I've always said that there's nothing to beat the original form: thecomics. I've been proved right again. This, like all of the other movietakes on the Asterix series, failed to impress. The makers of thismovie don't get it that what makes all the other suchcomic-turned-movies (x-men, superman et al.) ventures successful isthat they all deviate from the original comic versions and adapt it tomake it more watchable. Agreed, this movie did deviate, in the sensethat this movie was a cross of two Asterix books, viz. Asterix and theGreat Crossing & Asterix and the Normans. Also, uncharacteristic of theAsterix series (save Asterix and the Secret Weapon) , a love interestfor one of the main characters was introduced. All this ended up doingwas create a childishly immature storyline. The funny parts were veryfew and far between. All in all, a total waste of time and moneywatching this, let alone at theaters, even at home.User: j-cf
It's not awful but what a waste... Lousy gags, bad music, poor drawingsand animation...
Regarding the impressive number of animators and intervallists on thispicture (from, hum... a hundred different studios throughout the world?Come on, how can you expect something coherent when doing an animatedmovie this way!) I wonder if one guy on the credits = one drawing! Thelines are rough, the 3d work inadequate (I'm not against it, but not inthis film) But the backgrounds are corrects. The storyline is ratherdumb, far from the precise cleverness of the BD, and obviously aimed atan international audience. To distribute a movie all over the worlddoesn't mean to take everyone in the world for a simple-minded guy... Acultural object is far more interesting when challenging, even when itis a foreign movie (being french in this case it's even worse!).
Some new stuff is doing well (the Olaf character, sometimes, like withthe stone explanation, but it's not great) but the modern referencesare exasperating (music, SMS -not even a verbal joke, just a stupidbird named short message service: does anyone know imagination?). But,hey, it's a M6 / TPS production with some Celine Dion in it...pathetic.
Asterix is underemployed and Obelix talks too much. Goudurix could begreat (like in the book) but he is too clearly a "cool guy" having alove affair (with an uninteresting made up female character). In fact,only the vikings (wizard excepted) are funny. Too much action, notenough laughs. The best part of the movie are the end credits. Not themusic, but the few stills it contains. BD style. Well, definitely,Asterix is not made to move!
For those who have enjoyed the Asterix books and films, you'll LOVEthis film! Yes, I will admit that it does mix some of the books andfilms, but the characters are brilliant and it's not just peopleshowing off their CGI left, right and centre. I've already seen itseveral times and laughed my socks off at it.
Of course it contains the main heroes Asterix (Ast?rix), Obelix(Ob?lix) and Dogmatix (Id?fix), but this time they have someone newto... deal with.
With a sense of humour like that, the Gauls will go on and on and on.Bless 'em.
As much as I hate to disagree with the original poster, I found Asterixand the Vikings quite good, and a HUGE step above previous attempts atanimating everyone's favorite Gaul.
For someone not familiar with the famous comic series, the show wouldbe hard to follow, but for those of us in the know, it's a pleasure towatch.
First and foremost, the animation is far superior to earlier comicadaptations. You can tell they took the time and effort to reallyrecapture the look and feel of the comics this time around.
As mentioned, there are elements of other Asterix titles in the movieand I can see how fans of those titles might feel confused or a bit letdown, but I was so caught up in actually seeing one of my favoritechildhood comics faithfully represented on the screen, any qualms I hadwere minor by comparison. Minor spoilers follow...
Asterix and his faithful friend Obelix travel north to rescue thenephew of their village chief, who has been captured by the Vikings.The Vikings think that by the boy teaching them about fear, the