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The Complete Asterix and Obelix Movie Streaming Guide

If you wanted to watch every Asterix and Obelix movie ever made, you’d have to watch 15 movies, total. Ten of those are animated films. Five are live action. A sixth is in production this year.

From an American perspective, finding an Asterix and Obelix movie can be… difficult. A few are available on streaming services, a couple more are out there on DVD or Blu-ray, and the rest are just impossible to find (legally).

If you’re looking to watch these movies, this guide is here to help you.

Where to Find Asterix Movies on Disc

Most of these movies are available on YouTube. They’re pirated, though, so I won’t be linking to those. Not only is it illegal, but those movies often get taken down. A lot of links would likely go bad quickly. Also, a lot of their video quality stinks.

Likewise, I’m not linking to pirated content, in general. You won’t find any torrent sites or USENET groups where you can have your “Asterix and Obelix” move download for free.

Most of the Asterix movies are available on DVD or Blu-ray. You can even find them on Amazon, though often at a very high price. The same goes for eBay, where you will also likely have to import them from another country. It’s a mixed bag, though. Even when the discs have an English dub or subtitle, they’re often out of France and may not work in your region.

DVDs and Blu-rays are assigned to specific regions, depending on the area of the world where they’re meant to be sold and played. Wikipedia has the complete Region list, but I’ll give you the highlights here:

  • Region 0: All Regions
  • Region 1: North America
  • Region 2: Europe/Japan/South Africa

If you’re in North America, your DVD/Blu-ray player is set to Region 1. You might be able to change its region, but that won’t work for all players. You might not want to shell out for a region free player just for Asterix movies. Heresy, but understandable.

Your last solution, then, is the digital one. Where can you stream, rent, or buy these movies digitally?

Spoiler alert: Not on Netflix or Hulu.

Let’s take a look at the movies in chronological order and see which ones can see online now, and where.

(Note: All Amazon links below are affiliate links. If you buy or rent a movie through there, I may or may not get a commission. I’m not even sure how that works on Amazon these days. But you won’t pay a penny more and you’ll help support this site in some way…)

Summary

The checkmark appears any time a service offers a given movie, whether it’s part of a streaming subscription, a purchase, or a rental.

Where to Stream Asterix Movies

A comprehensive list of all the sites where you can stream/rent/buy the 15 Asterix movies in the Unites States
Movie TitleAmazonGoogleYouTubeAppleOther
"Two Romans in Gaul"🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫
"Asterix the Gaul"🚫
"Asterix and Cleopatra"🚫
"The Twelve Tasks of Asterix"🚫
"Asterix vs Caesar"🚫🚫🚫🚫
"Asterix in Britain"🚫🚫🚫
"Asterix and the Big Fight"🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫
"Asterix Conquers America"🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫
"Asterix and Obelix Take On Caesar"🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫
"Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra"🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫
"Asterix and the Vikings"🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫
"Asterix at the Olympic Games"🚫🚫
"Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia"🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫
"Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods"🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫
"Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion"🚫🚫🚫🚫🚫

1. “Two Romans In Gaul” (1967) – Live-Action

deux romains en gaule animated asterix

This was a one hour black and white television movie that combined live action and animation. It’s more of a “special” than a “movie,” but I see it counted on some lists, so I include it here. It’s a variety show, really, with some comedy sketches and some song numbers.

Rene Goscinny wrote it, and even made a cameo appearance alongside Albert Uderzo. At the time, Goscinny was adamant that the shapes of Asterix and Obelix made a live action film impossible, so those two were animated when they appeared in the film.

Having seen a couple of the live action movies of more recent years, I don’t think anyone has proven Goscinny wrong yet…

It’s not streaming anywhere, but it did get a release as one of the bonus materials on the “Asterix & Obelix: God Save Britannia” DVD/Blu-ray release in France in 2013.

Ina.fr has a trailer for it, as well as a Behind the Scenes short video. It’s behind a paywall and it’s all in French, but it’s there if you’re super curious. You cannot watch the entire special there, though.

