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
This and "Asterix and the big fight" (the version without the narrator) are the only two Asterix movies where the Obelix back story - he fell into the magic potion as a baby and it made him invincible - is not mentioned. See more »
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 »
[Abba, her wrists bound, is being dragged to the altar to be married to Olaf]
It reminds me of my wedding day.
You nearly bit off my finger before we gagged you.
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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
2005 M6 Interactions See more »
I have known for a long time that France has its own animation industry, but I'd never seen examples of it before. I chose this movie to be my first look at "Franimation", because I am an Asterix fan - I've read almost all of the books, including the one this movie is based on.
Overall, I was pleased with this movie. First, the animation. While the animation may not quite match Disney theatrical movies, it comes close. The movement is fluid, the colors pop out of the screen, and the backgrounds are detailed.
As for the story, it was overall fine. The movie does follow the book about halfway through, then goes in its own direction. Probably this was a wise decision, because the second half of the book is mostly talk. In this movie, there is more action and slapstick in the second half, and it's more cinematic. The whole story zips along at a good pace and contains plenty of action and laughs.
My one criticism of the movie is that the characters of Asterix and Obelix - the principle characters of the books - become secondary characters here. It seems odd to have Asterix in the title of the movie. One other criticism other viewers might have is that, if they are unfamiliar with the books, some details may be a little puzzling.
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