Discover the differences between the animated film “Asterix and Cleopatra” and the comic strip from which it is drawn.
Contrary to to the previous animated film Asterix the Gaul, Asterix and Cleopatra is directed by the creators of Asterix themselves: René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Still, if the adaptation is faithful, they modified the album for the needs of the animated medium, and here are the noticeable differences:
- Change of look for pirates
On their way to Egypt, Asterix and Obelix cross paths with the inevitable pirate ship, running gag of the saga with his “Les Gau-Gau … les Gaulois!” However, the appearance of the pirates in the film does not correspond to that of the album, inspired by the characters of the BD Barbe-Rouge, another saga from the same publisher as Asterix. in the film, the pirates are less identified, perhaps to avoid having to pay user fees?
Misenplis, the scribe and friend of Numérobis is absent from the feature film. We can understand, Numerobis is sufficient on its own.
The board in which the leader of the caravan arrives and announces that he could not bring stones but that he still wants to be paid has been deleted and with it, the sequence where Obelix slaps him for him learn not to blackmail your architect friend.
It goes without saying that the concept of songs inspired by Disney corresponds better to a film than to a comic book. Asterix the Gaul proposed I am an ox merchant, Astérix et Célopâtre provides two to the public, which have become cult: The poisoned cake, which replaces the kitchen scene of the album and When the appetite is fine, another culinary song. The music is by Gérard Calvi and the lyrics by Pierre Tchernia.
In the album, Tournevis is hit by Asterix after trying to lose them in a pyramid so that “this tomb [soit] their tomb. ”He then loses his headdress and decides to let his hair grow, much to Amonbofis’ annoyance.
- Four characters instead of one
In the film, Caesar sends three “Egyptian mercenaries” to overthrow the pot of magic potion and kidnap Panoramix while a camouflage expert is sent to spy on the camp. In the comics, it is about a single Egyptian, much less well built, who has the only mission to spy on the site. Here again, it is the visual aspect that dictates these choices.
The animated film makes the logical choice to stop at the Gallic banquet, while the comic book stops at a final gag: Obelix has sculpted a menhir in the shape of … an obelisk. Abraracourcix complains about it:
Asterix and Cleopatra is the first album of the little blond Gaul to have reached one million copies sold, and the film, released on December 19, 1968 at the cinema, will collect 1.95 million tickets.