The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (1976)
"Les 12 travaux d'Astérix" (original title)

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The Gauls have the chance to become the new masters of the Roman empire if they can solve twelve tasks set by Julius Cesar.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Carel ...
Astérix / Les 2 sénateurs (voice)
Jacques Morel ...
Obélix (voice)
Pierre Tornade ...
Abraracourcix (voice)
Henri Labussière ...
Le réceptionniste (voice)
Jean Martinelli ...
César (voice)
Pascal Mazzotti ...
Lawrence Riesner ...
Claude Dasset ...
Roger Lumont ...
Cylindrique le Germain, prof de karaté allemand (voice)
Gérard Hernandez ...
Le vénérable du sommet (voice)
Henri Virlojeux ...
Panoramix / Iris (voice)
Nicole Vervil ...
Jacques Hilling ...
Henri Poirier ...
Mary Mongourdin ...


When Julius Cesar fears, that he will probably never be able to defeat the gaulic village of Asterix and his friends, he has the idea of offering the Gauls a deal: if they are able to solve twelve tasks that he selected, he will hand over the Roman empire to them. If not, they have to submit. Written by Michael Zink

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Twelve mighty tasks to prove the Gauls are gods or mortals!


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17 November 1976 (USA)  »

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SEK 2,073,342 (Sweden)

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let Astérix and Obélix do the easy work
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This is the year 50 before JC. All the Gaul is occupied by the Romans. All the Gaul? No! A little village populated by some irreducibles Gallics resists again and always to the invader. This situation gets on Jules César's nerves who's starting to compare these Gallics as gods. To have proof of this, he sets them 12 works. Astérix and Obélix are chosen to take up the challenge... This animation film isn't an adaptation from one of Astérix' albums, it's an original screenplay that inspired from the Greek mythology with Hercule's works. The movie is a pleasant surprise because the animation is more careless than in Astérix' previous adaptations for the cinema, although it's a bit basic. Concerning these "works", of course they're fanciful and eccentric but they're irresistibe, varied, full of modern anachronisms (like the chips in the sixth work when Obélix must eat a pantagruelian meal). Besides, the anachronism is a common thing in Astérix' adventures.

The best moments of the movie are the pantagruelian meal, the sequences of the hypnosis and the crazy flat. At the end, in spite of tiresome sequences, peculiar to Astérix's adaptations, I think about the (useless) battle against the Romans at the beginning, the movie is a happy entertainment and the best animation film with Astérix.

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