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Asterix and the Vikings (Astérix et les Vikings in French) is a 2006 French-Danish animated film directed by Stefan Fjeldmark and Jesper Møller, based on the Asterix comic books. It mainly adapts Asterix and the Normans, with a part lifted from Asterix and the Great Crossing (which also involved Norsemen).

It is the last Asterix film to be made using traditional animation to this day, with the next one, The Mansions of the Gods, shifting to full CGI.


Asterix and the Vikings provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: Both versions of Justforkix eventually toughen up, but even after learning courage he accomplished little of value besides yelling at Timeandahalf and throwng a few punches against the Normans while Asterix and Obelix did most of the work. In the movie, he actually briefly drink Asterix's Magic Potion and fights the Vikings to save Abba from a forced marriage.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed; Timeandahalf and his Viking/Normans still are as blood-thirsty, violent and sociopathic as they were in the comic (albeit still played for comedy) and still play the role of antagonists, but unlike in the comic, their idea of thanking the Gauls doesn't consist in slaughtering them all to send them to Vahalla, and they end the movie on good terms with the village.
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  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While still something of a brat in this version like he was in the comic, Justforkix gets a bit more Character Development in this version, including being genuinely touched by Obelix's affection and support of him.
  • Adaptation Amalgamation: The film blends the bulk of Asterix and the Normans and the climax in Denmark of Asterix and the Great Crossing, since both feature Asterix and Obelix clashing with Norsemen. That latter part, interestingly enough, was left out of the previous film, Asterix Conquers America, which adapted The Great Crossing.
  • Aerith and Bob: The characters taken from the original Asterix and the Normans all have their original Punny Names, as does new villain Cryptograf, but other Canon Foreigners Abba and Olaf have quite normal names.
  • Artistic License – Geography: Asterix chases the Vikings back to their home by following the North Star. Sailing North from Asterix's village would take him to Great Britain, not Scandinavia. Sailing from Northern France to Viking territory and back in a little under a month with such a tiny boat is also highly unlikely.
  • Artistic License – History: Vikings only started their invasions in the late 8th century, over 800 years after the Roman conquest of the Gauls.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Olaf spends most of the movie as a Dumb Muscle comic relief who can't figure out what is going on to save his life, with Cryptograf struggling to make him even understand the most basic parts of his scheme while he just goes along. However, in the climax, when Cryptograf gives him an instruction he can actually understand perfectly (kill Justforkix), he proves frighteningly effective and almost succeeds.
  • Canon Foreigner: The Viking priest/chancellor Cryptograf did not appear in the comic book. Neither did Abba (Timeandahaf's daughter) and Olaf.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: Abba has a noticeable gap in her top teeth, presumably to make her cuter.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Olaf is modelled after Arnold Schwarzenegger. And his french actor dubbed Sylvester Stallone in Lock Up.
  • Continuity Cameo:
    • Huntingseassen, the Vikings' dog from Asterix and the Great Crossing, has a cameo appearance as Asterix and Obelix enter the Viking party.
    • Influenza from Asterix and Caesar's Gift makes a brief appearance when Justforkix is dancing.
  • Convection Schmonvection: The climax takes place in a snow-covered cliff riddled with steam vents. Despite there being enough steam emitted to launch a man hundreds of feet in the air, the snow doesn't melt.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The ending credits are displayed alongside a storyboard of what happened after the wedding (including a Parental Bonus moment, see below).
  • Demoted to Extra: Cacofonix was a key character in the original story, and essential to resolving the issue with the Vikings there. Here, he's reduced to just the joke about teaching the Vikings about fear in the final scene.
  • Disney Villain Death: Played with but averted. Cryptocraf does fall to his apparent doom during the climactic confrontation, but is later revealed to have survived. He's alive and well at the end of the movie, and shows up a few times during the Creative Closing Credits mentioned above.
  • The Dreaded: Deconstructed; the Vikings' reputation has become so fearsome it actually plays against them, as people now know better than to stick around when they are coming. At the beginning, Viking chief Timeandahaf complains that people fled from every city they raided before they could even arrive, leaving them with nobody to slaughter.
  • Dumb Muscle: Olaf is ridiculously tall and strong even compared to the already massive Vikings, but he also is even stupider than them.
  • Engagement Challenge: Timeandahaf promises his daughter's hand to the one who finds the Champion of Fear who can teach them to fly, inspiring Cryptograf to plot to secure that marriage for his son Olaf. Justforkix wins the challenge inadvertently, by inventing hang-gliding.
  • Horny Vikings: All of the Viking warriors have horned helmets.
  • Klingon Scientists Get No Respect: Cryptograf, unlike his muscular but dim barbarian peers, is actually well-educated and quite intelligent- and as a result, is considered practically useless by them until he seems like he can guide them to the Champion of Fear.
  • Literal-Minded:
    • Like in the comic, the whole plot of the movie starts off because the Viking were told "Fear gives you wings" and interpreted it literally, leading them to look for a way to know fear.
    • One of the many reasons Olaf struggles to understand his father's plan:
      Cryptograf (showing Olaf a rock); This is you...
      Olaf: ... I'm a rock?
      Cryptograf: IMAGINE IT'S YOU, YOU MORON!
  • Parental Bonus: In the final Creative Closing Credits sequence, Justforkix on is seen begging Getafix for even just a bit of magic potion to use on his wedding night... Does This Remind You of Anything?
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  • Token Romance: Justforkix meets and falls in love with Timeandahaf's daughter Abba.
  • Training Montage: One that is set to "Eye of the Tiger" in which Justforkix is literally tossed out of bed every morning so he can be subjected to an Obelix-designed workout regimen: lifting menhirs, running down wild boars, and punching pirate ships. The only thing Justforkix gets better at is the second part: he eventually gets fast enough to be able to safely run away from the boars.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: In this version, Viking priest Cryptograf was the one who told Timeandahalf and his men that "fear gives you wings". He actually did mean it metaphorically only for them to be once again Literal-Minded, but upon hearing Timeandahalf promise anything they want as a reward to whoever brings him the Fear Champion, he decides to go along with that mistake so he can scheme in order to have his son Olaf marry Abba and become the new chief.
  • Younger and Hipper: Justforkix is not any younger than his comic book counterpart, but the comic book was published in The '60s, when The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were all the rage, and it translated in him using Cacofonix's lyra like a guitar and "singing" accordingly, per René Goscinny's Anachronism Stew-based humor to reflect his time, and it became an invokedUnintentional Period Piece after several decades passed. The film was made at the Turn of the Millennium, and thus the music used in his sequences has changed accordingly to fit modern audiences, from Rock & Roll to a modern remix of Kool & the Gang's "Get Down On It". Also, he now uses messenger pigeons as "Short Message System".


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