Sunday, 18 September 2016

Missed Classic 29: Asterix: Operation Getafix (1989)

Written by Ilmari

What game are we playing this time?

Although one might have thought from my earlier Missed Classics that Muriel Tramis was the only game developer in Coktel Vision, the company had actually been in existence for two years before Muriel Tramis’ first game, Mewilo. The earliest Coktel Vision game I have been able to found is Balade Au Pays De Big Ben (1985), which appears to be based on Lewis Carrol’s Alice-stories and apparently was meant to teach French kids read English.

The game box speaks of pedagogical breakthroughs, but this just seems
ridiculous. I bet the program accepted only one correct solution,
 although technically there might have been many correct answers

Educational games was something Coktel Vision continued to produce through the years, but a bit more interesting from our perspective were their adaptations from comic books and animation movies. It is quite surprising that this French company apparently got the permission to produce games based on Disney movies. Their catalogue contained games based on old classics, like Peter Pan and Jungle Book, but also a game based on Oliver & Company. And this movie might just be the reason why Disney ever co-operated with a semi-obscure French company. Disney animations had experienced a kind of a slump in the 80s, and they didn’t fully recover before Little Mermaid. Oliver & Company was just another disappointment, at a time when Fievel was more popular than the company with the original mouse brand. Maybe no one else just wasn't that interested of making games based on Disney movies at the end of 80s?

FUN FACT: Oliver & Company was the second Disney movie I ever watched in a movie theater (guess what was the first one for 5 CAPs) and the first one I watched the year it appeared

I did see this one also in the movies, but it will still be a while, before we get to it on the blog...

...and yes, they did make an adventure game out of it

Muriel Tramis was somehow involved in making Oliver & Company into a game, since she is credited as conceiving the game (I really can’t fathom what else could it mean but just saying “do a game based on the new Disney movie”). Alas, the game is clearly an action game, so we won’t be seeing it on the blog.

If you truly want to see what Oliver & Company is all about, here it is in all its 8-minute glory

Besides Disney, Coktel Vision was also involved in turning a number of French comic book series into computer games. These creations included Blueberry, Lucky Luke - and three Asterix games. Muriel Tramis is credited, again, as providing the concept for the last of them, Operation Getafix. Before getting into that game, I shall take the opportunity to introduce all you non-Europeans to the famed French comic book writer, René Goscinny, the person behind the best Asterix stories.

I won’t go into any biographical details of Goscinny's life (you can read them from Wikipedia), but I'll go straight to his work with comic books. While he apparently did draw his own comics, Goscinny is especially known as a collaborator, who provided plots for others to draw. Some of these comic book series were created before Goscinny got his hands on them and many of them continued after Goscinny’s death in 1977, but it is usually the Goscinny era titles that fans tend to remember.

Take for instance Lucky Luke, created by Belgian cartoonist Morris. Originally, the comic book was quite hard-boiled and Luke, the fastest gun in West, would kill his enemies in cold blood.

Not very kid friendly

This wouldn’t happen after Goscinny took charge of writing Lucky Luke and Morris was left the task of drawing. Instead of blood and guts, Goscinny concentrated on making fun of the usual cowboy cliches. Often he would take some noted figures of Wild West mythology and turn them upside down. Morris had killed off the Dalton brothers, but Goscinny invented their lesser known cousins, who were more incompetent than their famous namesakes. Jesse James, the famed Robin Hood of Wild West, has trouble deciding who are the poor he should help - if he gives money to people, they suddenly become rich - and finally decides to give money to people who are always poor, that is, Jesse himself and his brother. And then there’s Billy the Kid, who is literally a child and loves his lollipops and cocoa.

The picture says it all

While Lucky Luke is firmly based on historical realities, although at the same time subverting myths based on them, Iznogoud, Goscinny’s collaboration with Jean Tabary, is situated firmly in the land of fairy tales. The basic plot of these short stories is always same. Iznogoud, notoriously evil grand vizier of good and lazy caliph Haroun el Placid, invents the most nefarious plots involving political treacheries, magic and all kinds of nasty tricks, just to get to be Caliph instead of the Caliph; inevitably, these plots fail, usually turning against Iznogoud himself. Although the story is in a sense always same, the absurdity of Iznogoud’s plans and the number of amusing details and more or less bad puns filling these stories combine into a delightful experience.

