Benoit Brisefer is a little boy with a herculean force,except when he has a cold.He's got no parents and he can't make friends with children his age ,because he involuntary always breaks their toys,and his best friend is Jules ,the taxi driver.This modest man gets in trouble when he is in concurrence with sinister-looking Poilonez ,who manages a big taxi company ,Moreover,this villain wants to help himself to all the money and all the jewels of Benoit's quiet town. Written by
"Benoit Brisefer Et Les Taxis Rouges" was released in time to reap the
Xmas tickets;unfortunately,it was not the expected big success;by and
large ,comics turned into movies played by actors in the flesh don't
succeed;for instance ,the Asterix cartoons are more satisfying than the
others.And Spielberg's "Tintin" beats the sixties flicks hands down.
As for the others, "Michel Vaillant" did not do the comics justice and
"Le Grand Vizir Iznogood" is an abomination compared to
Goscinny-Tabarly 's gems.
"Benoit Brisefer " is a different matter ,for it is primarily a comic
aimed at the children market ,to be precise the sixties children market
(in the cartoon,they tried to re-create the atmosphere of a town of the
time,and the dough the gangsters steal is Francs .It was reportedly
filmed in Lisboa .)
Benoit was created in 1960,one year after Astérix with whom he shares
the Herculean strength (not thanks to a magic potion,mind you ).That's
why he has no mom or dad ,his only relative is an uncle (Tonton
Placide) a secret service agent who does not appear here.He can't make
friends with children his age ,because he involuntary always breaks
their toys,and his best friend is Jules ,the taxi driver.One should
note that one character strongly differs from the Peyo story:not only
Madame Adolphine does not appear in this episode ,but she is not
Benoit's tutor;besides ,she is a very old lady !
When Astérix runs out of magic potion,he loses his strength ;ditto for
Benoit when he catches a cold.
As for the plot ,it is a rather trite story : Jules the taxi driver is
victim of unfair trading :what can he do against the red taxis mighty
company ,managed by the sinister-looking Poilonez ?Moreover ,this
Tycoon wants to seize all the money and the jewels of Benoit's town ,à
The boy who plays Benoit is cute and efficient :yes,he wears the
beret,the red jacket, the blue scarf and the black short trousers .But
it is as if the producers suddenly appreciated how thin the story all
was and desperately tried to attract the parents with guest stars
galore: Jugnot as Jules, Jean Reno as the villain ,Hippolyte Girardot
as the couldn't care less superintendent , Thierry Lhermitte as some
kind of Robinson Crusoé ....
"Benoit Brisefer" is a charming comic strip ,but it does not really
appeal to adults the way Astérix or Tintin do.Hence the commercial
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