’s comparable weekend for the Top 10 studio titles. Indies and local films that factored big this session included Women Who Flirt ($11.5M) and Rise Of The Legend ($5.5M, cume $18M) in China; along with Paddington‘s $8.5M bear hug to the UK, Mexico and Peru.

Last year this time, Catching Fire was the big game globally, while Gravity, much like Warner Bros’ Interstellar this year, was still exerting force in China in the similar period. Also last year, Frozen was just getting its skates on for what would go on to be a record breaking run.

Next week, Korea will be the among the first overseas territories where Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings heads into action along with Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Spain and
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Rome Prepares For Invasion In Asterix: The Land Of The Gods Teaser

Europe's popular comic character Asterix and his well-rounded sidekick Obelix is getting the CG/3D animated treatment for the first time in Asterix: The Land of the Gods (aka Astérix: Le Domaine des Dieux) from the directing team Louis Clichy and Alexandre Astier and Mikros Image's animation studio. The film is based on the 17th volume of the comic series by writer René Goscinny and artist Albert Uderzo.Julius Caesar unveils his latest plan to get rid of those indomitable Gauls once and for all. As his army has not been able to crush "the last pocket of resistance", he decides to try a stealth invasion: civilization delivered to the village gates! He builds a new Rome - The Land of the Gods - around Asterix's village,...

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Van Dormael, Auteuil reunite on Fille de Dieu

Van Dormael, Auteuil reunite on Fille de Dieu
Belgian director is currently in Paris with critically acclaimed, mixed media stage show Kiss and Cry, which he also hopes to adapt for the big screen.

Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael is preparing to shoot his first film in half a decade, a Brussels-set comedy, provisionally entitled Fille de Dieu and starring French actor Daniel Auteuil as God.

“The pitch is: God exists, he lives in Brussels, he’s horrible to his daughter, she gets revenge,” Van Dormael told ScreenDaily.

Van Dormael – best known for his Toto the Hero, The Eighth Day and his last film Mr. Nobody – plans to shoot in Belgium in spring to early summer 2014.

He is producing through his company Terra Incognita. Auteuil, who starred in The Eighth Day, will co-produce through his Paris-based Zack Films.

“The idea is to work with the same team as Mr. Nobody – but in a reduced format so we’ll be 15 to 20 crew maximum — and to try
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Van Dormael, Auteuil to reunite on Fille de Dieu

Van Dormael, Auteuil to reunite on Fille de Dieu
Belgian director is currently in Paris with critically acclaimed, mixed media stage show Kiss and Cry, which he also hopes to adapt for the big screen.

Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael is preparing to shoot his first film in half a decade, a Brussels-set comedy, provisionally entitled Fille de Dieu and starring French actor Daniel Auteuil as God.

“The pitch is: God exists, he lives in Brussels, he’s horrible to his daughter, she gets revenge,” Van Dormael told ScreenDaily.

Van Dormael – best known for his Toto the Hero, The Eighth Day and his last film Mr. Nobody – plans to shoot in Belgium in spring to early summer 2014.

He is producing through his company Terra Incognita. Auteuil, who starred in The Eighth Day, will co-produce through his Paris-based Zack Films.

“The idea is to work with the same team as Mr. Nobody – but in a reduced format so we’ll be 15 to 20 crew maximum — and to try
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Review: Cinebook Graphic Novels

Cinebook are a comics publisher that specialise in European fare. I’ve been lucky enough to receive a handful of their latest titles for review. The selection seems to cover pretty much every genre of boy’s own-style adventure you could think of, from space opera to World War II tales, via pirates and spies, stopping off at Viking and cowboys. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

I began with Sylvain Runberg and Serge Pellé’s Orbital 1. Scars. This is a sci-fi adventure, set in a future where humankind has recently been inducted into a pan-galactic Un-type organisation. Human Caleb and Mezoke of the Sandjarr race are paired together as part of the organisation’s spec-ops-cum-ambassadorial-peace-keeper branch (essentially like the Jedi in the Star Wars prequels), which is contentious due to the two species’ previous conflict. Pellé’s grimy and detailed artwork suggests a fully realised world and Runberg
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Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia to open French Film Festival

The £50million Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia in 3D will open the French Film Festival UK next month with premieres in four cities - London (CinéLumière), Edinburgh (Filmhouse), Glasgow (Gft) and Dundee (Dca) on November 8, 9, 10 and 11 respectively.

