Thursday, 1 June 2017

Asterix in Britain (the animated movie)

There are few things in life that bring me as much joy as an Asterix book, there's a big stack of them that I've had since childhood on the shelf behind me.  I love them.  From the glorious art through the subversive naming to the sublime humour written with the outsiders perspective that allows it (and many of the other books in the series) to affectionately spear cultural stereotypes with lethal accuracy.

From the late 60s through to the early 90s various Asterix animated films were produced (at which point they, for some unfathomable reason, switched to live action) and they are a bit of a mixed bunch but when they got it right as they did with '...in Britain' it is a perfect accompaniment to messieurs Goscinny and Uderzo's book. 

For those of you with an ear for these things watch out for
Frank Welker ('Fred' from Scooby-Doo) as 'Anticlimax' and (The Simpson's 'Troy McClure') Phil Hartman as 'Stratocumulus'.

So please sit back, add just a spot of milk in your hot water and enjoy.

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