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Asterix Conquers America

Asterix in Amerika
VHS cover
Directed by Gerhard Hahn
Produced by Gerhard Hahn and Jürgen Wohlrabe
Written by Thomas Platt and Rhett Rooster, adapted from René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
Narrated by Harald Juhnke (German)
John Rye (English)
Music by Harold Faltermeyer
Production
company
Extrafilm Produktion GmbH
Distributed by Judgenfilm (Germany)
20th Century Fox (outside Germany)
Release dates
1994
Running time
85 minutes
Country France, Germany
Language German / English / French
Budget DEM 19.000.000
Box office $768,488 (USA)

Asterix Conquers America is a 1994 animated movie directed by Gerhard Hahn. It was produced in Germany as Asterix in Amerika by Gerhard Hahn and Jürgen Wohlrabe, and is the first Asterix film produced outside of France (where it is known as Astérix et les Indiens). It is loosely based on the comic Asterix and the Great Crossing but has numerous significant variations on the plot. It featured the voice talents of Craig Charles as Asterix and Howard Lew Lewis as Obelix.

Plot

After the spectacular defeat of a fresh centurion, Caesar sends the patrician Lucullus to capture Getafix and throw him off the edge of the world. In Gaul, Unhygienix lacks fresh fish (as always), which starts a fight, spilling Getafix's magic potion. Because fresh fish is a vital ingredient thereof, Asterix and Obelix go fishing while Getafix gathers herbs, accompanied by Dogmatix. In the forest, Getafix and Dogmatix are captured by Lucullus. Aboard a Roman galley bound for the "world's edge", they pass Asterix and Obelix, who pursue them, using Obelix as an outboard motor until he is diverted by the aroma of food from a passing pirate ship, and then blown off course by a violent storm. After a long pursuit, a dolphin brings Dogmatix (whom Lucullus had dropped overboard) and guides them to the Romans. Seeing the Gauls and mistaking the North American coast for the world's edge, the Romans launch Getafix from a catapult, then return to Rome, while Asterix and Obelix make landfall. In Gaul, Caesar lays siege to their village and waits for the last of the magic potion to run out.

Asterix and Obelix explore the new land looking for Getafix, and live off the indigenous turkeys. Asterix is captured while Obelix hunts for breakfast, but instead catches an Native American whom he mistakes for a disguised Roman. When he finds Asterix gone and his helmet lying on the ground, he has Dogmatix follow the scent. On the way he saves a Native American chief's daughter from a stampede of bison. In the Native American village, Asterix is tied with Getafix to a pole, menaced by the Natives. Obelix and the girl arrive to save them, and the chief frees them; thus enraging the medicine man, who is insulted again when Getafix proves himself the superior magician. That night, the medicine man pretends to offer peace, but instead gives the protaganists hallucinogens in a pipe, which they smoke.

In the morning Obelix is suffering hallucinations from the drugs and Getafix has been taken prisoner by the medicine man, who demands the recipe of the magic potion. When he refuses, the medicine man releases a grizzly bear against him, but Asterix — guided to the cave by Dogmatix — arrives to defeat the bear and its keeper. Minihooha, the chief's daughter, cures Obelix with a huge meal. The natives give them a canoe which Obelix paddles tirelessly across the ocean. At their village, Cacofonix reveals that Caesar has captured the villagers, whereupon Asterix and Obelix — disguised as legionaries — take gourds of fresh potion to their friends imprisoned at the nearby camp of Compendium. Thus enabled, the Gauls free themselves, destroy the camp, and return victorious to their village. During the battle, Caesar escapes disguised as a wine barrel, while Lucullus is consumed alive by Caesar's pet panther.

Cast

Original German version

French version

English version

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