Adapted from René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s original 1966 comic book Astérix in Britain, the film features a stellar cast with Edoard Baer as Astérix, Gérard Depardieu as his sidekick Obélix and Catherine Deneuve as the Queen of England.

The film only opens in France on October 17 and had its avant-première at the British Film Festival in Dinard, the Fff UK’s opposite number across the Channel.

The fourth instalment of the franchise follows the glorious legions of Rome led by Julius Caesar as they invade Britain. Astérix and Obélix cross the Channel to help Anticlimax and the Queen of the Britons stand strong against the...
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Petit Nicolas – review

Based on a series of French children's books, written by René Goscinny and illustrated by the celebrated cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé, Petit Nicolas is a likable, sentimental, occasionally saccharine celebration of middle-class France and its likable children in the late 1950s and early 60s, before TV, rock'n'roll, video games and les événements of 1968 had swept the country and changed the culture. Life is seen through the eyes of the sweet-natured, innocent nine-year-old Nicolas, who respects his parents and teachers, has fun playing with his schoolmates and is shy with girls. He only gets troubled (and comically rebellious) when he erroneously comes to believe his mother is pregnant and that he'll have to make way for a baby brother. It couldn't be further from such key movies about children made 50 years ago as Truffaut's Les Quatre cents coups and Malle's Zazie dans le métro.

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Lucky Luke and other Cartoon heroes on the Big Screen

As this summer’s blockbuster season reminds us comic book adaptations are big business with the latest incarnations of heroes old and new filling the local picturehouse and running merry riot over box office records.

Given the twin benefits of a wealth of material on which to draw and a ready audience primed to see their favourites fleshed out and thrown onto a movie screen it seems that we’ll be seeing many more familiar, and some less familiar, cartoon characters in movies of their own.

Jean Dujardin turned the world into a swooning mess when he led Michel Hazanavicius’ award magnet The Artist last year and in this article Anwar Brett takes a look at another of the actor’s roles, that of Lucky Luke in James Huth’s adaptation of the comic book by Morris, which is out now on DVD, as well as nine other cartoon heroes
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Win: Lucky Luke on DVD, We Have 3 Copies To Give Away

Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) stars as gun-slinging cowboy Lucky Luke in this new comedy Western based on the best-selling French graphic novels. Lucky Luke will be available to rent and own on DVD for the first time from 28th May (Rrp £12.99).

We have three copies to give away.

When the President wants to restore law and order to Daisy Town there is only one man fit for the job ‘the man who shoots faster than his shadow’ – Lucky Luke! Accompanied by his faithful companion Jolly Jumper, the fearless Luke takes on Daisy Town’s worst criminals. Crossing paths and gunfire with Billy The Kid, Jesse James, Calamity Jane and Pat Poker is there any cowboy star left for Luke to encounter?

This fun spoof based on the classic comics by Morris and Goscinny also stars Michael Youn, Sylvie Testud and Daniel Prevost and is a bright, modern, comic take on the Western Adventure!
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'Asterix' co-creator Albert Uderzo retires from publishing

'Asterix' co-creator Albert Uderzo retires from publishing
Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo has announced his retirement from publishing at the age of 84. The artist, who created the classic French comic strip with writer René Goscinny in 1959, worked in the industry for 52 years, BBC News reports. Uderzo took over writing duties on Asterix following the death of Goscinny in 1977. The final book they collaborated on was Asterix in Belgium, released in 1979. Publisher Hachette recently confirmed that it (more)
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French Actor Alexandre Astier to Write and Co-Direct Animated Asterix Sequel in 3D; 2014 Release Planned

Mac Guff, the Paris-based animation company behind Despicable Me, will take on the Gauls in a new 3D adventure fronted by Alexandre Astier. The French actor, writer and director revealed to the French site NoWatch.tv that he will pen and co-direct Astérix: Le Domaine Des Dieux, based on the comic Asterix The Mansions of the Gods. Set for release in 2014, the 3D animated feature will be produced by M6 Studios, part of the M6 Group, and distributed through Snd in France.

