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Asterix the Gaul (1967)
"Astérix le Gaulois" (original title)

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Asterix and his friends fight against the Romans with the help of their druid's magic potion.

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Complete credited cast:
Roger Carel ...
Astérix (voice)
Jacques Morel ...
Obélix (voice)
Pierre Tornade ...
Abraracourcix / Le marchand de boeufs (voice)
Jacques Jouanneau ...
Assurancetourix (voice)
Lucien Raimbourg ...
Panoramix (voice)
Pierre Trabaud ...
Caius Bonus (voice)
Bernard Lavalette ...
(voice)
Robert Vattier ...
(voice)
Michel Puterflam ...
(voice)
Maurice Chevit ...
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Georges Carmier ...
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Prolix (voice)
Bill Oddie ...
Asterix (voice)
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Andreco (voice)
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In the year 50 BC Gaul is occupied by the romans - nearly. But the small village of Asterix and his friends still resists the Roman legions with the aid of their druid's magic potion, which gives superhuman strength. Learning of this potion, a Roman centurion kidnaps the druid to get the secret formula out of him. Written by Michael Zink

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Originally planned to be aired on French television but instead it was released as a theatrical feature film. It was made without the knowledge or involvement of Goscinny and Uderzo, and they were unable to stop the production and release of the film in time. Instead they ordered production halted on the sequel 'Asterix and the Golden Sickle', and worked with the production company, Belvision, on the next film 'Asterix and Cleopatra'. See more »

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In the UK version of the film, at the end you can see the English voice cast list, but it's actually Asterix and the Big Fight's voice cast. See more »

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Not brilliant, but it's a faithful adaptation of the book
9 April 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Asterix is the hero of the only French village to hold out against the might of Rome. The village achieves this with the use of a magic potion that gives superhuman strength, made by druid Panaramix. However a roman spy discovers this and kidnaps the druid, leaving Asterix to rescue him.

One of the first Asterix films and sets a solid standard for the rest. The story remains quite faithful to the book and even manages to have quite a lot of the pun and wit. It's not rocket science, but for fans it's important. A minor complaint is that many of the characters don't use the same names that are used in the English books. So here we have the chief called Tonnabrix, the bard called Stopthemusix and Getafix called Panaramix

The animation is solid – it's not flashy but it is similar to the books and works quite well. Certainly kids won't be disappointed with it. The voices are OK but some don't fit – for example Asterix isn't very heroic sounding, and Obelix sounds way too dopey. However in the English version of the film it's a comparatively all star cast – Bill Oddie, Brian Blessed, Michael Elphich, Andrew Sachs (Manuel in Fawlty Towers), Tim Brooke Taylor, Douglas Blackwell etc.

Overall it's not brilliant, but it's a faithful adaptation of the book and manages to bring some of the wit and charm of the characters out


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