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The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (Les Douze travaux d'Astérix) is an animated featured film released in 1976 starring Asterix, the Gaul. Unlike the other Asterix animated movies, it was not based on a published comic book, although later it was made into a book by its own. It divides fans — some like its inventive story, and others criticize the limited animation. The film was produced by Georges Dargaud at the Idefix Studios and the music was provided by Gerard Calvi, who had also been responsible for the music to Asterix the Gaul the feature film in 1967 and Asterix and Cleopatra the second Asterix film made in 1968. 12 frames per second is the typical rate for an animated cartoon. ... // Events March 22 - Filming begins on George Lucas Star Wars science fiction film. ... Asterix (French: Astérix) is a fictional character, created in 1959 as the hero of a series of volumes of French comic books by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Look up book in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Limited animation is a process of making animated cartoons that does not follow a realistic approach. ... Gerard Calvi (born: 26th July 1922) is a French composer. ... Asterix the Gaul is the first volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and Cleopatra, the sixth Asterix book by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, was published in 1965. ...

Contents


Plot outline

After a group of legionaries is beaten up by the gauls, they imagine: "With such a huge strength, they can't be human... they must be gods". Julius Caesar is informed, and laughs. He makes a decision with his council (trivia: it features Brutus playing with a knife, and Caesar says: "Stop playing about with that knife, you'll end up hurting someone") and goes to the Armorica, to give Vitalstatistix a series of 12 Tasks, inspired by Hercules (but new ones, since the 12 Labours are outdated). He assembles their best warriors, Asterix and Obelix, to do the job. The Roman Caius Pupus was sent to check their job. Image File history File links The_Twelve_Tasks_of_Asterix. ... A modern reconstruction of a roman centurion around 70 AD The Roman legion (from Latin , from lego, legere, legi, lectus — to collect) was the basic military unit of the ancient Roman army. ... Map of Gaul circa 58 BC Gaul (Latin Gallia, Greek Galatia) was the region of Western Europe occupied by present day northern Italy, France, Belgium, western Switzerland and the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the west bank of the Rhine river. ... Mural painting in Brussels, Belgium, showing characters from the Asterix comics. ... Look up deity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Gaius Julius Caesar (IPA: ;[1]), July 12, 100 BC – March 15, 44 BC) was a Roman military and political leader. ... Marcus Junius Brutus. ... Traditional Finnish puukko knife A knife is a sharp-edged hand tool used for cutting. ... Gaius Julius Caesar (IPA: ;[1]), July 12, 100 BC – March 15, 44 BC) was a Roman military and political leader. ... Armorica or Aremorica is the name given in ancient times to the part of Gaul that includes the Brittany peninsula and the territory between the Seine and Loire rivers, extending inland to an indeterminate point and down the Atlantic coast. ... Mural painting in Brussels, Belgium, showing characters from the Asterix comics. ... Hercules is the Latin name used in Roman mythology for a hero corresponding to the Greek mythological hero Heracles (or Herakles). ... Hercules and the Hydra by Antonio Pollaiuolo The Twelve Labours (Greek: dodekathlos) of Heracles (Latin: Hercules) are a series of archaic episodes connected by a later continuous narrative, concerning a penance carried out by Heracles, the greatest of the Greek heroes. ... Obelix Obelix (originally Obélix) is a character, a sidekick with superhuman strength in the Asterix comic books. ...


