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 ...
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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
The movie is base on the book "Asterix and the Normans" however it extends the plot and uses elements from some other books, notably "Asterix and the Great Crossing" - such us the viking party scene and the joke about Obelix supply, while the scene when Asterix and Obelix dress up as vikings "Asteraf and Obelaf" with Obelix who can't stop laughing about it, resembles the scene from Asterix and the Goths when the duo dress up as Romans "Asterus" and "Obelus". See more »
When Goudurix saves Abba from the canyon, the sky is dark and cloudy. The moment after, it is clear and sunny. See more »
[Abba has been told she's going to marry Olaf; the Vikings are dragging her and Justforkix away from each other]
Abba! Don't worry, Abba, I'll take care of this -
[tries to sound important]
As the Champion of F...
[gets hit on the head with a club]
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The rolling credits are accompanied by rock cryptograms on which the Vikings and the Gauls are depicted. See more »
Coming Up For Air
Performed by Storm Lee
Written by Jess Cates and Guy Zabka
Still Working Music Right Bank Music Inc represented in France by Sony
ATM Music Publishing France/XIII Bis Music
Drums: Steve Ferrone
Bass: Jorgen Carlsson
Guitars: Steve Postell, Cyril Tarquiny
Guitar/keyboards: Walter Turbitt, John Jones
Sound Engineers: John Jones, Walter Turbitt
Production: Walter Turbitt for Right Bank Productions
Recorded at Sound Surfer Studios in Malibu (California) and at Studio Everglad, Paris
Protools editing: Francois Gauthier
Mixed by Stéphane Levy and Quentin Bachelet for Everclad Prod, Studio Mega
Coordination: Fabrice Orlando for Everglad Prod.
Executive producer Stéphane Bombet for Right Bank Productions
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Having been a faithful Asterix fan all of my life, I have to say that "Asterix and the Vikings" is probably the most well done of all the Asterix films. Its got some very funny jokes in it and the animation is superb. As many people have pointed out, it doesn't really follow the plot of the comic ("Asterix and the Normans") very closely, but in many ways that's just as well, because that book stands out in my mind as one which poked a great deal of fun at the culture of the sixties, and much of it is very dated today.
What really rubbed me the wrong way, though, is how they incorporated a Disney-style plot into the film which took much of the focus away from Asterix and Obelix. We have a misunderstood boy who doesn't fit in, Justforkix. We have a tom-boy girl who doesn't fit in because she wants to be treated as equal to men, Abba. They meet and fall in love, but their love is threatened because boy is ashamed to be totally honest with girl, but in the end their love wins out. This has been the plot of so many Disney (and, be fair, other studios too) films that its not funny and the plot was old twenty years ago. I mean, they even gave Justforkix a whimsical animal sidekick.
Not only did I find this derivative and clichéd, but it really detracted from the story and left me dissatisfied.
I think that it speaks volumes about how superb the rest of the movie was that I still think very highly of it, despite the way the plot got hijacked.
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