2. “Asterix the Gaul” (1967) – Animated

Asterix kicks a Roman in the butt in this still from the Asterix the Gaul movie

This is the first big screen movie, and it adapts the first book in the series pretty closely. It’s not the best animation, but it gets the job done.

Neither Goscinny nor Uderzo knew this movie was being made until its release. And they didn’t like it at all.

It is, thankfully, widely available. It comes with an English dub.

Stream It: Amazon Prime

Buy It: Amazon ($9.99/$7.99), Google ($12.99/$9.99), YouTube ($9.99), Apple TV ($9.99)

Rent It: Amazon ($2.99/$1.99), Google ($3.99/$2.99), YouTube ($2.99), Apple TV ($3.99)

The price differences at Amazon and Google are linked to the quality of the movie’s resolution. The high def version at Amazon, for example, rents for $2.99 and sells for $9.99. Standard definition is available for a dollar less.

Apple only offers the high definition version, which is why its rental price seems oddly higher than the rest. This comes up a lot in the first batch of movies.

3. “Asterix and Cleopatra” (1968) – Animated

Asterix and Cleopatra's cover next to the Cleopatra movie poster of similar vintage

As you might have guessed, this one adapts the sixth book in the series of the same name, whose cover was a parody of a previous Cleopatra movie.

So beloved is that book that they’d use it as the basis for one of the live action movies 30 years later.

Production of this movie began after Goscinny and Uderzo discovered that production was almost finished on an animated “Asterix and the Golden Sickle” movie. They had that movie rendered to the dustbin of history. It was never released, and this one was produced, instead, with the creators’ involvement.

Can you imagine that ever happening in North America?

Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo were closely involved in the production of this movie, instead.

I guess because the quality is so much better, the price is a little higher in a couple places here:

Stream It: Amazon Prime

Buy It: Amazon ($9.99/$12.99), Google ($9.99), YouTube ($9.99), Apple TV ($9.99)

Rent It: Amazon ($2.99/$3.99), Google ($2.99), YouTube ($2.99), Apple TV ($3.99)

4. “The Twelve Tasks of Asterix” (1976) – Animated

The Twelve Tasks of Asterix movie poster

This is the first movie based on a completely original story: Caesar promises to hand over his kingdom if the Gauls can complete 12 tasks.

Goscinny and Uderzo wrote the story and are listed as two of four directors. It was produced at Studios Idefix, which the pair had created together to produce their own animated material.

A comic book adaptation of the movie was done by Uderzo’s brother, Marcel Uderzo. It remains untranslated/unavailable in English.

This movie, however, is available and translated into an English dub.

Stream It: Amazon Prime

Buy It: Amazon ($12.99/$9.99), Google, YouTube, Apple

Rent It: $3.99/$2.99 at Amazon, Google, YouTube; $3.99 at Apple

5. “Asterix versus Caesar” (1985) – Animated

Animated movie Asterix vs Caesar poster

This movie is based on a combination of “Asterix the Legionary” (a personal favorite) and “Asterix the Gladiator.”

Confusingly, the Amazon listing for this movie says it is both English subtitled and not subtitled at all. The audio, however, is the English dub.

It is not included as part of Amazon Prime streaming, but you can rent or buy it there. There’s only one version of it available. I assume that’s the high def version…

Rent: $3.99 at Amazon

Buy: $12.99 at Amazon

6. “Asterix in Britain” (1986) – Animated

Obelix and Dogmatix still from Asterix in Britain animated movie

Merely a year after the last movie comes this one. It is, as you have already assumed, based on the eighth book, “Asterix in Britain.”

Again, it is not available for streaming on Amazon, but you can rent or buy it. If you want to save a buck, you can go the standard definition route. In fact, it’s two dollars cheaper that way on the Buy It option. There is also an Apple option.

Buy It: $9.99/$7.99 at Amazon, $9.99 at Apple

Rent It: $3.99/$2.99 at Amazon, $3.99 at Apple


7. “Asterix and the Big Fight” (1989) – Animated

This one combines some parts of the fourth book, “Asterix and the Big Fight“, with bits from another favorite, “Asterix the Soothsayer.” It does not climax in the third act with the Big Fight you might be expecting from the book, however.

