When the druid Panoramix is attacked by some roman soldiers, Obelix drives them away by throwing a menhir on them - which accidentally hits Panoramix. After this the druid has lost his memory and can not remember the formula of his magic potions, especially the one which gives superhuman strength.Written by
Despite the film's title, only a minor section of "Asterix and the Big Fight" features in the plot (specifically, Getafix's amnesia). See more »
[from the American dub, after a legionary has been blown up like a balloon by an experimental potion]
I thought the Romans were going to cut down on inflation.
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The American version of the movie adds a narrator (who speaks during many of silent moments) as well add many new lines spoken off screen. This was included to add exposition for people not familiar with Asterix (explain the setting, Obelix back story etc.) This version was translated into other languages such as Polish. See more »
Before I critique the actual movie I should inform you that there are in fact TWO English dubs of this movie. The first features Bill Oddie once again as Asterix and keeps the plot and story as was originally presented in French. The American dub however changes names, changes plot details, adds a pointless narration, and has all of the Gauls speak with American accents. Make no mistake, this version is dumbed-down and I implore you to avoid it. The existence of this dub forces my score down to 4/10 when it would otherwise be 7/10.
The Romans, as usual, are camped outside the village waiting for a weak link to finally invade and conquer ALL of Europe. Obelix adjacently drops a Menhir on Getafix's head, making him forget the recipe to the magic potion. Meanwhile, a soothsayer arrives and cons the more gullible villagers into rewarding him. The Romans get wind of his scams and use him to clear out the village. The actual fight of the title does not happen in the movie as that part of the plot was lost when the adaptation was crossed with elements from another Asterix book.
The animation is lovely, the plot doesn't reach its potential, and voice acting is uncertain depending on what dub you are watching. Otherwise this movie ranks as an above average Asterix adventure.
Or "above averagix" if you like.
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