Albert Uderzo died: Ten films to remember the cartoonist of Asterix and Obelix
The pages of this French creator transcended the giant screen, and today we will tell you which ones emerged as the most outstanding.
Some are animated, while others had the participation of actors such as Christian Clavier and Gerard Depardieu.
Albert Uderzo, the brilliant creator of Asterix and Obelix, died at 92. The man who paired with the also deceased René Goscinny left for posterity an enormous legacy that includes almost 40 comics. Great stories that a total of 14 movies were based on. (It may interest you: Guillaume Canet will direct the fifth film of Asterix)
Born in April 1925, Uderzo has been one of the most prolific satirical writers of the last century. His particular vision of the history of the Gallic people and its insistent neighbours, the Romans, have conquered the public for several generations. The adventures of Asterix seemed to have no end, visiting Hispanics, Egyptians, Vikings and other peoples of the centuries before the birth of Christ.
No person has not heard of the intrepid Asterix, the indestructible Obelix, the wise Panoramix or the rest of the residents of that small Gallic town that now and always resists the invader. And of course, its pages have transcended celluloid. Today, as a tribute to Uderzo, we review ten of Asterix’s best films. (Also read: Albert Uderzo, the cartoonist of Asterix dies)
1. “ASTERIX AND THE 12 EVENTS.”
As if it were a Gallic Hercules, Asterix and his inseparable friend Obelix must face 12 tests to prove to Caesar that they are worthy of winning the freedom of their people. Evidence ranging from endless banquets to challenges of strength and speed, or red tape that would drive anyone crazy.
2. “ASTÉRIX AND CLEOPATRA.”
Directed by Uderzo and Goscinny themselves in 1968 after the success of the animated adaptation of Asterix the Gaul, possibly the adventure with Cleopatra is one of the most remembered by the public. His original songs conquered the younger ones, while his fidelity to the comic linked the older fans.
3. “ASTERIX AND THE SURPRISE OF CAESAR.”
In the 80s, with Goscinny already deceased, The surprise of Caesar was released. An original story that mixed the stories of Asterix Legionnaire and Asterix Gladiator to offer one of the most politically critical plots showing what life was like in Roman times.
4. “THE COUP OF THE MENHIR.”
Another original story, which later had its comic with illustrations from the film. Its plot mixed the murky story of The Fortune Teller with The Boss Fight, adding a subplot in which Panoramix lost his head due to an accident with a menhir launched by Obelix.
5. “ASTERIX AND OBELIX AGAINST CAESAR.”
The first adaptation of the real image of the beloved characters, it had Christian Clavier and Gerard Depardieu. His story was twisted narrating the events of The Tares, Legionnaire, The Golden Sickle and Asterix the Gaul, and although it is below the animation tapes, it was a great pleasure for fans to see the Romans fly with the blows of Obelix.
6. “ASTÉRIX EL GALO.”
It was the first great cinematic adventure of Asterix and his cronies. Although the animation was somewhat poor compared to what would come later since it was the 60s, it also has that vintage touch that today would be impossible to reproduce. A little valued gem of animation.
7. “ASTÉRIX AND THE VIKINGS.”
Already in 2006, with Danish production and set almost entirely in Normandy, Astérix and the Vikings arrived. The boom in Viking culture thanks to series such as Vikings gave rise to this adaptation in which a great improvement in animation was noted, but lost its ‘handmade’ essence from previous versions.
8. “ASTÉRIX: THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC POTION”
The last film, so far, by Asterix and Obelix, recovers the format of original stories to tell one of the biggest secrets of the comics: how the magic potion of the druid Panoramix is prepared. Completely made in 3D animation, the characters finally fully adapt to the digital age, making them gain fluency.
9. “ASTERIX IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES.”
The third film with Gerard Depardieu as Obelix after the adaptation of Mission Cleopatra, the film told the namesake story from the comics. And although it was well below the first adaptation in real action, it had cameos from Mónica Cruz, Santiago Segura, Zidane or Schumacher, which gave it an extra point in the fun.
10. “ASTERIX AND THE RESIDENCE OF THE GODS.”
The first movie of the 3D characters, the ninth of the animation adaptations, The Residence of the Gods was a huge leap compared to the cartoon style of its predecessors. Still, it felt poor compared to other studios like Pixar or Dreamworks. Even so, it was quite faithful to the original comic, and fans were thankful for the novelty of 3D.