A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Sometimes the little guy can best those who seem to have more power.
Positive Role Models
Asterix is a Gaul patriot who loves his village and will do anything to defend it. But he has principles and won't harm Roman civilians.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence played for comedy. Scuffles, usually represented with clouds of dirt rising up to obscure actual fighting -- occasional clenched fists, toothless faces seen through the dust. Serious fighting, as when Romans threaten villagers' existence, requires drinking of magic potion. Tiny Asterix's potion-enhanced strength can send Romans flying through the air with a mere punch. A boy and old man are captured by Romans, thrown in a cage. A Gaul is tied in chains, thrown in dungeon. A Gaul prone to tossing Romans into the air notes, "I like Romans without armor. They make a nice sound when they hit the ground."
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"Crap," "fart," and "butt."
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Products & Purchases
Asterix movies and comic books comprise a long-running franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The Gauls imbibe a magic potion that gives them superhuman strength to battle the Romans.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods is an animated French feature based on the popular Belgian-French character Asterix, who is from comic books originally published in 1959. As the comics explain, the action takes place in 50 B.C. when ancient Gaul is occupied by the Romans, except for one small village that refuses to cave to the conquerors. Asterix, Gaul warrior, is the heart of the village's rebellion, infuriating Roman emperor Julius Caesar, who schemes to conquer them by different methods and tricks. Much of the humor depends on rampant cartoon violence and sophisticated speech by unlikely characters, like soldiers and Roman slaves. Language includes "crap" and "butt." A boy and old man are captured by the Romans and thrown in a cage. A Gaul is tied in chains and thrown in a dungeon. One Gaul prone to tossing Roman into the air notes, "I like Romans without armor. They make a nice sound when they hit the ground." The Gauls imbibe a magic potion that gives them superhuman strength to battle the Romans. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This funny French animated movie is entertaining for kids who are comfortable reading subtitles. The English subtitles rapidly streak across the screen in Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods as Gauls make clever quips in French, which means that kids young enough to enjoy this most might have a difficult time keeping up with the reading. The animation quality is good though unremarkable, but the notion that small, ill-equipped ancient rebels can use their wiles and a magic potion to continue to thwart the juggernaut Roman army will probably delight little kids.
Some of the vocabulary will be over the heads of younger kids but will entertain the grown-ups watching along with them. A Roman slave is clearly far more intelligent than the soldiers ordering him around, and he manages to negotiate freedom through the use of politeness and flowery language, which others use as well: "figuratively," "avaricious," "eradicated," "invincible,' and "indomitable." Roman soldiers catch the contagion and start requiring that their general ask them nicely when the time comes to attack the enemy. "Be so kind as to fire."
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