It is simply impossible to pick a favourite out of these tales. Would it be the time when Iznogoud summoned to life a wax cabinet full of past and future criminals, including Brutus (killer of Caesar), Lucrezia Borgia and Al Capone? Or perhaps when he tried to sell the caliphate to mongol hordes who live in yogurt and eat jurts (the pun is better in French, where the two words sound so similar)? Or could it be the absurd story of Iznogoud trying to push Caliph within a magical ad poster (don’t even try to understand this without reading the story itself)? Or perhaps it’s the simple tale of Iznogoud trying to take Caliph into an island, which rumors told to be inhabited by man-eating giants, who then turn out to be vegetarians, but do use Iznogoud and his trusted servant Wa'at Alahf... pieces of a giant chess set!

Of the three most famous Goscinny collaborations, Asterix, which he created with Albert Uderzo, is by far the weakest. In a sense, Asterix is like the middle brother between the historically accurate Lucky Luke and absurdly fantastic Iznogoud. Asterix is also fully grounded in history - we see Julius Caesar, Cleopatra and various others celebrities of the age. Yet, the basic premise of the series is pure fantasy. Apparently a single Gallic village has managed to resist the might of Roman legions, because the local druid knows how to make a magic potion that gives superhuman strength. This is clearly nothing but sucking up to the French national pride.

Many of the Asterix tales center around the village and its citizens, many of whom have names based on more or less bad puns. Because these puns are usually funny only in French, the names of the characters vary from one language to another. So, the village druid is called in French Panoramix (“seer”), in English Getafix (local drug dealer?), in Swedish Miraculix (“the miracle maker”) and in Finnish Akvavitix (reference to akvavit, a Scandinavian version of vodka). For the village chief, the same versions are Abraracourcix (“short arm”), Vitalstatistix, Majestix and Aladobix (reference to aladåb, Scandinavian version of meat jelly).

Would you take orders from this guy?

Problem is that there’s very little character in the villagers beyond these puns and few traits we learn about them. Just take the two main characters. Asterix is small, brave, clever, fast and good with fist fights; Obelix is super strong (because he dropped into a cauldron full of magic potion as a child), obese, likes to eat a lot, carries around menhirs and is very good with fist fights. Strike out few items from the list and you’ve got yourself another set of heroes.


No, these. These were also good with fist fights.

With such stock characters, it is then no wonder that the actual plots of the Asterix albums are often largely forgettable, especially if the heroes are forced to remain near their home village. Instead, it is the small details that you remember, both the historical intros, in which Goscinny goes through the context of the stories, and the absurd puns and silly details that have nothing at all to do with the plot as such. Just look at the following panels from a plotwise completely irrelevant orgy in Switzerland, which involves messier and messier cheese fondue and ever-growing punishments each time you drop a bread in the pot.

These pictures show one piece of ambiguity in the humor of Asterix: the national stereotypes. Making fun of Swiss fondue and their cleanliness is one thing, making fun of Corsicans and their vendettas is completely another. Sometimes these stereotypes are just so ridiculous that you can do nothing else but laugh, like when all Egyptians speak in hieroglyphs. Some stereotypes are… well, look at yourself.

I know World War II had just ended, but seriously, not all
Germans are brutes who wear spiked helmets

Taking into account all the pitfalls that an Asterix story could fall into, it is no wonder that best of these is actually an animated movie, based on no comic book. I am, of course, speaking of the Twelve Tasks of Asterix. If you have no idea what I am talking about, you should probably go and see the movie. The plot itself is suitably absurd. Roman legions have got enough beating from one single Gallic village, and rumor is spread that the villagers are actually gods. Julius Caesar takes this as an insult and challenges the villagers to do twelve impossible tasks - not those of Hercules, because they are a bit dated, but an updated version.

The silly premise is nothing but an excuse to take Asterix and Obelix from one crazy situation to another. And it works! Even the stereotypes of national characters are kind of endearing in this one, and the German martial arts expert is positively hilarious. The ending has no respect at all of real history, but this is animation, where everything can happen. Without going to further spoilers, I’ll just show you my two favourite scenes from the film.

It starts off as a cliched quest to answer a riddle of a wise old hermit.
Then it becomes a commercial. Finally, we see Olympic gods, 
and Venus look suspiciously like Brigitte Bardot.

A classic scene in its own right. It’s supposed to be a simple
administrative formality, but red tape will make anyone crazy.

