Asterix and Cleopatra (film)

This article is about the 1968 animated film. For the 2002 live-action film, see Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra.

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Astérix et Cléopâtre

Directed by
René Goscinny
Lee Payant
Albert Uderzo

Produced by
Raymond Leblanc

Written by
Eddie Lateste
Jos Marissen
Pierre Tchernia
adapted from René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo

Starring
Lee Payant (English)

Music by
Gérard Calvi

Cinematography
Georges Lapeyronnie
Francois Léonard
Jean Midre

Edited by
Jacques Marchel
László Molnár

Production
company

Dargaud Films

Distributed by
National General Pictures (1969, U.S.)

Release date

19 December 1968 (1968-12-19)[1]

Running time

72 minutes

Country
France, Belgium

Language
French / English

Asterix and Cleopatra (French: Astérix et Cléopâtre) is a Belgian/French animated film released in 1968; it is the second Asterix adventure to be made into a feature film. Overseen by Asterix creators Goscinny and Uderzo (who had no involvement in the production of the first film Asterix the Gaul), the film is noticeably more well-produced than its prequel, featuring far more detailed animation and a more polished soundtrack.
Asterix and Cleopatra is practically a musical, featuring three individual song sequences and a more varied score than the earlier film. Elements of satire and surreal humour (such as Cleopatra’s singing lion and the engraving of Santa Claus on the pyramid wall) are prominent throughout.

Contents

1 Plot
2 English voice cast
3 See also
4 References
5 External links

Plot[edit]
After a heated argument with Julius Caesar over his lack of faith in the Egyptian people, Queen Cleopatra enters into a bet claiming that she can have a magnificent palace constructed for him in Alexandria within three months. She gives this enormous task to her best architect Edifis (despite his shortcomings), informing him that he will be covered with gold if he succeeds or thrown to the crocodiles if he fails. Daunted and distraught, believing the task to be insurmountable without some sort of magic, Edifis travels to Gaul to seek help from the famous druid Getafix.
Getafix agrees to return to Egypt with Edifis, while Asterix and Obelix insist on accomp