animated movie Asterix the Gaul © Darguad / Belvision
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Asterix the Gaul

In the year 50 BC, ancient Gaul (France) is completely occupied by the Roman Empire - except for a small village, which holds out against the Roman invaders with the assistance of a magic potion which conveys superhuman strength, brewed by their druid. Finding out about the potion, a Roman Centurion kidnaps the druid to learn the secret of the potion, leaving the village's hero, Asterix, to save the day.

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The Asterix movies take place in 50 BC, during the Roman conquest of Gaul. The inhabitants of one Gaulish village hold off the Romans with strength given to them by...
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This is the first Asterix movie, produced in 1967, and it's really for die-hard fans only. to a large degree the problem isn't with the film adaptation. It actually has...
Created by: Darguad, Belvision
Language: English dub / French
Country of Origin: France / Belgium
Alternate Title: Astérix le Gaulois (France)
[ French ] Featuring the voices of:
Roger Carel ... Asterix
Jacques Morel ... Obelix
Pierre Tornade ... Abraracourcix
Jacques Jouanneau ... Assurancetourix
Lucien Raimbourg ... Panoramix
Directed by: Ray Goosens
Executive Producers: Raymond Leblanc
Musical Score by: Gérard Calvi
Writing Credits: Rene Goscinny, Willy Lateste, Jos Marissen and László Molnár
Based on: The graphic novel by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo

The first Asterix graphic novel was published in 1961. By 1965 the books were so popular that the first French satellite was named 'Asterix 1'. The USA followed suite with 'Snoopy' and 'Charlie Brown'.

The Australian DVD lists the English dub voice cast, but frankly I believe it to be completely wrong, as it refers to characters who aren't even in the movie, and also refers to characters by their correct names, whereas in the movie they were mostly given different names. In fact I think it's actually just the English dub cast for 'Asterix and the Big Fight'. I don't feel confident to put it in the database, but for what it's worth, here it is:

Bill oddie - Asterix
Tim Brooke-Taylor - Cacofonix (Stopthemusix)
Bernard Breslaw - Obelix
Peter Hawkins - Getafix (Panoramix)
Douglas Blackwell - Vitalstatistix (Tonabrix)

For some reason, though all the Asterix films are on DVD in Australia (and I believe the UK) in English dub, Amazon USA only has imported French language copies on DVD, though they do have some English language ones on VHS.

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The Guardian Newspaper (UK) -- Good historical article on Asterix
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