There’s both a British and an American dub made of the film. In the American edition, Asterix is voiced by The Fonz, Henry Winkler. Rosey Grier is Obelix. And Tony Jay’s awesome voice is the narrator.

That dub was made with plans for an American release of the movie that never happened. That’s the story of Asterix’s movie life in America, isn’t it?

This is also where availability of these movies starts getting harder.

It is not available anywhere. If you wanted to pay money for it, you’re out of luck. You’ll have to find a DVD somewhere.

8. “Asterix Conquers America” (1994) – Animated

Asterix Conquers America movie poster

1994 was the height of the animated movie market. The Disney Renaissance was in full swing. Animated musicals were huge. Everyone tried their hand at one. And here comes Asterix to America! What could be a better timed movie than this? There was even an English language trailer made for this movie, complete with an overly hyper movie trailer voice guy telling us all what fun for the whole family this movie is going to be! He makes it sound like a cheap direct-to-DVD movie, which may have been what it was in America…

The animation in the trailer is good. It’s far better than what you saw in the 60s movies. It’s more of an attempt to capture the Disney style, I think, with fuller animation and even some brief computer assistance.

IMDB notes that some animation from “Asterix and the Big Fight” was re-used for the big fight scene at the end of this movie. Can anyone confirm?

Fun Random Fact: Production of this movie happened in Germany, where it became the 17th biggest film of the year.

It’s not streaming anywhere in any form.

9. “Asterix and Obelix vs Caesar” (1999) – Live Action

Asterix and Obelix vs Caesar movie poster

It’s the first real live action movie. Gerard Depardieu plays Obelix.

It’s a greatest hits of influences. You can easily pick out six different books they took pieces of story from for this movie, including some that have already received full animated adaptations.

It was hugely popular in France, where it was also the single most expensive movie production of all time at that point.

And, once again, you can’t watch it digitally (legally) anywhere. There are DVDs out there, though, including one All Region import from South Korea that may or may not be sketchy.

10. “Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra” (2002) – Live Action

The “Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra” cast includes Monica Bellucci playing Cleopatra. Now that I have your attention…

Once again, it was the most expensive French movie production of all time at the time, increasing its budget from the previous movie’s $40 million to over $58 million. Yikes! But it did more than double that at the box office, so I guess everyone walked away happy.

Asterix was on a roll!

In researching this movie, I came across this terrible phrase: “The Miramax edit.” Uh oh, we all know how much Miramax liked to destroy films by re-cutting them. That one was for an Australian release.

Again, it never made it to America, though there was an English dub for the land down under.

You cannot watch “Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra” on any streaming service in the United States. If the movie ever does make it over here, let’s hope that it’s the original edit and not the Weinsteins’.

11. “Asterix and the Vikings” (2006) – Animated

Asterix and the Vikings movie poster

Asterix returns to his animated roots, with a movie mostly based on “Asterix and the Normans.”

There is an art book to go along with this movie, if you look hard enough for it. It’s in English and everything.

The English dub for this film was done with American actors, rather than the traditionally British cast they usually get for Asterix movies. Who played Asterix and Obelix? Paul Giamatti and Brad Garrett. Cacofonix was played by Jess Harnell, who you might better know as Wakko Warner.

Still, there was no North American release of the movie to theaters.

Until recently, this was streaming on Amazon Prime. It is not anymore, sadly.

You can currently buy the DVD on Amazon for $72.57, though. Or, get the movie poster for a more reasonable cost

Sigh

12. “Asterix at the Olympic Games” (2008) – Live Action

Asterix at the Olympic Games movie poster

As you might have suspected, this one is based on the twelfth book in the series, “Asterix at the Olympic Games“, but with more famous French people doing cameos and a bit of a bloated plot.

This one has a special streaming case: Hoopla! If you’ve never heard of that one before, it’s the app your local library might offer where you can sign up to check out a few books or movies every month. You can get a surprisingly large number of European albums through there. Cinebook participates in it, as does Papercutz. Yes, you can read the new Asterix translations via Hoopla, too.

Unfortunately, this is the only Asterix movie available on the service.