The reason why I am mentioning this beloved classic is that all the other Asterix movies have failed miserably, usually because they try to just copy the plot of the albums, without concentrating on the absurd details that are the true heart of an Asterix story. This is true also of Astérix et le coup du menhir, which inexplicably has been translated in English as Asterix and the Big Fight. You see, this movie is an amalgamation of two Asterix albums. Neither of them are among my favourites, mainly because they are so tightly connected to the life in the village of Asterix and Obelix. Asterix and the Big Fight (the comic book) tells the story of the village chief having a boxing match with another village chief - none of this is ever seen in the film version.

Instead, the filmmakers took only a B-plot from the comic book, which was probably for the best, since the B-plot actually has some funny moments and visual gags. It all begins by Getafix being hit by a flying menhir, thrown by Obelix. The result is that Getafix can’t remember how to make the magic potion. Best gags of the album involve Getafix making all kinds of potions with worse and worse side effects.
This B-plot alone couldn’t make a movie, so the producers combined it with another, slightly more interesting album, Asterix and the Soothsayer. It does have one of those classic Asterix history lessons, this time about divination in ancient times.

And it manages to be quite sarcastic

The story itself isn’t too bad either. Getafix has gone to the annual druid convention, while the village is visited by a soothsayer, who soon has to leave it, because Asterix and Obelix don’t trust him. Other villagers, though, keep on visiting the soothsayer in the forest, because he promises them a wonderful future. Then the Romans capture the soothsayer, and the local centurion hires him to prophesy a doom to the villagers. The ending manages to have both environmentalist and feminist overtones - Getafix rids Romans from the village with a foul-smelling gas reminiscent of polluted air, while the women of the village are finally given a chance to drink the magic potion and join the men in beating the Romans.

The movie is a bit of a paint-by-the-numbers. It has all the important points from one and a half albums - the plot follows mostly Asterix and the Soothsayer, but instead of being in a druid convention, Getafix has been hit by a menhir. Despite being faithful to the originals, the spirit of Asterix is sorely missing. And then someone - Muriel Tramis, perhaps? - had the bright idea of turning the movie into a game.

As you could have probably fathomed from the overtly long introduction, the game itself is quite short. Well, at least the English name is far better - Operation Getafix actually has something to do with the plot.

They didn’t get even Uderzo’s name right

The game begins just after Getafix has been hit by a menhir. The task of Asterix is stated clearly in the manual - collect ingredients from the surroundings and try to find the correct combination that will return Getafix to his sanity.

Let’s talk about the geography of the game. The central part of the game is the forest, which consists of two rows of little under ten screens. Both rows of forest screens end in same places. In the West, the forest stops with the Gallic village (four screens) and in the East, with the Roman camp (three screens). Apparently the world of Asterix is smaller than I remembered.

The main importance of the forest is that you can find various ingredients within it. Some of them you can find on trees and you have to push ENTER to get them. Some of them lie on the ground and you have to push SPACEBAR to make Asterix bend and pick them up. And while manual speaks of bending, the animation looks like Asterix is going on all fours. I am pretty sure French school kids used to make Asterix bend near other characters, creating all sorts of provocative images that we will not reproduce in this blog. Anyway, you can pick up only one piece of an ingredient at a time, and if you happen to lose it by making the wrong type of potion, you’ll have to go and pick it up again. Nice way to make the game last longer.

Found fresh strawberries

Jumping to get holly

At the western end of the forest we’ll encounter flying fish. This is running joke in Asterix. Apparently the local fishmonger sells fish that is far from fresh, which often causes fights between the villagers, and in these fights, fishes are thrown. In the game, the flying fishes work as an action minigame - you have to bend, if a fish is going to strike you. If Asterix is hit by several fishes, he loses one piece of wild boar, which act as hit points in the game. Lose enough hit points and it’s a game over. Asterix can also regain energy by jumping on wild boars, which also run at the western end of the forest.

Hit by a fish one too many time...

...and the result is the liberation of the village by Roman armies

At the eastern end of the forest we meet Roman legionaries in yet another action sequence. I can understand that I am meant to use joystick, but it really is a bad design choice to link all the fighting moves to function keys. Luckily, fighting is surprisingly easy. All you need to do is to stay far away from the legionary, repeatedly press F1 (a classic distracting move: “look, it’s a bird!”) and the legionary will inevitably run away.

I don’t get the logic of this game: Obelix, with his permanent super strength,
watches while Asterix with mere human strength tries to beat an armed soldier.

That’s about all there is to the forest, except for one screen, to which we will return later. The Gallic village is not much more interesting. The village has three shops:

  • Blacksmith, who sells Asterix a sickle. The sickle is used just as an extra point of energy.
  • Fishmonger, who sells Asterix a fish.
  • Wine merchant, who sells Asterix some wine.

