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Asterix and the Vikings

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Asterix and the Vikings
Astérix et les Vikings.jpg
French theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced byThomas Valentin
Written by
  • Stefan Fjeldmark
  • Jean-Luc Goossens
Based onAstérix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
Music byAlexandre Azaria
Edited by
  • Martin Wichmann Andersen
  • Anders Hoffmann
Distributed bySND
Release date
  • 5 April 2006 (2006-04-05) (Belgium)
  • 12 April 2006 (2006-04-12) (France)
Running time
78 minutes
  • France
  • Denmark
Box office$22.5 million[1]

Asterix and the Vikings (released in French as Astérix et les Vikings) is a 2006 French-Danish animated adventure film, written by Stefan Fjeldmark in collaboration with Jean-Luc Gossens, and co–directed by Stefan Fjeldmark and Jesper Møller. A loose adaptation of the story of the comic album Asterix and the Normans, written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo, the plot follows Asterix and Obelix trying to train the nephew of their village's chief, only to find themselves rescuing him from a tribe of vikings who believe him to be a Champion of Fear.

The ensemble voice cast features Roger Carel and Jacques Frantz as Asterix and Obelix, with Paul Giamatti and Brad Garrett headlining the English dub. Unlike most Asterix films, the English dub's voice cast consisted of American actors rather than British actors. This adaptation introduced new characters, anachronistic references about modern technology, and cover versions of pop songs, such as "Get Down on It" by Kool and the Gang, "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor and "Super Freak" by Rick James.


A succession of raids leaves a tribe of Vikings without anyone to fight against them. The tribe's adviser, Cryptograf, concludes that their enemies have all fled, stating that "fear gives you wings". The Viking's chief, Timandahaf, misinterprets his adviser's words and declares they must find a "Champion of Fear", believing that if the tribe were to become great cowards, they'll be able to fly and become invincible. Cryptograf, secretly wishing to seize power from Timandahaf, goes along with it and declares that they'll find who they seek within Gaul. While en route, Timandahaf is shocked to learn that his daughter Abba snuck aboard disguised as a man, after he refused to take her with him. Despite being angry, he reluctantly keeps her among his crew.

Meanwhile, in the rebel village of the Gauls, the villagers welcome the arrival of chief Vitalstatistix's nephew Justforkix, who is to be trained to be a man. However his nephew is more interested in chasing girls, using a bird to send messages to them, and is a vegetarian, much to the dismay of Obelix. Obelix and Asterix attempt to train him to be a warrior, but have little success because of his pacifist nature and his refusal to drink the village's magic potion, which gives the villagers their super-human strength. When the Vikings arrive near their village, Cryptograf explains to his incredibly stupid son Olaf that he could claim Abba as his wife if he were to capture the Champion, thus putting him next in line as the tribe's chief, with his father secretly calling the shots.

When Olaf captures Justforkix, after witnessing his cowardice, Asterix and Obelix find themselves having to rescue him before his father visits their village. Travelling to Norway, the pair attempt to rescue Justforkix. However, he refuses to leave as he has fallen in love with Abba. When the vikings test Justforkix's flying skills by throwing him off a cliff, Cryptograf secretly rigs up a rope to him that causes him to be suspended in the foggy air. Fooled into believing he is the Champion, the Vikings rush off to Olaf's wedding ceremony, leaving Justforkix to be rescued by Asterix and Obelix. Before they can take him back to Gaul, Justforkix secretly takes some magic potion, and swims back to the Viking's village.

Despite the risk, Justforkix rescues Abba, managing to fly by making an improvised hang-glider from a ship's mast and sail. While Crytograf and Olaf are shunned for their deception, the Vikings travel back to the Gauls' village to celebrate the wedding of Justforkix and Abba. When Cacofonix decides to sing during the ceremony, the Vikings finally experience real fear and make a run for it. When Asterix asks him what fear is good for, Getafix explains that we can only be courageous when we have some kind of fear to overcome.


Character(s) Original French version English dub
Asterix Roger Carel Paul Giamatti
Dogmatix Dee Bradley Baker
SMS Pigeon Barbara Tissier
Obelix Jacques Frantz Brad Garrett
Justforkix Lorànt Deutsch Sean Astin
Abba Sara Forestier Evan Rachel Wood
Cryptograf Pierre Palmade Greg Proops
Narrator Pierre Tchernia Jeff Bennett
Getafix Vania Vilers
Impedimenta Marion Game Grey DeLisle
Vitalstatistix Vincent Grass Daran Norris
Cacofonix Bernard Alane Jess Harnell
Timandahaf Marc Alfos John DiMaggio
Caraf Patrick Borg Jack Fletcher
Fotograf Bruno Dubernat
Captain Red Beard Unknown
Nescaf Philippe Catoire John DeMita
Fulliautomatix Pascal Renwick
Doublehelix Luc Florian Corey Burton
Olibrius Stéphane Fourreau Unknown
Pirate Lookout Med Hondo
Young Viking #1 Jules Azem
Young Viking #2 Victor Naudet
Unhygenix Bernard Métraux Diedrich Bader
Olaf Michel Vigné
Geriatrix Gérard Surugue Unknown
Dubbledekabus Roland Timsit Dwight Schultz
Vikéa Brigitte Virtudes April Winchell

Additional English Voices


Critical reaction to Asterix and the Vikings was generally mixed, with much praise on the animation and voice acting, but with criticisms on the film's script.

Source material

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 Normans they 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 unable to stop laughing about it, resembles the scene from Asterix and the Goths when the duo dress up as Romans "Asterus" and "Obelus". However, Obelix did find the names of the Normans hysterical in Asterix and the Normans, because they all ended in -af.
  • 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.

Box office

  • In the Netherlands, the film has grossed a total of 361,747.[2] The Dutch name for the film is "Asterix en de Vikingen".


  1. ^ "ASTÉRIX ET LES VIKINGS". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Boxoffice NL". Archived from the original on 26 June 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2010.


Asterix and the (DOWNLOAD SUBTITLES)

Far, far to the north lies an unforgiving land,

where the nights last several moons, and the winters are cruel.

This is the land of the Vikings.

Here, fierce chieftains lead their mighty warriors to battle.


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This page was last edited on 26 September 2020, at 22:05
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