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Asterix and Cleopatra (1968)
"Astérix et Cléopâtre" (original title)

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Popular animated hero Asterix and his faithful sidekick Obelix travel to ancient Egypt to help Cleopatra build a new summer home. Cleopatra and Julius Caesar have made a bet, with Caesar ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Carel ...
Astérix (voice)
Jacques Morel ...
Obélix (voice)
Micheline Dax ...
Cléopâtre (voice)
Jacques Balutin ...
Tournevis (voice)
Jacques Bodoin ...
(voice)
Maurice Chevit ...
(voice)
Claude Dasset ...
(voice)
Pierre Garin ...
(voice)
Olivier Hussenot ...
(voice)
Bernard Lavalette ...
Le narrateur / Amonbofis (voice)
Rodolphe Marcilly ...
(voice)
Joel Noel ...
(voice)
Jean Parédès ...
Jules César (voice)
Alfred Personne ...
(voice)
Lucien Raimbourg ...
Panoramix (voice)
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Popular animated hero Asterix and his faithful sidekick Obelix travel to ancient Egypt to help Cleopatra build a new summer home. Cleopatra and Julius Caesar have made a bet, with Caesar wagering the project cannot be completed in a few weeks time. With the help of a magic potion, Asterix comes to the rescue of the Queen of the Nile as Caesar and an angry architect plot against them. Written by Anonymous

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Astérix meets the Queen of the Nile!


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24 September 1969 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Astérix creators René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo had no input in the first Asterix feature, Asterix the Gaul (1967), which was made by Georges Dargaud without their consent. For this second animated film, they decided to take control. Uderzo even came to the conclusion that Astérix's legs had to be made a bit longer to enable him to walk properly and subsequently changed the way he drew the character. See more »

Goofs

Many sound effects are off-sync, for example an urn falls into the floor at one point, after the crash is heard. See more »

Connections

Featured in René Goscinny: Profession humoriste (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Gâteau Empoisonné
Music by Gérard Calvi
Lyrics by Pierre Tchernia
Performed by Bernard Lavalette and Jacques Balutin
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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

When an argument between Caesar and Cleopatra over Egyptian ability turns into a bet, an architect is charged to build a palace for Caesar. The architect turns to Getafix, Asterix and Obelix to help him with the construction. However with a rival architect and the Roman empire seeking to stop Caesar losing the bet Asterix et al have more on their hands than they reckoned for.

The story is yet again faithful to the book, even opening and closing on the original cartoon itself. It doesn't manage to bring all the jokes out of the book as it could have done but it is still pretty good. The animation is solid and stays close to the source in style.

The characters are quite good, however their voices sound the same at times and don't match their roles too well – Obelix sounds less dopey this time but Asterix still sounds too squeaky. The downside, watching it now, is that the racist stereotypes are really crude – the black characters are dark with huge rubber lips. But I suppose at the time nothing was thought of it and we should take it in the spirit it was intended.

The musical numbers are OK –there aren't too many so the film isn't slowed down. The bets one is a sort of warning against anorexia with the lines `If you're off your food, you're ill' and `when you're eating well you're well'!

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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