Asterix is 50 years old!

Friday, February 5 2010

Ptenisnet, an Egyptian on the fly

Asterix is 50 years old!

Enrolled in the Roman legion due to a misunderstanding in Asterix the Legionary, Ptenisnet confuses a Roman camp with a holiday camp....

Luckily for him, Asterix and Obelix take their role as camp counsellors to heart so that Ptenisnet ends up revisiting the charm of his years as a youth in the army!

Discover the secrets of all the Asterix characters in the Encyclopaedia

Wednesday, October 28 2009

An exceptional exhibition!

Asterix is 50 years old!

First published in October 1959, Astérix is celebrating its 50th birthday with a two-part event taking place from 28 October 2009 to 3 January 2010.

In the restored frigidarium of the Gallo-Roman baths at the Musée de Cluny:
Some thirty original comic artworks by Albert Uderzo, along with handwritten texts and typescripts by René Goscinny, used in the creation of the Astérix albums, are on display for the first time in France.

On the railings around the garden of the Musée de Cluny:
Astérix invites you on a humorous walk through the history of art. Consisting of a dozen panels featuring famous parodies and original creations, this display establishes an unusual dialogue with several masterpieces of Western art.

This exhibition is organised by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, the Musée de Cluny and Editions Albert René with exceptional help from Albert Uderzo and Anne Goscinny.

Poster © Rmn © 2009 Les Éditions Albert René / Goscinny-Uderzo
Picture musée de Cluny, musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris © Pierre Olivier Deschamps/VU

Thursday, October 22 2009

The unveiling of the new Asterix album!

Asterix is 50 years old!

Albert Uderzo has unveiled the cover of his new album, to be published on 22 October: Asterix and Obelix's Birthday - The Golden Book. A 56-page comic book with a series of short stories detailing the adventures of the many characters from the Asterix universe as they secretly prepare a special, unforgettable birthday party. Meanwhile, not suspecting a thing, Asterix and Obelix have gone into the forest to hunt for wild boar.

Albert Uderzo confesses that he had a lot of fun drawing many characters from the older albums once again. And although the new opus doesn't include them all (there are close to 400 after all!), not many are left out of the party as some come up with gift ideas while others, far away, send their best wishes.

Albert Uderzo has not forgotten his friend René Goscinny, who died in 1977 and who would have been so proud to see the terrific tribute being prepared for the characters that they created together. He has therefore decided to create drawings to illustrate a hitherto unpublished text written by the extraordinary script writer!
Other surprises are also announced and the impatience of the crowd is almost tangible. They all can't wait for 22 October 2009, by Toutatis!

50 years of fun with Asterix: Now that's something to celebrate!

Asterix is 50 years old!

Crowd around for Asterix! Some 200 journalists from the world over elbowed their way through the small Auditorium at the French National Library in Paris on 8 October 16, 2009 as they were treated to an exclusive preview of the incredible banquet of activities being prepared for the 50th anniversary of Asterix and his friends.

A new album, stage shows, exhibitions and even a major event that goes by the code name "The Gauls are invading Lutetia", have everyone waiting with bated breath…. Albert Uderzo, Anne Goscinny, Arnaud Nourry (CEO of Hachette Livre) and Isabelle Magnac (manager of Editions Albert René) have announced a programme to make your mouth water! And here, just for you, is a quick peek at the many other surprises in the making…

Watch the slide show presenting the press conference.

Acknowledgements to Philippe Cauvin for the pictures.

Wednesday, October 21 2009

Asterix’s Musical Tour of Gaul

Asterix is 50 years old!

You look worried…. All I have to do is announce a musical tour of Gaul with Asterix and already you go imagining Cacofonix, the bard of discord, touring all the concert halls in Gaul!

Calm down: we are not talking here about arms of massive eardrum destruction but of real, even great, music! And yes: to commemorate Asterix’s 50th birthday, the Theatre des Champs-Elysées will welcome “Asterix’s Musical Tour of Gaul” on Thursday, 22 October. This musical show was devised by Frédéric Chaslin based on the characters created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.

Asterix and Obélix, accompanied by all members of the Gaulish village, are going to defy Caesar to go in search of the greatest hits of the classical French repertoire, with extracts from works by George Bizet, Jules Massenet, Charles Gounod, Hector Berlioz, Paul Dukas, Emmanuel Chabrier, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Jacques Offenbach…

The cast brings together opera singers and artists from the music hall; Mathias Vidal (Asterix), Patrick Rocca (Obelix), Laurent Naouri (Caesar), Robert Aburbe (Vitalstatistix), Bernard Pisani (Geriatrix); it even includes Thomas Morris in the role of Cacofonix! Our bard knows how to ravish the public with his singing!

As for the druid Getafix, he is to be played by Jean-Pierre Coffe! And Olivier Ruidavet, Jean-David Stepler, Alain Wilmet, Johan Nus, Djamel Mehnane complete the astounding cast and will be accompanied by the Orchestra Colonne, directed by the talented Frédéric Chaslin.

“Asterix’s Musical Tour of Gaul” is thus an ambitious, playful introduction to classical music for families and children as well as a chance to rediscover the French musical heritage for serious music lovers. Book your seats quickly; there won’t be enough room for everybody!