There is also a video streaming service called Tubi. It is free, but is supported with ads that are run during the movie. If you don’t mind commercial breaks, you can stream this one for free there.

You can rent or buy it on Amazon. That’s what I did when I reviewed it. It is now also available there in streaming format for Prime subscribers.

Stream It: Hoopla, Tubi

Buy It: ($9.99/$6.99) Amazon; ($12.99/$6.99) Google, YouTube, Vudu

Rent It: ($3.99/$2.99) Amazon, Google, YouTube, Vudu

13. “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Brittannia” (2012) – Live Action

Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia movie poster

Based on “Asterix in Britain” and “Asterix and the Normans” (again? So soon?), this one had a 3D release, because 3D was the future back then.

That didn’t pan out.

It also cost $55 million dollars and barely made $60 million at the box office. This is where the live action series officially stalled out for a number of years.

You can’t watch this movie if you tried. No streaming anywhere.

14. “Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods” (2014) – Animated

Asterix The Mansions of the Gods Blu-ray case

As you might expect, this is the animated adaptation of the 17th book in the series, “The Mansions of the Gods,” and a very good one, at that. Here’s my review.

It is not available on any streaming service, nor is it anywhere to rent or buy. This is frustrating because it’s a fairly recent movie, and a very good one.

Get the Blu-ray, if you can find it. I bought it on Amazon and it worked in Region 1 just fine.

15. “Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion” (2018) – Animated

This is the most recent animated film, and is again based on a new story.

It is perhaps the most frustrating one. You’d think they’d have had things worked out by this point.

Not only did it not get an American release, but you’ll need to get a disc out of Australia to see it in English. That’s Region 4.

You can also get a Region 2 release out of France, but there’s not even English subtitles on it. You can get it in 4k Ultra HD, though! It’ll look good, but your fluency in French will be tested.)

16. “Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom” (2022, maybe?) – Live Action

Asterix and Obelix go to China for the next live action movie

This one, originally under the name “The Silk Road”, is currently in production. It will feature new actors playing the title characters.

The movie was originally scheduled to shoot in France in June 2020, with filming in China to follow in September. Not surprisingly, the movie got co-financing from China, which explains why they’re setting it there.

Due to COVID-19, filming began in April 2021. Due to political reasons, production was moved out of China and back to France. Shooting wrapped in August 2021.

I’m convinced that the next Asterix book due at the end of 2021 will feature a trip to China, as well. So far, all we know is that it will involve a trip somewhere Asterix has never been before. China qualifies.

Before the pandemic delay, the movie would have completed filming in 2020 and likely would have been released for the holidays of 2021, just after the book. That synergy is what publishing companies dream of. I bet they had everything lined up perfectly…

C’est la vie!

I’m not betting the house on it seeing any kind of release for the movie in North America, though. (OK, maybe an art house release in Quebec, but that’s it.)

At least we’ll get the book release in English!

Conclusion: Streaming Asterix is Maddening

Setting aside the black and white television special for a moment, today there are fourteen Asterix movies to watch, and eight of them are not available in digital form to stream, rent, or buy.

It is not without reason to argue that there’s precious little appetite for Asterix material in the United States. But streaming opportunities de-risk the potential costs of delivery. Throw on some subtitles, sign a deal with any of the streaming services who are so hungry for content these days, and the rest is all profit.

There’s no reason why “The Secret of the Magic Potion,” at the very least, can’t be available with subtitles on Netflix. Since the movie has not been released here, they can even brand it as an “Asterix and Obelix Netflix Original.” Netflix loves buying up foreign productions and putting their big “N” logo on the corner, as if they made it themselves… One of their most popular series currently is even a French series, “Lupin.”

It’s such a waste of the resource to lock the Asterix movies up like this.

Maddening.

But that’s the situation as it stands today. I’ll update this resource as movies — fingers crossed — become available or move around on the various services.

Let’s hope I’ll be doing lots of updates….

What do YOU think? (First time commenters' posts may be held for moderation.)