This will be the fourth major Asterix feature since 1999’s Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar. It was followed by Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra in 2002 and Asterix at the Olympic Games in 2008, in which Astier starred alongside Gérard Depardieu. Find out more about Asterix and watch Astier’s interview (in French) after the jump.

Comics are a huge part of French culture and Asterix is probably one of the most famous series,
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'Asterix' celebrates 50th anniversary

Iconic comic book hero Asterix will celebrate his 50th anniversary this week. Created by Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny in 1959, the character first appeared in French magazine Pilote. To mark the event, a new book titled The Birthday Of Asterix And Obelix will arrive in stores this week. Asterix books have sold over 325 million units worldwide. Uderzo - who has written and illustrated each release since Goscinny's death in 1977 - attributes (more)
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'Up' rises again overseas

'Up' rises again overseas
Buoyed by a substantial first-place U.K. debut, Pixar/Disney's "Up" reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the foreign circuit over the weekend, generating $21 million overall from 3,500 locations in 25 markets and pushing its overseas gross total to $257.1 million.

School holidays in two foreign markets were kind to the weekend's No. 1 title in the U.S. and Canada. Universal's "Couples Retreat," starring Vince Vaughn, opened offshore in Australia and New Zealand for a combined tally of $3 million from 228 sites. The comedy's No. 1 Aussie ranking resulted from $2.8 million drawn from 188 locations for a solid per-screen average of $14,894.

Sony premiered "Zombieland" in the U.K. and Russia and garnered $4.6 million overall from 645 screens in six territories. The horror-comedy with Woody Harrelson, which finished No. 2 domestically, registered, as per Sony, $1.9 million from 309 U.K. locations.

Universal wound up its overseas run of action title "Fast & Furious," which opened internationally in early April, in the Japan
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Trailer For James Huth’s Lucky Luke Looks Incredible

Thanks to the fine fellows toiling away at Twitch, I’ve been able to follow the buzz surrounding James Huth’s upcoming stylized western “Lucky Luke” for quite some time. The film, of course, is an adaptation of Morris and Goscinny’s comic of the same name, which follows a gunfighter in the American Old West who, with his ability to shoot faster than his shadows, fights an assortment of crime and injustice. Being an Asterix fan, “Lucky Luke” is name I’ve heard kicked around for ages, though I’ve never read a single panel. Judging from the French trailer, the live action feature strongly resembles both Sam Raimi’s “The Quick and the Dead” and Terrence Hill’s “Trinity” series. The latter makes perfect sense, as the comic was made into a television series by Mr. Hill himself back in the 90’s. If you’re lucky enough to be in France this October,
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'Surrogates' takes lead overseas

'Surrogates' takes lead overseas
By exploiting a traditionally soft release period on the foreign circuit, Disney dominated weekend action for the second consecutive round with four titles generating more than $31 million, including No. 1-ranked "Surrogates," which grossed $11.8 million from 2,251 screens in 25 territories.

Preliminary boxoffice estimates released on Sunday put Sony's "The Ugly Truth" in the weekend's top spot with estimated boxoffice of $12.1 million. However, that figure was lowered to $11.4 million once final numbers were counted on Monday, making the romantic comedy the foreign circuit's No. 3 title.

"Surrogates," a sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis, finished first in eight of the markets it played, with new territories contributing $5 million to the weekend total. It remained No. 1 in Russia for the second consecutive weekend ($2.2 million from 625 sites for a cume of $8.9 million), was the top-ranked U.S. title in Korea ($2.5 million from 250 sites) and opened in first place in Mexico ($870,697 from 343 spots).

The international cume for "Surrogates
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