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Some of the hieroglyphics in the movie can be traduced this way: 'If you can read this, you are an aegyptologist'.
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After filming, costumes worn by main characters were sold at a charity auction for a child protection organization (Enfance et Partage).
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The purposely poorly-drawn picture of Asterix and Obelix on the pirate's parchment was actually rendered by series creator/artist Albert Uderzo.
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At the end of the movie the character Otis creates some sort of an elevator in the palace Numerobis built. In real life, Otis is a name of an elevator company.
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The frames that show the pirates clinging to the wreckage of their ship are a parody of the painting "The Raft of Medusa", by Theodore Gericault and appear often in the Asterix books.
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Wordplay is common in this movie. At Numérobis' "I am, my dear friend, very happy to see you" Panoramix replies "C'est un Alexandrin" (It's an Alexandrian) meaning both Numérobis' hometown (Alexandria, Egypt) and the French twelve syllable poetic verse (alexandrine).
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At the time of its release in 2002, its budget of $47 million, or 327,000,000 FRF, was said to make it the costliest French film ever. However, Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999) had a budget of $48 million, or 274,620,000 FRF, which supposedly made it the most expensive French film ever. Accounting for economic variances, either title may earn this dubious recognition.
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When talking about the size of the sphinx' nose, Gérard Depardieu says a line he said Cyrano de Bergerac (1990).
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As Asterix and Obelix talk about the Lighthouse of Alexandria and a barracuda on the boat, they are quoting a song from Claude François, Alexandri Alexandra.
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