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Comic book, animated film and live action film

  • Even Better Sequel: A rare, possibly even unique instance of this trope applying to the same basic story across three different forms of media:
    • The Asterix comic book series had gradually improved in quality over the course of the previous stories, though stumbled a little with Asterix and the Banquet. With this one, the series finally hit its stride when it came to story and artwork, and it's still regarded by much of the fanbase as the best story in the entire Asterix series, an opinion that co-creator René Goscinny also held.
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    • Whereas Asterix the Gaul got a middling at best reaction, the animated adaptation of Asterix and Cleopatra was seen as a huge improvement for the all-around better animation and capturing the feel of the books much better.
    • The 2002 Live-Action Adaptation Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra was also regarded as a considerable improvement over Asterix & Obelix Take on Caesar, and is still considered the best out of the four Asterix live-action films thus far as well as a landmark in French comedy films in general.

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Animated film

  • Adaptation Displacement: It's not uncommon among French people to remember the Arsenic Cake Villain Song (or Obelix's song to a lesser extent). Few would be able to tell it's not in the comic book.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "When you're eating well, you're well" is a song about food fantasy. (The Dutch version cut the sequence.)
  • Memetic Mutation: The Arsenic Cake ("Le Pudding à l'Arsenic") song has remained memorable in France, to the point of being famously remixed by a hip hop band. A pastiche was also sung by the Joueur du Grenier.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo didn't even know Asterix the Gaul was being made until a few months before release, and did not look back fondly at it. They demanded to direct the next film, Asterix and Cleopatra. It got a much better reception overall, and left a pop culture impact the first film never reached.
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  • Padding: The film adds several scenes not found in the comic book album which have little purpose other than being funny. It stretches the film just to feature-length, at about 70 minutes.

Live-Action Film

  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This movie is huge part of memetic fanbase in Poland, thanks to a stellar dubbingnote  and re-localisation of all of the jokes.


Alternative Title(s): Asterix And Obelix Mission Cleopatra

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