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|Originaltitel:||Astérix: Le secret de la potion magique|
|Genre:||Animation, Comedy, Children's Movie|
|Regie:||Alexandre Astier & Louis Clichy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 85 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
That's just what's missing: While Julius Caesar is still trying to occupy the whole of Gaul, there's a real problem in the small Gallic village that keeps successfully defending itself against him: After an accident, Druid Miraculix thinks about quitting and wants to search for a successor together with Asterix and Obelix. He would then also like to entrust him with the strictly secret formula for his magic potion. For the deceitful druid Dämonix, this is the perfect opportunity to get his hands on the formula. Together with the Romans, he forges a plan to trick Miraculix…
"Asterix and the Mystery of the Magic Potion" is the second animated film by Louis Clichy and Alexandre Astier about the most popular Gaul in the world. After adapting the popular comic book "Die Trabantenstadt" with "Asterix im Land der Götter", they are allowed to tell their own story in the second film. Albert Uderzo and Anne Goscinny, the daughter of René Goscinny, helped the filmmakers to create an independent story that still fits into the universe created by Goscinny and Uderzo and thus satisfies the fans of comics.
They basically succeeded in doing that well. There are numerous moments through which the spirit of classic "Asterix" adventure blows. At the same time, however, it also becomes clear that much of the charm and the wonderfully enigmatic humour of the comic is missing and has been exchanged for typical set pieces of contemporary animated films. Therefore, the film lacks the special feature with which the earlier "Asterix" comics created their cult status. Nevertheless: The reunion with the beloved Gauls is also in this second computer animation film much more successful, wittier and more sympathetic than in the much too over-twisted real film adaptations.
Always: The makers have the courage to actually develop the story further and thus send one of the most popular characters on new paths. Whether Miraculix will actually retire and whether his successor Obelix will finally allow him to taste the magic potion he fell into as a child is of course not to be revealed here. But let me say this much: the mere attempt to slightly enlarge the known universe and to gain new facets from it lends this cinema adventure a certain charm. Not quite as funny as its predecessor is "Asterix and the Secret of the Magic Potion" despite some small weaknesses for fans of Asterix, Obelix, Idefix and Co. very clear: Worth seeing!
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