asterix: the secret of the magic potion
DIRECTOR: Alexandre Astier and Louis Clichy (asterix: the mansions of the gods)
REVIEWER: lyall carter
A druid searches for a talented young druid to transmit the secret of the magic potion.
You can't beat nostalgia. When I saw a new Asterix film was on its way it took me back to rainy afternoons in the library, thumbing through copy after copy of Asterix and Obelix comics. And Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion hits every nostalgic spot.
When the Druid Panoramix falls from a tree on the floor, he breaks his foot and decides to find a young successor to teach the secret of the magic potion to keep the village protected. He travels through Gaul with Astérix, Obélix and his young apprentice Pectine seeking out a good druid to learn his secret. Meanwhile the evil Sulfurix becomes the advisor of the ambitious Teleferix expecting to learn the secret of the magic potion to negotiate with Cesar while the Roman troops attack the village that is protected only by the Gallic women.
For the most part Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion is an engaging, funny quest tale. The film is jam packed to the rafters with really hilarious moments that would rival any Disney or Pixar animated film. The film makers beautifully capture the physical comedy of the comics and their overall feel as well while adding their own spin on the characters and world that they inhabit.
That being said the film did feel a tad too long for a kids flick, with the middle of the film needing a little bit of trimming. The animation would stand up to any mainstream animated film and even though it was English dubbed you wouldn't even notice it.
A fun afternoon out with some really crack up moments, bold animation, and some good old Asterix and Obelix nostalgia thrown in for good measure.