13 Comments

  1. “Can you imagine that ever happening in North America? ”
    Actually it did, I was reading just last week an online article about this guy having his short animation film totally plagiarized by another production company, then they got some awards and they called him to ask for help with the promotion! The name escapes me at the moment but I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read that.

    You’re right, finding those movies in French is ridiculously easy and cheap, it’s the english dub/subtitles that is the hard part, I’m really shocked by some of the prices you mention; which makes illegal options miuch more appealing, sadly.

    I do not think this latest live-action one will happen anytime soon, the live action series stalled because of Gerard Depardieu’s entanglement in Russian politics and Belgian tax evasion; in the MeToo era, any producer that has the option to not take a risk with real-life actors better stick with 3D animation anyway… Safer.

    Who is Wakko Warner?

    1. You don’t know who Wakko Warner is, he is from the show Animaniacs, if you know what that show is.

        1. Yup, Wakko Warner is from Animaniacs. Jess Harnell is great with doing singing voices, in particular. He can sing a song as any of the four Beatles, as a matter of fact. Casting him as Cacofonix is pretty smart.

    2. Thanks, JC, I need to look into that animation case. I hadn’t heard it before. I bet CartoonBrew.com covered it. But I was most impressed with the creators, in the case of Asterix, being able to kill a movie already in production. I’m never surprised when the company copies or steals thing. =)

      I would prefer more animated Asterix movies. I think the live action ones can’t possible capture the feel of the comics, and often look ridiculous when they try. I’m sure they appeal to five year olds that way, but even five year old kids know better these days. They’ve already cast new actors for Asterix and Obelix. Depardieu is out, so he’s not an issue anymore. And moving production to China means they’re getting a BIG chunk of the money for the film’s budget from China. That’s how Hollywood works these days, too….

      Jess Harnell, the voice of Wakko Warner, is also a bit of a singer. He can sing a song in any of the four Beatles’ voices, too. I’d say he’s a good pick for Cacofonix.

  2. So strange that “Mission Cleopatra” is no longer streaming anywhere- I watched it with my son on Hulu a few years back, so a subbed licensed English version is definitely floating around somewhere.

    1. I would think that would be the easiest entry point and they’d want to have it out there, but it isn’t so. It’s maddening. I can be patient; I don’t have enough time to watch movies these days, so I’m not really missing out on anything at the moment…

  3. It does seem maddening that none of it is easily available on streaming. Luckily as a French Canadian we get them all playing in the yearly tradition of Ciné-Cadeau (a local channel’s animated/kids movie festival of sorts during the December holiday season that’s been going on my whole life).

    Personally, I think the original 3 animated movies (The Gaul, Cleopatra and 12 tasks) are still the best, probably from childhood nostalgia. The ones that came after, while having fancier visuals and animation, just tend to grate on me, partly because of the voice cast (in French anyway, never seen any in English), and for mashing up different books into one story.

    I’ve always been kind of baffled as to why they never made a tv series out of Asterix, it worked well with Lucky Luke and Tintin. (not so much the Spirou series that was based on the Tome&Janry run).

    Mansion of the Gods was fun, tho. Still haven’t managed to see Secret Potion.

    Never cared for seeing any of the live action, and the bits I’ve caught on tv have only reinforced that.

    1. As best as I can remember, there were plans for an Asterix TV series sometime in the early 2000s, but Uderzo nixed that. Now there’s one on Ideifix (Dogmatix) coming soon.

      1. And now Netflix has an Asterix “series” in production, but we’re a couple years away from that, at least. It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with there. I think Asterix works best as animation, not live action, so I’m excited for it.

        1. I can see why they did live-action adaptions (every character is human), but you’re right about that Augie, it does looks very silly and ridiculous, but I’m guessing that was the intent (like many live-action adaptions).

          1. Absolutely. There is something to be said for turning a comic book into a live action set piece. It’s impressive. And it definitely worked in France for a couple of movies, from what I’ve heard. But, for me, the CGI animated movies just look more natural and let them work in the craziness without looking too silly.

            1. Ha! Yeah, I can’t imagine the climax of The Secret of the Magic Potion (an army of Romans forming a giant centaur) working out in real-life without looking incredibly ridiculous.