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Asterix and the Vikings (2006)
"Astérix et les Vikings" (original title)

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After another raid in an empty village, the chief of the Vikings Timandahaf misunderstands the explanation of his druid Cryptograf that "fear gives wings to the dwellers" and believes that ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Carel ...
Astérix / Idéfix (voice)
Lorànt Deutsch ...
Goudurix (voice)
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Abba (voice)
Jacques Frantz ...
Obélix (voice)
Pierre Palmade ...
Cryptograf (voice)
Pierre Tchernia ...
Le narrateur (voice)
Bernard Alane ...
Assuracetourix (voice)
Marc Alfos ...
Grossebaf (voice)
Jules Azem ...
Garçon viking 1 (voice)
Patrick Borg ...
Caraf (voice)
Philippe Catoire ...
Nescaf (voice)
Bruno Dubernat ...
Télégraf (voice)
Luc Florian ...
Océanonix (voice)
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Olibrius (voice)
Marion Game ...
Bonemine (voice)
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After another raid in an empty village, the chief of the Vikings Timandahaf misunderstands the explanation of his druid Cryptograf that "fear gives wings to the dwellers" and believes that fear actually makes the villagers fly. They decide to chase the champion of fear in Gaul to learn how to fly and make them invincible warriors. Meanwhile, the nephew of Vitalstatistix, Justforkix, is sent from Parisium to the Gaulish village to become a man and Asterix and Obelix are assigned to train the youngster. The stupid son of Cryptograf, Olaf, listens to a conversation of the coward Justforkix with Asterix and Obelix and kidnaps him. While returning to the Viking village, Justforkix meets Abba, the daughter of Timandahaf, and they fall in love for each other. But the Machiavellian and ambitious Cryptograf plan to marry his son Olaf with Abba and become powerful. In the end, Asterix realizes that it is not fear that gives wings, it is love. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When Asterix is going on Vikings pursuit, in one sequence he already has the magic potion that he will receive few moments later. See more »

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[the pair are in a line to get into the Viking party; Obelix is laughing at the Viking names being read off the roster]
Obélix: [laughing] Asterix! All their names end in "af"!
Astérix: [the Viking bellhop looks at them suspiciously] Uh... actually, my name is, uh, Asteraf, Obelaf!
Obélix: [doubled over, laughing] Ob-Obelaf!
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The rolling credits are accompanied by rock cryptograms on which the Vikings and the Gauls are depicted. See more »

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Produced by Mamadou Niakate
Programmed and keyboards played by Mamadou Niakate
Guitars by Christophe Pantano
Recorded at Studio Du Palais
Mixed by Chris Chavenon at Studio Harryson
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Just watching this movie is scary
17 July 2006 | by (Longueuil, Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

I think it's the first time that I go inside a theater and go out so disappointed. There were two reasons why I went to see "Astérix et les Vikings": first as a film buff, and second as a big Astérix fan.

In the end, the film doesn't satisfy any request. It's simply a big animated mess and it proves that the Astérix franchise is going from bad to worse.

In fact, it has been this way since the death of first scenarist René Goscinny in 1977. His faithful collaborator, illustrator Albert Uderzo took his place, but the following books were clearly lacking of the quality that was present during the Goscinny years.

"Astérix et les Vikings" is based on the book "Astérix et les Normands", which was published during the Goscinny reign. The basic story is the same: Goudurix, Abraracourcix' nephew' arrives to the village and Astérix et Obélix must turn him into a real man, while the Vikings come to Gaul in order to discover what fear is, because it seems that fear gives wings.

The similarities end here. What follows in the book is a non-stop series of laughs, gags and hilarious dialog with the result that the Vikings do discover fear and they flee Gaul. The movie is silly, unfunny, fast-paced, corny... Well, just name a default and it has good chances of being applied...

The difference between the book and the movie could be more acceptable if the movie was good. But the new ideas simply crashes it in a bottomless pit. Even older Astérix movies such as "Astérix le Gaulois", which almost transferred the lines one by one without changing them are easily better.

Animation has the quality of other 21st century movies, but it has its faults and any film beginner could find the mistakes. The greatest example is the continuity mistake, where the day follows the night after a fraction of second, in the same sequence.

Imagine. They took animation studios from numerous countries and they still can't get adequate film-making.

The changes of the original story are simply unbearable. And they still could be even if there was no original story. Goudurix, in the movie, has a pet pigeon named SMS and who act as his cell phone (!). Grossebaf, the Viking chief, has a rebellious teen daughter named Abba (!) and she constantly defies her father's authority. There's also a stupid Viking wizard, his cartoonish dumb and muscular son, the faithful bride of Grossebaf who is obsessed with decoration (her name is Vikea!) and... well I can't stand that much longer.

We're far from the original gags from the original book. The biggest problem is the difficulty of transferring the images to the big screen, mainly because the greatest laughs in the books come from the verbal jokes and visual gags which do not have the same appeal on a theatre screen. I remember that the greatest moments in the book were Obélix laughing at the invaders' names (which all finish in 'af') and Goudurix tries to scare them in ridiculous ways.

And if everything wasn't enough, somebody in the publicity staff decided to write on the movie poster that there's an already existing Céline Dion song which would be featured in the final credits. If it was a new song, I could have understood. But using an old song is only another proof that the movie is so badly made that they're ready to do anything in order to attract film-goers.

The only good point for this movie is that it is so stupid and the end is so bad that we just can't walk out of the theater without being left cold. In a summer release, it just can't hurt...

The only other acceptable point of the movie is how Goudurix becomes courageous. His psychological transformation in the book is too spontaneous and not credible, while it's better pictured in the movie and the motivation point is more believable.

So if you haven't seen the movie yet, don't waste your money on it. Grab the book instead.

Oh René, why did you leave us?


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