The game truly lacks depth. You’d think you could use the stone path
leading to the building, but no, it’s apparently just a painted backdrop,
since Asterix stops walking, when he reaches the limits of the dirt path.

The one building you can enter in the village is the chief’s house. When you enter it the first time, a cutscene begins:

Gauls are scared of storms, because they are afraid the sky
might fall down. So they all gather into chief’s house for safety.

Ominous character enters the house: the soothsayer.

The scene follows the plot of the movie. The soothsayer offers reading the future from entrails (this is where you need the fish) and promises the villagers that the sky isn’t falling.

Every time after this incident, when Asterix visits the chief’s house, the chief’s wife feeds Asterix and Obelix some wild boar. This restores the energy of Asterix, but also makes him lose all the ingredients he has collected.

Considering that it is Obelix doing the eating, it is strange that the energy is transferred to Asterix.

The last place to visit in the village is the field, where Getafix is trying to brew his potion. Asterix can give him three different ingredients. Sometime the mixture explodes, but if it doesn’t, Obelix will ask whether Asterix will let Getafix drink the stuff. Unfortunately, Coktel Vision wasn’t very innovative with the results of the potion brewing. We don’t see Getafix changing his colour, but he merely jumps around and levitates a bit.

Getafix took one mushroom too many

The more you feed Getafix wrong potions, the worse shape he gets. Thus, manual suggests getting a guinea pig to do the dangerous tasting business. Let’s go take a look at the forest again.

What are the ladies of the village doing in the forest?

They are feeding the soothsayer!

The soothsayer as such is a relatively unimportant character in the game. You can test his divining skills, that is, play dice with him and perhaps gain some money, but that’s not really necessary. When you visit the screen a second time, the soothsayer is gone (if the game follows the plot of the movie, he’s been taken by the Romans) and you have a chance to loot his hideout.

Let’s take a can of petroleum… make a big explosion…

 ...and to capture a Roman soldier…

...who will become our guinea pig!

It becomes quickly apparent (at least if you use save states in testing the various ingredient combinations) that you are missing one ingredient. It’s probably bay laurel, which Getafix insists I should get him, and it cannot really be elsewhere, but in the Roman camp (you know, all Romans like occasionally to dress up in laurel wreath and pretend to be Caesar).

Getting into the Roman camp poses a problem. It is easy to scare away one guard, but there seems to be an infinite number of guards waiting to replace him. It’s time to do some adventure game magic and try to read the creator’s mind (or watch the movie and see what plot point you might want to advance next).

Again, the logic of the game eludes me. Surely Obelix could just run through the line of guards.

Let’s return to our guinea pig and give him some nice potions to drink.

I so want to invite Getafix to my parties, everyone would be flying high.

The floating Roman flies to his camp, where his fellow legionaries manage to tie a rope to him. After that, they become so busy watching the sky that they fail to notice an uninvited visitor.

You have to know either the comic or the movie to even consider this possibility

The camp itself is mostly empty, except for few legionaries playing dice and the tent of centurion. Centurion is quite happy to trade your bottle of wine for anything that you want.

That reclining chair would look awfully good in my living room

Asterix takes the laurel wreath, which we can then take to Getafix.

And he finally comes back to his senses…

...just in time to make some magic potion

And that’s the whole game! Let’s start the scoring.

Final rating

Puzzles and solvability

At first I thought Operation Getafix might be more of an action adventure, but the action parts occur fortunately only in few screens, and even then there’s no need for quick reflexes. Still, there are not that much of puzzles either and most of them are solved just by trying different mixtures of the six ingredients or by carrying the correct object when you need it. The only thing you really need to complete the game then is patience.

Score: 1

Interface and Inventory

For once, Coktel Vision managed to make an interface that doesn’t feel essentially flawed. It’s simple, with only two actions (bending and jumping), but it works. The fighting system was a bit awkward, but you didn’t really need it for anything. Again, Coktel Vision did not give the player any chance to save her progress. Of course, with a saving ability the game would be ridiculously short - without it, you’d have to go and collect the same ingredients multiple times. Still, the lack of saving seems like a bad way to lengthen the game, so I’ll deduct a few points for it.

Score: 3

Story and Setting

There could have been so much depth or at least fun moments in the game. Instead, the producers took the already condensed movie and ripped a few scenes out of it. The role of the soothsayer is not very clear in the game, especially as he just vanishes in the middle of the game. And why isn’t Obelix doing anything in the game, except eating and making snarky comments? I know licensed games can be even worse in their lack of respect of the original source, but this is still quite unsatisfying.