The Twelve Tasks

  1. Run faster than Merinos, champion of the Olympic Games. Asterix, impulsed by the magic potion, follows Merinos until he becomes a rocket and exceeds the speed of sound, before hitting an apple tree.
  2. Throw a javelin farther than Kermes, the Persian. Kermes' javelin hits North America (still only inhabited by Indians, including another Goscinny-Uderzo character, Oumpah-pah), but Obelix's javelin performs a complete Earth orbit and ends up heading directly for Kermes, who flees with the javelin still pursuing him into the distance.
  3. Beat Cilindric, the German Cilindrinc turns out to be an unexpectedly diminutive man wearing a Judo gi– but he quickly beats Obelix with a "fight he learnt in a distant land". Asterix defeats Cilindric by tricking him into giving a lesson and asking for demonstrations that eventually end up in Cilindric knotting his own arms and legs.
  4. Cross a lake The problem being that in the middle of the lake was the "Island of Pleasure," inhabited by beautiful Sirens. Both Asterix and Obelix are enchanted and drawn to the island, but Obelix comes to his senses quickly after discovering that there were no wild boars on the island, has an incandescent argument with the Sirens, and storms off, calling Asterix to follow him.
  5. Survive the hypnotic gaze of 'Iris', the Egyptian Iris uses hypnosis to cure his clients of their psychiatric problems. He tries to make Asterix act to the phrase, "I am a wild boar", but when Asterix constantly breaks his concentration Iris gets horribly confused and ends up hypnotising himself and bolting out of the building on all fours.
  6. Finish the meals by Manenkempex, the Belgian Obelix devoured several boar, fish, a cow, a bull (With fries which the cook pretend to have invented though potatoes where still not present in Europe. He calls it "Earth-Apple" in reference for the french translation of potatoe being "pomme de terre"), veal ("we can't separate families"), an omelette made with 3 dozen eggs, a camel, caviar and an elephant, leaving Manenkempex in tears with an empty kitchen.
  7. Survive the Lair of the Beast In possibly one of the strangest sequences in the film, the pair encounter (amongst other sights) tennis played with a skull, bats ("birds flying low. It's rain" said Obelix) and a subway before meeting the beast. After they left, Caius Pupus asks, "The beast? What was it like" Obelix replies, "Very tasty".
  8. Find Permit A-38 in "The Place That Makes You Mad" This was a mind-numbing multi-storey building founded on bureaucracy and staffed by clinically unhelpful people who direct all their clients to other similarly unhelpful people elsewhere in the building. Asterix eventually beats them at their own game by dreaming up an imaginary form that nobody knows about, sending the place into disarray. Eventually Permit A-38 is given to Asterix just to make him leave and stop causing trouble.
  9. Cross a cliff on an invisible tightrope, over a river full of crocodiles. Eventually the heroic duo decide to give up on the rope and go the easy way round, jumping off and fighting the crocodiles.
  10. Climb a mountain and solve a challenge made by the mountain's elder The challenge was to determine, with eyes shut, which pile of clothes was washed with "Olimpus," the soap of the gods. Asterix performs this task easily and its only purpose in the film seems to be as a parody of washing detergent advertisements.
  11. Spend a night on the haunted plains The plain, haunted by the ghosts of fallen Roman soldiers, is not an easy place to sleep. Eventually Asterix gets fed up with all the noise from Obelix trying to fight the ghosts and furiously confronts the ghosts, scaring them off.
  12. Survive the Circus Maximus - When the pair wakes up after a night on the plains, they find themselves in Rome with their fellow villagers, who have been brought to fight in the Colosseum. After the gladiators were beaten (with the help of Getafix's potion, of course) the animals were sent in, and the Gauls turned the Circus Maximus into a modern day circus...

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Final Dialogue

A great banquet in the village.

  • Obelix: So it's true? The Gauls became chiefs of the Roman Empire?
  • Asterix: No, it's a story. Everything is possible.
  • Obelix: EVERYTHING?

(Obelix and his boar disappear. They land in the Island of Pleasure.) Cartoon physics is a joking reference to the fact that animation allows regular laws of physics to be ignored in humorous ways. ...


External links

The Twelve Tasks of Asterix at The Internet Movie Database The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ...

