- Asterix and the Vikings
name = Asterix and the Vikings
imdb_id = 0478557
Stefan Fjeldmarkand Jean-Luc Goossens, adapted from René Goscinnyand Albert Uderzo
director = Stefan Fjeldmark and
music = Replicant as
Alexandre Azaria| distributor =
April 5, 2006( Belgium)
April 12, 2006( France)
April 19, 2006( Netherlands)
July 14, 2006( Canada)
July 14, 2006( India)
August 17,2006 ( Indonesia}
runtime = 78 minutes
language =French / English / Dutch
"Asterix and the Vikings" (working international English title for "Astérix et les Vikings") is an animated
feature film, produced in Franceand Denmark, and directed by Stefan Fjeldmark and Jesper Møller. The story was adapted from the graphic novel" Asterix and the Normans", which was written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo. The film was written by Stefan Fjeldmark in collaboration with Jean-Luc Gossens, with supplementary dialogue by Philip LaZebnik. The story has seen some changes from the original comic book: for example, the inclusion of the strong-willed daughter of Timandahaf, Abba, and dim-witted son of Crypthograf, Olaf and anachronist references about modern technology such as SMS.
= French =
The original French language cast is as follows:
* Astérix / Idéfix (English "
Dogmatix") : fril|Roger Carel
* Goudurix ("Justforkix") : fril|Lorant Deutsch
* Obélix : fril|Jacques Frantz
* Abba : fril|Sara Forestier
* Cryptograf : fril|Pierre Palmade
Narrator: fril|Pierre Tchernia
* Assurancetourix ("Cacofonix"): fril|Bernard Alane
* Grossebaff ("Timandahaf"):
* Caraf : fril|Patrick Borg
* Nescaf :
* Télégraf :
* Océanonix ("Doublehelix"):
* Olibrius :
* Bonemine : ("Impedimenta")
* Abraracourcix ("Vitalstatistix") :
* Pirate Lookout (Baba) : fril|Med Hondo
* Ordralfabétix :
* Young Viking 2 :
* Cétautomatix ("Fulliautomatix") : fril|Pascal Renwick
* Gaul :
* Agecanonix ("Geriatrix") :
* Gaul :
* Abribus :
* Sms :
* Olaf :
* Panoramix : ("Getafix") :
* Vikéa :
* Asterix :
* Obelix :
* Justforkix :
* Abba :
Evan Rachel Wood
* Timandahaf :
* Ikea :
* Cryptograf :
* Olaf :
* Vitalstatistix :
* Narrator :
Jeff Glenn Bennett
* Dutch Goudurix: ("Hippix") - nlil|Jim Bakkum
As the story begins, the
Vikingsare depressed because in raid after raid they find the locations devoid of people. Cryptograf, an advisor to Viking chief Timandahaf, says that the enemies are always gone because, "Fear gives them wings". Timandahaf excitedly concludes that they must find a "Champion of Fear", who can teach them to be great cowards so they can fly, making them invincible. The chief says he'll give anything to whoever can bring him this Champion of Fear. Cryptograf hatches a secret plan to seize power and tells the chief they'll find the Champion of Fear in Gaul.
During a typical day in the Gaulish village, chief Vitalstatistix announces the imminent arrival of his nephew Justforkix, who is to be trained to be a man. When Justforkix arrives from Parisium, he doesn't look like warrior material. He uses his bird SMS (Shortmessageservix) to send messages to his "babes". Besides chasing girls, he's into hi-tech, nightlife, and dancing— and he's a
vegetarian, much to the dismay of Obelix, who can't get him to try wild boar.
Iceland, as the Vikings prepare to start their quest, the chief's wife, Vikea, orders her husband to get her some flat-packed easy-to-assemble furniture from his raids, while his daughter, Abba, insists on going along, but is flatly refused. Abba disguises herself as a man and goes anyway.
Back in Gaul, the training of Justforkix under the direction of Asterix and Obelix is proceeding, but with little, if any, success. He runs screaming from any danger and refuses to drink potion. Upon their arrival in Gaul, Cryptograf explains to his incredibly stupid son, Olaf, that "he" must capture the Champion of Fear, and claim the prize of anything he wants, which Cryptograf says is the chief's daughter, Abba. Since the chief has no son, this would put Olaf in line to be the next chief (with Cryptograf calling the shots, of course).
Justforkix is captured by Olaf, and Asterix and Obelix must go to retrieve him before the next full moon when his father, Doublehelix, is expected at their village. Asterix and Obelix arrive on Iceland shortly after the Vikings, but they can't rescue Justforkix. He doesn't want to leave because he considers the Vikings (especially Abba) to be his friends. After our heroes' retreat, the Vikings decide to test Justforkix's flying skills by throwing him off a cliff. Cryptograf secretly rigs up a rope to Justforkix allowing him to be suspended in the foggy air, convincing the Vikings that he really can fly.
The Vikings rush off to the wedding ceremony leaving the Champion of Fear dangling, and Asterix and Obelix return just in time to rescue him before the rope breaks. On the way to Gaul, Justforkix sneaks some magic potion from Asterix and swims back to stop the wedding and rescue Abba. Later, he discovers that he really can fly as he rescues Abba from another precarious spot using a hang glider improvised from a ship's mast and sail.
Back in the Gaulish village, everyone gathers to celebrate the wedding of Justforkix and Abba, and the Vikings finally experience real fear when they hear a ballad sung by Cacofonix.
*Chief Timandahaf: Rather than slaughter them, we must observe them, and get what we came for. Find the champion!... Then we can slaughter them!:Vikings: (cheers)
The movie is primarily based on "Asterix and the Normans", but there are some elements from other Asterix books:
* As in "
Asterix and the Great Crossing", Asterix and Obelix travel on a boat to the land of Vikings (in the original book Asterix and the Normansthey free Justforkix from Norman camp on the beach). Some other elements from this book include the Viking party, and joke about Obelix supply for the journey. The dog from the book makes a cameo.
*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".
*The character of Cryptograf is similar to Prolix from "
Asterix and the Soothsayer".
*The scene in which the Gauls attack a Roman camp for Justforkix's amusement is similar to a scene in "
Asterix in Corsica".
* The character Influenza, from the book "
Asterix and Caesar's Gift", appears during the party scene, dancing briefly with Justforkix, and at the end of the movie, serving boars at Justforkix' wedding party.
* The wig on Olaf's bride/menhir is in the form of Panacea's wig from "
Asterix and the Actress".
Netherlands, the film has grossed a total of € 361,747. [ [http://www.sneakpoint.nl/boxoffice.php Boxoffice NL] ] The Dutch name for the film is "Asterix en de Vikingen".
* [http://www.asterixetlesvikings.com/ "Astérix et les Vikings"] , official site fr icon
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