Score: 2

Sounds and Graphics

Somehow I feel Coktel Vision is just getting worse in this category. The characters are recognisable from the comics, but otherwise the graphics look a bit bland. There seems to be no music, and while there are few sound effects, especially in the fighting scenes, they are not very remarkable.

Score: 3

Environment and Atmosphere

It is rare to find a game that manages to seem both too small and too big at the same time. The village and the Roman camp could have had more screens to visit, while the forest - the place you’ll be visiting most often - is just full of empty screens with nothing to do. This alone would be enough for 2, but considering that playing this without save states would mean walking around these desolate and boring surroundings many times over, I think I must give an even worse score.

Score: 1

Dialogue and Acting

Compared to earlier Coktel Vision games with a real writer doing all the texts. Operation Getafix falls flat. All the lines are comprehensible, but I would have expected more from a game based on Asterix-series.

Score: 3

1 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 1 +3 = 13, which divided by 0.6 makes 22. Considering the shortness and simplicity of the game, the score seems well deserved.


  1. Once again, you are trying to make me feel guilty for not speaking French.

    From an outside perspective, not having played this game, the graphics look pretty nice. I think a cartoon art style works pretty well for most games because characters can be more expressive than otherwise possible.

    1. Thanks everyone for the great comments! Unfortunately I am this week spending a vacation in Greece with the family, so I have only a limited time to answer.

      Joe: Oh I never would say I can speak French. I can read it, yes, but spoken French is a completely different matter - it's like what you read in books etc. and what you hear people saying are worlds apart.

  2. This is perhaps the most rigorous introduction to the subject possible; not only serving to introduce this particular game, but setting the stage for an investigation into all Asterix (and indeed all Uderzo) games! For this particular title, I would be most surprised if a more thorough examination exists anywhere online.

    1. Well, like I said, the game itself is pretty short, so I had to fill the space with something!

      Also, is Coktel Vision's Bluberry game I mentioned above yet in Mobygames? At least I couldn't find it there.

  3. "FUN FACT: Oliver & Company was the second Disney movie I ever watched in a movie theater (guess what was the first one for 5 CAPs) and the first one I watched the year it appeared"

    I'm going to bet Winnie the Pooh, that was released 11 years prior, but seems perfectly suitable for christmas reruns in many theaters ;)

    1. I was in the Oliver & Co generation, so my guess would be ... the Great Mouse Detective, released near to it.

    2. Let's say the movie wasn't very recent, when I saw it. Even Winnie the Pooh is way too new guess. This was more like a special screening of an old classic.

    3. And you nailed it Alfred! I was starting to think I'd have to make up some clever hints for this one.

    4. Reminds me how I used to say I both saw Star Wars and Snow White in the theatres. Snow White in 1993 and Star Wars between 1997-1999, but people think you gotta be really old to have seen those :)

    5. People think you are really old because you saw Star Wars in the theatre?

      I suddenly feel really, REALLY old!

    6. In my office we currently have a school trainee born in 2000. And he works, talks, thinks like an adult... Bim, now we're all feeling old.

  4. For the Disney movie I would say... The Great Detective Basil Mouse? It came around 86 I believe and Oliver gotta been 88? Or maybe it was Taran and the Black Cauldron... but that gotta been 85?

    And how can you say Twelve Task is the best Asterix movie when it's obviously Asterisk and the britons. Or that could be the Swedish dub that is phenomenal. Then again, Hero of the Gauls has the best music, by the same guy who did the Transformers the movie music from 1986, Vince Dicola. Or maybe its the Swedish dub of the theme song that's so cheesy its amazing:

    But then again, Twelve Tasks bureaucracy bit is rather accurate.

    1. Damn you for mentioning the theme song, now I can't get it out of my head. >_<

      I should rewatch the Asterix movies some time, I have them all taped on VHS.

    2. And when I woke up this morning I had a nagging feeling something was wrong, and I was. Vince Dicola didn't do the music, but some guy called Vladimir Cosma. My mistake... still good music though.

  5. "Of the three most famous Goscinny collaborations, Asterix, which he created with Albert Uderzo, is by far the weakest."
    Ooooh I don't think I've ever disagreed with you as strongly as I do about this statement, Ilmari (actually I don't recall any previous disagreement :-P)

    Now I admit I haven't read Iznogoud, but not only do I consider Asterix superior to Lucky Luke in virtually every aspect, I find the national stereotyping that is the basis of many of the "out of the village" stories absolutely brilliant and hilarious.