The Adventures of Asterix and Obelix

Asterix the Gaul | Asterix and the Golden Sickle | Asterix and the Goths | Asterix the Gladiator | Asterix and the Banquet | Asterix and Cleopatra | Asterix and the Big Fight | Asterix in Britain | Asterix and the Normans | Asterix the Legionary | Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield | Asterix at the Olympic Games | Asterix and the Cauldron | Asterix in Spain | Asterix and the Roman Agent | Asterix in Switzerland | The Mansions of the Gods | Asterix and the Laurel Wreath | Asterix and the Soothsayer | Asterix in Corsica | Asterix and Caesar's Gift | Asterix and the Great Crossing | Obelix and Co. | Asterix in Belgium | Asterix and the Great Divide | Asterix and the Black Gold | Asterix and Son | Asterix and the Magic Carpet | Asterix and the Secret Weapon | Asterix and Obelix All at Sea | Asterix and the Actress | Asterix and the Class Act | Asterix and the Falling Sky Asterix (French: Astérix) is a fictional character, created in 1959 as the hero of a series of volumes of French comic books by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix the Gaul is the first volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and the Golden Sickle is the second volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and the Goths is the third volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix the Gladiator is the fourth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and the Banquet is the fourth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and Cleopatra, the sixth Asterix book by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, was published in 1965. ... Asterix and the Big Fight is a French comic book, the seventh in the Asterix series. ... Asterix in Britain is a French comic book, the eighth in the Asterix series. ... Asterix and the Normans is the ninth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix the Legionary, the tenth Asterix book by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, was published in 1967. ... Asterix and the Chieftains Shield (original title: Le bouclier arverne) is the eleventh Asterix comic book, written by René Goscinny and drawn by Albert Uderzo. ... Asterix at the Olympic Games is an extremely effective satire on performance enhancing drug taking in sport. ... Cover of Asterix and the Cauldron Asterix and the Cauldron is the thirteenth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix in Spain is the fourteenth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and the Roman Agent is the fifteenth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix in Switzerland is the sixteenth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... The Mansions of the Gods is the seventeenth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and the Laurel Wreath is the eighteenth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and the Soothsayer is the nineteenth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix in Corsica is the twentieth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and Caesars Gift is the twenty-first volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and the Great Crossing is the twenty-second volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Obelix and Co. ... Asterix in Belgium is the twenty-fourth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and the Great Divide is the twenty-fifth volume of the Asterix series. ... Asterix and the Black Gold (original name: LOdyssée dAstérix) is the twenty-sixth Asterix comic book, originally published in 1981. ... Asterix and Son is the twenty-seventh volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and the Magic Carpet is the twenty-eighth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and the Secret Weapon is the twenty-ninth volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... An astrix booh in which our heroes go out to sea. ... Asterix and the Actress is the thirty-first volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and the Class Act is the thirty-second volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ... Asterix and the Falling Sky is the thirty-third volume of the Asterix comic book series, by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations). ...

Feature Films

Asterix Versus Caesar | The Twelve Tasks of Asterix | Asterix and the Vikings Asterix Versus Caesar (Astérix et la surprise de César, 1985) is the first of the 1980s Asterix films, based on the comic books by the same name, and is often considered as one of the best Asterix-films by fans of the comics and the movies. ... Asterix and the Vikings (working international English title for Astérix et les Vikings) is an animated full length feature, produced in France and Denmark, and directed by Stefan Fjeldmark and Jesper Møller. ...


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The Twelve Tasks of Asterix at AllExperts (827 words)
Asterix defeats Cilindric by tricking him into giving a lesson and asking for demonstrations that eventually end up with Cilindric's own arms and legs tied in knots.#Cross a lake The problem being that in the middle of the lake is the "Isle of Pleasure", a paradise inhabited by beautiful Sirens.
Asterix performs this task easily in a parody of washing detergent advertisements.#Spend a night on the haunted plains The plain, haunted by the ghosts of fallen Roman soldiers, is not an easy place to sleep.
Asterix, woken by the commotion, furiously confronts the ghosts and scares them off.#Survive the Circus Maximus When the pair wakes up after a night on the plains, they find themselves in Rome with their fellow villagers, who have been brought to fight in the Colosseum.
The Twelve Tasks of Asterix - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (987 words)
Asterix, impulsed by the magic potion, follows Merinos until he becomes a rocket and exceeds the speed of sound, before hitting an apple tree.
Both Asterix and Obelix are enchanted and drawn to the island, but Obelix comes to his senses quickly after discovering that there were no wild boars on the island, has an incandescent argument with the Sirens, and storms off calling Asterix behind him.
Asterix performs this task easily and its only purpose in the film seems to be as a parody of washing detergent advertisements.
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