Asterix and Caesar's Surprise (1976)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Children's/Family, Comedy  |   Release Date - Mar 6, 1985 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

The second of a long string of animated children's films based on cartoon characters created by Rene Goscinny and Alberto Uderzo, this is an entertaining adventure featuring the intrepid Asterix. The hero is accompanied by his mutt Idefix (Francophones will love that one - "fixed idea" characterizes a stubborn mutt indeed) and pal Obelix, a little lacking in the attic but full of heart. Their mission is to rescue two friends captured into slavery by the nasty Romans -- a galling thought. The trio head to North Africa where they join the Foreign Legion, apparently of a much longer history than otherwise known, and then head to Rome for a climactic confrontation with some hungry lions. For the moms and dads in the audience there are generous send-ups of biblical sagas such as Ben Hur.



conflict, control, friendship, warrior