Bon Anniversaire, Asterix! (60th Anniversary)

by ElMaruecan82 | created - 6 months ago | updated - 6 months ago | Public

"By Toutatis!", "These Romans are Crazy!", "Ave Caesar!" et caetera...

So many catchphrases and adventures that enriched the childhood of many comic-book readers all over the world. Asterix, the little Gaul is one of the most popular and emblematic character of the French-Belgian school, with adventures that spanned six decades and a dozen of cinematic adaptations, making it one of the most successful and enduring French franchises of all time. The little Gaul might be the French equivalent to Mickey Mouse -- hey, he even got his own theme park in 1989!

And his adventures inspired many catchphrases that became part of France's everyday language such as "the sky is falling on our heads" or "falling into (something) when you were a child", a reference to the magic potion and Obelix who, as we know, isn't fat but "just well-covered".

Celebrating a milestone year, the 60th anniversary of his creation and 30th of his park, which of these cinematic adaptations of Asterix' adventures, live-action or animated, is your favorite?

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1. Asterix and Cleopatra (1968)

72 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Popular animated hero Asterix and his faithful sidekick Obelix travel to ancient Egypt to help Cleopatra build a new summer home. Cleopatra and Julius Caesar have made a bet, with Caesar ... See full summary »

Directors: René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo | Stars: Roger Carel, Jacques Morel, Micheline Dax, Jacques Balutin

Votes: 10,956

2. The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (1976)

82 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A group of indomitable Gauls are challenged by Roman Emperor Julius Caesar to accomplish twelve impossible tasks.

Directors: René Goscinny, Henri Gruel, Albert Uderzo, Pierre Watrin | Stars: Roger Carel, Jacques Morel, Pierre Tornade, Henri Labussière

Votes: 14,022

3. Asterix in Britain (1986)

Not Rated | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The diminutive Asterix and his rather larger companion Obelix, warriors of the last village in Gaul still free after the Roman invasion, set out on a mission to deliver a barrel of their ... See full summary »

Director: Pino Van Lamsweerde | Stars: Roger Carel, Pierre Tornade, Graham Bushnell, Pierre Mondy

Votes: 9,992

4. Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Astérix and Obélix go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra.

Director: Alain Chabat | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Jamel Debbouze, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 46,257 | Gross: $3.12M

5. Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (2014)

85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

In order to wipe out the Gaulish village by any means necessary, Caesar plans to absorb the villagers into Roman culture by having an estate built next to the village to start a new Roman colony.

Directors: Louis Clichy, Alexandre Astier | Stars: Roger Carel, Lorànt Deutsch, Laurent Lafitte, Alexandre Astier

Votes: 10,742 | Gross: $1.66M

6. Asterix and Caesar (1985)

Not Rated | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Obelix falls for a new arrival in his home village in Gaul, but is heartbroken when her true love arrives to visit her. However, the lovers are kidnapped by Romans; Asterix and Obelix set ... See full summary »

Directors: Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi | Stars: Roger Carel, Pierre Tornade, Pierre Mondy, Serge Sauvion

Votes: 8,194

7. Asterix and the Big Fight (1989)

81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The druid is accidentally hit by a menhir thrown by Obelix and loses his mind and memory.

Director: Philippe Grimond | Stars: Roger Carel, Pierre Tornade, Henri Labussière, Julien Guiomar

Votes: 6,883

8. Asterix in America (1994)

85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Caesar has had enough when another legion is hacked to pieces by the damned single indomitable village in Gaul because of the druid's magic potion, so he decides to tackle the problem at ... See full summary »

Director: Gerhard Hahn | Stars: Roger Carel, Pierre Tornade, Henri Labussière, François Chaix

Votes: 6,485 | Gross: $0.77M

9. Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)

Not Rated | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Inhabitants of the last unconquered village in Gaul (ancient France) use a magical potion to hold their independence from Roman invaders.

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Christian Clavier, Gérard Depardieu, Roberto Benigni, Michel Galabru

Votes: 37,403 | Gross: $1.64M

10. Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Astérix and Obélix compete at the Olympics in order to help their friend Lovesix marry Princess Irina. Brutus also tries to win the game with his own team and get rid of his father Julius Caesar.

Directors: Frédéric Forestier, Thomas Langmann | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Clovis Cornillac, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alain Delon

Votes: 26,027 | Gross: $1.00M

11. Asterix the Gaul (1967)

68 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Gaul invaded! Asterix must save the Druid Getafix from the Romans.

Director: Ray Goossens | Stars: Roger Carel, Jacques Morel, Pierre Tornade, Jacques Jouanneau

Votes: 9,010

12. Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia (2012)

110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Asterix crosses the channel to help second-cousin Anticlimax face down Julius Caesar and invading Romans.

Director: Laurent Tirard | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Dany Boon, Edouard Baer, Guillaume Gallienne

Votes: 12,548

13. Asterix and the Vikings (2006)

Not Rated | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The vikings come to Gaul and kidnap the chief's nephew. The chief sends Asterix and Obelix up north to get him back but the nephew has fallen in love with the viking chief's daughter v.v. What to do?

Directors: Stefan Fjeldmark, Jesper Møller | Stars: Roger Carel, Lorànt Deutsch, Sara Forestier, Jacques Frantz

Votes: 10,303

14. Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (2018)

87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Getafix/Panoramix decides it's time to pass the magic potion recipe on to a young, trustworthy druid. He looks all over Gaul with Asterix and Obelix as Demonix is out to get the recipe.

Directors: Alexandre Astier, Louis Clichy | Stars: Christian Clavier, Guillaume Briat, Alex Lutz, Alexandre Astier

Votes: 6,050 | Gross: $1.27M

15. The Money Pit (1986)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

49 Metascore

A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 47,870 | Gross: $37.50M

The "Peter Griffin" answer: "I prefer the 'Money Pit'" (or 'not a fan', 'never seen any' etc.)



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