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Asterix and the Vikings

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Animated French tale has cartoon violence, some laughs.

Movie NR 2006 78 minutes
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This animated adventure, part of a popular French comic-book franchise, has plenty of big-kid and tween appeal from cartoonish mayhem, slapstick, and colorfully silly characters. And they'll enjoy a lot of the zaniness, as well as some tension and suspense, that drive a story of a couple of teens who resist the traditional roles their parents and society have laid out for them. The strong English-language cast includes both genuine Hollywood stars and voice-acting veterans who all add to the fun.

There are some dated representations of fawning, giggly, teen girls and a cringe-worthy, but thankfully very brief, stereotyped black pirate. The animation is fine, nothing special. Fans of the franchise will enjoy Asterix and the Vikings, even if it's not the best. But the full-length running time and the way two story lines are shown side-by-side mean it's unlikely to hold little kids' interest for long.

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