    I am biased, of course, as I read Asterix and Lucky Luke as a kid, and now that I own all the albums my own kids have read them all several times. They usually discuss which ones are the best, which ones are just good and which are forgettable (this last category is, tellingly, populated mostly by the albums penned by Uderzo).

    I also think the Gauls' village is home to some recognizable and memorable characters in their own right, including Getafix (Panoramix in our version), Abraracurcix the chief and of course Asuranceturix the bard, even when he seldom participates in the adventures of our main heroes.

    1. I also disagree about Asterix. My favorite Goscinny work (also with Uderzo art), however, is Oumpah-pah, which only got a couple of albums. It's about the arrival of French colonists to the Americas, and their eventual friendship with a native tribe, and in particularly the title character (who actually has a cameo in The Twelve Tasks of Asterix). I find these albums funnier than the best Asterix (or Lucky Luke) ever, though perhaps the concentration of humor and plot in just the few albums that exist helps (much like I find Police Squad one of the funniest TV shows of all time, and I realize that the fact that there were so few episodes probably helps a lot).

    2. Oumpah-pah, that brings back memories! It was indeed great. I don't think any of its albums reached these shores, however during the mid-70s a few of the stories appeared serialized in a local magazine for kids. They must have secured some deal with Belgian magazine Spirou, for I remember other characters popular at the time like "El Genial Olivier" (Génial Olivier) which was my absolute favorite. The comparison with Police Squad is bang on!

    3. Yea, I know I am in the minority, when it comes to Asterix. Let's say I just find Iznogoud wins Asterix in the humor department and Lucky Luke in the history department, leaving Asterix the short straw. But it's certainly no shame to be a third in this race and Asterix does have its moments! Oumpapah I unfortunately haven't read, although I did recognise the character in the Twelve Tasks from album covers.

    4. We had a bunch of Asterix books? comics? albums? in our primary school library and some of the kids liked them but I read a few and never saw the appeal. They seemed lighthearted but never funny enough for me to actually laugh or appreciate an attempted joke.

  6. Can I admit to complete ignorance of Asterix before reading this? I remember they were in the picture I sent next to the Tintin books, so it must be some crazy European thing. You guys like Donald Duck comics so no accounting for taste...



      And The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck (by Don Rosa) legitimately has one of the best stories I know - similar premise as Breaking Bad but much better in terms of pacing and thematic coherence.

    2. Joe, Asterix seems to be one of those intriguing pieces of popular culture that somehow managed to dodge the US in their heyday and then never really caught up. Like the original Heidi anime-- I was very surprised to learn recently that few people in North America had even heard of it.

      Laukku, my all-time favorite Barks comic is Scrooge's debut in "Only a Poor Old Man". Great stuff.

    3. Joe: And we haven't even got to the big guns yet, when it comes to French comics! I am positively certain that one cannot say one has lived properly, before one has read at least some of the adventures of Laureline and Valerian. As a superhero fan you should definitely check out their Heroes of the Equinox, which is a hilarious deconstruction of the whole superhero genre.

      And as for Donald Duck, I think Laukku and Charles have said it all by mentioning the two great masters of the genre, Barks and Rosa.

  7. Am I the only person who's surprised that in French, when a gun goes off it makes a "PAN" sound rather than a "BANG" sound?

    1. Our dogs go "WOUF", our cats go "MIAOU" and our cows go "MEUH". It makes perfect sense.

    2. Well, in Spain they go "guau", "miau" and "mu"

    3. I'm guessing 'guau' isn't pronounced the way it reads to an English speaker.

      Because otherwise, Spanish dogs talk weird.

      ADDENDUM: And because I'm curious I looked for a pronunciation online and in English I'd write that as 'whoah' which sounds more dog-like. Sorry, Spanish dogs - you talk just like English dogs

    4. If we're talking onomatopoeia, American frogs seem to be quite crazy. I mean seriously, "ribbit"? If I encountered a frog that made that sound I would just back up slowly and call some local UFO group for support/instructions.

      TBD-- I think "wow" may sound closer to the actual thing than Keanu's signature utterance.

    5. Now I can't stop laughing at the thought of a dog speaking in Keanu's voice

      And I've just thought about it and I don't know if I can remember how frogs actually sound. So I searched a little and found out that each type of frog sounds totally different, and one of them sounds remarkably like a duck...

  8. In the spanish version they keep the original Asterix names.